Take a look at AARP Executive Vice President John Rother's strong response to criticism of Social Security by Washington Post's Robert Samuelson:
AARP released a report today that finds that prices of widely used brand name prescription drugs skyrocketed last year - "skyrocketed" meaning climbed more than eight percent (8%) even while general inflation remained negative. The New York Times covered the findings here.
You may have heard the 2010 Medicare and Social Security Trustees Report was released today. Below are AARP statements on the report for those interested.
A release from the Employee Benefits Research Institute today reports that paid sick leave was available to approximately two-thirds of Americans in March 2009. Specifically, 77 percent of full-time workers had access to paid sick leave, compared with 28 percent of part-time workers, and 90 percent of state and local government employees had access to paid sick leave.
Here is a story from the Wall Street Journal today that discusses the inclusion of a long-term care benefit in the House bill. It's a program that would pay cash to people who become disabled by way of premiums deducted from employee's paychecks - but of course, employees would have the option to opt out of the program. The provision is meant to help with the problem that not many people have long-term care insurance if they need home care or to be in a nursing home. Medicare does not include long-term care benefits.
Posted today in USA Today's Opinion section was an op-ed by AARP's John Rother on insurance companies engaging in age discrimination by charging higher premiums to seniors than they charge younger consumers.
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