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Help Beat Hunger in Small Ways, With Love

I believe that anything you really want to do you’ll do with love. That way, it resonates with everyone. As a chef, that’s what my “cooking with love” philosophy is all about. I hug folks with my food. It’s how I nurture people, be it my immediate or extended family or my community — mostly with soulful Southern classics like collard greens, soup beans, corn bread and Nashville’s famous hot chicken. Ending hunger could be a SNAP » Cooking is also …

Why I Sell Nutritious Food Where There Was None

En español  | It’s astounding that more than 10 million Americans 50 and older often go hungry. Many live in areas that don’t have easy access to affordable, nutritious food — places called food deserts — where sometimes convenience stores selling beef jerky and chips play the role of supermarkets. Yet when entrepreneurs or large grocery chains try to open stores in these underserved areas, they typically fail. Why? Because you can’t operate a supermarket in a food desert the …

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 …