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Medicare in Good Health — For Now

Posted on 07/28/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthMedicare is in much better health and has a somewhat longer life expectancy than previously expected, according to the 2014 Medicare Trustee’s report released today. Spending on Medicare’s Part B program, which covers mainly doctors’ services and outpatient care, has significantly slowed, the report says. That’s good news for the 59 million people on Medicare, because it means that the standard Part B premiums, which are always pegged to the previous year’s costs, are expected to stay at the same …

Lawmakers Urged to Act Soon to Shore Up Social Security

Posted on 07/28/2014 by |Senior Editor, Money Team | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & Savings | WorkThe financial outlook for Social Security remains largely unchanged from last year, with the combined trust funds that pay benefits to retirees and workers with disabilities expected to exhaust reserves in 2033, according to a government report released today. After that date, money coming into the system would be enough to cover 77 percent of benefit obligations, according to the Social Security trustees report. At a news conference this afternoon, Treasury Secretary Jack J. Lew said Social Security and Medicare …

Baseball Welcomes Writer, 93, into Hall of Fame

Posted on 07/28/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin TodayThe game he loves has honored the man many say is its finest chronicler. On July 26, the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., presented the J.G. Taylor Spink Award to Roger Angell, for 50 years of writing about the national pastime. In The New Yorker magazine and in a number of books, Angell shared his passion for a sport he calls “the hardest game to play.” Speaking to the crowd after receiving his award, Angell was grateful: …

Jeff Bridges Channels His Dad in ‘The Giver’

Posted on 07/25/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | EntertainmentJeff Bridges first saw his father, Lloyd Bridges, who passed away in 1998, in the role of the wizened Giver in Lois Lowry’s 1993 best-selling novel The Giver. In Reddit.com’s “Ask Me Anything” series he discussed the man who inspired him to produce a new film adaptation of the novel. “I was reading children’s book catalogs, and I came across this photograph of a cover of a book, with an old grizzled guy on the cover, and I thought ‘Oh, my dad could play …

True Confession: Billy Bob Thornton Wears Girls’ Jeans

Posted on 07/25/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin TodayBilly Bob Thornton is known for many things: his roles in movies like Armageddon and Monster’s Ball, his highly publicized marriage and subsequent divorce to actress Angelina Jolie, his recent portrayal as Lorne Malvo in the television series “Fargo,” and his singing. But following a recent interview on “Oprah’s Master Class,” Thornton may be known for something entirely different. He wears girls’ jeans. “I’ll go to Old Navy and get girls jeans ’cause I’m kind of bony, and they fit me …

Another AARP Spoofing Scam Surfaces

Posted on 07/25/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & Savings | TechnologyRobocalls continue to falsely claim that AARP is providing “free” medical alert devices (I got one just yesterday, with a displayed caller ID number belonging to a local swim club), and now there’s a new ruse faking the AARP name. This time, live representatives claim to be calling on behalf of “AARP Member Advantages,” asking you to “verify” personal information based on the lie that it’s a requirement of the U.S. government if you want to continue participating in AARP-related services …