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Pharmacists back measures to cut feds' prescription drug costs
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A group representing independent pharmacy owners, managers and employees is urging the Office of Personnel Management to take a number of steps to ensure federal workers get the best deal on prescription drugs. The National Community Pharmacists Association, which represents more than 22,000 independent community pharmacies nationwide, sent OPM a letter urging increased oversight of pharmacy benefit managers, the companies that administer prescription drug programs under various health plans. More

The 10 biggest retirement planning errors federal employees make
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We all make mistakes, but some are more costly than others. Ed Zurndorfer, registered employee benefit consultant, talked with Federal News Radio about the 10 biggest mistakes federal employees make when planning for retirement and how to avoid them. More

Advisory board urges deep cuts in Department of Defense civilian staff
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An influential Pentagon advisory board will recommend that Defense Department Secretary Robert Gates slash the civilian work force by more than 111,000 people and drastically pare the military's combatant command structure as ways to save billions of dollars. The Defense Business Board task force also will urge Gates to initiate a hiring freeze for the Office of Secretary of Defense, all Joint Staff directorates and all combatant commands. It also is calling for DoD to shut down OSD's Networks and Information Integration directorate and the contractor-heavy U.S. Joint Forces Command. More

House panel approves bills on supervisor training, USPS pension obligations
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A House subcommittee approved a bill to mandate training for all new federal supervisors, and another measure to change the way payments are calculated for some postal service pension payments. More

What is your doctor saying about you?
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We've all seen our doctors scribbling in our charts after the exam. Now new research is exploring whether it's a good idea to let a patient read the doctor's notes, reports the Informed Patient column in Wall Street Journal. More

Some on statins may not need boost in 'good' cholesterol
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People with extremely low levels of "bad" cholesterol as a result of taking statins don't seem to benefit from increased levels of "good" cholesterol, a new study suggests. The conventional wisdom has been that to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke you should lower your LDL, or "bad," cholesterol and increase your HDL, or "good," cholesterol. But researchers made a surprising discovery: for those with rock-bottom levels of LDL cholesterol induced by high-dose statin therapy, high HDL levels don't seem to matter. More

Staving off boredom in senior years could extend your life
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Usually the words "I'm bored" from children send shivers down a parents' back as they could only wish to be "bored" from all of life's hectic activity. But what happens when it's a senior adult who says these words? More

Financing training for career changes
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With 14.6 million Americans unemployed and plenty of others dissatisfied with their jobs, many are heading back to school for retraining. Schools are putting extra effort into attracting older adults. A pilot program at 13 colleges, called the American Association of Community Colleges Plus 50 Initiative, has boosted enrollment of students over age 50 almost fourfold. More

Brochure aims to help older workers find jobs
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Roughly 2.1 million Americans age 55 and older are unemployed. The average duration of unemployment for job seekers age 55 and older is about 35.6 weeks, substantially above the 28.3 weeks for the unemployed under age 55. Studies show it is more difficult for older job seekers to enter or re-enter the work force. The Eldercare Locator and Senior Service America Inc. have developed a brochure geared toward the older worker who has not searched for a job in years. More

Smaller space larger life
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Del Webb, America's largest builder of active-adult communities, recognizes retirees are now thinking practical, practical, practical. In response, Pulte Homes, which now owns Del Webb, has added smaller, efficient floor plans with multi-use spaces tailored toward the active adult. More

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4 sweet deals for last-minute summer travel
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By slashing their schedules over the past couple of years, airlines have managed to swing the supply-and-demand curve in their favor during the peak summer season and raise prices far above last year's dirt-cheap fares. But that doesn't mean you can't swing a last-minute getaway on the cheap, you just have to know where to look and where to travel. More

Protect yourself from Internet scams
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The Internet is a fascinating place to work, play and learn for both adults and children alike. But we should also be aware of the risks we face while being online. Internet crime seems limitless, and it may very well be. We hear daily that there are new scams and cons appearing in e-mails or on the Web from people trying to scam for money. More

A NARFE member asks: When is the next time I can change my FEHBP health insurance plan?
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Questions answered by staff in NARFE's Retirement Benefits Service Department. For more Q&As, make sure to read NARFE magazine every month. More

August Is NARFE "Meet Your Candidates Month"
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NARFE chapters around the country will be using the longest break in the congressional calendar (August 7-September 13) to conduct multichapter, multicandidate forums designed to obtain congressional candidate positions on federal employee and retiree issues. This year, NARFE hopes to improve on this civic exercise first used nationwide by the Association in 2008. Forums will include incumbents, their challengers and candidates in open seats. NARFE members should contact their chapter and federation leaders to find out if a forum is planned in their area.

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