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A few months back, we announced we were delaying our fall LRO Connecton Newsletter until the pension buyout was completed and we could provide more information on the take. We now are ready to release the newsletter, and it may be accessed by clicking here.

Included in this issue's Pension Column is a summary of buyout actvivity along with a discussion of likely future scenarios. We also have included information on the pending merger of Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent with some information on management appointees to head the new combined Nokia company.

Our History Corner article features the Columbus Works, and we also have included a light story called The Black Telephone which we hope you will enjoy.

Best wishes to all as we approach the holiday season.


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The LRO has received the following information concerning YBR ( your benefit resources) which will be of interest to our members

Alcatel-Lucent DB W2 and 1099R Tax forms for 2015 have been mailed by Benefit Payroll Services (BPS).

The 1042Ss Tax forms (for Qualified Payments to participants with a Foreign Address) have not yet been mailed but will be mailed postmarked by February 1, 2016.

Effective February 1, 2016, participants will be able to view and print their 2015 tax forms from YBR directly.

For participants who are unable to use YBR to reprint their tax forms, an option will be available on Access Direct from February 11, 2016 to April 15, 2016 for participants to choose to have their tax form re-mailed to their address of record. Customer Service Representatives will also assist participants with requests for tax form reprints beginning on February 11, 2016 and will continue to assist participants after April 15, 2016.

The following message has been on Access Direct since January 22, 2016 and will play until February 10, 2016:

“If you are calling about your 2015 Tax Form for the Pension plan and/or 401(k) plan, it will be mailed by 1/31/2016. Please allow 7-10 days for normal mail delivery. Tax forms for the Pension or 401(k) Plan may also be reprinted from the Your Benefits Resources website beginning on February 1st. For the 401(k) Savings Plan, choose the Past Withdrawals page from the 401(k) drop down menu. For the Pension Plan, choose Future Payments page from the Pension drop down menu.”

The following message will play on Access Direct from February 11, 2016 to April 15, 2016:

“A copy of your 2015 Tax Forms can be printed by accessing the Your Benefits Resources web site. For the 401(k) Savings Plan, choose the Past Withdrawals page from the 401(k) drop down menu. For the Pension Plan, choose Future Payments page from the Pension drop down menu. If you do not have access to Your Benefits Resources, you can have a copy mailed to your address of record by selecting Tax Form Reprints on the Retirement and Investments menu. Requested forms will be mailed within 2 business days. Please allow 7-10 business days for mailing.”

Nokia reports it has gained control of Alcatel-Lucent

Nokia said on Monday, January 4, 2016 that it has gained control of French counterpart Alcatel-Lucent following its 15.6-billion-euro ($17 billion) all-share offer and the two telecom equipment makers would start to combine their operations next week.

Nokia reports that the Alcatel acquisition will put the new company into a stronger position to compete with Sweden's Ericsson and China's Huawei in a market for telecom network gear where limited growth and tough competition are pressuring prices.

The French stock market authority said interim results from the offer showed Nokia would hold around 79 percent of Alcatel shares. The offers in France and the United States will be reopened this month, and the final results will be published in February.

Nokia said it will move promptly to pursue integration before the formal closure of the deal, which is expected during the first quarter.

Nokia Chief Executive Rajeev Suri stated: "As of January 14, 2016, Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent will offer a combined end-to-end portfolio of the scope and scale to meet the needs of our global customers,".

Nokia stock is still down about 10 percent since the announcement of the deal in April as investors have worried about the integration process and special terms negotiated by the French government. However, in October Nokia advised that it would now achieve its 900 million Euro cost-saving a year earlier than first reported, in 2018.

Over 500 Retirees Attend LRO Naperville Meeting

Chicago area Lucent retirees were out in force to attend the meeting with LRO leaders on Tuesday, June 23rd. Slides from the event are below.

llJoe Dombrowsky - Welcome       ll Bob Martina - Legislative

hoth Ron Hoth - Healthcare      duscher Frank Minter - Pensions      minter - Lump Sum


U.S. lawmakers hammer financial companies on retirement advice rule
By Lisa Lambert; Reuters ~ Feb 11, 2016

Nokia sees demand for telecoms equipment cooling
By Christina Zander; MarketWatch ~ Feb 11, 2016

Nokia, AlcaLu Steady Ship on Costs Before Tie-Up
By Iain Morris; Light Reading ~ Feb 11, 2016

Alcatel-Lucent Reports Q4 2015 Results
Alcatel-Lucent Press Office

Alcatel-Lucent to delist its ADSs from the New York Stock Exchange
Alcatel-Lucent Press Office

Obama budget boosts medical research, tackles drug prices
By David Nather; STAT ~ Feb 09, 2016

The chaotic fight for ObamaCare
By Bob Cusack, Sarah Ferris & Peter Sullivan ; The Hill ~ Feb 10, 2016

Surprise insurance fees often follow medical emergencies
By Matthew Perrone; The Associated Press ~ Feb 10, 2016

HHS: Look at uninsured rate, not Obamacare signups
By Tom Howell Jr. ; The Washington Times ~ Feb 10, 2016

How Much You'll Pay for Medicare in 2017
By Kimberly Lankford; Kiplinger ~ Feb 10, 2016

Congress Is Exempt From Obamacare Because It’s Listed As A Small Business
By Juliegrace Brufke; The Daily Caller ~ Feb 10, 2016

HHS considering action on drug patents over high prices
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Feb 10, 2016

Nokia holds 91 percent of Alcatel after second round of offer
By Jussi Rosendahl; Reuters ~ Feb 10, 2016

Secrecy Shrouds Obamacare Co-Op Investigation
By Richard Pollock; The Daily Caller ~ Feb 09, 2016

Obama Budget Proposes $10 Million Boost for Aging Programs
By Mary Kate Nelson; Home Health Care News ~ Feb 09, 2016

Drug makers seek to blunt criticism of price hikes
By Robert Weisman; Boston Globe ~ Feb 08, 2016

ObamaCare gets extra sign-up period to clear tax issues
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Feb 08, 2016

Senate report: Illegal immigrants benefited from up to $750M in ObamaCare subsidies
Fox News ~ Feb 08, 2016

Uninsured present tough test for ObamaCare
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Feb 07, 2016

When Should You Hire a CPA to Prepare Your Taxes?
BY NAOMI MANNINO; DealNews ~ Feb 03, 2016

HHS head: Immigration reform would help reach universal health coverage
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Feb 05, 2016

High drug prices mean you can't afford your medications? There's help
By Jayne O'Donnell & Laura Ungar; USA TODAY ~ Feb 06, 2016

3 Things Every American Needs to Know About Medicare
By Jason Hall; The Motley Fool ~ Feb 06, 2016

A Voter’s Guide To The Health Law
By Julie Rovner; WebMD ~ Feb 05, 2016

Why Your Portfolio Needs Plenty of Stocks, Whatever Your Age
By David A. Levine; The New York Times ~ Feb 05, 2016

Five Tips For 2015 Tax Returns
From Fidelity Viewpoints Team; Forbes ~ Feb 05, 2016

The Real Reasons Insurance Companies Are Complaining About Obamacare
By Tierney Sneed; Talking Points Memo ~ Feb 04, 2016

Licking Wounds, Insurers Accelerate Moves To Limit Health-Law Enrollment
By Jay Hancock; Kaiser Health News ~ Feb 04, 2016

White House Says 12.7 Million Obamacare Sign-Ups 'Exceeds' 2016 Goal
From Bruce Japsen; Forbes ~ Feb 04, 2016

Obama budget to adjust health insurance 'Cadillac tax': adviser
By Eric Walsh; Reuters ~ Feb 04, 2016

Hatch, Paulsen Aim To Supercharge Healthcare Savings Accounts, Resume Over-The-Counter Meds Coverage
From Ashlea Ebeling; Forbes ~ Feb 04, 2016

By Matthew Loughran; Bloomberg BNA ~ Feb 03, 2016

U.S. House panel offers alternative to retirement adviser rule
By Lisa Lambert; Reuters ~ Feb 03, 2016

IRS computer problems shut down tax return e-file system
The Associated Press ~ Feb 03, 2016

CBO: Obamacare Costs to Increase in 2016 Despite Lower Than Expected Enrollment
By Barbara Hollingsworth; Cybercast News Service ~ Feb 02, 2016

U.S. House fails to knock down Obama veto of anti-Obamacare bill
By Susan Cornwell; Reuters ~ Feb 02, 2016

Few States Use Health Law Option For Low-Cost Plans
By Michelle Andrews; NPR ~ Feb 02, 2016

The US Is Rationing Life-Saving Drugs
From John C. Goodman; Forbes ~ Feb 02, 2016

Hate 1099 Forms? IRS Loves Them, Here's Why
From Robert W. Wood; Forbes ~ Feb 02, 2016

Congress Has A Plan To Override The President’s Obamacare Veto
By Juliegrace Brufke ; The Daily Caller ~ Feb 01, 2016

Everything You Need to Know About the White House's Cancer Moonshot
By Hilary Brueck; Fortune ~ Feb 01, 2016

Signs that final Obamacare surge wasn't that big
By Dan Mangan; CNBC ~ Feb 01, 2016

Short-Term Health Plans: The Pros And Cons
By Emily Bazar; Kaiser Health News ~ Feb 01, 2016

What Does the 2016 Election Hold for Medicare?
By Dan Caplinger; The Motley Fool ~ Feb 01, 2016

Retirement income hit with highest effective tax rates
By Mary Beth Franklin; InvestmentNews ~ Feb 01, 2016

Pro-Obamacare legal expert admits president broke law
By Bob Unruh; WorldNetDaily ~ Jan 31, 2016

Obamacare Pummels Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC. What Can We Learn From This?
From Chris Conover; Forbes ~ Jan 30, 2016

Feds in final ObamaCare push
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Jan 30, 2016

What the IRS isn’t telling you about identity theft
By Steve Weisman; USA TODAY ~ Jan 30, 2016

Three Things To Take Into Consideration Before Shredding A Tax Document
From Nancy Anderson; Forbes ~ Jan 30, 2016

Labor Department moves forward on retirement advice proposal
By Lisa Lambert; Reuters ~ Jan 29, 2016

Republicans should use the ACA enrollment bust to offer a better health plan
By Jennifer Rubin; The Washington Post ~ Jan 28, 2016

Poll: Uninsured sit on the sidelines as sign-up season ends
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Jan 28, 2016

Opinion: Congress should act to help reduce generic drug price spikes
By Todd Ebert; The Hill ~ Jan 28, 2016

Bell Canada employs Nokia's XRS to support terabit-speed metro network
By Sean Buckley; FierceTelecom ~ Jan 28, 2016

The illegal implementation of Obamacare
By Jonathan H. Adler; The Washington Post ~ Jan 27, 2016

Obama’s Legacy: Runaway Deficits, Debt And Health Costs
Editorial; Investor’s Business Daily ~ Jan 27, 20

Missing An IRS Form 1099 For Your Taxes? Keep Quiet, Don't Ask!
From Robert W. Wood; Forbes ~ Jan 27, 2016

Obama has plan to expand access to retirement accounts
By Kevin Freking; The Associated Press ~ Jan 25, 2016

70 Changes That Make Obamacare A Very Different Law Than Congress Passed
From Grace-Marie Turner; Forbes ~ Jan 26, 2016

Consumers Cut Costs By Combining Limited Coverage Health Plans, Despite Penalty Risks
By Michelle Andrews; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 26, 2016

Health care fines press millennials as deadline nears
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Jan 26, 2016

Aging Americans Facing Shortage of Specialized Doctors
Newsmax ~ Jan 26, 2016

How to Undo Claiming Social Security Early
By Emily Brandon; US News & World Report ~ Jan 25, 2016

Democratic senator blocks Obama's pick to head FDA
By Mary Clare Jalonick; The Associated Press ~ Jan 25, 2016

Congressional agency reduces health law sign-up predictions
By Andrew Taylor & Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Jan 25, 2016

The Impact of Obamacare on the Doctor-Patient Relationship. What health consumers need to know.
By Dr. Kevin Campbell; US News & World Report ~ Jan 25, 2016

Feds foresee $30 trillion debt, blame looming tax hikes and Obamacare
By Stephen Dinan; The Washington Times ~ Jan 25, 2016

For the First Time, Health Care Spending Higher than Social Security
By Kimberly Leonard; US News & World Report ~ Jan 25, 2016

Booming health care costs and growing deficits create budget headache for Republicans
By Kelsey Snell; The Washington Post ~ Jan 25, 2016

Fight To Lower Drug Prices Forces Some To Switch Medication
By Alison Kodjak; NPR ~ Jan 25, 2016

What This Survey Said About Paying For Long-Term Care
From Denise Logeland; Forbes ~ Jan 25, 2016

Protect Yourself from Tax Identity Theft
From Consumer Reports; Yahoo Finance ~ Jan 24, 2016

How and Why Medicare for All Is a Realistic Goal
By Nancy Altman; Huffington Post ~ Jan 24, 2016

The Most-Overlooked Tax Breaks for the Newly Retired
By Kevin McCormally; Kiplinger ~ Jan 24, 2016

President pushes ObamaCare as enrollment deadline nears
By Mark Hensch; The Hill ~ Jan 23, 2016

Here's How Medicare Advantage Is Changing in 2016
By Dan Caplinger; The Motley Fool ~ Jan 23, 2016

Patient groups funded by drugmakers are largely mum on high drug prices
By Jayne O'Donnell; USA TODAY ~ Jan 21, 2016

Don’t Hire A Tax Preparer Until You Get These Questions Answered First
By Brian O'Connell; TheStreet ~ Jan 23, 2016

Nokia Rising From The Dead? New Promo Hints At Ambitious Comeback [Video]
By Horia Ungureanu; TECH TIMES ~ Jan 23, 2016

Editorial: It's up to Congress to curb the high costs of prescription drugs
By Editorial Board; StarTribune ~ Jan 22, 2016

Employers push limit of Obamacare by excluding outpatient surgery in plans
By Jay Hancock; The Washington Post ~ Jan 21, 2016

Is Single-Payer Health Care a Good Idea?
US News & World Report ~ Jan 22, 2016

Lawmakers slam oversight of failing CO-OPs. CMS' Andy Slavitt defends the startup insurers
By Leslie Small; FierceHealthPayer ~ Jan 22, 2016

Instead of ObamaCare: Giving Health-Care Power to the People
By Lanhee J. Chen & James C. Capretta; The Wall Street Journal ~ Jan 22, 2016

Feds To Push For Privatizing Ailing Obamacare Co-Ops
By Richard Pollock; The Daily Caller ~ Jan 21, 2016

Sen. Susan Collins talks about fighting scams aimed at retirees
By Rodney Brooks; The Washington Post ~ Jan 22, 2016

Average ObamaCare premium rises to $408 per month
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Jan 21, 2016

Top Obamacare Official Accepts No Responsibility For Health Insurance Co-Op Fiascos
By Richard Pollock; The Daily Caller ~ Jan 21, 2016

UnitedHealth Says Obamacare Is Costing It Billions
By Laura Lorenzetti ; Fortune ~ Jan 20, 2016

If Congress Has Its Way, You Could Pay Canadian Prices for Your Drugs
By Eric Pianin; The Fiscal Times ~ Jan 21, 2016

Hybrid Long-Term Care Insurance Policies
From Wade Pfau; Forbes ~ Jan 21, 2016

Why We Can't Stop Torturing Ourselves With 401(k) Wreckage
By Rebecca Greenfield; BloombergBusiness ~ Jan 21, 2016

Finally, a reliable path for retirees to donate to charity
By Mark Miller; Reuters ~ Jan 21, 2016

House GOP issues subpoena for ObamaCare docs
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Jan 20, 2016

ObamaCare Leaves Middle Class Exposed To Huge Health Bills, Study Finds
By John Merline; Investor’s Business Daily ~ Jan 19, 2016

Back To The Future? Redesigning Healthcare To Meet The Needs Of Our Sickest Patients
From Sachin H. Jain; Forbes ~ Jan 20, 2016

By Sara Hansard; Bloomberg BNA ~ Jan 20, 2016

Top Dem: Obama to Sign Executive Order Controlling Prescription Drug Prices
By Will Bredderman; Observer ~ Jan 20, 2016

Are you prepared for new Obamacare tax forms?
By Jeff Reeves; USA TODAY ~ Jan 20, 2016

Tax season is open for 2016: ten changes and five weird deductions
By Olivia Lowenberg; The Christian Science Monitor ~ Jan 19, 2016

IRS Wipes Another Hard Drive Defying Court Order...But You Must Keep Tax Records
From Robert W. Wood; Forbes ~ Jan 20, 2016

How to get guaranteed retirement income for life
By Walter Updegrave ; CNN ~ Jan 20, 2016

Democrats, Republicans agree to ignore Social Security
By Brenton Smith, Des Moines Register – Jan 18, 2016

Why Democrats And Republicans Are Both Wrong In The Obamacare Repeal Debate
From Tomas Philipson ; Forbes ~ Jan 19, 2016

U.S. top court rejects new challenge to Obamacare
By Lawrence Hurley; Reuters ~ Jan 19, 2016

U.S. Limits Obamacare Sign-Up Periods in Move to Please Insurers
By Rebecca Spalding & Zachary Tracer; Bloomberg ~ Jan 19, 2016

High-deductible health plan enrollees aren't shopping around
By Kathryn Doyle; Reuters ~ Jan 19, 2016

UnitedHealth loses $720M on exchange plans in 2015
By Leslie Small; FierceHealthPayer ~ Jan 19, 2016

How Can Healthcare Companies Balance People And Profits?
From Bill Fotsch & John Case; Forbes ~ Jan 19, 2016

Senate to break up House-passed 'cures' bill
By Sarah Ferris; The Hill ~ Jan 19, 2016

Love ‘Em? Hate ‘Em? No Matter. The Drug Industry Gets What It Wants.
By Alex Lash; Xconomy ~ Jan 19, 2016

Tax season begins as IRS begins to accept returns
By Carole Feldman; The Associated Press ~ Jan 19, 2016

How Can Retirees Thrive During Volatility? Patience is Key.
From Thomas & Robert Fross; Forbes ~ Jan 19, 2016

IRS on the line looking for money? More likely a scammer
By Andrew Taylor; The Associated Press ~ Jan 19, 2016

Health care in the election: Politics and policy
By Jared Bernstein; The Washington Post ~ Jan 17, 2016

The High Price of Not-Even-Close-To-Universal Health Coverage
From Chris Conover; Forbes ~ Jan 18, 2016

HEALTHBEAT: Complex issue of when to stop mammograms
By Lauran Neergaard; The Associated Press ~ Jan 18, 2016

Saving for retirement? What to watch out for in 2016
By Robert Powell; MarketWatch ~ Jan 18, 2016

Opinion: My Favorite Misleading Statistic on Americans' Retirement Savings
From Andrew Biggs; Forbes ~ Jan 18, 2016

How Nokia Could Have Over 60% Upside After the Alcatel-Lucent Merger
By Jon C. Ogg; 24/7 Wall St. ~ Jan 17, 2016

5 Tips To Survive Stock Market Volatility In Retirement
From Jamie Hopkins; Forbes ~ Jan 16, 2016

Consumers Who Opt Against Health Coverage May Be Surprised At Tax Penalty’s Size
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 16, 2016

America’s gold mine for the golden years
By Gerald E. Scorse; The Hill ~ Jan 15, 2016

For older drivers, sleep meds are linked with car accidents
By Kathryn Doyle; Reuters ~ Jan 15, 2016

Major drugmakers push back in U.S. price debate
By Caroline Humer; Reuters ~ Jan 15, 2016

Why You Can’t Afford Your Medication
By Ramin Oskoui, MD; LifeZette ~ Jan 15, 2016

What the Market Drop Says About the State of the Obama Economy
By Stephen Gandel; Fortune ~ Jan 15, 2016

The Easy Way to Make Your Retirement Savings Last
By Jane Bryant Quinn; Time ~ Jan 15, 2016

The goal of elder justice dangles within reach
By Barbara Peters Smith; Herald-Tribune ~ Jan 15, 2016

Fueled By Health Law, ‘Concierge Medicine’ Reaches New Markets
By Shefali Luthra ; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 14, 2016

Gaming of Obamacare Poses a Fatal Threat
By Megan McArdle; Bloomberg View ~ Jan 14, 2016

Obama made bold claims about the economy during the State of the Union. How accurate was he?
By Sam Turner; Deseret News ~ Jan 14, 2016

Standardizing exchange plan benefits could help consumers
By Katherine Moody; FierceHealthPayer ~ Jan 14, 2016

Volatility Is Here to Stay and Could Be a Plus for Retirement Portfolios
By Ellen Chang; Main St ~ Jan 14, 2016

The 'Retirement Crisis' Scare
From Andrew Biggs; Forbes ~ Jan 14, 2016

Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent employees step into a new telecom world
From “Baburajan K”; TelecomLead ~ Jan 14, 2016

Nokia reopens Alcatel-Lucent offer until 3 February
Telecompaper ~ Jan 14, 2016

[Nokia press release] Nokia celebrates first day of combined operations with Alcatel-Lucent
Alcatel-Lucent Press Office

CO-OP failures put spotlight on ACA’s many shortcomings
By Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.), M.D. ; The Hill ~ Jan 13, 2016

Country must tackle rising costs, create better access to healthcare
By Rep. Ami Bera (D-Calif.), M.D.; The Hill ~ Jan 13, 2016

Contrary To The President's Claims, Obamacare Has Increased Healthcare Spending Growth
From Michael F. Cannon; Forbes ~ Jan 13, 2016

House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price vexed by Obama, budget process
By Tony Pugh; Miami Herald ~ Jan 13, 2016

Don’t let them ignore retirement
By Jennie L. Phipps; Bankrate ~ Jan 13, 2016

Analyst Angle: Nokia purchase of Alcatel-Lucent is a 6:1 reverse split
By Earl Lum; RCR Wireless News ~ Jan 13, 2016

Kentucky begins dismantling Obamacare exchange
By Rachana Pradhan; Politico ~ Jan 12, 2016

Hospitals Step Up To Help Seniors Avoid Falls
By Susan Jaffe; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 12, 2016

Two Options for Funding Long-Term Care Expenses
From Wade Pfau; Forbes ~ Jan 12, 2016

Is Social Security generous enough?
By Jennie L. Phipps; Bankrate ~ Jan 12, 2016

Software Won't Eat Nokia's World
By Leila Abboud; Bloomberg ~ Jan 12, 2016

GOP chairman vows ‘family discussion’ on ObamaCare plan
By Sarah Ferris; The Hill ~ Jan 11, 2016

Obamacare Enrollment Update: Seven Things You Need To Know
From Brian Blase; Forbes ~ Jan 11, 2016

Obamacare Insurance Holders to Be Hit With Steep Premium Hikes in '16
By Cathy Burke; Newsmax ~ Jan 11, 2016

Medicare expands coordinated care for 8.9M beneficiaries
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Jan 11, 2016

Congressional Call for HHS to Use Authority to Curb Rising Drug Prices
Press Release - Center for American Progress – Jan 11, 2015

Prescription drug prices jumped more than 10 percent in 2015, analysis finds
By Brady Dennis, Washington Post – Jan 11, 2016

Drugmakers Raise Prices Despite Criticisms
By Peter Loftus, Wall Street Journal – Jan 10, 2016

Alcatel-Lucent & Nokia Integration on Track, Shares Up
By Zacks Equity Research,; NASDAQ ~ Jan 11, 2016

Concierge Medicine: Better Patient Access, But ...
By Cheryl Clark; MedPage Today ~ Jan 10, 2016

Is the United States Ready for Webcam Doctors?
By Seung Lee; Newsweek ~ Jan 10, 2016

Obamacare's troubled 6th birthday: Affordability still a worry
By Bertha Coombs; CNBC ~ Jan 09, 2016

Obamacare Growing Pains Trigger Rise In Unpaid Hospital Bills
From Bruce Japsen; Forbes ~ Jan 10, 2016

4 Red Flags To Watch Out For Before Buying An Annuity
From Tania Brown; Forbes ~ Jan 10, 2016

Beware of IRS, tax scams
By George Cox, ; The Spectrum ~ Jan 10, 2016

Pfizer hikes U.S. prices for over 100 drugs on January 1
By Deena Beasley; Reuters ~ Jan 08, 2016

Humana to Record 2016 Obamacare Shortfall, Membership Drops
By Zachary Tracer; Bloomberg ~ Jan 09, 2016

Where are the young signups for Obamacare?
By Aimee Picchi ; CBS News ~ Jan 09, 2016

What retirees and pre-retirees should do as the Fed raises interest rates
By Robert Powell; USA TODAY ~ Jan 09, 2016

3 reasons not to pay off your mortgage
By Maurie Backma,TMF ; USA TODAY ~ Jan 09, 2016

Nokia Confirms Leadership Team
By Iain Morris; Light Reading ~ Jan 08, 2016

US progress on health insurance stalled in 2015
From Associated Press; The Daily Progress ~ Jan 08, 2016

Obama Swiftly Vetoes Reconciliation Bill Because Congress Didn’t Deliver
By Twila Brase; Cybercast News Service ~ Jan 08, 2016

Tax filing issues could jeopardize health law aid for many
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Jan 08, 2016

Cash Spent On Entitlements Spikes In First Three Months Of 2016 Fiscal Year
By Juliegrace Brufke; The Daily Caller ~ Jan 08, 2016

Protecting Mom and Dad from Scams
By Laura Bruck; Business 2 Community ~ Jan 08, 2016

Obamacare Agency Put Taxpayer Money ‘at Risk,’ Inspector General Says
By Natalie Johnson; The Daily Signal ~ Jan 07, 2016

UnitedHealth Says N.Y. Obamacare Plans Could Be in Trouble
By Zachary Tracer; Bloomberg ~ Jan 06, 2016

US seeks strong finish on health care sign-ups amid doubts
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Jan 07, 2016

Fiduciary rule could make 2016 good for investors
By Mark Miller; Reuters ~ Jan 07, 2016

Harvard poll: Dismayed by drug prices, public supports Democrats’ ideas
By David Nather, STAT News – Dec 1, 2015

Washington has big hopes, but little power, to negotiate drug prices
By David Nather, STAT News – Jan 6, 2016

IRS Won’t Ask Nonprofits to Collect Social Security Numbers
By Kelsey Harkness; The Daily Signal ~ Jan 07, 2016

Why you may have to wait longer for your tax refund this year
By Jonnelle Marte; The Washington Post ~ Jan 07, 2016

Alcatel-Lucent Pushes Forward into 2016
By Sean Michael Kerner; Enterprise Networking Planet ~ Jan 06, 2016

[Nokia press release] Nokia announces settlement of its public exchange offer for Alcatel-Lucent securities, the registration of new shares and its inclusion in the CAC 40 index
Alcatel-Lucent Press Office

Here’s how much government health-care spending has ballooned over two decades
By Robert Schroeder; MarketWatch ~ Jan 06, 2016

ObamaCare's Not-So-Secret Plan To Force Everyone Into HMOs
Investor’s Business Daily ~ Jan 04, 2016

An Obamacare Repeal Vote That Counts, Despite The Inevitable Veto
From Grace-Marie Turner; Forbes ~ Jan 06, 2016

[Nokia press release] Nokia issues shares to the holders of Alcatel-Lucent securities
Alcatel-Lucent Press Office

Alcatel-Lucent to deploy powerful IP core/edge router for NTT DOCOMO to address rapid growth of mobile traffic
Alcatel-Lucent Press Office

1 in 5 People with Health Insurance Can't Afford Their Medical Bills
By Beth Braverman; The Fiscal Times ~ Jan 05, 2016

Dividends on the chopping block as profit growth peters out
By Stan Choe; The Associated Press ~ Jan 05, 2016

Dividends on the chopping block as profit growth peters out
By Stan Choe; The Associated Press ~ Jan 05, 2016

Improving Women's Retirement Security
From Anna Rappaport; Forbes ~ Jan 05, 2016

Beware Of Pension Obligation Bonds
From Marilyn Cohen; Forbes ~ Jan 05, 2016

How the market rout roils your retirement
By Kelley Holland; CNBC ~ Jan 05, 2016

French financial regulator AMF publishes final results of Nokia’s successful public exchange offer for Alcatel-Lucent securities
Alcatel-Lucent Press Office

GOP-led Congress set for first time to vote, pass bill to replace ObamaCare, not just repeal
By Chad Pergram; Fox News ~ Jan 04, 2016

How People Are Using Religion to Circumvent Obamacare
By Claire Zillman; Fortune ~ Jan 04, 2016

Bill gutting ObamaCare would save half-trillion over a decade, CBO finds
By Sarah Ferris; The Hill ~ Jan 04, 2016

Do You Speak Health Insurance? It’s Not Easy.
By Mark Zdechlik; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 04, 2016

Medicare is changing: What's new for beneficiaries
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Jan 04, 2016

New Evidence on the Phony ‘Retirement Crisis’
By Andrew G. Biggs; The Wall Street Journal ~ Jan 04, 2016

Nokia to move swiftly after taking control of Alcatel-Lucent
By Jussi Rosendahl; Reuters ~ Jan 04, 2016

Four Obamacare Worries For 2016
From Bruce Japsen; Forbes ~ Jan 03, 2016

Stronger ObamaCare faces new fights in 2016
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Jan 03, 2016

What Happened to Obamacare in 2015?
By Sean Williams ; The Motley Fool ~ Jan 03, 2016

A Smarter Plan to Make Retirement Savings Last
By Teresa Ghilarducci & Hamilton E. James; The New York Times ~ Jan 01, 2016

Could the Economy Tank in 2016?
By POLITICO Magazine; Politico ~ Jan 03, 2016

Why Are Education and Healthcare Outcomes So Bad In The US?
From Adam Ozimek; Forbes ~ Jan 03, 2016

Republican calls for effort to repeal Obamacare
By Bradford Richardson; The Hill ~ Jan 02, 2016

Medical scribes help relieve doctors’ digital record keeping
By Sammy Caiola; The Sacramento Bee ~ Jan 02, 2016

How the medical code overhaul will affect you
By Richard Eisenberg; MarketWatch ~ Jan 02, 2016

Members of Congress Seek to Derail IRS’ Proposed Change to ‘Giving Rule’
By Barbara Hollingsworth; Cybercast News Service ~ Dec 31, 2015

Avoid IRS Problems And Save Taxes With These Simple Resolutions
From Robert W. Wood; Forbes ~ Jan 02, 2016

Social Security in an Election Year
By The Editorial Board; The New York Times ~ Jan 02, 2016

Social Security in 2016: 20 Stats Everyone Should Know
By Matthew Frankel; The Motley Fool ~ Jan 01, 2016

How painful will health care costs be in 2016?
By Larry Light; CBS News ~ Jan 01, 2016

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(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. Video of the Ole Timers Reunion on Dec.9th is available here. Holiday/Winter Telecom Reunion took place on December 11, 2015. Video of that event here. 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 Fall gathering of Teletype and Lucent people  and friends was held on Tuesday, Nov.10, 2015 .... ..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