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This post was updated April 21, 2015.
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By Mary Agnes Carey, Kaiser Health News Staff Writer
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By Mary Agnes Carey, Senior Correspondent, Kaiser Health News
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By Mary Agnes Carey, Senior Correspondent, Kaiser Health News
While Medicare is largely protected from the " fiscal cliff" cuts that could come at the beginning of next year, take note: largely doesn't mean completely.
From Kaiser Health News
From Kaiser Health News
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Americans' 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.
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If 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.
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If 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.
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