6 Things to Watch in Congress

Members of Congress are back in Washington with an agenda full of items important to older Americans. Here’s a rundown: Debt ceiling and federal budget. Two deadlines loom here. The federal government will run out of borrowing authority if Congress doesn’t raise the debt ceiling by Feb. 7. Although Capitol Hill lawmakers negotiated a budget deal in December that set overall spending, they must pass a bill with more specifics by Jan. 15. Each time budget deadlines hit, some lawmakers …

States Step Up for Retirement Security

Are you saving (enough) for retirement? The numbers paint a worrisome picture – for Americans, our families and the nation. Three-quarters of Americans age 55-64 had less than $30,000 in their retirement accounts as of 2010. And, more than 70 million American workers do not have any type of employer-sponsored retirement plan. Clearly, we need some help to get on the road to retirement savings – and more effective ways to save money for our future. This is where the …

5 Reasons to Care About Medicaid Expansion

Nine states have passed Medicaid expansion this year, with another 15 on the brink of extending health coverage to more hard-working citizens. Why is Medicaid expansion, which would extend Medicaid health coverage to people who earn about $15,000 a year (138% of the federal poverty level), so important? Here are the top 5 reasons: 1. 50- to 64-year olds: Medicaid expansion will provide health care coverage to tens of thousands of hard-working Americans between the ages of 50 to 64. Many …

Janis Joplin – Alive, Well and Performing Nightly in D.C.

Well, OK – it’s not really Janis. But Mary Bridget Davies is putting on a helluva show every night at Washington’s Arena Stage in One Night with Janis Joplin, giving those who saw the real thing – and those who are far too young – a chance to hang out with a legend. The show is more like a concert, with few bits of tension and little dramatic development. The demons that killed the singer in 1970 at age 27 …

Your Life Calling: Behind the Scenes on the Pacific Coast

The following is a guest post from Kim Sedmak. (Dispatches from Boston here, Yellowstone here.)  We’ve been on the road again – this time on a very large ferry boat to Bainbridge Island, WA, just a 35-minute ride from downtown Seattle. This is where Jane Pauley interviewed Gifford and Libba Pinchot, the founders of the Bainbridge Graduate Institute (BGI) for AARP’s TODAY SHOW series “Your Life Calling.” Ten years ago at age 58, this dynamic duo decided to do “one …