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The Hinsdale Fire

A short time ago, I discovered that the 30th Anniversary of the May 8, 1988 Hinsdale Fire, was about to take place. The recovery from that fire was in my opinion, one of the finest expressions of the Illinois Bell “Can do” culture that I can remember.

I asked some of the key players about whether there would be value in have a luncheon in the Chicago area, inviting as many of the participants who played a role, (large and small) in the recovery. They all thought it was a good idea and they agreed to serve on the organizing Committee.

Notifying the people involved, including those from outside of Illinois Bell, will be the hardest part of the effort. The luncheon is planned for:

Tuesday May 1, 2018 from 12pm to 3pm
Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation (a private club)
14N322 IL Route 25
Dundee, IL

I am sending you this note for two reasons:

First, if you would like to come, mark your calendars. Second, pass this message on to any of those who may have participated in the recovery and would like to come.

Then let me know your thoughts and I will incorporate them into our planning for the event. Organizing Committee:

Jim Eibel Chuck Hempfling
Frank Zimmermann Mike Friduss
Joe Luby Hal D’Orazio
Dennis Johnson Jim Grabowy
Jay Carter Bob Humes

The committee has already begun the remembering of names involved and the contacting of those people.

Replying to this note (see below address) will assure that you will be put into the data base for contact about the reunion. Please let me here from you.

Bruce DeMaeyer
bdemaeyer@att.net
859-879-0507


HELP FOR SURVIVORS

The LRO receives frequent requests for dealing with the passing of a retiree or surviving spouse. Consequently, we have created a document that focuses on communicating with Nokia benefits and pensions, along with links to websites with checklists for other family issues. The document is available here.

The document is printable so that you can keep it in your files for future reference.

You should have received an email on 2/8 containing the above information. If you did not receive it, we do not have your current email address. Check the bottom of this column.


NRLN Sharing Two Articles with Important Medicare Information

The NRLN is sharing two articles with important Medicare information that were recently published in the AUSWR CO/WY Retiree Guardian and the NWB – U S WEST – Qwest Retiree Association Retiree Guardian. Both Newsletters are published for retirees of CenturyLink, Qwest, U S WEST and their predecessor companies. Click here to access the articles.


TAX LAW CHANGES

Retirees do not need to take any action as a result of tax table changes. The tax withholding directions of retirees are maintained by the record keeper (Alight) and the new tax tables are applied based on those directions.

For 2018, the State of Connecticut is an exception. In late December, Alight informed Nokia that the State of Connecticut was changing its tax withholding rules for retirement payments (annuities and lump sums). Connecticut was moving from an optional state where no tax is withheld from retirees unless the retiree requested a flat amount, to a mandatory withholding state based on tax tables.

There are 572 retirees with an address in Connecticut. Connecticut retirees who take no action will have 6.99% (the highest possible rate) withheld from their pension check starting on February 1, 2018. Note that there was no impact to the January 2018 pension checks.

Actions Alight has taken as a result of the change in Connecticut:

  1. As of 12/26/17 systems were updated to accept retiree withholding directions;
  2. Customer care reps were trained to answer questions and help retirees who call in to make tax withholding directions;
  3. As of 1/2/18, Alight sent letters to all retirees who have a CT address to inform them of the change and how to make withholding directions.

Retirees with tax withholding questions, including those in Connecticut, should contact the NBRC at 1-888-232-4111.


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Dear Fellow Retiree,

The Fall 2017 LRO Connection newsletter is now available for viewing and may be accessed by clicking here.

As you may recall from our spring newsletter, the LRO Board has been assessing the future direction of the organization. The board met in Dallas in October and formulated a Plan Forward. Specifics of that plan are included in the President's Column.

Among the changes, is the temporary suspension of LRO dues. You will note that, while we will be cutting back in a number of areas to save board work and dollars, we will continue, for the time, performing our basic monitoring of Pension, Healthcare, and Group Life Insurance benefits and respond to retiree questions via email or the website. You will also note that this will be the last published issue of the LRO Connection newsletter. All future correspondence will be accomplished via email and/or the website. We urge you to read the full article to understand the rationale for the planned changes.

The History Corner article features the North Carolina Works.

On behalf of the entire board of directors, I say thank you for your support over the years.

Joe Dombrowski,
President Lucent Retiree Organization.


CORRECTION TO NEWSLETTER

The amount of management pension plan liabilities on 12/31/16 shown on page 2 of the recent newsletter should be 15.86 b Euros and the resulting funding level is 106% rather than the 94% shown. We had previously reported the correct level in our June newsletter but apologize for this error.


HEALTH, WELFARE, AND PENSION INQUIRIES

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RETIREE ISSUES IN THE NEWS

NYT Poll: Majority Of Americans Support Tax Reform
By Amber Athey; The Daily Caller ~ Feb 19, 2018

Here's why you should prepare your taxes now
By Ray Martin; CBS News ~ Feb 19, 2018

These new steps will help protect older Americans from financial fraud
By Sarah O'Brien, CNBC; USA TODAY ~ Feb 18, 2018

How A Charitable Trust Could Save Your IRA
From Bob Carlson; Forbes ~ Feb 17, 2018

These states want to import cheaper drugs from Canada
By Shefali Luthra, Kaiser Health News – Feb 15, 2018

Opinion: To lower prescription drug prices, fix existing drug discount programs
From Terry Wilcox; The Hill ~ Feb 16, 2018

Blood thinning drugs may raise stroke risk for some a-fib patients
By HealthDay News; United Press International ~ Feb 16, 2018

The Health 202: Alex Azar's first big test: Will he enforce Obamacare?
By Paige Winfield Cunningham; The Washington Post ~ Feb 15, 2018

Don't make these common, costly Medicare mistakes
By Lorie Konish; CNBC ~ Feb 15, 2018

HHS chief: No decision yet on lifetime limits for Medicaid
By Rachel Roubein; The Hill ~ Feb 15, 2018

Opinion: Let's not ignore the benefits of 340B Drug Pricing Programs
From Chris Skorupa; The Hill ~ Feb 15, 2018

President Trump signed these Medicare changes into law. Here’s what to watch for
By Philip Moeller; PBS News Hour ~ Feb 14 2018

U.S. healthcare spending to climb 5.3 percent in 2018: agency
By Yasmeen Abutaleb; Reuters ~ Feb 14, 2018

Trump’s budget could let those on Medicare use this tax-favored account
By Darla Mercado; CNBC ~ Feb 14, 2018

U.S. Can Sue UnitedHealth in $1 Billion Medicare Case, Judge Rules
By Nate Raymond, RNS; The New York Times ~ Feb 13, 2018

We all need to be worried about the attack on national health policies and programs
From Shannon Halloway & Diana Taylor; The Hill ~ Feb 13, 2018

Opinion: Why GOP Is Slashing Medicare
From John Wasik ; Forbes ~ Feb 13, 2018

‘Like a phoenix from the ashes’ – Nokia’s brand value jumped a whopping 70% last year
Business Insider Nordic ~ Feb 13, 2018

‘Like a phoenix from the ashes’ – Nokia’s brand value jumped a whopping 70% last year
Business Insider Nordic ~ Feb 13, 2018

Insurers Signal Medicare Advantage Buyouts Ahead
From Bruce Japsen; Forbes ~ Feb 12, 2018

Top 10 Tips To Help You Conquer Tax Season
From A.J. Smith; Forbes ~ Feb 12, 2018

Trump budget seeks cuts to domestic programs, Medicare, favors military and wall
By Ginger Gibson and James Oliphant, Reuters – Feb 12, 2018

Opinion: Social Security will need more revenues — where should that money come from?
By Alicia H. Munnell; MarketWatch ~ Feb 12, 2018

States look to lower drug costs, consider Canadian imports
By Wilson Ring, AP; San Francisco Chronicle ~ Feb 11, 2018

Could This Really Replace Your Social Security Number?
By Dan Caplinger; The Motley Fool ~ Feb 11, 2018

Liberals Are Furious That Republicans Delivered Fiscal Stimulus
By Robert Donachie; The Daily Caller ~ Feb 11, 2018

Lower Drug Prices: New Proposals Carry Lots of Promises
By Katie Thomas and Reed Abelson, New York Times – Feb 9, 2018

McCain and Baldwin to Trump: Hold pharma’s feet to the fire on drug prices
By Ed Silverman; STAT ~ Feb 11, 2018

Congress Boosts Medicare Coverage For Virtual Doctor Visits
From Bruce Japsen; Forbes ~ Feb 10, 2018

Is the Amazon health-care venture enough to make a big enough splash?
From Kelly Barnes; The Hill ~ Feb 10, 2018

On drug costs, modest steps follow Trump’s big promises
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar & Matthew Perrone; The Associated Press ~ Feb 10, 2018

3 Sad Facts About Social Security
America's most important social program isn't in the best shape.

By Sean Williams; The Motley Fool ~ Feb 10, 2018

Another of Obamacare’s Unloved Provisions Is Gone
By Margot Sanger-Katz; The New York Times ~ Feb 09, 2018

Trump's Rx for Medicare drug costs: share rebates with seniors
By The Associated Press; CBS News ~ Feb 09, 2018

These taxpayers may end up owing the IRS more in 2019
By Darla Mercado; CNBC ~ Feb 09, 2018

Opinion: Entitlements Threaten The Entire Federal Budget
From Milton Ezrati; Forbes ~ Feb 09, 2018

Opinion: Alarm bells are ringing on the federal debt
From Thomas Binion; The Hill ~ Feb 09, 2018

'Entitlement reform' can further dent seniors coping with health costs
From Debra Whitman; The Hill ~ Feb 08, 2018

White House unveils proposals aimed at high drug prices
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Feb 09, 2018

Opinion: Today's Massive Budget Deal Makes Big Medicare Changes
From Howard Gleckman; Forbes ~ Feb 09, 2018

Beware, there's a new wave of Medicare scammers
By Jessica Dickler & Sharon Epperson; CNBC ~ Feb 08, 2018

Online Social Security accounts are just the first step in preventing identity theft ​
By Mary Beth Franklin; InvestmentNews ~ Feb 08, 2018

Popular bill to fight drug prices left out of budget deal
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Feb 08, 2018

Republicans weigh Social Security paid leave plan
By Lydia Wheeler; The Hill ~ Feb 08, 2018

What you need to know about the Senate budget deal
By Alexander Bolton; The Hill ~ Feb 08, 2018

Senate Leaders Strike Budget Deal
By Joe Williams; Roll Call ~ Feb 07, 2018

Calling Maternity Leave a Social Security Problem a Terrible Idea
By Brenton Smith, Newsmax – Feb 5, 2018

Trump's State Of The Union Retirement Message: 'You Are On Your Own'
From Teresa Ghilarducci; Forbes ~ Feb 07, 2018

AP count: Nearly 11.8M enroll for Obama health law in 2018
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar And Kevin S. Vineys; The Associated Press ~ Feb 07, 2018

Senate Dems push for expansion of ObamaCare subsidies in deal
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Feb 07, 2018

Opinion: Let’s make Congress work again
By Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) ; The Hill ~ Feb 07, 2018

Poll: Majority of voters say lowering drug prices should be priority for Congress
By Jessie Hellmann; The Hill ~

State Obamacare enrollment on track to outpace previous years, despite confusion
By Kimberly Leonard; The Washington Examiner ~ Feb 04, 2018

Tax season: 10 tips for doing your taxes yourself
From Josh Smith; USA TODAY ~ Feb 03, 2018

U.S. Pays Billions for ‘Assisted Living,’ but What Does It Get?
By Robert Pear; The New York Times ~ Feb 03, 2018

Nokia Lays Out Optimistic 2020 Outlook
By Timothy Green; The Motley Fool ~ Feb 02, 2018

CMS Releases Proposed Medicare Advantage, Part D Changes
By Thomas Beaton; HealthPayer Intelligence ~ Feb 02, 2018

Stalled Health Programs Await A Green Light On The Hill
By Shefali Luthra; Kaiser Health News ~ Feb 02, 2018

Patty Murray: 'Good news' that GOP giving up on Obamacare repeal
By Robert King; The Washington Examiner ~ Feb 01, 2018

Few Republicans Have Appetite To Risk Another Repeal Failure In Election Year
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Feb 02, 2018

This Flu Season Is Bad, But It May Make Healthcare Better
From Steve Brozak; Forbes ~ Feb 02, 2018

A Good Health Care Deal, but Only for Some
From Elisabeth Rosenthal; The New York Times ~ Feb 01, 2018

U.S. government proposes 1.84 percent hike in 2019 payments to Medicare insurers
By Caroline Humer Staff; Reuters ~ Feb 01, 2018

Congressional Bickering Puts Billions at Risk for U.S. Health Centers
By Ivan Levingston; Bloomberg ~ Feb 01, 2018

As States Target High Drug Prices, Pharma Targets State Lawmakers
By Jay Hancock & Shefali Luthra; Kaiser Health News ~ Feb 01, 2018

Don’t make these 3 big mistakes when filing your taxes early
By Alessandra Malito; MarketWatch ~ Feb 01, 2018

Opinion: Congress can’t afford to wait to make a simple fix to Medicare Part D
From Christine Simmon; The Hill ~ Feb 01, 2018

Nokia CEO sees networks recovery as patents boost results
By Jussi Rosendahl & Eric Auchard; Reuters ~ Feb 01, 2018

Reducing drug prices one of Trump's 'greatest priorities'
By Susannah Luthi; Modern Healthcare ~ Jan 31, 2018

To Understand Your Health Insurance Policy, You Must First Learn These 4 Terms
From Liz Frazier Peck; Forbes ~ Jan 31, 2018

If Amazon And Buffett Lift Veil On Health Prices, Insurers Are In Trouble
From Bruce Japsen; Forbes ~ Jan 31, 2018

American's health system is bloated — too much medicine does not mean better health
From Dr. Dennis Gottfried; The Hill ~ Jan 31, 2018

U.S. public health chief quits over financial conflicts
By Julie Steenhuysen; Reuters ~ Jan 31, 2018

Departures test clout of insurance lobby
By Nathaniel Weixel; The Hill ~ Jan 30, 2018

Departures test clout of insurance lobby
By Nathaniel Weixel; The Hill ~ Jan 30, 2018

Health Investors Roll Out Unwelcome Mat for Amazon's Arrival
By Lewis Krauskopf, Reuters; The New York Times ~ Jan 30, 2018

Healthcare Stocks Plunge As Buffett, Bezos And Dimon Team Up To Fight "Tapeworm" Costs On Economy
By Antoine Gara; Forbes ~ Jan 30, 2018

Taxpayers' paycheck problems could lead to big bill from IRS, expert warns
By Brittany De Lea ; Fox Business ~ Jan 30, 2018

Medicare cut-off in Ryan budget still up in the air
By Elise Viebeck; The Hill ~ Jan 30, 2018

4 ways Amazon-Berkshire-JPMorgan deal could shake up health care
By Nathan Bomey & Elizabeth Weise; USA TODAY ~ Jan 30, 2018

Paid family leave is a great idea, but not if we hit up Social Security for the money
By Michael Hiltzik, Los Angles Times – Jan 29, 2018

Nokia Adds Extra Bite to Its 5G Pitch
By Ray Le Maistre; Light Reading ~ Jan 29, 2018

Nokia's Q4 Results To Be Driven By Licensing Revenues, Cost Controls
From “Trefis Team”; Forbes ~ Jan 30, 2018

New York, Minn. Sue Administration For ‘Cruel And Reckless’ Decision To Cut Off Subsidies To Insurers
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 29, 2018

Following your doctor's orders can save you nearly $90,000
By Darla Mercado, CNBC; USA TODAY ~ Jan 29, 2018

Ways for seniors — even those as young as 55 — to save money
By Debbie Carlson; Chicago Tribune ~ Jan 23, 2018

Opinion: IRS Forms 1099 Impact Your Taxes, But Don't Ask For Missing 1099s
From Robert W. Wood; Forbes ~ Jan 29, 2018

Opinion: Your Tax Refund And The Psychology Of A Windfall
From Elizabeth Harris; Forbes ~ Jan 29, 2018

Don't Count on Social Security's Minimum Benefit to Be There for You
By Dan Caplinger; The Motley Fool ~ Jan 29, 2018

3 Ways to Reduce Your Medicare Premiums
By Wendy Connick; The Motley Fool ~ Jan 28, 2018

Michelle Singletary: Trend for seniors’ health care costs will make you sick to your stomach
By Michelle Singletary; Telegram~Jan 27, 2018

Voters Say Health Care Is Top Issue For 2018 Midterm Elections
By Ali Meyer; The Washington Free Beacon ~ Jan 28, 2018

Rising drug prices, changing health care pay models likely to dominate in 2018
By Henry L. Davis; The Buffalo News ~ Jan 26, 2018

Opinion: What's Wrong With The New RAISE Act To Help Family Caregivers
From Carolyn Rosenblatt; Forbes ~ Jan 27, 2018

Congress must axe ObamaCare's pernicious Medicare rationing board
From Steve Forbes; The Hill ~ Jan 27, 2018

Congress takes the sting out of ObamaCare
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Jan 27, 2018

Health care ads are regulated, but be wary
From Jim Flynn; The Gazette ~ Jan 27, 2018

Hold tight or splurge? Booming retirement accounts are making that a tough question.
By Todd C. Frankel & Thomas Heath; The Washington Post ~ Jan 27, 2018

Why Are Doctors So Expensive?
From “Quora”; Forbes ~ Jan 26, 2018

Trump Administration Sued Over $1 Billion Obamacare Cut
By Erik Larson, Zachary Tracer and Hannah Recht; Bloomberg ~ Jan 26, 2018

Competition in Obamacare Markets Declines Again
By Brendan Kirby; LifeZette ~ Jan 26, 2018

Advocates’ Plea Over NAFTA Trade Talks: Don’t Favor Drugmakers Over Patients
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 26, 2018

FDA approved record number of generic drugs last year
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Jan 26, 2018

Out-of-pocket health-care costs likely to take half of Social Security income by 2030, analysis shows
From Michelle Singletary; The Washington Post ~ Jan 26, 2018

Nokia opens first of three cloud collaboration hubs
By Alan Burkitt-Gray; Global Telecoms Business ~ Jan 26, 2018

A Push To Get Older Adults In Better Shape For Surgery
By Judith Graham; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 25, 2018

Five Of The Biggest 401(k) Changes Of This Decade
From Brian Menickella; Forbes ~ Jan 25, 2018

Social Security online accounts: safe from identity theft?
From Mark Miller; Reuters ~ Jan 25, 2018

Trump administration seeks new ways to allow people to dodge Obamacare’s individual mandate
By Paige Winfield Cunningham & Juliet Eilperin; The Washington Post ~ Jan 24, 2018

Opinion: HSAs can be fixed through bipartisan support — millions depend on it
From James Gelfand; The Hill ~ Jan 24, 2018

Cruz pushes to revisit ObamaCare repeal this year
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Jan 24, 2018

Public Health Agencies Left ‘Treading Water’ With Each Short-Term Spending Plan From Congress
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 24, 2018

Using Your IRA To Do Good
From John Bowens; Forbes ~ Jan 24, 2018

Senate confirms Trump health secretary
By Rachel Roubein; The Hill ~ Jan 24, 2018

What the new tax withholding tables mean for your take-home pay
By Darla Mercado; CNBC ~ Jan 23, 2018

Steady Enrollment Numbers In The States Cloak Underlying Turbulence In Marketplace
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 23, 2018

Health Care Is Super Expensive. How Can We Squeeze More Value Out of It?
By Clifton Leaf; Fortune ~ Jan 23, 2018

Study: Americans using less health care, but paying more for it
By Jessie Hellmann; The Hill ~ Jan 23, 2018

Collins 'optimistic' ObamaCare fixes will pass
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Jan 22, 2018

Opinion: Now More Than Ever, Social Security and Medicare Need Their Public Trustees
From Charles P. Blahous III & Robert Reischauer; Roll Call ~ Jan 22, 2018

There’s a Surprise in the Government Funding Bill: More Tax Cuts
By Margot Sanger-Katz & Jim Tankersley; The New York Times ~ Jan 22, 2018

Senate Reaches Deal On Short-Term Spending Bill To Re-Open Government
By Juliegrace Brufke; The Daily Caller ~ Jan 22, 2018

Cornyn predicts government will remain shut down Monday
By Joseph Weber; Fox News ~ Jan 21, 2018

Ask The Taxgirl: When Do The New Tax Law Changes Go Into Effect?
By Kelly Phillips Erb; Forbes ~ Jan 21, 2018

Government Shutdown To Furlough 41,000 U.S. Health Workers
From Bruce Japsen; The Hill ~ Jan 20, 2018

Here's what happens to Social Security and disability benefits during a government shutdown
MSN Money – Jan 20, 2018

Shutdown fight turns ugly as both sides dig in
By Scott Wong, Mike Lillis & Cristina Marcos ; The Hill ~ Jan 20, 2018

How Income Tax on Social Security Became a $277 Billion Problem for Retirees
Dan Caplinger, The Motley Fool – Jan 20 2018

No Deal After Trump-Schumer Meeting to Avoid Shutdown
‘The discussions will continue,’ minority leader says

By Roll Call Staff; Roll Call ~ Jan 19, 2018

Factbox: What happens in a U.S. government shutdown?
By Reuters Staff; Reuters ~ Jan 19, 2018

Wasteful Medicare spending increases beneficiary out-of-pocket costs
From Kristin Walter; The Hill ~ Jan 19, 2018

The Medicare drug policy war between pharma and insurers
By Bob Herman; Axios ~ Jan 19, 2018

IRS Sets Final 2018 Deadline For Roth Conversion Do-Overs
By Ashlea Ebeling; Forbes ~ Jan 19, 2018

Nokia Lands 5G Deal at NTT DoCoMo
From News Wire Feed; Light Reading ~ Jan 19, 2018

Senate Panel Approves Azar Nomination Despite Democrats’ Concerns Over His Ties To Pharma Industry
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 18, 2018

Health Care Issues Being Used As Bargaining Chips For Both Sides As Congress Tries To Avoid Shutdown
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 18, 2018

Pharma Has Another Reason To Look Out -- Healthcare Systems Now Plan To Make Their Own Drugs
From John Nosta; Forbes ~ Jan 18, 2018

Your Complete Guide to the 2018 Tax Changes
By Matthew Frankel; The Motley Fool ~ Jan 18, 2018

Opinion: If politicians can’t pass a budget, what makes them think they can do the hard stuff?
From Caroline Baum; MarketWatch ~ Jan 17, 2018

Lawmakers weigh measure to fight high drug prices
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Jan 17, 2018

Report: Medicaid And Obamacare May Be Incentivizing Opioid Trafficking And Abuse
By Steve Birr; The Daily Caller ~ Jan 17, 2018

Shortage of public health workers possible as baby boomers retire, researchers say
By Ed Adamczyk; United Press International ~ Jan 17, 2018

Home Care Agencies Often Wrongly Deny Medicare Help To The Chronically Ill
By Susan Jaffe; NPR ~ Jan 17, 2018

Senate Dems push for health center funding in spending bill
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Jan 17, 2018

Democrats move to offense on health care; seek ‘big ideas’
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Jan 08, 2018

Why We Fight Over Money So Much, And How To Stop
From Jennifer Barrett; Forbes ~ Jan 17, 2018

Nokia waves Telia win in Ericsson’s face
By Scott Bicheno; Telecoms ~ Jan 17, 2018

Azar Poised To Head Back To HHS, But This Time Around Health Landscape Looks A Lot Different
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 16, 2018

Gallup: Number of uninsured Americans rose by 3.2 million last year
By Susan McFarland; United Press International ~ Jan 16, 2018

Fix what we’ve got and make Medicare right this year
From Melissa D. Kalensky; The Hill ~ Jan 16, 2018

How Overdue Taxes Can Jeopardize Passports
From Robert W. Wood; Forbes ~ Jan 16, 2018

The Best Way To Spend Money Safely In Retirement
From Steve Vernon, F.S.A.; Forbes ~ Jan 16, 2018

Health care deals could make you healthier but may not save you money
By Jayne O'Donnell; USA TODAY ~ Jan 15, 2018

Medicare Coverage: Wellness Visit vs. Physical
By Lindsay Hoffman; Fox 17 ~ Jan 15, 2018

The ABCs Of Inherited IRAs
From Eric Vogt; Forbes ~ Jan 14, 2018

Opinion: Student loans and Social Security combined in toxic brew
By Brenton Smith, Blasting News – Jan 12, 2018

How Tax Reform May Impact Near-Retirees And Retirees
From Mark Avallone; Forbes ~ Jan 13, 2018

An Ominous Sign for Social Security From Congress
By Sean Williams; The Motley Fool ~ Jan 13, 2018

Congressional Advisory Group Supports Changes In Medicare Doctor Payments
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 12, 2018

For Elder Health, Trips To The ER Are Often A Tipping Point
By Judith Graham; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 11, 2018

Ryan suggests room for bipartisanship on ObamaCare
By Jessie Hellmann; The Hill ~ Jan 12, 2018

44% of Voters Believe Repealing Any Part of Obamacare Is a Good Start
By Ali Meyer; The Washington Free Beacon ~ Jan 12, 2018

Drugmakers see a pricing blueprint in an $850,000 gene therapy
By Caroline Humer; Reuters ~ Jan 12, 2018

Long-Term Care Insurance And The Importance Of Developing A Plan
From Joel Johnson; Forbes ~ Jan 12, 2018

Robert Powell: How to deal with debt in retirement
By Robert Powell; USA TODAY ~ Jan 12, 2018

Corporations may dodge billions in U.S. taxes through new loophole: experts
By David Morgan; Reuters ~ Jan 12, 2018

IRS Can't Afford to Prep for New Tax Law: Taxpayer Advocate
By Bernice Napach; ThinkAdvisor ~ Jan 12, 2018

Feds Collect Record Income Taxes Through December; Still Run $225 Billion Deficit
By Terence P. Jeffrey; CNS News ~ Jan 12, 2018

Trump administration to let states adopt Medicaid work requirements
By Yasmeen Abutaleb; Reuters ~ Jan 11, 2018

Here is an American solution to universal health care
From Richard Kirsch; The Hill ~ Jan 11, 2018

In shift, GOP eyes more funding for IRS to implement new tax law
By Erica Werner & Jeff Stein; The Washington Post ~ Jan 10, 2018

The Health 202: Here's one legal and political battle you didn't expect: Republicans versus health insurers
By Paige Winfield Cunningham; The Washington Post ~ Jan 10, 2018

Opinion: Tax Reform: Facts Instead Of Partisan Positioning
From Milton Ezrati; Forbes ~ Jan 10, 2018

HHS Nominee Sticks To Conservative Talking Points On Drug Prices: ‘There’s No Silver Bullet Here’
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 10, 2018

How One Woman Is Reducing Healthcare Costs And Improving Quality
By Geri Stengel; Forbes ~ Jan 10, 2018

Amazon drug sales could 'blow the entire ecosystem apart'
By Brittany De Lea; Fox Business ~ Jan 10, 2018

Experts, Industry Push Back on Health Insurance Proposal
By Lauren Clason; Roll Call ~ Jan 09, 2018

Hospital groups to appeal dismissed case against Trump administration
By Jessie Hellmann; The Hill ~ Jan 09, 2018

U.S. pharma executives expect deals to pick up after tax overhaul
By Caroline Humer & Carl O'Donnell; Reuters ~ Jan 09, 2018

5 Questions To Ask Your Estate Planner After The New Tax Law
From David Robinson; Forbes ~ Jan 09, 2018

HHS Nominee Vows To Tackle High Drug Costs, Despite His Ties To Industry
By Emmarie Huetteman; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 09, 2018

Pro-ACA group urges 'no' vote on Trump health nominee
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Jan 08, 2018

Health Insurer Sues Trump Admin Over Slashed Subsidies For Low-Income Patients
By Alice Ollstein; Talking Points Memo ~ Jan 08, 2018

HHS Nominee Talks Tough Against Pharma’s Profit Tactics, But History At Drugmaker Tells Different Story
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 08, 2018

HHS nominee Azar needs to come clean on Obamacare, Medicare in Senate hearings
From Margarida Jorge & Ethan Rome; CNBC ~ Jan 08, 2018

Fund managers shouldn't try to save the world at pensioners' expense
From Jared Whitley; The Hill ~ Jan 08, 2018

Blue-state officials plot response to GOP tax law
By Naomi Jagoda; The Hill ~ Jan 07, 2018

Insurers Show Little Interest In Selling Trumpcare Policies
From Bruce Japsen; Forbes ~ Jan 07, 2018

Pfizer ends research for new Alzheimer's, Parkinson's drugs
By Elizabeth Dilts; Reuters ~ Jan 07, 2018

Retirement Tips for the Age of Trump
From Charles J. Sykes; The New York Times ~ Jan 06, 2018

Opinion: Alex Azar is bad medicine for HHS
By Hilary McQuie, The Hill – Jan 6, 2017

Opinion: For Retirees, Rising Interest Rates a Double-Edged Sword
From Mark Miller; Newsmax ~ Jan 06, 2018

Conservatives press for ObamaCare repeal ahead of Trump meeting with GOP
By Rachel Roubein; The Hill ~ Jan 05, 2018

A Retirement Resolution Plan That Does Not Involve Diet, Exercise Or Money
From Joseph Coughlin; Forbes ~ Jan 05, 2018

Tax law’s pass-through provision could harm 401(k) plans
By Greg Iacurci; Pensions & Investments ~ Jan 05, 2018

January surprise of vanishing Social Security COLA
By Mary Beth Franklin; InvestmentNews ~ Jan 05, 2018

Susan Collins Moves The Goalposts (Again) On Her Health Care Demands
By Alice Ollstein; Talking Points Memo ~ Jan 04, 2018

A Top House Republican Doesn’t Concede Defeat On Health Law Repeal
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 03, 2018

The Health 202: There are plenty of health-care issues at stake in the government spending fight

By Paige Winfield Cunningham; The Washington Post ~ Jan 04, 2018

Trump Administration Rule Paves Way For Association Health Plans
By Julie Appleby; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 04, 2018

Trump administration rule would let more Americans drop Obamacare
By Yasmeen Abutaleb; Reuters ~ Jan 04, 2018

Patients, not PBMs, should decide which pharmacy they use
From B. Douglas Hoey; The Hill ~ Jan 04, 2018

A Top House Republican Doesn’t Concede Defeat On Health Law Repeal
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 03, 2018

Credit rater predicts stable year for ObamaCare markets
By Jessie Hellmann; The Hill ~ Jan 03, 2018

With Hatch’s Retirement, Pharma Will Lose A Friend In Congress
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 03, 2018

The January Talk Every Family Should Have
From John Wasik; Forbes ~ Jan 03, 2018

New AARP Tool Helps Investors Choose an Advisor
By Emily Zulz; ThinkAdvisor ~ Jan 03, 2018

5 ways to assess whether the GOP tax plan is delivering
By Josh Boak; The Associated Press ~ Jan 03, 2018

Pharma, under attack for drug prices, started an industry war
By Carolyn Y. Johnson; The Washington Post ~ Jan 02, 2018

The Health 202: Generic drugs had a great 2017
By Paige Winfield Cunningham; The Washington Post ~ Jan 02, 2018

Hospital groups dig in after cuts to discount drug program
By Jessie Hellmann; The Hill ~ Jan 02, 2018

Democrats in High-Tax States Plot to Blunt Impact of New Tax Law
By Ben Casselman; The New York Times ~ Dec 31, 2018

Five ways Trump can undermine ObamaCare in 2018
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Dec 30, 2017

12 Financial Goals For Each Month Of 2018
From Maya Kachroo-Levine; Forbes ~ Dec 30, 2017

Transcending politics, ObamaCare has saved millions of lives
From Dr. Eugene Gu; The Hill ~ Dec 29, 2017

The Most Important Year-end Talk You Should Have About Elder Care
From John Wasik; Forbes ~ Dec 29, 2017

Family caregivers need a voice in our political debate
From David Kendall & Jacqueline Lampert; The Hill ~ Dec 29, 2017

A secure retirement may be in jeopardy for millions of Americans
From Charles Jeszeck & Frank Todisco; The Hill ~ Dec 29, 2017

Final ObamaCare sign-ups tick down slightly due to cancellations
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Dec 28, 2017

What Makes the U.S. Retirement System a Bad Example
From Justin Fox; Bloomberg ~ Dec 28, 2017

When You Shouldn't Prepay Your 2018 Property Taxes
From Kate Ashford; Forbes ~ Dec 28, 2017

IRS Sets Conditions for Deducting 2018 Property Taxes This Year
By John Voskuhl; Bloomberg ~ Dec 28, 2017

5 money mistakes to avoid in the new year
By Anna Bahney; CNNMoney ~ Dec 28, 2017

Opinion: From CHIP reauthorization to drug prices — here's what's in store for 2018 health care
From Dr. Kevin A. Schulman; The Hill ~ Dec 28, 2017

Opinion: If Congress Cuts Entitlements In 2018, Medicare Advantage Enrollment Will Soar
From Bruce Japsen; Forbes ~ Dec 28, 2017

The GOP tax overhaul kept this $1,300 break for seniors
By Darlene Mercado, CNBC – Dec 23, 2017

Social Security Beneficiaries Hit Record 61,859,250
By Terence P. Jeffrey; CNS News ~ Dec 27, 2017

Congress Experiments With Millions Of People By Nuking The O’Care Mandate
By Alice Ollstein; Talking Points Memo ~ Dec 27, 2017

Week ahead: Lawmakers push big health care decisions to 2018
By Jessie Hellmann, Rachel Roubein, Peter Sullivan, & Nathaniel Weixel; The Hill ~ Dec 26, 2017

Trump: Dems, GOP will eventually develop 'great new HealthCare plan'
By Olivia Beavers; The Hill ~ Dec 26, 2017

Trump admin rolling back use of fines against nursing homes
By Rebecca Savransky; The Hill ~ Dec 26, 2017

FDA Requires New Warning On MRI 'Dyes' That Chuck Norris Says Poisoned His Wife
From Rita Rubin; Forbes ~ Dec 26, 2017

Congress can liberate drugs that come off their patents
From Peter J. Ferrara; The Washington Examiner ~ Dec 26, 2017

How To Give Yourself The Gift Of Lower Taxes
From Erik Carter; Forbes ~ Dec 26, 2017

Dems aim for 2018 midterm boost from Trump tax plan fallout
By Bill Barrow; The Associated Press ~ Dec 25, 2017

Why it’s so hard to get generic competition for costly drugs
By David Nather; AXIOS ~ Dec 25, 2017

Americans' most harmful financial habit? Spending too much
By Maurie Backman, TMF; USA TODAY ~ Dec 25, 2017

In The Coming Debate Over Medicare, Remember How Much Seniors Pay
From Howard Gleckman; Forbes ~ Dec 23, 2017

Tax Reform Is Here: 4 Moves To Make By End of 2017
From Jamie Hopkins; Forbes ~ Dec 23, 2017

‘I hope I can quit working in a few years’: A preview of the U.S. without pensions
By Peter Whoriskey, Washington Post – Dec 23, 2017

Opinion: The tax bill should've been called The Inequality Exacerbation Act
From Heather Boushey; The Hill ~ Dec 22, 2017

Trump signs tax bill into law
By Naomi Jagoda; The Hill ~ Dec 22, 2017

Trump’s Top Priority for 2018: Infrastructure or Welfare Reform?
By Yuval Rosenberg; The Fiscal Times ~ Dec 22, 2017

Graham Urges Full Health Care Repeal in 2018, Despite Tricky Math
By Griffin Connolly; Roll Call ~ Dec 22, 2017

Who gets left behind in the spending bill
By Sarah Ferris; Politico ~ Dec 22, 2017

Nokia Routers Take a Step Toward 'Petabit' Age
By Craig Matsumoto; Light Reading ~ Dec 22, 2017

Medicare Penalizes Group Of 751 Hospitals For Patient Injuries
By Jordan Rau; Kaiser Health News ~ Dec 21, 2017

Column: Missed opportunity: GOP tax bill could have lowered crazy-high drug prices
From David Lazarus; Los Angeles Times ~ Dec 21, 2017

Column: With U.S. life expectancy gains down, tax bill will make things worse
From Mark Miller; Reuters ~ Dec 21, 2017

Graham: GOP leaders 'mistaken' to think there won't be ObamaCare repeal in 2018
By Max Greenwood; The Hill ~ Dec 21, 2017

Obamacare enrollment down only slightly after late surge in demand
By Caroline Humer; Reuters ~ Dec 21, 2017

This Drug Used To Be $50 A Bottle, Now It Goes For $15,000. Lawmakers Want Answers.
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Dec 21, 2017

PBGC Expands Missing Participants Program
By Rebecca Moore; Plansponsor ~ Dec 21, 2017

House passes spending bill to avoid government shutdown
By Allen Cone; United Press International ~ Dec 21, 2017

Opinion: The tax cuts ignore this impact on Social Security’s finances
By Brenton Smith, MarketWatch – Dec 21, 2017

Nokia signs multiyear patent deal with Huawei
By Richard Milne; Financial Times ~ Dec 21, 2017

AP FACT CHECK: Trump says Obamacare is repealed. It isn’t
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Dec 20, 2017

Opinion: Grover Norquist: GOP Tax Cuts Are What 2018 Voters Want, Despite What Democrats Say
By Grover Norquist; Newsweek ~ Dec 20, 2017

Doing More Harm Than Good? Epidemic of Screening Burdens Nation’s Older Patients
By Liz Szabo; Kaiser Health News ~ Dec 20, 2017

Why Trump Won't Be Signing His Tax Cuts Right Away
By Russell Berman – Atlantic – Dec 20, 2017

Big Medicare cuts triggered by the GOP tax plan won't happen, says House majority leader
By Berkeley Lovelace Jr. ; CNBC ~ Dec 20, 2017

Why Don’t Most Americans Realize They’re Getting Tax Cuts for Christmas?
By David A. Graham; The Atlantic ~ Dec 20, 2017

5 ways the tax bill will affect your retirement
By Alessandra Malito; MarketWatch ~ Dec 20, 2017

Medicare going after labs suspected of unnecessary testing
By Fred Schulte, KHN; BenefitsPRO ~ Dec 19, 2017

The Life And Death Of The Individual Mandate: Will Scrapping ‘Toothless’ Penalty Make A Difference?
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Dec 19, 2017

Abortion fight threatens Collins deal, risks shutdown
By Jessie Hellmann & Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Dec 19, 2017

Banks, healthcare service firms among winners from U.S. tax bill
By Lewis Krauskopf; Reuters ~ Dec 19, 2017

House Will Have To Re-Vote On Tax Plan After Procedural SNAFU
By Cameron Joseph; Talking Points Memo ~ Dec 19, 2017

BREAKING: McConnell’s Promise Nets Susan Collins’ Tax Bill Vote
By Alice Ollstein; Talking Points Memo ~ Dec 18, 2017

Opinion: Entitlement reform is the toughest test for Republicans
From Peter Morici; MarketWatch ~ Dec 18, 2017

In Election Year, Drug Industry Spent Big To Temper Talk About High Drug Prices
By Jay Hancock, KHN; NPR ~ Dec 18, 2017

Concerns Grow About Cheaper Trumpcare Plans
From Bruce Japsen; Forbes ~ Dec 17, 2017

ObamaCare mandate repeal would put pressure on states
By Nathaniel Weixel” The Hill ~ Dec 17, 2017


From Merrill Matthews; The Hill ~ Dec 17, 2017

GOP betting that its fix for US economy will defy warnings
By Paul Wiseman; The Associated Press ~ Dec 17, 2017

Lawmakers zero in on next target in fight against high drug prices
By Robert King; The Washington Examiner ~ Dec 17, 2017

Trump officials decline to extend ObamaCare sign-up deadline
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Dec 16, 2017

New tax reforms can open health insurance to innovation
From John Sarich; The Hill ~ Dec 16, 2017

For GOP, tax bill’s most visible win may be averting failure
By Alan Fram; The Associated Press ~ Dec 16, 2017

Corporate Winners and Losers in GOP Tax Bill
By Matthew Townsend; Bloomberg ~ Dec 16, 2017

Why Democrats failed to tank tax reform
By Elana Schor & Heather Caygle; Politico ~ Dec 16, 2017

Opinion: The Tax Bill Is Finalized: Who's Happy, And Who's Not?

Flush with momentum, GOP speeds toward tax votes
By Scott Wong; The Hill ~ Dec 16, 2017

Opinion: A Commonsense Compromise On Health Care: Free Market Coverage For Everyone
From Paul Scotchmer; Forbes ~ Dec 15, 2017

Sign-ups show health law’s staying power in Trump era
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Dec 15, 2017

Medicare Fails To Recover Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars In Lab Overcharges
By Fred Schulte; Kaiser Health News ~ Dec 15, 2017

Here are the details of the final GOP tax bill
CBS News ~ Dec 15, 2017

Rubio To Vote ‘Yes’ On Final Tax Bill, Easing GOP Anxiety Over Passage
By Associated Press; Talking Points Memo ~ Dec 15, 2017

House, Senate’s Negotiated Tax Package Includes Repeal Of Individual Mandate
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Dec 14, 2017

Can You Get Health Insurance Subsidies If You Buy Off-Exchange?
The latest in our series of Q&As about open enrollment

By Tracy Anderman; Consumer Reports ~ Dec 14, 2017

Health groups call on states to override Trump ObamaCare order
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Dec 14, 2017

Lawmakers battle Trump, PhRMA on discount drug rule
By Jessie Hellmann; The Hill ~ Dec 14, 2017

Consumers Who Froze Their Credit Reports Could Hit A Glitch Enrolling In Insurance
By Julie Appleby; Kaiser Health News ~ Dec 13, 2017

Rubio’s defection threatens Senate GOP’s margin on tax bill
By Stephen Ohlemacher & Marcy Gordon: The Associated Press ~ Dec 14, 2017

Collins confident health subsidies will be in spending bill
By Nathaniel Weixel; The Hill ~ Dec 13, 2017

House Lawmakers: Ball Is In Senate’s Court On Bills Stabilizing ACA Marketplaces
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Dec 13, 2017

Why Do People Hate Obamacare, Anyway?
By Julie Rovner; Kaiser Health News ~ Dec 13, 2017

Survey: 36% of Obamacare Enrollees Without Subsidies Pay $1,000 Or More in Premiums
By Ali Meyer; The Washington Free Beacon ~ Dec 13, 2017

As the Senate continues to talk about drug pricing let's think about biotechs, too
By Jeffrey Bacha; The Hill ~ Dec 13, 2017

It’s not just primary care doctors that are in short supply, specialists are too
By Joanne Finnegan; FierceHealthcare ~ Dec 13, 2017

This is what Americans are really spending their money on-Frivolous things, or necessities?
By Bob Sullivan; MarketWatch ~ Dec 13, 2017

Credit card debt is costing you nearly $1,000 per year
By Anna Bahney; CNNMoney ~ Dec 13, 2017

Republican Tax Bill in Final Sprint Across Finish Line
By Jim Tankersley, Thomas Kaplan and Alan Rappeport, New York Times – Dec 13, 2017

Congress: Act now to safeguard patients’ access to Part B treatments
By David Daikh & Cynthia A. Bradford; The Hill ~ Dec 13, 2017

Republicans Say They Have a Deal on Tax Bill
By Jim Tankersley, New York Times – Dec 13, 2017

House GOP unveils package to delay ObamaCare taxes
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Dec 12, 2017

Automatic Re-Enrollment Could Leave Customers On Hook To Pay Thousands For Plans They Don’t Want
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Dec 12, 2017

Actuaries warn of premium increases from repealing ObamaCare mandate
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Dec 12, 2017

What Could We Expect From The DOL On 'Association Health Plans'?
From Christopher Condeluci; Forbes ~ Dec 12, 2017

Why Big Medicare And Medicaid Cuts Are Likely
From Bob Blancato; Forbes ~ Dec 12, 2017

Despite Ryan’s Enthusiasm To Overhaul Medicare, GOP Senators More Wary Just Months Before Elections
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Dec 12, 2017

What health insurance executives think of the GOP's plan to repeal the individual mandate
By Leslie Small; FierceHealthcare ~ Dec 11, 2017

Some glitches seen in deadline week for ‘Obamacare’ sign-ups
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Dec 10, 2017

Opinion: Keep big government out of Medicare drug pricing negotiations
By Sally Pipes; The Hill ~ Dec 11, 2017

Despite Mergers, Hospitals Are in Serious Condition
By Charley Grant; The Wall Street Journal ~ Dec 11, 2017

This week: GOP seeks to finish tax overhaul
By Cristina Marcos & Jordain Carney; The Hill ~ Dec 11, 2017

Senate Republicans are divided over whether to pursue Medicare cuts in 2018
By Jeff Stein; The Washington Post ~ Dec 11, 2017

Fed Up With Drug Cost Sticker Shock, Consumers Finding Medication Online For Nearly Half The Price
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Dec 11, 2017

Nokia appoints Joerg Erlemeier as Chief Operating Officer and member of the Nokia Group Leadership Team
WebWire ~ Dec 11, 2017

Poll: Most Americans doubt GOP bill will cut their taxes or boost the economy
By Susan Page; USA TODAY ~ Dec 10, 2017

More Than 1 in 4 Americans Postpone Medical Treatment Because of the Expense
By Ali Meyer; The Washington Free Beacon ~ Dec 10, 2017

GOP Sen. Susan Collins: Not sure if I will support tax reform plan
By Caroline Kenny; CNN ~ Dec 10, 2017

Opinion: To understand the tax reform bill, use good old math and history
From Jeffrey Frankel; The Hill ~ Dec 10, 2017

Very, very scary’: 8.8 million Americans face big tax hike if Republicans scrap the medical deduction
By Heather Long; The Washington Post ~ Dec 10, 2017

GOP Sen. Susan Collins says she would consider changing her tax plan vote over amendments
By Daniella Diaz; CNN ~ Dec 08, 2017

ObamaCare fight could threaten shutdown deal
By Nathaniel Weixel; The Hill ~ Dec 09, 2017

The other big drug problem: Older people taking too many pills
By Sandra G. Boodman; The Washington Post ~ Dec 09, 2017

Prescription Drugs May Cost More With Insurance Than Without It
By Charles Ornstein & Katie Thomas; The New York Times ~ Dec 09, 2017

McConnell Promised Collins Health Bills Would Pass, But No One Else Seems Eager To Uphold That Deal
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Dec 08, 2017

Health Care Spending Grows 1.5% Faster Than Overall Economy in 2016
Out-of-pocket spending including copayments and deductibles increased by 3.9 percent

By Ali Meyer; The Washington Free Beacon ~ Dec 08, 2017

Opinion: Please Raise My Taxes
From Chris Ladd; Forbes ~ Dec 08, 2017

Paul Ryan makes it official: Republicans are coming after Medicare next
By Michael Hiltzik; Los Angeles Times ~ Dec 08, 2017

UnitedHealth Is Buying a Major Doctor Group on the Heels of the CVS-Aetna Deal
By Sy Mukherjee; Fortune ~ Dec 06, 2017

GOP abandons state sovereignty fight on health care
From Barak D. Richman & Dr. Kevin A. Schulman ; The Hill ~ Dec 07, 2017

Pelosi: Dems will oppose short-term spending bill
By Mike Lillis; The Hill ~ Dec 07, 2017

DOJ may win task of reviewing CVS-Aetna deal
By Leslie Small; FierceHealthcare ~ Dec 07, 2017

Ryan pledges 'entitlement reform' in 2018
By Nathaniel Weixel; The Hill ~ Dec 06, 2017

Nokia Estimated by BMO to Pare Declines in 2017, 2018 Networks Revenue vs. 2016's 11% Drop
By MT Newswires; Nasdaq ~ Dec 07, 2017

Rep. Mark Walker says 'no energy' for Obamacare bills
By Robert King; The Washington Examiner ~ Dec 06, 2017

Health law sign-ups seen as falling short though more enroll
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Dec 06, 2017

U.S. healthcare spending growth slowed in 2016
By Toni Clarke; Reuters ~ Dec 06, 2017

Opinion: CVS-Aetna merger is a robber baron's dream come true
From David Balto; The Hill ~ Dec 06, 2017

Count the ways: How GOP tax plans would reward rich families
By Josh Boak; The Associated Press ~ Dec 06, 2017

The tax bill endangers millions of lives
From Rachel Gallery; The Hill ~ Dec 06, 2017

Opinion: How to Reduce Medical Drug Prices At A Stroke
From Scott Knoer; Newsweek ~ Dec 06, 2017

CMS mulls new payment models for drug pricing
By Paige Minemyer; FierceHealthcare ~ Dec 05, 2017

House conservatives push for repeal of ObamaCare mandate in final tax bill
By Jessie Hellmann; The Hill ~ Dec 05, 2017

GOP weighs increasing state and local break in conference version of tax bill
By Joseph Lawler; The Washington Examiner ~ Dec 05, 2017

Flawed Social Security's National Debt Burden Unaffordable
By Brenton Smith, Newsmax – Dec 5, 2017

Forget 'Location, Location, Location' When Making Retirement Housing Decisions
From Jamie Hopkins; The Hill ~ Dec 05, 2017

Deadline Looming, House GOP Keeps Talking About Funding Options
By Lindsey McPherson; Roll Call ~ Dec 05, 2017

Opinion: The next Republican targets: Social Security and Medicare
By Paul Brandus; MarketWatch ~ Dec 05, 2017

Collins doubles funding ask for ObamaCare bill
By Jessie Hellmann; The Hill ~ Dec 04, 2017

Individual Mandate Repeal Included In Senate Tax Bill Despite Dire Warnings About Market Instability
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Dec 04, 2017

Let's scrap the Cadillac tax before Americans start paying in money and lives
From Stacy Washington; The Hill ~ Dec 04, 2017

When Every Year Means an ‘Agonizing’ Search for New Insurance
From Jay Hancock; The New York Times ~ Dec 04, 2017

What the CVS-Aetna deal means for consumers
By Paul R. La Monica; CNNMoney ~ Dec 04, 2017

Five questions for the CVS-Aetna deal
By Nathaniel Weixel; The Hill ~ Dec 04, 2017

Column: CVS and Aetna say their huge merger will be great for consumers. Here's why you should be skeptical
By Michael Hiltzik; Los Angeles Times ~ Dec 04, 2017

5 Reasons Consumer Technology Companies Will Transform Health Care
From Chunka Mui; Forbes ~ Dec 04, 2017

This is the maximum Social Security retirement benefit payable in 2018
By Matthew Frankel, TMF; USA TODAY ~ Dec 04, 2017

Congress should stop lining the pockets of drug corporations and their CEOs
From LeeAnn Hall; The Hill ~ Dec 04, 2017

Opinion: Let's not 'restructure' Social Security and Medicare to pay for tax cuts
From Max Richtman; The Hill ~ Dec 04, 2017

Reports: CVS to buy Aetna for $69B
By Danielle Haynes; United Press International ~ Dec 03, 2017

Collins on support for GOP tax bill: I want to see what comes out of conference committee
By Brett Samuels; The Hill ~ Dec 03, 2017

McConnell In Kentucky: Tax Bill Won’t Add To Nation’s Debt Woes
By Bruce Schreiner, AP; Talking Points Memo ~ Dec 03, 2017

Tax bill could fuel push for Medicare, Social Security cuts
By Nathaniel Weixel; The Hill ~ Dec 03, 2017

Heading Toward Tax Victory, Republicans Eye Next Step: Cut Spending
By Kate Zernike and Alan Rappeport, New York Times – Dec 2, 2017

Will GOP Cut Social Security And Medicare Before Or After The 2018 Election?
From Stan Collender; Forbes ~ Dec 03, 2017

Senate tax bill accomplishes major Obamacare repeal goal
By Yasmeen Abutaleb; Reuters ~ Dec 02, 2017

How The Senate GOP Got The Votes To Overhaul The Tax Code And Strike A Blow To Obamacare
By Alice Ollstein; Talking Points Memo ~ Dec 02, 2017

If You’re 70½, It’s Time to Take Money From Your Retirement Account
By Ann Carrns; The New York Times ~ Dec 01, 2017

Hacking Health Care: Silicon Valley's Solutions To Elderly Care, Diabetes And More
By Jennifer Wang; Forbes ~ Dec 01, 2017

Next week in Congress: Tax negotiations and funding the government
By Susan Ferrechio; The Washington Examiner ~ Dec 02, 2017

Desperate For Coverage: Are Short-Term Plans Better Than None At All?
By Julie Appleby; Kaiser Health News ~ Dec 01, 2017

Congress May Soon Help Prevent Medicare Enrollment Mistakes
From Chris Farrell; Forbes ~ Dec 01, 2017

How Republicans learned to stop worrying about the deficit and love the tax bill
By Joseph Lawler; The Washington Examiner ~ Dec 01, 2017

How GOP Tax Bill Will Blow Up Medicare
From John Wasik; Forbes ~ Dec 01, 2017

McConnell says Senate has the votes to pass GOP tax bill
By Erica Werner and Damian Paletta, Washington Post – Dec 1, 2017

BlackBerry Loses Case, Must Pay Nokia $137M
From News Wire Feed; Light Reading ~ Dec 01, 2017

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