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With Votes Counted, ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Looms Large

Posted on 11/7/2012 by |Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsFrom Kaiser Health News News outlets report that with the election in the rear-view mirror, President Barack Obama and congressional lawmakers must pivot to high-stakes negotiations over expiring income tax rates, massive scheduled cuts to Pentagon spending and entitlement reform. Also on the to-do list: the Medicare doc fix. The Washington Post: Fresh From Reelection, President Finds Himself On Edge Of ‘Fiscal Cliff’ The president, who won reelection late Tuesday, must now confront the “fiscal cliff,” nearly $500 billion in automatic …

A Look Back – and Thank You

Posted on 12/29/2011 by |Grassroots Advocacy | Comments

PoliticsAs the year winds down, we find ourselves pondering what really mattered in the last 365 days.  For us, the answer is easy – you.  Your petitions, phone calls, and emails to legislators made it possible for us to accomplish so much to improve the lives of older Americans in this country – and for that we are most grateful.

The Takeaway: U.S. Retirement Assets Declining Again; Payroll Tax Deadlock Ends; World’s Oldest Yoga Teacher

Posted on 12/23/2011 by |Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayAmericans’ retirement assets lost a total value of $1.4 trillion last quarter, the first decline since the depths of the recession three years ago, according to a new report … After initially rejecting the measure, House Republican leaders yesterday agreed to a two-month payroll tax cut extension—and, with it, an extension of federal unemployment benefits and a temporary ‘doc fix’ … And Bernice Bates, 91, has been named the world’s oldest yoga teacher by Guinness World Records.

The Takeaway: With Congress Home For The Holidays, Docs Face Steep Medicare Pay Cut

Posted on 12/21/2011 by |Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayIf Congress doesn’t pass an extension bill by Jan. 1, payroll taxes will go up for 160 million workers, almost 2 million people could lose unemployment benefits and doctors could see a 27.4 percent pay cut from Medicare. But with the end of 2011 fast approaching—and lawmakers already having left Washington for the holidays—that’s looking like less and less of a possibility.

The Takeaway: Docs Face Steep Medicare Pay Cut (Again); New Book Explores ‘Ageless Homes’

Posted on 11/28/2011 by |Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayIf Congress doesn’t act before January 1, doctors will see a 27.4 percent cut in their reimbursement pay from Medicare. And a new book from architect Wid Chapman and gerontologist Jeffrey P. Rosenfeld explores (in full-pictured glory) 33 examples of homes that have been designed with an eye toward aging in place.

Don’t let Congress force doctors out of Medicare

Posted on 12/8/2010 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthIf Congress doesn’t act soon, Medicare patients could lose access to the doctors they know and trust.