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IRS doubted legality of ObamaCare payments, former official says
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ May 25, 2016

Opinion: Universal Pensions: A progressive alternative to retirement savings
By Michelle Di Ionno; The Hill ~ May 25, 2016

Will You Ever Understand Your Medical Bill?
From John Graham; Forbes ~ May 25, 2016

Bill Popular With Hospital Groups Advanced by Key House Committee
By Caitlin Owens, Morning Consult – May 24, 2016

Will the Rising Cost of Living Threaten Your Retirement?
By Chris Metinko; Main St ~ May 25, 2016

6 ways to have a happy retirement
By Robert Powell; USA TODAY ~ May 25, 2016

Most American households doing better financially
By Martin Crutsinger; The Associated Press ~ May 25, 2016

Republicans Are Breaking Obamacare So They Can Declare It Broken
By Tierney Sneed; Talking Points Memo ~ May 24, 2016

Senate rejects new U.S. retirement rule; Obama ready to veto
By Lisa Lambert; Reuters ~ May 24, 2016

Nokia could cut 10,000-15,000 jobs worldwide: union
By Jussi Rosendahl; Reuters ~ May 24, 2016

Supreme Court sends Verizon annuity buyout lawsuit back to appeals court
By Hazel Bradford, Pensions&Investments – May 23, 2016

By Sara Hansard; Bloomberg ~ May 23, 2016

GOP duo unveils healthcare bill maintaining parts of ObamaCare
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ May 23, 2016

More DB Plan Sponsors Likely to Take Risk Transfer Action
By Rebecca Moore; Plansponsor ~ May 23, 2016

U.S. Senate poised to vote to repeal new retirement advice rule
By Lisa Lambert & Richard Cowan; Reuters ~ May 23, 2016

Elderly book end-of-life talks once labeled 'death panels'
By Matt Sedensky; The Associated Press ~ May 22, 2016

Surprise! These 3 Insurers Plan to Expand Their Obamacare Coverage in 2017
By Sean Williams; The Motley Fool ~ May 21, 2016

Medicare returning to an old-fashioned idea: house calls
By Susan Jaffe, KHS; USA TODAY ~ May 21, 2016

Get Ready to Kiss a Majority of Your Social Security Benefits Goodbye
By Sean Williams; The Motley Fool ~ May 21, 2016

Political choices made to goose Obamacare are now wrecking it
By Scott Gottlieb; AEI ~ May 20, 2016

Poll Finds Concerns Growing Among Obamacare Enrollees About Premium, Deductible Costs
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ May 20, 2016

How Big Pharma Uses Charity Programs to Cover for Drug Price Hikes
By Benjamin Elgin & Robert Langreth; Bloomberg ~ May 19, 2016

SEC plans to propose fiduciary rule next April
By Mark Schoeff Jr; Pensions & Investments ~ May 19, 2016

Is The U.S. Ready For Value-Based Drug Pricing?
From “Knowledge Wharton” ; ValueWalk ~ May 19, 2016

GOP lawmakers unveil ObamaCare replacement bill
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ May 19, 2016

Testimony: Social Security Still Putting Millions Of Identities At Risk, Despite $300 Million Investment
By Juliegrace Brufke; The Daily Caller ~ May 19, 2016

SEC plans to propose fiduciary rule next April
By Mark Schoeff Jr; Pensions & Investments ~ May 19, 2016

What happens when fiduciaries shirk obligations, file for bankruptcy?
By Marlene Y. Satter; BenefitsPRO ~ May 18, 2016

Committee Calls For Immediate Resignation Of IRS Chief
By Juliegrace Brufke; The Daily Caller ~ May 18, 2016

Nokia Is Plotting A Big Comeback to the Phone Business
By Klint Finley: WIRED ~ May 18, 2016

Is Your Surgery Double-Booked?
What you should get clear about your surgeon’s schedule before you go under the knife.

By Michael O. Schroeder; US News & World Report ~ May 17, 2016

Rural hospitals often safer, cheaper for common surgeries: Study
From HealthDay News; United Press International ~ May 17, 2016

Rating hospitals by the stars: The feds’ latest plan to measure quality is the most controversial
By Jordan Rau; The Washington Post ~ May 17, 2016

Aetna exits state exchanges but not off-exchange market
By Dan Cook; BenefitsPRO ~ May 17, 2016

No, The Public Doesn’t Suddenly Support Socialized Medicine
By John Merline; Kaiser Health News ~ May 17, 2016

Almost half of heart attacks are silent; they're still risky
By Lindsey Tanner; The Associated Press ~ May 17, 2016

Nokia gets 10Gbps symmetrical speeds off HFC in lab test
By Chris Duckett; ZDNet ~ May 17, 2016

How Not To Fix Social Security
By Brenton Smith, Forbes – May 16, 2016

New Fiduciary Rule for Retirement Plans
By Debra Lee Mackey; JDSUPRA Business Advisor ~ May 16, 2016

Why Some Obamacare Insurers Are Making Money, But Many Are Losing Big
By Jonathan Cohn; HuffPost Politics ~ May 16, 2016

JOHN BARRASSO: Obamacare shares blame for high drug prices
By John Barrasso; The Washington Times ~ May 16, 2016

Insurers’ Losses Nearly Double In Second Year Of Health Law, Due Largely To Medical Costs
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ May 16, 2016

Retirement planning: How living by six R’s can cure cracks in the nest egg
By Mike Mahoney; Columbus CEO ~ May 16, 2016

Obamacare's 2017 Insurer Rate Requests Are Starting to Stream in, and the Figures Are Scary
By Sean Williams; The Motley Fool ~ May 15, 2016

Obama under mounting pressure to stem drug costs
By Bill Hambrecht; San Antonio Express-News ~ May 15, 2016

Sorry, We Don’t Take Obamacare
By Elisabeth Rosenthal; The New York Times ~ May 14, 2016

More Support for Aggressive Blood Pressure Treatment for Elderly
By Amy Norton; US News & World Report ~ May 14, 2016

New hope for GOP after early win in ObamaCare lawsuit
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ May 14, 2016

Vermont to require drug makers to explain price increases
By Dave Gram; The Associated Press ~ May 14, 2016

Nokia seeks STA to test phones on drones at Kansas City Speedway
By Monica Alleven; FierceWireless Tech ~ May 13, 2016

New ObamaCare Shock: $7,050 Silver-Plan Deductible
By Jed Graham; Investor’s Business Daily ~ May 13, 2016

Hospitals Are Biggest Losers in Latest Legal Attack on Obamacare
By John Lauerman; Bloomberg ~ May 13, 2016

House GOP Mulling Medicare Age Changes and Taxation on Premiums
By Mary Ellen McIntire and Caitlin Owens, Morning Consult - May 12, 2016

House to hold IRS ‘impeachment’ hearing for Koskinen over Lerner emails
By Stephen Dinan; The Washington Times ~ May 13, 2016

COLUMN-Threatened U.S. pensions safe for now - but what comes next?
By Mark Miller; Reuters ~ May 12, 2016

Gov’t Agency Has No Clue How Much It Wastes On Welfare Overpayments
By Kathryn Watson; The Daily Caller ~ May 12, 2016

White House Predicts Republicans Will Lose New Challenge to Healthcare Law
By Tim Gardner, RNS; The New York Times ~ May 12, 2016

How Congress Mysteriously Became a ‘Small Business’ to Qualify for Obamacare Subsides
By Robert E. Moffit; Cybercast News Service ~ May 12, 2016

Judge rules for House Republicans in ObamaCare lawsuit
From “Federal Courts”; Fox News ~ May 12, 2016

Your Retirement Savings Might Not Go as Far
By Margaret Collins & Rich Miller; Bloomberg ~ May 12, 2016

Nokia Disappoints Investors as Alcatel Deal Adds to Costs
By Adam Ewing; Bloomberg ~ May 10, 2016

Obama Health Care Regulators Are In A Last-Minute Frenzy To Do More Damage
Editorials: Investor’s Business Daily ~ May 11, 2016

Another Major Insurer Is Tying Drug Prices to Health Outcomes
By Sy Mukherjee ; Fortune ~ May 11, 2016

Column: Your vanishing health coverage: Employers are cutting retiree health benefits at a rapid rate
By Michael Hiltzik; Los Angeles Times ~ May 11, 2016

Top health official misled Congress on Obamacare exchange spending, House panel says
By Tom Howell Jr.; The Washington Times ~ May 10, 2016

GOP chairman sees funding deal soon on medical cures bill
By Sarah Ferris; The Hill ~ May 11, 2016

Study: Costs for most long-term care keep climbing
By Tom Murphy; The Associated Press ~ May 10, 2016

The Social Security horror stories just keep piling up
By Philip Moeller; CNBC ~ May 10, 2016

Inside Obama's New Healthcare Challenge: A Medical Bill You Can Understand
From Bruce Japsen; Forbes ~ May 09, 2016

A good prognosis for the Affordable Care Act as UnitedHealth says goodbye
By Editorial Board; The Washington Post ~ May 08, 2016

Who Will Take On The Brunt Of Rising Health Insurance Prices?
From Robert Harrow; Forbes ~ May 09, 2016

Feds to showcase health insurer ‘success stories’
By Sarah Ferris; The Hill ~ May 09, 2016

Opinion: How the U.S. can lower out-of-control health-insurance premiums
By Tony Colarossi; MarketWatch ~ May 09, 2016

Medicare Out-of-Pocket Costs You Should Expect to Pay
By Emily Brandon; US News & World Report ~ May 09, 2016

6 Years Later, Obamacare's Biggest Flaw Still Hasn't Been Resolved
By Sean Williams; The Motley Fool ~ May 08, 2016

It's time for action on Social Security disability insurance
By Jim McCrery & Earl Pomeroy; The Hill ~ May 06, 2016

Fears Over Taxpayer Confusion Mount After It's Revealed IRS Might Be Calling You After All
By Kelly Phillips Erb ; Forbes ~ May 07, 2016

New ACA concern: Insurers may drop bronze plans
By Leslie Small; FierceHealthPayer ~ May 05, 2016

The Disappointing Jobs Report Is Even Worse Than You Think
By Chris Matthews; Fortune ~ May 06, 2016

Doctors call for single-payer healthcare to improve on Obamacare
By Stephen Feller; United Press International ~ May 06, 2016

Treasury rejects plan to cut pension benefits for some retirees
By Jonnelle Marte; The Washington Post ~ May 06, 2016

Administration tightens ObamaCare sign-up rules
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ May 06, 2016

Obama calls for Congress to combat tax evasion and money laundering
By Naomi Jagoda & Jordan Fabian; The Hill ~ May 06, 2016

Relocating in retirement? Here’s a valuable resource
By Glenn Ruffenach; MarketWatch ~ May 06, 2016

Calling Real Leaders
By Mortimer B. Zuckerman; US News & World Report ~ May 06, 2016

Here's How Much Long-Term Health Care Actually Costs
By Jason Notte; Main St ~ May 05, 2016

​Insurers planning big Obamacare price hikes next year
By Aimee Picchi; CBS News ~ May 05, 2016

Lawmakers Criticize Medicare Plan for Costly Drugs
By Stephanie Armour; The Wall Street Journal ~ May 05, 2016

Lawmakers demand IRS explain how it found $$ for hundreds of new agents
By Jennifer G. Hickey; Fox News ~ May 05, 2016

It's the Little Things that Kill Your Retirement Savings
From PMD Staff; Money Digest ~ May 05, 2016

Health Insurers Shift More Costs To Taxpayers In Obamacare Exchanges
From John Graham; Forbes ~ May 04, 2016

Obama Admin Plans End Run Around Congress with Obamacare Bailout Scheme
By Phil Kerpen; Cybercast News Service ~ May 03, 2016

Change is in the works for Humana ACA exchange participation
By Tom Murphy; The Associated Press ~ May 04, 2016

GOP subpoenas ObamaCare documents
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ May 04, 2016

Obama official willing to change controversial Medicare proposal
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ May 04, 2016

Americans worry about climbing health costs
By Jack Craver; BenefitsPRO ~ May 04, 2016

Researchers Call For Better Tracking Of Medical Errors As They Climb To No. 3 Cause Of Deaths
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ May 04, 2016

Is Digital Health Finally About to Turn All That Hype Into Results?
By Sy Mukherjee; Fortune ~ May 04, 2016

Study Finds Employers Are Hiring More Freelancers To Avoid Obamacare
By Juliegrace Brufke, Daily Caller – May 3, 2016

More Democrats Take Unfavorable View of Obamacare
By Ali Meyer, Washington Free Beacon – May 3, 2016

Obamacare customers overpaid $8M by IRS
By Tom Howell, Jr. Washington Times – May 3, 2016

Average American household approaching retirement has this much saved up
Austin Smith, Motley Fool in USA Today – May 3, 2016

MetLife hit with $25 million penalty for misleading retirement clients
By Adam Shell, USA Today – May 3, 2016

Dem senators: Slash executive pay at pension plans seeking benefit cuts
By Peter Schroeder, The Hill – May 3, 2016

Even in retirement men and women are different
By Rodney Brooks, Washington Post – May 2, 2016

Medicare’s Drug Payment Proposal Puts Patients First
By Ezekiel J. Emanuel, M.D., Ph.D. and Maura Calsyn, Huffington Post – May 2, 2016

Medicare Pays Bonuses To 231 Hospitals With Lower Quality Because Of Cheaper Costs
By Jordan Rau, Kaiser Health News – May 2, 2016

Raising Medicare eligibility age would spike overall health spending
By Shannon Muchmore and Harris Meyer, Modern Healthcare – May 2, 2016

Opinion: How to give people on Social Security a fairer shake
By Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Tammy Duckworth, Chicago Sun Times May 2, 2016

Don't blame income equality for the fall of Social Security
By Brenton Smith, The Hill – May 2, 2016

She Oversaw Obamacare's Implementation. Now She Has a Chilling Forecast Regarding Its Future.
By Sean Williams; The Motley Fool ~ May 01, 2016

As UnitedHealth Bails On Obamacare, Rivals Look To Expand
From Bruce Japsen; Forbes ~ May 01, 2016

Seniors face more foreclosures as reverse mortgages bite back
By Jenifer McKim & Koby Levin; Weymouth News ~ May 01, 2016

15 Jaw-Dropping Stats About Medicare
By Matthew Frankel; The Motley Fool ~ Apr 30, 2016

A path toward lower health care costs
By Dave Fabry; The Hill ~ Apr 30, 2016

Why many retirees will run out of money
By Kelley Holland, CNBC; USA TODAY ~ Apr 30, 2016

Opinion: It’s time for the White House to fix Social Security
By Jonathon M. Trugman; New York Post ~ Apr 30, 2016

By Michael Williamson; Bloomberg BNA ~ Apr 29, 2016

Uber-a-docs: Changing the healthcare landscape for better or worse?
By Meg Bryant; HealthcareDive ~ Apr 29, 2016

​Which insurer will be next to abandon Obamacare?
By Walecia Konrad; CBS News ~ Apr 28, 2016

Significant premium hikes expected under Obama health law
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar & Tom Murphy; The Associated Press ~ Apr 28, 2016

Medicare battle brewing on Capitol Hill
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Apr 28, 2016

Views: Cybersecurity concerns for ERISA fiduciaries
By Saghi (Sage) Fattahian Patrick Rehfield ; Employee Benefit News ~ Apr 28, 2016

‘Obamacare For Retirement’ Hits Stumbling Block In The House
By Juliegrace Brufke; The Daily Caller ~ Apr 28, 2016

Survey: Obamacare Disapproval Surges
By Kimberly Leonard; US News & World Report ~ Apr 27, 2016

Obama administration takes step to reform Medicare payments
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Apr 27, 2016

PBGC offers sponsors a break on penalties
By Hazel Bradford; Pensions & Investments ~ Apr 27, 2016

The average American has this much retirement income
By Jeremy Bowman, TMF; 13NewsNow ~ Apr 27, 2016

Opinion: Say goodbye to the golden age of stock and bond returns
By Brett Arends; MarketWatch ~ Apr 27, 2016

Americans' Biggest Financial Fears
From Mike Patton; Forbes ~ Apr 27, 2016

How Americans Blow $1.7 Trillion in Retirement Savings
By Ben Steverman; Bloomberg ~ Apr 27, 2016

Ruling Expected Soon On Little-Known Case That Could Cause Major Problems For ObamaCare
By John Merline; Investor’s Business Daily ~ Apr 26, 2016

Here's How Drug Prices Actually Work
By Lauren Silva Laughlin; Fortune ~ Apr 26, 2016

Nokia is betting big on the internet of things, with a $191 million acquisition
By Joon Ian Wong; Quartz ~ Apr 26, 2016

Finding Safe and Effective Pain Relief
By Nancy LeBrun; CNN ~ Apr 26, 2016

Plan ahead: 64% of Americans don't have a will
By Jeff Reeves; USA TODAY ~ Apr 26, 2016

Obamacare disaster will be Obama’s enduring domestic legacy
By Marc A. Thiessen; The Washington Post ~ Apr 25, 2016

New Obamacare Study Considers What Happens When Generous Government Subsidies End
From Brian Blase; Forbes ~ Apr 25, 2016

Hospitals, insurers, seniors demand action to lower prescription-drug costs
By Laurie McGinley; The Washington Post ~ Apr 25, 2016

87% of Americans Want Medicare to Have This Power, but the Federal Government Disagrees
By Sean Williams; The Motley Fool ~ Apr 24, 2016

Get Pumped: The Good News About Your Blood Pressure
By Sam Becker; The Cheat Sheet ~ Apr 24, 2016

Fountain of Youth? Drug Trial Has Seniors Scrambling to Prove They’re Worthy
By Jennifer Levitz; The Wall Street Journal ~ Apr 24, 2016

It's Thunderstorm Season: Here's How To Protect Your PC
From Brad Moon; Forbes ~ Apr 24, 2016

April 24 To Mark National Tax Freedom Day
By Eric Scheiner; Cybercast News Service ~ Apr 22, 2016

The High Fees You Don’t See Can Hurt You
By Jeff Sommer; The New York Times ~ Apr 23, 2016

Disappearing pensions hurt U.S. economy as well as workers
By Michael Molinski; USA TODAY ~ Apr 23, 2016

Obamacare Adviser: UnitedHealth Is Pulling Out Because Patients Were Too Sick
By Steve Guest; The Daily Caller ~ Apr 22, 2016

GOP group submits ObamaCare replacement plan
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Apr 22, 2016

Medicare aims to foster critical care talks with doctors
By Tom Murphy; The Associated Press ~ Apr 20, 2016

Nokia + AlcaLu 2015: A Financial Retrospective
By Ray Le Maistre; Light Reading ~ Apr 22, 2016

ObamaCare Enrollment Sinks 12% In 3 States Since Feb.
By Jed Graham; Investor’s Business Daily ~ Apr 21, 2016

Get Ready for Huge Obamacare Premium Hikes in 2017
By Eric Pianin; The Fiscal Times ~ Apr 21, 2016

CMS proposes raising payment rates for hospice, skilled nursing and rehab
By Virgil Dickson , Harris Meyer & Lisa Schencker; Modern Healthcare ~ Apr 21, 2016

How Medicare Penalizes Hospitals for Being Too Careful
By Jordan Rau; The New York Times ~ Apr 21, 2016

Presidential Candidates Not Addressing Aging and Retirement
By Rebecca Moore; Plansponsor ~ Apr 21, 2016

Health Care's Waiting Room Problem
From A. Gary Shilling; Forbes ~ Apr 21, 2016

Obama’s New Rule On Retirement Planning Faces Its Latest Hurdle
By Juliegrace Brufke; The Daily Caller ~ Apr 21, 2016

Can an annuity act as your pension plan?
By Jeff Reeves; USA TODAY ~ Apr 21, 2016

Medicare Delays New Consumer Hospital Ratings After Outcry
By Steve Sternberg; US News & World Report ~ Apr 20, 2016

Here’s how UnitedHealth’s Obamacare retreat does — or doesn’t — affect you
By Emma Court; MarketWatch ~ Apr 20, 2016

Feds Blow Off House Subpoena For Obamacare Co-Op Docs
By Kathryn Watson; The Daily Caller ~ Apr 20, 2016

GOP Congressman: IRS Too Busy Spying On Americans To Do Its Job
By Kathryn Watson; The Daily Caller ~ Apr 20, 2016

One of the nation’s largest pension funds could soon cut benefits for retirees
By Jonnelle Marte; The Washington Post ~ Apr 20, 2016

Nokia-Alcatel Combo Boosts Operating Income
By Michael Genovese; Barron’s ~ Apr 20, 2016

Five Things ACA Supporters Don't Want You To Know About UnitedHealth's Withdrawal From Obamacare
From Michael F. Cannon; Forbes ~ Apr 19, 2016

UnitedHealth's Obamacare Exit Adds Pricing Pressure on Rivals
By Caroline Humer, RNS; The New York Times ~ Apr 19, 2016

UnitedHealth to trim ACA exchanges to 'handful' of states
By Tom Murphy; The Associated Press ~ Apr 19, 2016

Insurers, Drugmakers Want to Exchange Info on Specialty Drugs
By Caitlin Owens; Morning Consult ~ Apr 19, 2016

Three GOP senators co-sponsor resolution to kill DOL fiduciary rule
By Christine Idzelis; InvestmentNews ~ Apr 18, 2016

45 Percent of Americans Won't Pay Federal Income Tax
Newsmax ~ Apr 18, 2016

Competition Suffers Most If UnitedHealth Exits Obamacare In 2017: Analysis
By Phil Galewitz; Kaiser Health News ~ Apr 18, 2016

Communicating With The 'Consumer' v. The 'Patient' In Healthcare
From Joanna Belbey; Forbes ~ Apr 18, 2016

Obamacare Expanding Coverage for the Poor, Study Finds
By Karen Pallarito; US News & World Report ~ Apr 18, 2016

Obamacare is helping a lot of people. Not everyone thinks that’s good news.
By Paul Waldman; The Washington Post ~ Apr 18, 2016

Nokia launches new CloudBand software portfolio NFV portfolio includes best of Alcatel-Lucent, Nokia
By Monica Alleven; FierceWirelessTech ~ Apr 18, 2016

This May Mark the Beginning of the End for Obamacare
By Sean Williams; The Motley Fool ~ Apr 17, 2016

Medicare's 'Innovation Center' rebalancing quality and cost
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Apr 17, 2016

Is the U.S. government gambling with your health care?
By Dan Taylor; MorningTicker ~ Apr 17, 2016

Irate Over Taxes? IRS Progress on Cybersecurity Will Only Make You Angrier
By Robert Hackett; Fortune ~ Apr 16, 2016

Got Questions About Your Pension? Try These Helplines.
By Ashlea Ebeling; Forbes ~ Apr 16, 2016

Poll: Americans happy at home, upset with federal government
By Tammy Webber & Emily Swanson; The Associated Press ~ Apr 16, 2016

ObamaCare Is Fueling America’s Opioid Epidemic?!
By John Merline; Investor’s Business Daily ~ Apr 15, 2016

Should Medicare Add A Long-Term Care Benefit?
From Howard Gleckman; Forbes ~ Apr 15, 2016

As drug costs rise, a few bright spots appear for payers
By Leslie Small; FierceHealthPayer ~ Apr 15, 2016

PillPack vs. Express Scripts: When business turns ugly, people suffer
By Sara Ashley O'Brien ; CNN ~ Apr 15, 2016

Retirement Planners Call Each Other Ignorant And Badly Trained
By David Seidman; Investor’s Business Daily ~ Apr 15, 2016

EXCLUSIVE: Taxpayers Rank Obamacare As Worst Government Mandate
By Juliegrace Brufke; The Daily Caller ~ Apr 14, 2016

Employer health benefits for U.S. retirees keep declining
By Mark Miller; Reuters ~ Apr 14, 2016

US Prescription Drug Spending Reached a Record $310 Billion Last Year
By Eric Pianin; The Fiscal Times ~ Apr 14, 2016

Study: Public Increasingly Appreciates Health Law, But Likability Remains Rooted In Politics
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Apr 14, 2016

Survey finds retirement savings stunted by healthcare costs
By Emily Rappleye; Becker’s Hospital CFO; ~ Apr 14, 2016

Hatch: IRS is 'most feared federal agency in the country'
By Naomi Jagoda; The Hill ~ Apr 14, 2016

Don't rely on the 4% rule for your retirement
By Carlos Dias Jr.; MarketWatch ~ Apr 14, 2016

Nokia warns wireless network rollouts not keeping pace with demand
By Nick Wood; Total Telecom ~ Apr 14, 2016

Study Blasts Obamacare’s Menu Mandates As Having Zero Impact On Obesity
By Guy Bentley; The Daily Caller ~ Apr 13, 2016

S&P says Medicare Advantage issuers will be fine
By Allison Bell; LifeHealthPro ~ Apr 13, 2016

Drug plan hit with backlash
By Sarah Ferris; The Hill ~ Apr 12, 2016

New Medicare Primary Care Payment Initiative Designed To Switch Incentives
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Apr 12, 2016

HHS report: Dire warnings of ObamaCare price spikes wrong
By Peter Sullivan ; The Hill ~ Apr 12, 2016

Senators say IRS must better protect taxpayer data
By Meggie Morris, MNS; USA TODAY ~ Apr 12, 2016

IRS Commissioner: ‘More Than 1 Million Malicious Attempts’ to Access IRS Computers Daily
By Melanie Hunter; Cybercast News Service ~ Apr 12, 2016

It’s Still Open Season On Retirement Plan Participants
By Dan Solin; Huffpost Business ~ Apr 12, 2016

When you should hire a tax pro
By Daniel Goldstein; MarketWatch ~ Apr 12, 2016

By Andrea L. Ben-Yosef, Bloomberg BNA – April 8, 2016

The 8 Obamacare Co-Ops Most Likely To Fail This Year
By Richard Pollock ; The Daily Caller ~ Apr 10, 2016

Warning: Medicare May Be Bad for Your Heart
By Scott Gottlieb; The Wall Street Journal ~ Apr 11, 2016

A Real-Life Tax Scam: This Is What IRS Phone Fraud Sounds Like
By Aarti Shahani; NPR ~ Apr 11, 2016

Roboadvisers set to capitalize under new U.S. retirement plan rule
By Tariro Mzezewa; Reuters ~ Apr 11, 2016

Medicare payment plan on cancer drugs sparks furious battle
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Apr 10, 2016

The new math on reverse mortgages
By Robert Powell; MarketWatch ~ Apr 10, 2016

What Are the Income Limits Where I Forfeit Social Security Benefits?
By Matthew Frankel; The Motley Fool ~ Apr 10, 2016

Deciding where home is can be a key question to the aging process
By Chris Farrell; Star Tribune ~ Apr 09, 2016

CEO Chat With Nokia's Steve Vogelsang
By Steve Saunders; Light Reading ~ Apr 09, 2016

UnitedHealth Quitting Obamacare Markets in Georgia, Arkansas
By Zachary Tracer; Bloomberg ~ Apr 08, 2016

Prices And Health Care Quality: Many Consumers Don’t See A Link
By Michelle Andrews; Kaiser Health News ~ Apr 08, 2016

5 ways to become a smaller target for ransomware hackers
By Tami Abdollah; The Associated Press ~ Apr 08, 2016

Editorial: Retirement Savings Made Safer
By The Editorial Board; The New York Times ~ Apr 07, 2016

Uninsured Rate Hits New Low, but Obamacare’s Still a Hot Potato
Eric Pianin, The Fiscal Times – April 7, 2016

Allyson Schwartz Is Medicare Advantage’s Ambassador
By Caitlin Owens, MorningConsult – April 7, 2016

Older Voters Demand Leadership on Social Security From Next President: AARP Poll
ThinkAdvisor – April 7, 2016

11 ways to cut your taxes in retirement
By Andrea Coombes, MarketWatch – April 7, 2016

Nokia embarks on a round of job cuts as part of its post-merger restructuring
By Alex Scroxton, Computer Weekly – April 7, 2016

Why Ford Beat General Motors in U.S. Sales Last Month
By John Rosevear, Motley Fool – April 6, 2016

Women Bear the Burden of Retirement Health Care
By Jason Notte, MainSt – April 6, 2016

Keeping drug costs down in retirement
Sharon Epperson, CNBC – April 6, 2016

Labor Department rule sets new standards for retirement advice
By Jonnelle Marte, Washington Post – April 6, 2016

Will change come to the Social Security Windfall Elimination Provision?
By Jason J. Fichtner, MarketWatch – April 5, 2016

How Obamacare Just Made Filing Your Taxes Worse
By Nathan Nascimento, Time – April 5, 2016

Boomers: Retirement Income
By Dee Lee, CBS Boston – April 5, 2016

Recent Trends in Prescription Drug Costs
By Cynthia Cox, MPH; Rabah Kamal; Anne Jankiewicz; David Rousseau, MPH ; for the Kaiser Family Foundation

Exclusive: Makers took big price increases on widely used U.S. drugs
By Caroline Humer, Reuters – April 5, 2016

Analysis uncovers huge spike in prescription drug prices
CBS News – April 5, 2016

Federal Regulators Issue Medicare Advantage Rates for 2017
By Louise Radnofsky and Stephanie Armout, Wall Street Journal - April 4, 2016

Sicker Patients Seem at a Disadvantage With Medicare Advantage
By Austin Frakt, New York Times – April 4, 2016

8 Important Questions To Ask Yourself Before Moving In Retirement
By Nancy Anderson, Forbes – April 4, 2016

4 Jaw-Dropping Stats About Retirement
Motley Fool – April 4, 2016

Saving for Retirement? The Rulebook Is About to Change
By Jason Zweig, Wall Street Journal – April 4, 2016


(If you are affiliated with a local Lucent retiree group, let us know we'll post your next event.)

WECO SAGE is a group formed by computer pioneers who worked for Western Electric Company in the 1950s and 1960s installing an Air Defense System for the United States Air Force. The members of this Group have maintained their personal, and in some cases professional, relationships for over 50 years. The Group, whose members once numbered in the hundreds, meet on an annual basis at different locations throughout the country.The 2015 reunion was held in Pacific Grove, California on the Monterey Peninsula on the 13th-15th of September. Contact Ron Trettau.

Club WECO-AT&T-Bell Labs-Lucent Technologies-Teletype-NCR-ALU. This group is intended primarily as a forum to connect (network) and maintain communication between past and/or current members. The summer get-together will be on June 24, 2016, Base Camp (Four Lakes Lodge), Lisle IL (where the Winter reunion was held).It begins at 4pm through 8pm. 
Cash bar and food can be ordered off the menu. Hopefully we will be out on the patio at the front of the grill weather permitting.  Remember, there is now a formal back entrance  off the rear parking lot if needed.  Please spread the word especially to those still working at ALU.   Active, retired, fired, whatever your employment status are invited including wives or significant others. Contact Jim Simak.

eX TELETYPE is for ex-Teletype Employees to keep in touch. Teletype Corp. was located in Skokie, IL and Little Rock, AK. The Spring gathering of Teletype and Lucent people and friends was held on Tuesday May 10. Mark your calendars..the November 2016 TTY Riggio's get together will be held on the 3rd Tuesday (November 15th.) due to the National Election. ..Contact John Furno.

lucent5-5 is for Lucent retirees who took the special 5+5 voluntary retirement on July 13, 2001 (or wish they could have!). Its purpose is to keep in touch, to help provide support for working with the Lucent Pension folks, and to talk about Lucent in general. To subscribe, send an email to

PCLUCENTALUM This group was set up to facilitate communication among ex-Lucent employees in Northern California. Send email to