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Government Hikes Payment Estimate for Medicare Advantage Plans

Posted on 04/8/2014 by | General News | Comments

Bulletin TodayBy Tom Murphy, AP Business Writer The government has raised its payment estimate for Medicare Advantage plans months ahead of a busy election season during which cuts to the program promise to be a key focus for politicians and voters. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said Monday that 2015 payments to the plans should increase less than 1 percent overall. That compares to a drop of nearly 2 percent that the government forecast in February. Analysts expect actual …

After Barbara Walters Signs off May 16, What Next?

Posted on 04/7/2014 by | Movies & TV | Comments

Bulletin Today | EntertainmentAnd so The Year of Barbara has a firm end-date: May 16. That’s the day news icon Barbara Walters will cohost her last episode of The View and retire from full-time journalism. It won’t be a quiet send-off: The View will have a week-long celebration, ABC News is planning a two-hour prime-time retrospective, and you can expect Barbara’s face to be plastered across every network franchise from World News Tonight to Dancing with the Stars. And even after May 16, …

Should Older Workers Have to Pay More for Their Pensions?

Posted on 04/7/2014 by | Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | WorkYou’ve undoubtedly heard the advice again and again: If you are close to retirement age, you should max out your contributions to employer-sponsored retirement plans. But requiring older employees to contribute more than younger ones to a pension fund is another matter entirely, a federal appeals court in Baltimore held last week. “Certain older Baltimore County employees were forced to pay more for their pensions than younger co-workers,” David Lopez, the general counsel of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, said …

Chuck Stone: The Columnist Who Saved Lives

Posted on 04/7/2014 by | Who's News | Comments

Bulletin Today | LegacyBack when Chuck Stone was a columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News (from 1972 to 1991), it wouldn’t have been advertising hype to say that he was the most trusted man in the City of Brotherly Love. People put their faith in Stone, who died on April 6 at age 89 in Farmington, N.C. It wasn’t just his street-smart knowledge of the city and the elegant old-school prose decorated with 0bscure words. They believed in his essential goodness, in the …

Grab a Tissue, Major Allergy Season Coming

Posted on 04/7/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthMan, this winter just keeps on giving. Turns out those record-setting, lower-than-normal temperatures we just suffered through are now going to cause higher-than-normal pollen counts starting this month. Or, as Susan Kosisky, chief microbiologist at the U.S. Army Centralized Allergen Extract Laboratory, told the Washington Post, “Grab your Kleenex. It’s coming.” Evidently the long cold spell has given trees more time to build up pollen, which basically translates to lots of eye-watering, sneezy-wheezy misery as the weather warms and all …

Do You Need Microsoft’s Office Apps on Your iPad?

Posted on 04/7/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyOffice for iPad is here, including Word and Excel and PowerPoint, the applications so many of us have grown up with at work. Is this the set of applications that will change how you use your iPad? Cost. You can download the applications separately, and they’re free. Sort of. They’ll let you open and read documents and spreadsheets and presentations. But you can’t edit or create documents unless you fork over $99 a year for a subscription to Microsoft’s Office 365 — or pay as …