Concerns Raised on Compelling Retirees to Enroll in Medicare

As both the House and Senate have begun hearings into another possible attempt to shore up the Postal Service’s finances, concerns have been raised about a new attempt to compel postal retirees to enroll in Medicare. That provision has been in numerous proposals regarding USPS for years, none of which have come close to final…

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NARFE: A Postal Reform Update and Why it Matters for All Federal Retirees

Here are the slides from today’s NARFE Webinar on proposed Postal Reform legislation and it’s effect on FEHB. A full presentation, including audio, will be made available soon and will be posted on 21cpw. – RZ Source: National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association

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SEC Files Fraud Charges Against Former Brokers Targeting Federal Retirees

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Washington D.C., July 31, 2017— The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged four former Atlanta-area brokers with fraudulently inducing federal employees to roll over holdings from their federal Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) retirement accounts into higher-fee, variable annuity products. The SEC’s enforcement action comes at a time when the agency has been…

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Older Americans Month – May 2017: ‘Age Out Loud!’

This year’s theme: ‘Age Out Loud’   May is Older Americans Month, which is held each year to celebrate older adults. This year’s theme is “Age Out Loud.” The goal is “to give aging a new voice — one that reflects what today’s older adults have to say,” according to the Administration for Community Living,…

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Every Day, 24K Federal Retirees Reach a Busy Signal on OPM’s Toll-Free Line

By Eric Katz – October 27, 2016 Federal retirees with questions about their benefits have long waits before receiving customer service, often encountering busy signals and facing months of delays to written inquiries, according to a new report. More than one in four phone calls to the Office of Personnel Management in fiscal 2015 from…

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NARFE: Low COLAs for 2017 Leave Federal Retirees Worse Off

Press Release – October 18, 2016 Alexandria, VA – – Federal retirees received bad news today with the announcement of the 2017 cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), said National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) President Richard G. Thissen. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) announced that COLA to federal civilian and military retirement annuities…

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Will There Be a COLA Increase in 2017 for Federal Retirees?

By Ralph Smith – June 5, 2016 An increase in the cost of living adjustment (COLA) refers to the increase, if any, that federal retirees and Social Security recipients will receive in 2017. It does not refer to any pay raise that current federal employees will receive. The 2017 federal pay raise is currently on track…

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Lower gas prices means no Social Security increase next year

By Stephen Ohlemacher – October 11, 2015 WASHINGTON (AP) — For just the third time in 40 years, millions of Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and federal retirees can expect no increase in benefits next year, unwelcome news for more than one-fifth of the nation’s population. They can blame low gas prices. By law, the…

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