Why I Like 529 College Savings Plans

Posted on 03/27/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & SavingsIf you want to help pay for higher education for a child or grandchild, consider using a 529 college savings plan. These plans allow you to put money aside for tuition and other college-related expenses, while getting some nice tax advantages as well. Since I have a son who will be college bound in a couple of years, I’ve looked at all sorts of ways to pay for it and can say the 529 plan is by far the best …

Is Your Hospital in Medicare’s Penalty Box?

Posted on 11/15/2013 by |In Other News . . . | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIs your hospital being penalized for providing care that falls short of what Medicare thinks it should be? Measures range from nighttime noise to following basic clinical standards of care. If so, your hospital isn’t alone. Some 1,451 hospitals nationwide are being paid a little bit less for each patient they treat in the second year of Medicare’s “quality incentive” program, compared with 1,231 hospitals that will be paid more, according to Kaiser Health News. Here are the hospitals at …

Would You Volunteer For a Klondike Bar?

Posted on 03/1/2011 by |Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringThis is a guest post by Stephen Anfield. Stephen is currently working as the Benefits Outreach Project Coordinator at the AARP Foundation. He organizes the Benefits Access QuickLink volunteers and National Call Center. It’s no secret that people love incentives. If you’ve ever watched a television game show like Wipe Out, you’ve seen that people will put themselves through the wringer just for the chance to win BIG. While some people do it for the money, others are content with simply having …