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Feds Propose New Health Insurance Consumer Protections

En español | Have you ever scheduled a medical procedure, made sure your health insurance was covering it as in-network — but later were surprised to receive an out-of-network bill from one of your health providers? Or, have you ever enrolled in a health plan available in your area, but then, when it came time to seek needed medical care from a specialist, you discover that none were available both in-network and within a reasonable distance from your home? Fortunately …

Latest TPP Biologics Proposal Is a Step in the Wrong Direction

As negotiators meet on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in Atlanta, AARP is again urging them to be mindful of the consumers who depend on prescription drugs to manage their health conditions. We continue to have serious concerns with the direction of the TPP negotiations on key issues that will have long-lasting effects on access to affordable prescriptions in the U.S. and around the world. One of AARP’s main objections centers on the intellectual property provisions in the draft TPP agreement. …

Don’t Know Social Security Rules? You Could Take a Big Hit

What you don’t know about Social Security could cost you thousands of dollars. A recent AARP survey conducted in conjunction with the Financial Planning Association found that while many Americans approaching retirement have a broad understanding about Social Security benefits, there is a serious knowledge gap in some critical areas. For example, while 88 percent of those surveyed knew that waiting past age 62 until their full retirement age would increase their benefit amount, only 5 percent knew by how …

Jackie Collins: The Woman Knew from Fame!

Best-selling novelist Jackie Collins, who died September 19 at age 77, lived in a Beverly Hills mansion and frequented Hollywood’s toniest hot spots, collecting dish for her sex- and scandal-filled chronicles of Tinseltown’s rich and famous, notably Hollywood Wives. But Collins was just as likely to be spotted at a local Rite Aid or Target store. Shortly before her last novel, The Santangelos, came out in June, Collins came out to me about her surprisingly down-to-earth tastes: Writing is so …

Can’t Use Your FSA or HSA to Buy Over-the-Counter Drugs? AARP Is Working on That

It’s no secret that chronic pain is a common problem among older adults. According to the National Institutes of Health, 50 percent of older adults who live on their own suffer from chronic pain, and that number jumps to 75 percent or higher for seniors living in care facilities. Over-the-counter (OTC) medicines provide older adults with a trusted first line of defense against pain and allow them to manage their symptoms from the comfort of their own home without having …

Jubilación: ‘tiene que ver con la honestidad, el sentido de justicia, la dignidad’

En inglés | Gracias a la voluntad de millones de personas que trabajan arduamente, nuestra economía ha avanzado mucho desde la crisis financiera que ocurrió hace siete años. Nuestros negocios han creado más de 12.8 millones de nuevos empleos durante 64 meses consecutivos, la tendencia más prolongada que se ha registrado. Nuestra tasa de graduación de la escuela secundaria ha llegado a un nivel sin precedentes. Hoy más que nunca se gradúa de la universidad una cantidad mayor de personas …