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NARFE Convention elects officers, revises bylaws
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Members of the NARFE National Executive Board were elected for two-year terms at the Association's 32nd Biennial National Convention, which concluded Aug. 30 in Reno-Sparks, Nev. By electronic ballot, Convention delegates also approved revised NARFE Bylaws. Convention keynote speaker John Berry, director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, spoke about the invaluable contributions of civil servants to the everyday lives of Americans, steps that OPM has taken in helping federal employees ease into retirement and progress in processing a flood of retirement applications as baby boomers leave the federal workforce. Harry Johns, president and CEO of the Alzheimer's Association, also addressed the group, thanking members for their generosity. NARFE members have donated nearly $10 million to the Alzheimer's Association to fund needed research. The Convention adopted a new fundraising goal, $11 million in 2014, when NARFE holds its next National Convention in Orlando, Fla.

Joseph A. Beaudoin of Winchester, Va., was re-elected national president. Also re-elected were National Vice President Paul H. Carew of Arlington, Va.; National Secretary Elaine C. Hughes of Asheville, N.C.; and National Treasurer Richard G. Thissen of Lake Ozark, Mo.

Elected as regional vice presidents were: Region I, Arthur G. Pike of Mapleton, Maine; Region II, Evelyn Kirby of Chester, Md.; Region III, Donald Stewart of Coral Gables, Fla.; Region IV, Paul E. Johnson of Wadesville, Ind.; Region V, Carol R. Ek of McPherson, Kan.; Region VI, Jerome S. Smith of Tyler, TX; Region VII, Frank Impinna of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; Region VIII, Helen L. Zajac of Vallejo, Calif.; Region IX, Lanny G. Ross of Bremerton, Wash.; and Region X, William F. Martin of Bumpass, Va. Complete coverage of the Convention, including daily bulletins, Convention documents and photos, is available on the NARFE website.


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Divorce and the FEHBP
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Question: In the event of a divorce, can a former spouse keep health insurance under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program? More

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An upside to the pay freeze
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It's safe to say the two-year federal pay freeze has not been popular with government workers. Even those who support the freeze acknowledge its limitations: The savings it has generated (estimates are between $60 billion and $70 billion) is a drop in the deficit-reduction bucket, and it's not exactly a morale booster. The GOP policy platform, which calls for overhauling the federal pay system to bring it in line with the private sector's, and President Barack Obama's decision to postpone a 0.5 percent pay boost in 2013 until Congress passes a budget, have put the issue in the crosshairs once again. But there could be an upside to the pay freeze for feds. It puts a slight chink in the argument that federal employees are way overpaid compared to private sector workers — a debate that rages on both sides and probably will never be settled definitively. More

Sequestration could spell $39 billion in cuts to civilian agency budgets
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Civilian agencies may lose almost $40 billion dollars in top-line funding if sequestration goes into effect Jan. 2, according to a new analysis by the Professional Services Council. Using fiscal 2012 funding as a baseline, PSC calculated that overall civilian discretionary spending would decline by $39 billion and that individual agency budgets would decline by 7.8 percent. In an interview on In Depth with Francis Rose, Stan Soloway, PSC's president and CEO, noted that the group's numbers represent only a top-line figure. More

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5 cures for a high doctor bill
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Just as the health care system prepares for an influx of newly insured patients, some consumers are facing hefty doctor bills that they weren't expecting. As The Wall Street Journal reported, the higher costs reflect a bigger trend in medicine. As more hospitals buy up private physician practices, they're often able to charge higher rates than those doctors' offices formerly charged — sometimes more than twice as much for the same procedures. Since insurance plans typically cover a fixed percentage of a doctor's bill, the patients' out-of-pocket costs often go up as the total bill gets higher. More

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Chocolate each day may keep strokes away
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Men who ate a moderate amount of chocolate every week had a reduced risk of stroke, Swedish researchers found. In a prospective, longitudinal study, those who consumed a median 62.9 grams of chocolate a week were at a significantly lower relative stroke risk than those who ate a median of zero grams weekly, according to Dr. Susanna Larsson, of the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, and colleagues. More

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A world apart, the challenges of long-distance caregiving
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Taking care of a family member's safety and health can be difficult when you live in another city, state or country. In today's mobile society, many families are geographically spread apart, and that can create a constant sense of concern and generate tremendous guilt. The National Institutes of Health estimates that 7 million Americans are long-distance caregivers. Frequently, long-distance caregiving starts out on a manageable level. More


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5 ways you're ruining your job search
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Job seekers make a lot of mistakes. Sometimes they know they are making them; but most often, they make mistakes because they don't know any better. There are many simple ones: not double-checking your work, not dressing appropriately, hounding human resources for an update, not sending a cover letter or thank you, or not using keywords in resumes. But it is the following five mistakes that have an even bigger impact on the outcome of your search. More

Boomers retiring to rural areas won't find doctors
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As record numbers of baby boomers go into retirement, many are thinking about moving from the places they needed to live to make a living and going someplace warmer, quieter or prettier. If they choose small towns like Grants Pass, Ore., 250 miles south of Portland, Ore., they could have a hard time finding a family doctor willing to take Medicare, even supplemental plans, rather than private insurance. More


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10 of America's best lake vacations
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Waking to another cloudless morning, you dive off your houseboat into the wild blue of Lake Powell in southern Utah. The water takes the edge off the heat, and you float along, contemplating a lazy day of navigating spectacular red-rock gorges and flooded canyons. Brian Raub, founder of, says lakes have an inherent advantage over the ocean when it comes to vacations. More

Retailers moving toward everyday low pricing
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During the recession, retailers had more sales to lure cash-strapped Americans into stores. Now, that strategy has backfired. It has bred a group of deal junkies that won't shop unless they see "70%" signs or yellow clearance stickers. So, big chains like J.C. Penney and Lowe's are trying to wean sale-addicted customers off of sales in favor of everyday low pricing. It's the biggest shift in pricing in decades, but retailers have a long way to go to convince shoppers that predictable pricing is better than the temporary promotions that they've grown to love. More

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