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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 …

Health Care Law Helps Add 3 Million to Medicaid

Posted on 04/4/2014 by | General News | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy Erica Werner, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Three million Americans signed up for Medicaid under President Barack Obama’s new health care law as of the end of February, the administration announced on April 4, offering its first full accounting of how much the safety net health program has grown since implementation of the law. Many were newly eligible because of the law’s Medicaid expansion, while others already eligible but not yet enrolled came forward because of publicity around the …

Medicare Changes Its Policy for Heart Failure Patients

Posted on 04/4/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthAfter deliberating for a decade, Medicare recently announced that it will now cover cardiac rehab for some patients who suffer from stable but chronic heart failure, a costly, debilitating disease that could be improved with supervised exercise and counseling. Heart failure is a chronic condition in which the heart can’t pump enough blood to meet the body’s need for oxygen. Patients often suffer shortness of breath and swelling in their feet, ankles, legs and stomach from fluid buildup. Some 650,000 …

Medicare Accepting Applications From Same-Sex Spouses

Posted on 04/4/2014 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsSpouses in same-sex marriages can now apply for Medicare benefits. The Social Security Administration, which is in charge of determining eligibility for Medicare, has begun working on requests for Part A and Part B coverage by spouses in same-sex marriages as well as requests for special enrollment and reductions in late-enrollment penalties. The Supreme Court’s ruling last year in United States v. Windsor invalidated the Defense of Marriage Act, which had prevented Medicare from allowing benefits for same-sex couples. The …

New IRS Message to Taxpayers: We’ve Got Your Back

Posted on 04/4/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsThe recently installed head of the Internal Revenue Service, John Koskinen, dropped in on members of the media the other day at the National Press Club in Washington. His message: The tax collection agency is out to restore public trust amid accusations the IRS acted inappropriately in reviewing tax-exempt status for certain public welfare groups, known as 501(c)(4) organizations. “Taxpayers need to be confident that the IRS will treat them fairly. It doesn’t make any difference who they are, what …

Good Morning Sunshine: Those Rays Help Your Weight

Posted on 04/3/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthJust in time for spring’s sunnier days comes this welcome news: A new Northwestern University study reports that your exposure to bright, early morning light can help you manage your weight. People who had most of their sunshine exposure in the morning, starting at 8 a.m., had a significantly lower body mass index (BMI) than did those who got most of their light exposure later in the day, researchers found. BMI is an estimate of body fat based on height …