News That Matters to You
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House Approves Appropriations for First Six Months of Fiscal Year 2013
On September 13, by a bipartisan vote of 329 to 91, the House approved legislation, H.J.Res. 117, that would provide appropriations for federal programs and agencies in the first half of fiscal year 2013 at the levels agreed to in the Budget Control Act of 2011. Read more >
AHIP Testifies at Congressional Hearing on Health Insurance Exchanges
On September 12, AHIP testified at a hearing in the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) health insurance exchanges and related issues. Read more >
Congress Poised to Reconvene; ACA Hearings on Post-Recess Agenda
Both the Senate and the House are scheduled to reconvene on Monday, September 10, following the five-week summer recess. Read more >
HHS Announces New Exchange Grants for Eight States
On August 23, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius announced that eight states have received new grants to support the development of health insurance exchanges through which new coverage options will be offered, beginning in 2014, under the Affordable Care Act. Read more >
ASBA® Tax Tips for Upcoming Tax Season
Estate and Gift Tax -
The Tax Relief Act of 2010 revived the estate tax for decedents dying after December 31, 2009, however, at a much higher applicable exclusion amount and lower tax rate than had been scheduled under prior law. The maximum estate tax rate is 35% with an applicable exclusion amount of $5 million.
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Retirement Savings: Pay Yourself First
Are you currently working on growing your retirement nest egg? Are you adding to it only as you have extra cash on hand? The truth is that very few of us ever have what we would consider "extra" cash. Read more >
The Oldest and Youngest Baby Boomers Have Different Retirement Plans
The oldest baby boomers have already begun to retire. But retirement is still decades away for the youngest members of this large generation, who seem to be quite distinct from their elders. Read more >
Adult Children Could Be on Hook for Parents' Nursing Home Bills
The adult children of elderly parents in many states could be held liable for their parents' nursing home bills as a result of the new Medicaid long-term care provisions contained in a law enacted in February 2006. Read more >
The 20 Cities Where the Most Baby Boomers Will Retire
The oldest baby boomers will turn 65 in less than two years. And that's just the beginning of what Urban Institute researchers are calling a "tsunami of senior growth in the next decade". The senior population is expected to grow by 36 percent between 2010 and 2020.
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HEALTH & SAFETY
You're Eligible for Great Dental Coverage!
Your membership in the American Senior Benefits Association gives you access to a quality individual dental plan. Minor oral health problems left untreated can lead to major problems - which can be devastating for you overall health, and expensive. Read more >
Top 10 Foods for Seniors
Source: WIBW-Channel 13 (Topeka, KS) website
Attn Grandparents: 12 Tips for Childproofing Your Home
Each year, children are unintentionally hurtand sometimes killedby hazards in and around the home. The good news is that these twelve tips for childproofing can help reduce and prevent the risk of injury. Read more >
Tips for Staying Safe in the World of Social Networking
Social networking is on the rise and, according to a study by the Pew Research Center, the fastest growing group of networkers is the over-55 demographic. Read more >
A Take on Health Care Reform from Careington
Health Care Reform has been signed into law by President Obama and the opinions are varied and wide ranging as to what it means. Read more >
Top 10 Retirement Destinations
As found in www.greatplacestoretire.com; based on access to medical care, walkability, housing affordability, and more.
Worst Places to Retire in the U.S.
While many seniors used to head straight for the warmer climates upon retiring, the deterioration of the U.S. economy over the past couple of years has most likely changed the way certain retirement locations are viewed.
The Importance of the 2010 Census
As you receive your 2010 Census form, ASBA encourages every resident to participate in a process that is as old as the nation itself. That process is the decennial census, mandated in Article I, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution, mainly written by James Madison, one of our nation's founders and our fourth president.
Vacations: Getting There Can Be Fun, Too (pdf)
If you and your family are planning to hit the road this summer, you may already be thinking about what you'll do once you arrive at your destination. But take some time to plan for the drive, too. Some ideas for fun in the car may make for a more pleasant — and safe — trip. Read more >
Traveling Abroad: the Insurance Checklist You May Have Never Considered (pdf)
The passports and electronic tickets are in the carry-on bag, you've canceled the newspaper delivery for the week, the dog is at the neighbor's, and you've brought the extra digital camera card - everything is all set for that European vacation. Or is it?
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