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Obama Budget Proposal Targets Medicare Savings

Posted on 03/4/2014 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsAs expected, President Obama’s budget proposal abandoned a call to change the way annual increases in Social Security benefits are calculated and continued a call for Medicare savings. Announced March 4, his plan, which goes next to Congress, would hit some Medicare providers, drug companies and higher-income Medicare beneficiaries as part of $402 billion in estimated health care savings over the next decade. Among the proposed changes for beneficiaries: Charge higher premiums for Parts B and D for higher-income people …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 02/26/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 Things | Bulletin TodayNews, discoveries and … fun 1.  Antler makeovers are saving the lives of reindeer in Finland. (Learn more at NBC News) 2. Eating yogurt and avoiding fatty or sugary snacks could cut a diabetes risk nearly in half. (Learn more at AARP) 3. When man and his canine best friend hear emotion in a voice, they respond in similar ways. (Learn more at Daily Mail) 4. Joe Newman is vying to become the oldest U.S. congressman by more than a …

Congressman Calling it Quits After 58 Years

Posted on 02/24/2014 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsRep. John Dingell Jr. of Michigan has announced he will retire from Congress, leaving behind his record as the longest-serving Capitol Hill lawmaker in history. A Democrat, Dingell is one of 20 House members who have already announced their retirements (not counting those who are running for other offices, resigning or leaving for other reasons), according to this rundown from Roll Call. Dingell served 58 years after replacing his late father and namesake in the seat. He was a proponent of the …

Love ‘House of Cards’ on TV? You’ll Adore the Novel

Posted on 02/14/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Entertainment  Starting on Valentine’s Day, Netflix airs its second season of House of Cards. Which means a lot of folks will be snuggling up with Kevin Spacey as a ruthless Congressman named Francis Underhill. Spacey isn’t playing the first political villain named Francis, however. Instead he’s playing the American incarnation of a character who first appeared 25 years ago in an English novel. This week, Sourcebooks is re-releasing House of Cards as an e-book. (The print edition arrives March 11.) …

Will Congress Help Medicare Patients Cut Red Tape?

Posted on 02/13/2014 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsA congressman is expressing confidence that a bill he sponsored — to fix a problem faced by many Medicare patients who are left without coverage for skilled nursing care — will pass this year. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-Conn., who introduced the bill with Rep. Tom Latham, R-Iowa, told reporters in a conference call that the legislation has picked up 137 cosponsors. “This is not happening in a vacuum,” Courtney said, according to the Connecticut Mirror. “It’s happening because there is …

What the Cut in Food Stamps Means

Posted on 02/10/2014 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsWhen President Obama signed the farm bill on Feb. 7, it meant sun and rain for food stamp recipients. The sunny side is that a $40 billion cut over 10 years proposed by House Republicans was whittled to $8.6 billion. The stormy side is that some 850,000 households, or 4 percent of beneficiaries of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP (formerly food stamps), will lose about $90 a month to help pay for groceries. The wide-ranging law also addresses nutrition …