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Flags for federal workers bill revived
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The House could vote as early as the week of Nov. 7 on a bill authorizing presentation of a flag to honor federal employees killed in the line of duty, following changes to the measure that satisfied the objections of a veterans group. The bill originally was scheduled for a House floor vote in September but was pulled back when main sponsor Rep. Richard Hanna, R-N.Y., was delayed in returning in time to Washington due to severe weather in his home district. More
Feds flee costliest health plans
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Skyrocketing health insurance premiums over the last five years have decisively changed the federal health care landscape. Since 2007, nearly 300,000 employees and retirees have left the three most popular high-cost health plans. And over the last five years, nearly 500,000 have signed up for the lowest-cost versions of those same plans. More
Student ambassadors raising interest in federal work
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Federal Service Student Ambassadors are out spreading the good word about federal agencies on college campuses across the country. Tim McManus, vice president for education and outreach at the Partnership for Public Service, tells In Depth with Francis Rose what those student ambassadors are doing to raise awareness and interest. More
Issa proposes replacing FERS pensions with TSP-type plan
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House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., wants to replace the Federal Employees Retirement System pension plan with a mandatory, 401(k)-type defined-contribution plan that would operate alongside the similar Thrift Savings Plan. Issa's office said that the TSP — also a defined-contribution plan similar to 401(k)s — and Social Security would remain part of the new FERS the congressman envisions. More
14 smart ways seniors can cut medical costs
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Are rising health care costs hammering your budget? If so, you're not alone. One in four people on Medicare laid out 30 percent or more of their income on health care in 2006, according to a recent analysis by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. As health care costs continue to swell, people on Medicare likely will be required "to put even more skin in the game to pay for their health expenses," the foundation concludes. But there are plenty of ways for the savvy senior to stretch a dollar. More
Insomnia might boost heart attack risk
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People who have trouble getting a decent night's sleep may also face a higher risk of heart attack, Norwegian researchers report. The connection between insomnia and an increased risk for heart attack isn't clear, but sleep problems might have an effect on blood pressure or inflammation, both of which can be risk factors for a heart attack. More
Many seniors connect well-being to time they spend with family
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"Come back soon" is a common request from seniors when their families depart after a get-together. A new survey indicates that some seniors' health and well-being may depend, in part, on how much time they spend with their extended families. The survey suggests that family reunions and relationships inspire seniors to stay active and pursue their well-being. It found that nearly 90 percent of seniors surveyed feel revitalized when they spend time with families. More
5 hot job categories for retirees
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Looking for a job isn't just a concern for those under 65. Retirees and those past the traditional age for calling it quits increasingly need or want to work. The challenge, of course, is finding suitable work in an economy with chronically high unemployment. Many are succeeding, as the rapid graying of the workforce shows. More
The 10 best places to retire in 2012
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Better weather, affordable housing and plenty of interesting things to do are just a few reasons people move to a new place when they retire. Whether you want to spend your golden years watching the sun set over the water or taking on a second career, U.S. News & World Report has identified an ideal place. More
Airfares soaring for holiday travelers
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Happy Thanksgiving, see you on Skype. That could be the case for many far-flung relatives who will stay put this holiday thanks to sky-high airfares. Nationwide, fares are up between 4 percent and 20 percent over last year, according to analysts from Priceline and Travelzoo. More
What not to buy at the drugstore
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It turns out that plenty of people do find it convenient to one-stop-shop at drugstores — and they're paying for the privilege, according to a new survey. Twenty-five common grocery items were tracked — both foods and household products. It found the average drugstore charged 50 percent more than the least expensive supermarket. More
At what age does eligibility end for dependents under the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program?
Question: I read in NARFE magazine that eligible dependents up to the age of 22 are covered under the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program. Is that a typo? Shouldn't that be 26 to comply with the health care reform law? More
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