November, 2010Archive

AARP Cheat Sheet: Tuesday, November 23

Posted on 11/23/2010 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Technologyhttp://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1 (Photojournalist Christopher Anderson and audio journalist Jonathan Miller: Hungry in America. First in a four-part series – more to come.) Medical-loss ratio rule goes into effect:“The regulations require health insurers to spend at least 80 percent of premium revenue on patient care for small and individual plans, and 85 percent for large plans.” What this means for you: “Under the rules, in effect next year, companies will have to meet a spending threshold of at least 80 percent for …

Run for a Reason this Season

Posted on 11/23/2010 by |Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringLast month my best friend ran the Baltimore 5k. It was her first race ever and when finished she said she felt so accomplished. The sense of personal achievement she said was overwhelming. If she could do it, so could I, I thought. But, what if in addition to that pride of busting through the finish line, I sign up to run or walk for a cause? I don’t consider myself a runner really. But that’s what’s so great about …

AARP Cheat Sheet: Tuesday, November 23

Posted on 11/23/2010 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your Lifehttp://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1 (Photojournalist Christopher Anderson and audio journalist Jonathan Miller: Hungry in America. First in a four-part series – more to come.) Medical-loss ratio rule goes into effect:“The regulations require health insurers to spend at least 80 percent of premium revenue on patient care for small and individual plans, and 85 percent for large plans.” What this means for you: “Under the rules, in effect next year, companies will have to meet a spending threshold of at least 80 percent for …

Thanksgiving Shouldn’t Empty Your Wallet

Posted on 11/23/2010 by |General News | Comments

Money & SavingsThe holiday of being thankful shouldn’t also be the holiday of being broke — after all, turkeys and the other delicious food that goes into a Thanksgiving feast can be quite a strain on your wallet. So AARP took the initiative of putting together some tips on how to spend less: Perhaps the simplest way to cut the cost of Thanksgiving dinner is to rein in the number of dishes you serve. “People typically overspend on Thanksgiving,” says Kit Yarrow, …

Happy Birthday, Jamie Lee Curtis!

Posted on 11/22/2010 by |General News | Comments

EntertainmentThat’s right, today the savvy and beautiful American actress turns 52 today. Also check out AARP Magazine’s interview with Jamie Lee a couple of years ago where she divulges her thoughts on turning 50 and being comfortable in her own skin. But would we expect any less from her? One highlighted quote: “I want to be older. I actually think there’s an incredible amount of self-knowledge that comes with getting older. I feel way better now than I did when …

AARP Cheat Sheet: Monday, November 22

Posted on 11/22/2010 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your Life(From Michael Jackson to a friend, 1986. Via excellent blog Letters of Note.) Death and taxes, with a twist: the 2010 blip in the federal estate tax may be factoring into end-of-life decisions. “For some families, the coming tax has the potential to raise a troubling question: Should taxes factor into the timing of end-of-life decisions? The concept has engrossed and horrified estate planners for a year.” “We’re going to have to deal with it as adults. Whether we like …