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Dear Fellow Retiree,

We are pleased to announce the release of our Spring 2017 LRO Connection newsletter. We also will be mailing a copy to all members to assure a wide distribution.

In this issue we discuss issues facing the LRO and its future, as well as a thorough Pension Fund analysis. Our History Corner article features the Omaha Works. We hope you will take the time to read all of the articles.

Your LRO board sends its best wishes to all of our retirees, and we thank you for your past support.

Joe Dombrowski,
President Lucent Retiree Organization.


Nokia Benefits Resource Center (NBRC)1-888-232-4111
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History Corner pieces in our recent newsletters (THE LRO CONNECTION) can be accessed at any time by clicking on the HISTORY CORNER tab on the navigation bar..

Check out the History Corner tab for the first 100 year history of the Western Electric Co. from 1869 to 1969.

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We are now in the OPEN ENROLLMENT PERIOD in which retirees can change medical coverage for the coming year. Unfortunately, one of the Nokia Benefits Resource Centers is located in San Juan, Puerto Rico and was decimated by Hurricane Maria and its call center in Orlando is handling double the usual calls. There are about 400 Alight (formerly Aon-Hewitt) employees affected in San Juan. Alight still has not been able to make contact with many of them. Orlando is being staffed up to handle more - but situation probably will remain difficult through this open enrollment.

It is recommended that you use the Your Benefit Resources internet access at to review your current coverage, and to review and compare your 2018 healthcare options and contribution costs.

If you do not have internet access or would prefer to operate by telephone, you can call the 1-888-232-4111 number but you may experience delays. Note, there is an option to leave your number and get a call back and not lose your space in queue. We recommend using this option. Also note, if you are a management retiree, that you cannot call the Nokia Benefits Resource Center to enroll or make changes to your 2018 coverage, or to ask questions about your 2018 plan options until Monday, October 16 at 9:00 a.m..


The Nokia Healthcare Annual Open Enrollment 2018 is:

Management Retiree Plan - September 25 - October 27

Represented Retiree Plan - September 25 - October 13

Medicare (marketplace) Open Enrollment is Oct. 15 - Dec. 7

We will be updating The Benefits Team Home Page shortly and continue to do so as more information becomes available. For those of you considering a change in your coverage for 2018 you are encouraged to comparison shop plans available to you. Note that you have the option to change from, or to, Nokia coverage. The overlap between Nokia and standard Marketplace open enrollment Medicare Advantage schedules provides time period for comparison shopping. Visit the Benefits Team Home Page for updates and information on how to contact Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIP) in your state. They can provide assistance if you comparison shop.

Nokia also provides a web site that has helpful documentation, the link is:

Nokia launches portfolio of digital health products designed to inspire people to take control of their health

Nokia expands in digital health; company announces largest line of connected consumer health products.

New products include Nokia Body BMI Wi-Fi connected scale, Nokia BPM+ soft-cuff blood pressure monitor, new Nokia Health Mate app with 360-degree view of health.

All products now available online at and leading retailers worldwide including Best Buy, and Bed, Bath & Beyond; coming soon to retailers including CVS, Target, Babies"R"Us and Apple.

Announcement Regarding Aon Hewitt

Distributed to former employees who are Participants in one or more of the following: Nokia pension1, savings/401(k), and/or health and welfare benefit plans.

As you know, Aon Hewitt provides recordkeeping and other services for Nokia’s pension¹, savings/401(k), and health and welfare benefit plans. Last month, Aon plc, Aon Hewitt’s parent company, announced that it had reached an agreement to sell its human resources outsourcing business, which includes the businesses that service your Nokia benefit plans, to Blackstone, one of the world’s leading investment firms. The sale is expected to close sometime before the end of June 2017.

Nokia’s Benefits Operations team has met with Aon Hewitt regarding the sale. We do not expect the sale to have any impact on or disruption to the services that Aon Hewitt provides to the Nokia plans. Aon Hewitt has indicated that it is committed to a smooth transition of the business and that it will continue to make its clients its top priority. Nonetheless, we will continue to monitor the transition of the business to the new owners. (Note: Participants in the Nokia Savings/401(k) Plan who utilize the Online Advice service or the Professional Management Program should expect to receive a separate communication from Aon Hewitt regarding their rights with respect to this transition.)

As a reminder, Aon Hewitt does not manage the Pension or Savings/401(k) Plan’s investment funds. The investment funds will continue to be managed independently by professional investment managers hired and overseen by Nokia.

Both before and after the sale, questions regarding your Nokia benefits² can be directed to the Nokia Benefits Resource Center as follows:

As a reminder: It is your responsibility to keep your address and contact information on record with Nokia’s benefit plans up-to-date. Please contact the Nokia Benefits Resource Center to make any updates.

1 Not including the Nokia Solutions and Networks Pension Plan.
2 The Nokia Benefits Resource Center does not currently provide services with respect to the Nokia Solutions and Networks Pension Plan. For more information about that plan, you may contact NSN Retirement Benefits Center at 1-866-726-6646.


Trump: I Think Dems ‘Will Be Blamed’ For My Decision To Sabotage O’Care
By Esme Cribb; Talking Points Memo ~ Oct 16, 2017

Trump’s Move To End Insurer Subsidies May Force Congress To Act After Months Of Stagnation
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Oct 16, 2017

How states can save the Obamacare exchanges
From Daniel Hemel; The Washington Post ~ Oct 16, 2017

Trump: ‘Obamacare Is Finished, It’s Dead’
By Robert Donachie; The Daily Caller ~ Oct 16, 2017

What's going on with Obamacare? And are your favorite tax deductions going away?
CNNMoney ~ Oct 16, 2017

Beware of Medicare plan agents who don't tell you all your options
By Sarah O'Brien; CNBC ~ Oct 16, 2017

PBGC to try mediation with plan sponsors on termination liability, early warning programs
By Hazel Bradford; Pensions & Investments ~ Oct 16, 2017

6 Tips For Enrolling In Medicare
From Keith Armbrecht, NA ; Forbes ~ Oct 16, 2017

Trump renews attacks on high drug prices
By Sarah Karlin-Smith; Politico ~ Oct 16, 2017

GOP rep: It's 'existential' that Republicans get tax reform done
By Alexandra Oliveira; The Hill ~ Oct 16, 2017

Sorry Everybody, But Trump Hasn't Instigated The Obamacare Apocalypse
By Avik Roy; Forbes ~ Oct 14, 2017

Collins urges Trump to back effort to restore health subsidy
By Hope Yen; The Associated Press ~ Oct 15, 2017

Senate faces Obamacare showdown
By Kimberly Leonard; The Washington Examiner ~ Oct 15, 2017

Obamacare Tax to Raise Premiums in 2018, Cost $270 Billion Over Next Decade
By Ali Meyer; The Washington Free Beacon ~ Oct 15, 2017

Trump gambles with ObamaCare moves
By Jessie Hellmann & Rachel Roubein; The Hill ~ Oct 15, 2017

Obamacare architect trashes Trump's effort to dismantle ACA
By Jessica Bartlett; Boston Business Journal ~ Oct 13, 2017

The Biggest Thing Your Investment Portfolio Is Probably Missing
From Scott Spann, FF ; Forbes ~ Oct 15, 2017

23 Tips to Prevent Identity Theft and Other Cyber-Scams after the Big Equifax Breach
By Lauren Cahn; Reader’s Digest ~ Undated

If Your Spouse Handles The Money, You Need To Know These 9 Things
From Nancy L. Anderson; Forbes ~ Oct 15, 2017

Pelosi Slams Trump on Health Care: ‘The Court of Public Opinion Is the Wisest Court That There Is’
By Paul Crookston; The Washington Free Beacon ~ Oct 13, 2017

Insurers call on Congress to act on ObamaCare payments
By Julia Manchester; The Hill ~ Oct 14, 2017

Not Dead Yet: Obamacare Insurers Are Hanging In There
By Reed Abelson & Margot Sanger-Katz ; The New York Times ~ Oct 13, 2017

Pro-Trump states most affected by his health care decision
By Christina A. Cassidy & Meghan Hoyer; The Associated Press ~ Oct 14, 2017

Trump, GOP Still Don’t Get Why Their Plan Raises Taxes on Some in the Middle Class
From Josh Barro; The Fiscal Times ~ Oct 13, 2017

Why is corporate America issuing debt to fill the holes in pension plans?
By Sunny Oh; MarketWatch ~ Oct 13, 2017

Republican Collins will stay in U.S. Senate, focused on healthcare
By Scott Malone; Reuters ~ Oct 13, 2017

Ron Johnson seeks deal on Obamacare insurer payments
By Robert King; The Washington Examiner ~ Oct 13, 2017

States to sue to block Trump cutoff of Obamacare money, as higher income customers face biggest hit
By Dan Mangan; CNBC ~ Oct 13, 2017

Pelosi: Dems may use spending bills to restore ObamaCare subsidies
By Mike Lillis; The Hill ~ Oct 13, 2017

Dem senator: Trump's decision to end key ObamaCare payments is 'nuclear grade bananas'
By Brandon Carter; The Hill ~ Oct 13, 2017

Trump calls on Democrats to negotiate with him on new health care plan
By Dave Boyer; The Washington Times ~ Oct 13, 2017

Poll: Solid Majority Wants Trump To Fix Obamacare Instead Of Sabotaging It
By Nicole Lafond; Talking Points Memo ~ Oct 13, 2017

GOP eyes big prize for tax bill: Manchin's vote
By Alexander Bolton; The Hill ~ Oct 13, 2017

Lost beneath headlines of five-figure drug costs — pharmaceutical price growth is weakening
By Steve Goldstein; MarketWatch ~ Oct 13, 2017

Gotcha! Social Security Benefits Rising 2% In 2018, But Most Retirees Won't See Extra Cash
By Janet Novack; Forbes ~ Oct 13, 2017

Rand Paul Says Trump’s Obamacare Order ‘Has The Potential To Be Amazing’
By Robert Donachie; The Daily Caller ~ Oct 12, 2017

Trump's Association Health Plans Are An Old Idea That Hasn't Worked
From Bruce Japsen; Forbes ~ Oct 12, 2017

Hospital group warns Trump's executive order could weaken insurance markets
By Jessie Hellmann; The Hill ~ Oct 12, 2017

Foiled in Congress, Trump Signs Order to Undermine Obamacare
By Robert Pear & Reed Abelson; The New York Times ~ Oct 12, 2017

Is The U.S. Healthcare System Terminally Broken?
From Arlene Weintraub; Forbes ~ Oct 12, 2017

House Republicans Ramp Up Scrutiny of Providers in Drug Discount Program
By Jon Reid; Morning Consult ~ Oct 11, 2017

How to invest for lifetime income and long-term growth
By Walter Updegrave; CNNMoney ~ Oct 11, 2017

What FDA Commissioner Gottlieb’s Mission on Drug Prices Says about Importation
By Gabriel Levitt, – Oct 5, 2017

President Trump names Eric Hagan acting HHS secretary
By Paige Moneymen; Fierce Healthcare ~ Oct 11, 2017

Trump’s Health Care Executive Order Expected This Week, But What Will It Really Do?

Skip the health insurance tax question? Not so fast
By Beth Pinsker; Reuters ~ Oct 11, 2017

Battle over drug prices shifts back to the states
By Rachel Roubein; The Hill ~ Oct 11, 2017

Some of America's favorite tax breaks could be on the chopping block
By Christine Romans; CNN ~ Oct 11, 2017

Three Must Ask Questions Before Moving In Retirement
From Joseph Coughlin; Forbes ~ Oct 11, 2017

An old-school pharmacy hand-delivers drugs to Congress, a little-known perk for the powerful
By Erin Mershon, StatNews – Oct 11, 2017

As Social Security gets boost, Medicare Part B costs to rise. Here's what to know.
From Judith Graham, KHN; Chicago Tribune ~ Oct 11, 2017

Nokia layoffs to hit the U.S. as company pivots away from virtual reality
By Shawn Shinneman; Dallas Business Journal ~ Oct 11, 2017

High-Performing ACA Navigators Mystified By Deep Cuts Less Than Year After Being Touted As ‘Superstars’
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Oct 10, 2017

White House: Obamacare order caused by frustration over congressional inaction
By Robert King; The Washington Examiner ~ Oct 10, 2017

Pharmacy Benefit Manager Express Scripts to Buy eviCore for $3.6 Billion
By Manas Mishra & Divya Grover, RNS; The New York Times ~ Oct 10, 2017

Start planning now to care for elderly parents
By Chris Taylor; Reuters ~ Oct 10, 2017

Why can’t you spend at a 7% rate in retirement?
From Chuck Saletta, TMF; Fox Business ~ Oct 10, 2017

Here’s how much Social Security checks could increase in 2018
By Jeffry Bartash; MarketWatch ~ Oct 10, 2017

If you miss this Medicare deadline, it could hurt your health
By Sarah O'Brien; CNBC ~ Oct 10, 2017

Your Pension Is a Lie: There's $210 Trillion Of Liabilities Our Government Can't Fulfill
From John Mauldin; Forbes ~ Oct 10, 2017

There Actually Is A Middle Ground On The Affordable Care Act
From Seth Chandler; Forbes ~ Oct 09, 2017

Senate Republicans Not Giving Up Hope On Obamacare Repeal And Replace Bill
By Kerry Picket; The Daily Caller ~ Oct 09, 2017

Can Donald Trump Cut A Deal With Democrats On Health Care? Maybe.
From John C. Goodman; Forbes ~ Oct 09, 2017

WH Finalizing Executive Order To Expand Health Plans Offered By Associations
By Ken Thomas & Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP; Talking Points Memo ~ Oct 09, 2017

Overlooked By ACA: Many People Paying Full Price For Insurance ‘Getting Slammed’
By Julie Rovner; Kaiser Health News ~ Oct 09, 2017

Majority of Households Paying Obamacare Penalty Are Low and Middle-Income
By Ali Meyer; The Washington Free Beacon ~ Oct 09, 2017

Medicare rules are needlessly complex
By Mary Beth Franklin; InvestmentNews ~ Oct 09, 2017

Forget Budgeting: Here Is A Smarter, Easier Way To Control Your Spending
From Larry Light; Forbes ~ Oct 09, 2017

Nokia's Rajiv Suri: On 5G, IoT & the AlcaLu Deal
By Craig Matsumoto; Light Reading ~ Oct 09, 2017

Nokia Debuts First Fully Virtualized Cable Access Architecture
From “News Wire Feed”; Light Reading ~ Oct 09, 2017

Tax Overhaul Without Social Security Reform Is Meaningless
By Brenton Smith, Newsmax – Oct 6, 2017

Trump tells donors he’s pushing forward on ObamaCare repeal: report
By Olivia Beavers; The Hill ~ Oct 08, 2017

GOP senator: ObamaCare repeal 'alive and well'
By Rebecca Savransky; The Hill ~ Oct 08, 2017

The Huge Asset You're Probably Overlooking In Retirement
From Erik Carter; Forbes ~ Oct 08, 2017

Schumer Says He Rebuffed Another Offer From Trump on Health Care
By Mark Landler; The New York Times ~ Oct 07, 2017

Trump says he called Schumer on health care
By Sunlen Serfaty & Phil Mattingly; CNN ~ Oct 07, 2017

Trump to sign order rolling back health insurance regulations: report
By Julia Manchester; The Hill ~ Oct 07, 2017

Trump Continues To Chip Away At ACA Despite Congress’ Failure To Repeal Law
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Oct 07, 2017

Association Health Plans: A Favorite GOP Approach To Coverage Poised For Comeback
By Julie Appleby; Kaiser Health News ~ Oct 06, 2017

Warning signs emerge in GOP's tax reform push
By Jordain Carney & Naomi Jagoda; The Hill ~ Oct 06, 2017

5 Breakthrough Medical Technologies So Crazy They Sound Like Science Fiction
From Tim Chen; Forbes ~ Oct 06, 2017

Why some middle-class families could face a tax increase under the GOP plan
By Carolyn Y. Johnson; The Washington Post ~ Oct 06, 2017

Corporate pension funding rises in September — 3 reports
By Meaghan Kilroy; Pensions & Investments ~ Oct 06, 2017

Will CNN's Jeff Zucker get fired when AT&T Takes Over Time Warner?
By Brian Flood; Fox News ~ Oct 06, 2017

AI on the Menu as Nokia Chairman Goes Back to School
By Jussi Rosendahl, RNS; The New York Times ~ Oct 06, 2017

House Passes Budget That Achieves Balance, Increases GDP Growth, and Reforms Tax Code
By Ali Meyer; The Washington Free Beacon ~ Oct 05, 2017

Senate panel advances budget, a key step for tax reform
By Niv Elis; The Hill ~ Oct 05, 2017

How Big Data Could Help Prevent One Fatal Heart Attack Every 40 Seconds
From Reenita Das; Forbes ~ Oct 05, 2017

Senate panel to hold drug pricing hearing after delay
By Nathaniel Weixel; The Hill ~ Oct 05, 2017

Sanders blasts proposed Medicare cuts: These 'will kill people'
By Niv Elis; The Hill ~ Oct 05, 2017

The Best Resources for Understanding Medicare
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From Glenn Ruffenach; The Wall Street Journal ~ Oct 05, 2017

Despite Boost In Social Security, Rising Medicare Part B Costs Leave Seniors In Bind
By Judith Graham; Kaiser Health News ~ Oct 05, 2017

Hate The 'B Word'? 7 Simple Steps To Create A Budget You Can Live With
From Liz Frazier Peck; Forbes ~ Oct 05, 2017

3 ways to protect your Social Security number from scammers
John Matarese; ABC15 ~ Oct 05, 2017

AT&T Hits Milestone on Software-Defined Access
By Carol Wilson; Light Reading ~ Oct 05, 2017

Nokia Lands Non-Telco SDN Deal in China
By Iain Morris; Light Reading ~ Oct 05, 2017

Cassidy Says He Plans To Modify Bill To Replace Health Law And That CBO Will Issue Full Analysis
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Oct 04, 2017

Premiums Continue To Skyrocket While Congress Does Nothing
By Robert Donachie; The Daily Caller ~ Oct 04, 2017

Half of Americans Can’t Afford More Than $100 a Month on Health Insurance Premiums
By Ali Meyer; The Washington Free Beacon ~ Oct 04, 2017

Former Obamacare Administrators Launch Campaign To Revive The Program
By Jack Crowe; The Daily Caller ~ Oct 04, 2017

Republicans Must Deliver Tax Cuts For Working Families
From Sen. Mike Lee ; The Daily Caller ~ Oct 04, 2017

Nokia Oyj (ADR) (NYSE:NOK) Unveils Plan To Create R&D Jobs In France
By Adam Russell; Market Exclusive ~ Oct 03, 2017

The Health 202: There could soon be a bipartisan deal on Obamacare marketplaces. Really.
By Paige Winfield Cunningham; The Washington Post ~ Oct 03, 2017

GOP gives ground in ObamaCare stabilization talks
By Nathaniel Weixel; The Hill ~ Oct 03, 2017

Health industry pressures Congress to stabilize individual market
By Rachel Roubein; The Hill ~ Oct 03, 2017

FDA chief says agency will take action to lower drug prices
By Nathaniel Weixel; The Hill ~ Oct 03, 2017

Most older Americans don't trust Trump to save Social Security
By Paul Davidson; USA TODAY ~ Oct 03, 2017

Outraged lawmakers demand answers at Equifax hearing
By Harper Neidig & Mallory Shelbourne; The Hill ~ Oct 03, 2017

Nokia committed to creating R&D jobs in France: minister
By Myriam Rivet; Reuters ~ Oct 03, 2017

Zain Saudi Arabia Trials NB-IoT with Nokia
From News Wire Feed; Light Reading ~ Oct 03, 2017

IRS Involved in $5 Million Push to Pressure Americans to Buy Obamacare
By Ali Meyer; The Washington Free Beacon ~ Oct 02, 2017

Week ahead: Senators work toward deal to fix ObamaCare markets
By Jessie Hellmann; The Hill ~ Oct 02, 2017

Cheaper compounded drugs could save the broken health care system
From Stacie Phan; The Hill ~ Oct 02, 2017

Insured People Who Republicans Have Dubbed ‘Victims’ Of ACA Get Hit Again By Health Law Uncertainty
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Oct 02, 2017

10 stats that show why Social Security is broken
By Sean Williams, TMF; USA TODAY ~ Oct 02, 2017

Equifax failed to patch security vulnerability in March - former CEO
By David Shepardson; Reuters ~ Oct 02, 2017

Prescription drug price gouging: What seniors need to know
By Casey Dowd; Fox Business ~ Oct 01, 2017

Bipartisan Push Intensifies To Fix Obamacare With Price Gone
From Bruce Japsen; Forbes ~ Oct 01, 2017

How the effort to replace ObamaCare failed
By Alexander Bolton; The Hill ~ Oct 01, 2017

Spending Too Much? Here's What To Do
From Peter Lazaroff; Forbes ~ Oct 01, 2017.

Health care’s secret negotiations were a major factor in their failure
From Joe Rubin; The Hill ~ Sep 30, 2017

Price’s exit further complicates GOP health care push
By Jill Colvin & Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Sep 30, 2017

After Sinking Months Into Failed Repeal, Congress Poised To Let Health Programs Expire
By Alice Ollstein; Talking Points Memo ~ Sep 29, 2017

No ObamaCare repeal in new GOP budget
By Nathaniel Weixel; The Hill ~ Sep 29, 2017

In Shift, Health Care Ties Economy as Voters’ Top Issue
By Jon Reid; Morning Consult ~ Sep 28, 2017

Absent federal action, states take the lead on curbing drug costs
By Shefali Luthra, KHN; The Washington Post ~ Sep 29, 2017

Is Pharma's Focus On The Patient All Wrong?
From John Nosta; Forbes ~ Sep 29, 2017

Tax reform is an opportunity US can't afford to miss
From David Farr; CNN ~ Sep 29, 2017

Americans fear Social Security will go broke, poll shows
By Steve Vernon; CBS News ~ Sep 29, 2017

When Is It Time To Give Up Your Family Home?
By Ashlea Ebeling; Forbes ~ Sep 29, 2017

Senators close to bipartisan deal on health exchanges: Schumer
From Reuters Staff; Reuters ~ Sep 28, 2017

In 47 of 50 Cities, Obamacare Coverage Will Be ‘Unaffordable’ in 2018 By Law’s Own Definition
On average, a family of three will have to earn a six figure salary for coverage to be affordable

By Ali Meyer; The Washington Free Beacon ~ Sep 28, 2017

The #1 Reason Bernie Sanders' Medicare-for-All Single-Payer Plan Is A Singularly Bad Idea
From Chris Conover; Forbes ~ Sep 28, 2017

No, we're not raising taxes on lower earners, Cohn and Ryan say
By Jeff Cox; CNBC ~ Sep 28, 2017

AT&T: Is It a Bird? A Plane? No, It's a COW!
By Dan Jones; Light Reading ~ Sep 27, 2017

Trump: We’ll Repeal Obamacare In ‘January Or February’
By Robert Donachie; The Daily Caller ~ Sep 27, 2017

Pro-Lifers Call Obamacare Repeal Failure ‘Unacceptable’
By Bill McMorris; The Washington Free Beacon ~ Sep 26, 2017

Senators seek IG probe of outages
By Adam Mazmanian; FCW ~ Sep 27, 2017

Right After Trump Blamed High Drug Prices On Campaign Cash, Drugmakers Gave More
By Sydney Lupkin & Elizabeth Lucas; Kaiser Health News ~ Sep 27, 2017

Prescription Drug Prices Could Skyrocket Following Hurricane Maria Devastation
By Kate Sheridan; Newsweek ~ Sep 27, 2017

Trump Tax Plan Revealed: Three Big Changes To Look For
From Tony Nitti; Forbes ~ Sep 27, 2017

Dems warn GOP against retirement cuts in tax plan
By Mike Lillis; The Hill ~ Sep 27, 2017

Tax reform is a game of musical chairs that will hurt your 401(k)

Nokia Takes NFV Cloud-Native
By Craig Matsumoto; Light Reading ~ Sep 27, 2017

Top Republican nixes idea of pairing ObamaCare repeal with tax reform
By Alexander Bolton- 09/26/17 12:23 PM EDT

Dem senator celebrates collapse of ObamaCare repeal: 'KEEP. IT. UP'
By Rebecca Savransky; The Hill ~ Sep 26, 2017

GOP vows to continue healthcare debate, moves on to tax reform
By Sara Shayanian; United Press International ~ Sep 26, 2017

Senate won't vote on ObamaCare repeal bill
By Alexander Bolton; The Hill ~ Sep 26, 2017

Here’s How Tax Reform Could Squeeze the Middle Class
What the debate in Washington means for your money—and your retirement.

By Ben Steverman & Suzanne Woolley; Bloomberg ~ Sep 26, 2017

Trump vows to cut taxes ‘tremendously’ for middle class
By Marcy Gordon & Ken Thomas; The Associated Press ~ Sep 26, 2017

The Social Security Program For People With Dementia
From Chris Farrell; Forbes ~ Sep 26, 2017

The Many Problems With Equifax's Response To The Privacy Breach Crisis
From “Quora”; Forbes ~ Sep 26, 2017

Senator Mark Warner: Equifax CEO's departure is 'by no means enough'
By Donna Borak; CNNMoney ~ Sep 26, 2017

Equifax CEO Richard Smith to retire after 12 years in the role
By Tomi Kilgore; MarketWatch ~ Sep 26, 2017

Nokia (NOK) Stock Still Has a Long Road Ahead
The company has made considerable progress, but headwinds remain.

By Tom Taulli; Investor Place ~ Sep 25, 2017

Think Obamacare Is Bad? ‘Medicare for All’ Would Make Things Even Worse.
From Deane Waldman; The Daily Signal ~ Sep 25, 2017

Republican states also among losers in health bill
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Sep 25, 2017

Republicans brace for failure on Obamacare repeal
Skeptical GOP senators have yet to endorse the Graham-Cassidy bill, even after a flurry of 11th hour changes.

By Burgess Everett & Josh Dawsey; Politico ~ Sep 25, 2017

Half of Americans Believe Obamacare Exchanges Are Collapsing
38% of Democrats believe marketplaces are collapsing

By Ali Meyer; The Washington Free Beacon ~ Sep 25, 2017

With Clock Ticking, Senators Tweak Health Plan To Shift Money To Reluctant Senators’ States
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Sep 25, 2017

The Wonky Way Graham-Cassidy Puts Preexisting Conditions Coverage At Risk
By Tierney Sneed; Talking Points Memo ~ Sep 25, 2017

What the latest health overhaul push means for consumers
By Tom Murphy; The Associated Press ~ Sep 25, 2017

Protesters disrupt Senate hearing on health care bill that may be dead
By Eliza Collins & Erin Kelly; USA TODAY ~ Sep 25, 2017

Opinion: Tick, tock — Tax reform is about to get harder
By Paul Brandus; MarketWatch ~ Sep 25, 2017

GOP to introduce new Obamacare overhaul bill
By Kimberly Leonard; The Washington Examiner ~ Sep 24, 2017

Susan Collins: 'It's difficult to envision' voting for Obamacare overhaul bill
By Kyle Feldscher; The Washington Examiner ~ Sep 24, 2017

Republicans struggle to keep ObamaCare repeal alive
By Jordain Carney; The Hill ~ Sep 24, 2017

'SandersCare' doesn't pass the laugh test
From Dr. Roger Klein; The Hill ~ Sep 24, 2017

Experts Say Medical Care Next Big Cyber Threat
By Charles Fain Lehman; The Washington Free Beacon ~ Sep 24, 2017

Graham on Health Care Bill: Left’s ‘Real Concern…Is Taking Money and Power Out of Washington’
By Susan Jones; Cybercast News Service ~ Sep 22, 2017

Trump pressures U.S. senators to back Republican healthcare bill
By Amanda Becker; Reuters ~ Sep 23, 2017

How Medicare Advantage Will Change in 2018
Medicare Advantage plans change every year, but 2018 will likely include more changes than usual.

By Wendy Connick; The Motley Fool ~ Sep 23, 2017

Help Simplify Your Financial Life Through Consolidation
From Morgan Stanley; Forbes ~ Sep 23, 2017

What retirees should do in wake of Equifax data breach
By Robert Powell; MarketWatch ~ Sep 23, 2017

U.S. Senator McCain opposes Obamacare repeal bill, a possible fatal blow
By Susan Heavey & Susan Cornwell; Reuters ~ Sep 22, 2017

The Latest: Graham not giving up on health care overhaul
The Associated Press ~ Sep 22, 2017

Three Fixes For The Graham Cassidy Healthcare Bill
From Seth Chandler; Forbes ~ Sep 22, 2017

Pelosi: Democrats will 'put a stake in the heart' of ObamaCare repeal after McCain opposition
By Max Greenwood; The Hill ~ Sep 22, 2017

Advocates Say Seniors With Obamacare Need More Time To Switch To Medicare
By Susan Jaffe; NPR ~ Sep 22, 2017

How do you pay for tax cuts? Republicans can't agree
By Jeanne Sahadi; CNNMoney ~ Sep 22, 2017

French president says Nokia job cut plan breaks commitment
By Bate Felix; Reuters ~ Sep 22, 2017

Graham-Cassidy Strips Away The Few Concessions GOP Moderates Already Won
By Alice Ollstein; Talking Points Memo ~ Sep 21, 2017

Dem Sen. Blasts Graham-Cassidy, Admits He Hasn’t Read It [VIDEO]
By Liam Clancy; The Daily Caller ~ Sep 21, 2017

Which states could win and lose from the new ObamaCare repeal bill
By Jessie Hellmann & Nathaniel Wexiel; The Hill ~ Sep 21, 2017

Health Insurers in Illinois Request Premium Rate Hikes Averaging 35%
Premiums for Obamacare's lowest silver plan as high as $520.94

By Ali Meyer; The Washington Free Beacon ~ Sep 21, 2017

AARP: GOP repeal could raise seniors' healthcare cost by $16K a year
By Daniel Uria; United Press International ~ Sep 21, 2017

Ask a Fool: Are stocks too risky for retirees to invest in?
By Matthew Frankel, TMF; USA TODAY ~ Sep 21, 2017

Senate Banking panel to grill Equifax, Wells Fargo chiefs next month
By Sylvan Lane; The Hill ~ Sep 21, 2017

How Would Dismantling Obamacare Impact Social Security?
By Brenton Smith, Newsmax – Sept. 8, 2017

Disturbing Lies About Graham-Cassidy Poison Healthcare Debate
From Seth Chandler; Forbes ~ Sep 20, 2017

Trump: New ObamaCare repeal does cover pre-existing conditions
By Mallory Shelbourne; The Hill ~ Sep 20, 2017

Trump Says Latest Obamacare Repeal Plan Has 'Very Good Chance'
By Jeff Mason, RN; The New York Times ~ Sep 20, 2017

FACT CHECK: Individual Mandate Penalty Falls Heaviest On Families Making $50K Or Less
By David Sivak; The Daily Caller ~ Sep 20, 2017

Republicans tweak Sanders over health care, but Cassidy-Graham could open a path for his bill
By David Weigel; The Washington Post ~ Sep 20, 2017

Worries of backlash help revive GOP health care drive
By Alan Fram; The Associated Press ~ Sep 20, 2017

Last-Ditch Effort By Republicans To Replace ACA: What You Need To Know
By Julie Rovner; Kaiser Health News ~ Sep 19, 2017

Can You Get Paid To Take Care Of Your Mom?
From Carol Levine, NA; Forbes ~ Sep 20, 2017

McConnell Looks To Schedule Floor Vote On Graham-Cassidy
By Juliegrace Brufke; The Daily Caller ~ Sep 20, 2017

AP sources: GOP tentatively agrees to $1.5T plan on tax cuts
By Andrew Taylor; The Associated Press ~ Sep 19, 2017

Finnish WIVE Project Uses 5G for Automated Transport, Smart Grid and More
By Ken Briodagh; IoT Evolution ~ Sep 18, 2017

Paul calls new ObamaCare repeal bill a trillion-dollar boondoggle
By Olivia Beavers ; The Hill ~ Sep 19, 2017

Key Republican governors express opposition to Senate healthcare bill
By Steve Goldstein; MarketWatch ~ Sep 19, 2017

Employers foresee above-average benefits cost rise
By Marlene Y. Satter; BenefitsPRO ~ Sep 19, 2017

Obamacare repeal must move quickly, says Senate's McConnell
By Susan Cornwell; Reuters ~ Sep 19, 2017

Republicans rethinking tax plans for the rich
By Brian Faler; Politico ~ Sep 19, 2017

CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill next week
By Jessie Hellmann; The Hill ~ Sep 18, 2017

Murkowski concerned about Lindsey Graham-Bill Cassidy bill's Obamacare overhaul funds
By Robert King; The Washington Examiner ~ Sep 18, 2017

Usual Suspects: 3 GOP Senators Hold Back Obamacare Repeal
By Robert Donachie; The Daily Caller ~ Sep 18, 2017

Opinion: Ten Reasons Why Every State Should Welcome the Graham/Cassidy/Heller/Johnson Health Reform Bill
From John C. Goodman ; Forbes ~ Sep 18, 2017

Democrats urge full review of Republicans' 11th-hour attack on Obamacare
By Susan Cornwell; Reuters ~ Sep 18, 2017

Why Are Drug Prices So High? We’re Curious, Too
By Katie Thomas & Charles Ornstein ; The New York Times ~ Sep 17, 2017

Forbes Special Report On Tax Reform
By Janet Novack; Forbes ~ Sep 18, 2017

Here’s How Tax Reform Could Squeeze the Middle Class
By Ben Steverman & Suzanne Woolley; Bloomberg ~ Sep 18, 2017

2 GOP heavyweights brawl over Obamacare bill
By Jennifer Haberkorn; Politico ~ Sep 17, 2017

Take Two: Inside Bill Cassidy's Plan To Replace Obamacare
By Avik Roy; Forbes ~ Sep 17, 2017

CBO: In 2018 Obamacare Premiums Projected to Increase 15%
Number of uninsured expected to rise due to higher premiums

By Ali Meyer; The Washington Free Beacon ~ Sep 17, 2017

Opinion: Dems force 'Medicare for All' on Americans but exempt themselves
From Merrill Matthews; The Hill ~ Sep 17, 2017

Savvy Senior: How to Find a Better Medicare Prescription Drug Plan
From Jim Miller; Richmond Times-Dispatch ~ Sep 16, 2017

How 3-D Printing Is Changing Health Care
By Aili McConnon; The Wall Street Journal ~ Sep 12, 2017

Your social security number is precious — and not everyone who asks needs it
By Steven Petrow; USA TODAY ~ Sep 16, 2017

GOP sees fresh opening with Dems’ single payer embrace
By Jessie Hellmann; The Hill ~ Sep 16, 2017

Trump wanted to hurt the Obamacare markets. The CBO says he's a success.
By Sam Petulla; CNN ~ Sep 15, 2017

63 Counties Projected to Have No Obamacare Insurer in 2018
By Ali Meyer; The Washington Free Beacon ~ Sep 16, 2017

Financial help for retirees with cognitive impairment or dementia
By Robert Powell; USA TODAY ~ Sep 16, 2017

Two top Equifax executives to retire
By Dow Jones Newswires; Fox Business ~ Sep 15, 2017

To make their tax plan work, Republicans eye a favorite blue-state break
By Mike DeBonis; The Washington Post ~ Sep 16, 2017

Healthcare still tops voters' to-do lists, poll shows
By Eric DuVall; United Press International ~ Sep 16, 2017

Democrats Follow Bernie Sanders Off a Cliff
By Matthew Continetti; The Washington Free Beacon ~ Sep 15, 2017

Column: Bernie Sanders' Medicare for all is a delusional promise
From Steve Chapman; Chicago Tribune ~ Sep 15, 2017

GOP Only 2 Votes Away From Replacing Obamacare
By Robert Donachie The Daily Caller ~ Sep 15, 2017

5 Obamacare Changes States Want, Ranked From Most to Least Likely to Pass
By Mattie Quinn; Governing ~ Sep 15, 2017

Three ways to do health-care reform
By Jennifer Rubin; The Washington Post ~ Sep 15, 2017

Tap your retirement plan for a disaster? Usually other options are better
From Russ Wiles, TR; USA TODAY ~ Sep 15, 2017

You Could Be Overspending With Credit Cards. Yes, You
From Claire Tsosie; Forbes ~ Sep 15, 2017

Pay Attention to the Small Details When Dealing with Long-Term Care Insurers
Elder Law Answers ~ Sep 15, 2017

Opinion: Bernie Sanders' single-payer healthcare plan is a joke
by Philip Klein; The Washington Examiner ~ Sep 14, 2017

What Is Single Payer? Why Now? And More Questions About Sanders’ New Bill Answered
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Sep 14, 2017

AP FACT CHECK: Single-payer sounds best when it sounds free
By Calvin Woodward & Emily Swanson; The Associated Press ~ Sep 14, 2017

Senator asks for CBO score of Sanders's single-payer bill
By Rachel Roubein; The Hill ~ Sep 14, 2017

Some Democrats Willing to Replace Obamacare’s Individual Mandate
By Jon Reid; Morning Consult ~ Sep 14, 2017

Unveiled Health Care Bills Show Just How Far Apart Parties Are Despite Ongoing Bipartisan Efforts
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Sep 14, 201

Analysts see Trump threats to insurers boosting premiums
By Alan Fram; The Associated Press ~ Sep 14, 2017

FDA chief: Boosting competition is key to tackling drug prices
By Dan Diamond; Politico ~ Sep 14, 2017

AP NewsBreak: Medicare card remake to protect seniors
By Lauran Neergaard; The Associated Press ~ Sep 14, 2017

Opponents of shifting to Roth plans speak up in Senate
By Hazel Bradford; Pensions & Investments ~ Sep 14, 2017

Projected 2018 Tax Rates, Brackets, Standard Deduction Amounts And More
By Kelly Phillips Erb; Forbes ~ Sep 14, 2017

The big lie in Bernie Sanders' Medicare bill
By Tom Rogan; The Washington Examiner ~ Sep 13, 2017

Illegal Immigrants Will Receive Free Health Care Under Bernie’s Single Payer Bill
By Jack Crowe; The Daily Caller ~ Sep 13, 2017

As Sanders Preps ‘Medicare For All’ Plan, Some Dems Scramble To Back It While Others Keep Distance
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Sep 13, 2017

Expert Warns Lawmakers: Obamacare Is in Partial Actuarial Death Spiral
By Ali Meyer; The Washington Free Beacon ~ Sep 13, 2017

To Fix Or To Gut? That Is The Question For Senate Republicans
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Sep 13, 2017

Could Changing Your Social Security Number Protect You From Equifax-Related Fraud?
Consumer Reports ~ Sep 13, 2017

GOP Rolls Out ‘Last-Ditch’ Bill To Repeal Obamacare
By Robert Donachie ; The Daily Caller ~ Sep 13, 2017

Trump says tax hike on rich possible as he steps up talks with Democrats

Retirement Account Withdrawal Rules Loosened For Hurricane Irma Victims
By Ashlea Ebeling; Forbes ~ Sep 13, 2017

Pelosi Clings To Obamacare As Dem 2020 Hopefuls Shift Toward Single Payer
By Jack Crowe ; The Daily Caller ~ Sep 12, 2017

Democrats are rushing to embrace single payer. Can it be a political winner?
From Paul Waldman; The Washington Post ~ Sep 12, 2017

Key U.S. senators want answers on Equifax's massive cyberbreach
By Kevin McCoy; USA TODAY ~ Sep 12, 2017

Dividends Are No Longer Sexy...Which Is Why You Should Be Interested In Them
From Rob Isbitts; Forbes ~ Sep 12, 2017

Freedom Caucus Leader Offers Tepid Support For Graham And Cassidy’s Obamacare Replacement
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Sep 11, 2017

It's time to reform accessibility to prescription drugs
By B. Douglas Hoey; The Hill ~ Sep 11, 2017

GOP fears House retirements could set off a wave
By Ben Kamisar & Cristina Marcos; The Hill ~ Sep 10, 2017

Has Equifax Just Jeopardized Your and 143 Million Other Americans' Social Security Benefits?
From Laurence Kotlikoff; Forbes ~ Sep 10, 2017

Obstacles await senators' bipartisan push to stabilize Obamacare
By Michael Collins ; USA TODAY ~ Sep 08, 2017

24.8 Million Americans Are Enrolled in High–Deductible Insurance Plans
By Ali Meyer; The Washington Free Beacon ~ Sep 09, 2017

How to prevent fake financial news from wrecking your retirement
By Robert Powell; USA TODAY ~ Sep 09, 2017

5 things to do right now if you're worried about the Equifax hack
By Katie Lobosco; CNNMoney ~ Sep 09, 2017

Opinion: Quality Affordable Health Care Is Within Our Reach
From Annette Guarisco Fildes & David Lansky; Morning Consult ~ Sep 08, 2017

Sanders to unveil 'Medicare for all' bill on Wednesday
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Sep 08, 2017

Most Republicans Throwing Cold Water On Last-Ditch Plan To Gut Health Law
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Sep 08, 2017

GOP lawmakers furious after DOJ declines to prosecute ex-IRS official Lois Lerner
By John Bowden; The Hill ~ Sep 08, 2017

Democratic Governor Says Americans Have a Right to Be Angry With Obamacare
By Ali Meyer; The Washington Free Beacon ~ Sep 07, 2017

The One Thing Businesses Want From This Week's Senate Health Care Hearings
From Leah Binder; Forbes ~ Sep 07, 2017

GOP Senators to Try Again With Alternate Obamacare Replacement
By Laura Litvan & Steven T. Dennis; Bloomberg ~ Sep 07, 2017

When It Comes to the Drug Pricing Debate, Talk Is Cheap
From Chrystine Zacherau & April Claassen; Morning Consult ~ Sep 07, 2017

Equifax says hack potentially exposed details of 143 million consumers
By Yashaswini Swamynathan; Reuters ~ Sep 07, 2017

10 Times to Never, Ever Use Your Credit Card for Payment
By Jenn Sinrich; Reader’s Digest ~ Fall 2017

McCain Throws Support Behind Graham-Cassidy Obamacare Repeal Effort
By Matt Shuham; Talking Points Memo ~ Sep 06, 2017

Health-Care Industry Asks Senate For Two Years Of Obamacare Subsidies
From Bruce Japsen; Forbes ~ Sep 06, 2017

Insurance Regulators Condemn Trump Sabotage of Obamacare, Call For Help
By Alice Ollstein; Talking Points Memo ~ Sep 06, 2017

Insurance Commissioners Say Obamacare’s Individual Market Near Collapse, Not Sustainable
By Ali Meyer; The Washington Free Beacon ~ Sep 06, 2017

Bipartisan group of lawmakers prioritize health care, tax reform on fall agenda
By Cristina Marcos; The Hill ~ Sep 06, 2017

Top senator sees both parties blamed if no health compromise
By Alan Fram; The Associated Press ~ Sep 06, 2017

How to talk to your family about your estate plan
By Paul A. Merriman; MarketWatch ~ Sep 06, 2017

Opinion: Save Us From The Health Care Reformers: They're The Problem, Not The Solution
From John C. Goodman; Forbes ~ Sep 05, 2017

The Real Reason the U.S. Has Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance
By Aaron E. Carroll; The New York Times ~ Sep 05, 2017

Opinion: Puncturing the Happy-Talk Illusion of a Balanced Budget
By Walter Shapiro; Roll Call ~ Sep 05, 2017

What To Do With An Old 401(k)
From Joel Johnson; Forbes ~ Sep 05, 2017

Opinion: The Pharmaceutical Industry’s Social Contract With Patients
From Joanna Shepherd; Morning Consult ~ Sep 05, 2017

Debt-ceiling dilemma: Who gets paid first, U.S. debtholders or Social Security
By Ethan Wolff-Mann; Yahoo Finance ~ Sep 05, 2017

ObamaCare advocates: Hole too deep to make up outreach cuts
By Nathaniel Weixel; The Hill ~ Sep 04, 2017

Millions who buy health insurance brace for sharp increases
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Sep 04, 2017

Unpaid Medical Bills Rise As Congress Weighs Obamacare Fix
From Bruce Japsen; Forbes ~ Sep 04, 2017

Trump vows to 'dramatically reduce income taxes'
The Associated Press ~ Sep 04, 2017

Trump, Congress face packed September agenda
By Jordain Carney; The Hill ~ Sep 04, 2017

Trump Administration to Base Obamacare Navigator Funding on Performance
By Ali Meyer; The Washington Free Beacon ~ Sep 03, 2017

Editorial: One small step for Obamacare
By Editorial Board; The Washington Post ~ Sep 02, 2017

Frustration mounts over premiums for individual health plans
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Sep 03, 2017

Don’t delay fixing Social Security and Medicare
By The Editorial Board; Newsday ~ Sep 02, 2017

Breaking Ranks: Dems Target One of Their Own for Supporting Tax Reform
By Kathryn Blackhurst; LifeZette ~ Sep 02, 2017

Ex-Medicare chief promotes ObamaCare enrollment on Twitter after Trump cuts outreach funding
By Brandon Carter; The Hill ~ Sep 02, 2017

How Social Security Invests Its $2.9 Trillion in Excess Cash
By Sean Williams; The Motley Fool ~ Sep 02, 2017

Powell: How to manage the risk of inflation in retirement
By Robert Powell; USA TODAY ~ Sep 02, 2017

Senate rulemaker: Fast-track for ObamaCare repeal ends this month
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Sep 01, 2017

Alexander sets ambitious timetable for Obamacare fixes
By Jennifer Haberkorn; Politico ~ Sep 01, 2017

Obamacare navigators in 'financial limbo hell' as grants expire
By Robert King; The Washington Examiner ~ Sep 01, 2017

Medicare for all is the only health care proposal that meets Trump's standards
From Dr. Carol Paris; USA TODAY ~ Sep 01, 2017

US doctors should realize the nightmares inherent to single-payer
From Deane Waldman; The Hill ~ Sep 01, 2017

Here are the rich who could see higher taxes under Trump
By Robert Frank; CNBC ~ Sep 01, 2017

Reverse Mortgages Will Soon Be Less Attractive
From Richard Eisenberg; Forbes ~ Sep 01, 2017


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