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In this issue we talk about the transition from Alcatel-Lucent to Nokia and address many of the questions raised by our retirees regarding this transition.

The History Corner article features a look back at the Teletype Corporation, an important part of our shared Bell System heritage.





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.

If you have historical information, send to Gary Reichow at

Information on the Passing of Retirees

Under the "In Memoriam" tab located at the top of this page, the LRO lists the submitted names of recently deceased individuals and, where possible, provides a linkage to an official obituary. Information required and the form to list an individual are contained on the "In Memoriam" page. We encourage family members and friends to take advantage of this service.

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Denver, Colorado on August 30th, 2016.

Dear Colorado Area LRO Retiree:

Are you concerned about the current state of Lucent Health Care and Pension funds?

Are you seeking to learn more about the current state of the offered Health Care Programs, current-funding levels of the Pension program, and our 2016 Legislative agenda? Are you interested in meeting the LRO leadership team? Then this is your opportunity to learn and ask your questions to the LRO leaders.

Mark your calendar for August 30th Tuesday, at Doubletree by Hilton Denver- Stapleton North, 4040 Quebec Street, Denver, CO 80216. The meeting will begin at 10:00 am and will last until approximately 2:00pm.

THE LRO LEADERSHIP TEAM will be on-hand for this special meeting to meet with you and to help address your concerns and questions. Joe Dombrowski, LRO President, will introduce LRO plans and initiatives, Ron Hoth will discuss Health Care Benefits,

Al Duscher will review current funding of the Pension Trust, and Bob Martina will present the LRO/NRLN advocacy role.

We urge all Lucent retirees to come join us for this special conference. Bring your spouse and Lucent retiree friends, including those who may not yet be LRO members. Let’s make this a very informative reunion and a chance to come together to learn more about Healthcare, Pension funding and the LRO’s advocacy role. To assure adequate planning, RSVP’s are important. Go to to respond with names and number of attendees. Those without web access should confirm attendance by calling Joe Dombrowski 480-766-3386.

We look forward to meeting you at the Doubletree by Hilton, Stapleton North on Tuesday August 30th at 10:00 am.

Best regards,
Joe Dombrowski, President

Don Procknow


We are sad to report that the last president of the Western Electric Company, Donald E. Procknow passed away on July 1st. He lived in Buckingham, Pa.

Mr. Procknow was named President and Chief Administrative Officer of Western Electric in November of 1971 and assumed the position of Chief Executive Officer in March of 1972. He served in this capacity until divestiture in January of 1984 when he became Vice Chairman of the newly formed AT&T Technologies. He retired in 1985.

His obituary can be found here. To read a biographical sketch of Don and his career history, visit our History Corner, Persons of Note here.

The entire LRO family sends its sincere condolences to wife Esther and the Procknow family for their loss. Don was a much loved and respected leader of the Western Electric Company.


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Why There’s Not Likely To Be An Increase In Social Security Checks In 2017
By Diane Archer, Huffington Post – July 22, 2016

Editorial: As Democrats pander: Let's rescue Social Security before we expand it
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By Jay Weaver, Miami Herald – July 22, 2016

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Obama Administration Issues Misleading Report On ObamaCare Plan Deductibles
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By Stephen Feller; United Press International ~ Jul 13, 2016

Aging, Not Obamacare To Fuel Next Decade's Medical Spending
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Health Care Costs Set to Top $10k Per Person
By Kimberly Leonard; US News & World Report ~ Jul 13, 2016

Lawmakers: Smartphone health apps need to be smarter
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Opinion: How saving too much can make your retirement less satisfying
By Chuck Jaffe; MarketWatch ~ Jul 13, 2016

The Death of the Middle Class Is Worse Than You Think
By Chris Matthews ; Fortune ~ Jul 13, 2016

Making Social Security fair for all
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Retirement Spending Plans Are as Important as Investment Growth
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Large Medicare Premium Increase Projected In 2017
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New Mexico insurer poised to join others suing over ObamaCare payments
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Heart Failure Patients Warned About The Dangers Of Mixing Prescriptions
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More Older Americans Cared for at Home
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Social Security Isn’t Just for Old Folks Anymore
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Obamacare 2.0: Obama calls for revisiting the public option
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Obama Declares ACA Success in JAMA, Calls for Taking Steps to Reduce Drug Costs
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Retirement Income Calculators: Not Much Better Than Counting On Your Fingers?
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Advocates hope shaming drugmakers discourages price spikes
By Jonathan J. Cooper; The Associated Press ~ Jul 10, 2016

GOP backs new fund for public health
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7 Things Your Doctor Wants You to Know
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3 Things Every American Needs to Know About Medicare
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The story of the 'tax torpedo,' and how it hit the middle class
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How a 401(k) Works After Retirement
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Editorial: Americans after Obamacare
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Will we take action about Medicare improper payments?
By Kristin Walter; The Hill ~ Jul 08, 2016

Oregon ObamaCare co-op latest failure in troubled program
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Cramer: Why bonds could be bad for retirement
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Americans Are Skipping Obamacare So They Can Smoke
By Sy Mukherjee; Fortune ~ Jul 07, 2016

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Medicare Advantage grows, but provider choice is limited
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How to Choose Between a 401(k) and a Roth
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Study: Insurers' spending on costly meds soared from 2003-14
By Linda A. Johnson; The Associated Press ~ Jul 06, 2016

Study: Brand-Name Drugs’ High Copays Soak Medicare Part D Patients
By Rachel Bluth; Kaiser Health News ~ Jul 06, 2016

Scientists figured out how to regenerate teeth and eliminate root canals
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Obamacare insured an extra 16 million, but its tax paperwork is a nightmare
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Another ObamaCare co-op winding down
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Jul 05, 2016

Young Adults Can Face Challenges To Health Enrollment
By Michelle Andrews; Kaiser Health News ~ Jul 05, 2016

Separating Social Security truth from fantasy
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Selling bonds may help U.S. pensions: Bank of America Merrill Lynch
By Richard Leong; Reuters ~ Jul 05, 2016

Feds Call in the SWAT Teams on Rogue Docs
By Peter Waldman; Bloomberg ~ Jul 01, 2016

A Prescription-Free Way to Affordable Health
By Devon Herrick; Newsweek ~ Jul 03, 2016

Brand-Name Drug Makers Wary of Letting Generic Rival Join Their Club
By Robert Pear; The New York Times ~ Jul 01, 2016

How to Get the Best Care From the Hospital Nursing Staff
By Laura Landro; The Wall Street Journal ~ Jul 04, 2016

Need to appeal your Medicare claim? Get in line
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Opinion: How investors can avoid impulse purchases
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Social Security chief: ‘Retirement crisis’ already here
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Catastrophic Insurance Could Help With Long-Term Care Expenses: Studies
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Pulling The Plug On ObamaCare's Life Support
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Obamacare-Causing Insurers To Beg For Bailouts
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About 1.6M drop-outs from health law coverage this year
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BREAKING: CMS proposes $180 million pay cut for home health
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How Telemedicine Is Transforming Health Care
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Social Security: focus on solvency first
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Health insurance mergers put consumers last
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House Republicans call for postcard-simple tax returns
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Trustees: Tiny rise in Social Security benefits in 2017, Medicare fund running dry early
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White House slams GOP's ObamaCare replacement plan
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Obamacare's Dreaded 'Death Panels' Won't Be Triggered This Year
By Sy Mukherjee; Fortune ~ Jun 22, 2016

Social Security trust fund will be empty in less than 20 years
By Jonnelle Marte; The Washington Post ~ Jun 22, 2016

The Largest Healthcare Fraud Takedown in U.S. History
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House Republicans unveil healthcare alternative to Obamacare
By Eric Beech & Richard Cowan; Reuters ~ Jun 22, 2016

Medicare trust fund running out of money fast
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Trustees: Tiny rise in Social Security benefits next year
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Fixing Social Security with the funhouse mirror
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Warren, Daines offer retirement savings bill
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Push to Impeach IRS Chief Koskinen Stirs Scholars’ Disagreement
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Team Obama to use IRS data to pressure some Americans into Obamacare
By Tom Howell Jr.; The Washington Times ~ Jun 21, 2016

HHS Targets Young Adults In 2017 Obamacare Enrollment Plan
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Column: Senate Democrats turn up the heat on a Koch-'bankrolled' Social Security trustee candidate
By Michael Hiltzik, Los Angles Times – June 21, 2016

Opinion: Obama is gutting Medicare
By Betsy McCaughey; New York Post ~ Jun 21, 2016

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By Carolyn Y. Johnson; The Washington Post ~ Jun 20, 2016

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By Dan Mangan; CNBC ~ Jun 20, 2016

Driven by Campaign Populism, Democrats Unite on Expanding Social Security
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The Secret Mindset For A Successful Retirement
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Opinion: 51 things not to do if you want to be better off financially
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ObamaCare fight 'effectively over,' says Obama's top lawyer
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Kaiser: Get ready to grab your wallets, ObamaCare subscribers!
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Obama administration wants more scrutiny of ACA premium hikes
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Portman presses HHS for answers on failed ObamaCare co-op

Spiraling drug costs prompt call for major Medicare changes
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Jun 15, 2016

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By Walter Updegrave; CNNMoney ~ Jun 15, 2016

Nokia Plans To Buy Remaining Alcatel-Lucent Stake
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Advisory Panel Targets Rising Medicare Drug Costs In Its Latest Report To Congress
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Report: New evidence of rising 'Obamacare' premiums
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Backlog in Medicare Claims Appeals Growing Worse
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GOP Clears Hurdle In Process TO Oust IRS Commissioner
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Coffee struck from list of possible cancer-causing agents
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Senators Introduce Bill Aimed at Getting Generic Drugs to Market
By REUTERS; The New York Times ~ Jun 14, 2016

Nokia Unveils Broad Platform for IoT
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ObamaCare: 25% Average Premium Hike Sought In 30 States
By Jed Graham; Investor’s Business Daily ~ Jun 13, 2016

Study: Repealing ObamaCare would increase uninsured by 24M
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Jun 13, 2016

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How Senior Living Providers Can Crash the Health Care Party
By Tim Mullaney; Senior Housing News ~ Jun 13, 2016

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Proposed premium hikes rattle consumers paying their own way
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar & Tom Murphy; The Associated Press ~ Jun 12, 2016

Democrats hope Social Security plans will win over voters
By Naomi Jagoda; The Hill ~ Jun 12, 2016

Alaska scrambles to prevent Obamacare collapse
By Rachana Pradhan; Politico ~ Jun 11, 2016

Drug companies continue to raise prices despite public backlash
By Beth Mole; Ars Technica ~ Jun 10, 2016 - Jun 10, 2016 1:39pm EDT

GOP surprises with push for smaller ObamaCare changes
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Jun 10, 2016

Prescription Drug Abuse Among Older Adults Is Harder to Detect
By Constance Gustke; The New York Times ~ Jun 10, 2016

GOP slams Obama administration response on Medicare proposal
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Jun 10, 2016

Obamacare Isn't Stopping Doctors' Incomes From Soaring
By Shawn Tully; Fortune ~ Jun 10, 2016

Health insurers seeking huge increases for ACA-compliant policies
By Matt Olberding; Lincoln Journal Star ~ Jun 10, 2016

Fight over U.S. retirement investment advice rule moves to courts
By Lisa Lambert; Reuters ~ Jun 10, 2016

76 million Americans are struggling financially or just getting by
By Tami Luhby; CNNMoney ~ Jun 10, 2016

Drug companies play offense to justify high price tags
By Beth Kutscher; Crain’s Chicago Business ~ Jun 09, 2016

HHS Unveils Rules To Limit Short-Term Health Policies, Strengthen Marketplaces
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High Earners Are Going to Hate These Retirement Proposals
By Suzanne Woolley; Bloomberg ~ Jun 09, 2016

Column: Push to expand Social Security gains momentum
By Mark Miller; Reuters ~ Jun 09, 2016

Obamacare Exchange Left Customer Info Vulnerable To ‘Exploitation’
By Kathryn Watson; The Daily Caller ~ Jun 08, 2016

To lower high drug prices, bust monopolies and monitor price increases
From Jonathan Gavras; Orlando Sentinel ~ Jun 08, 2016

New Rules on Retirement Advice Challenged in Another Lawsuit
By Leslie Scism; The Wall Street Journal ~ Jun 08, 2016

HHS Announces Plans To Curtail Consumers’ Use Of Short-Term Insurance Policies
By Jordan Rau; Kaiser Health News ~ Jun 08, 2016

Goldman Sachs: Obamacare Is Leading To A Rise In Involuntary Part-Time Jobs
By Juliegrace Brufke; The Daily Caller ~ Jun 08, 2016

Obama vetoes attempt to undo retirement savings rule
By Gregory Korte; USA TODAY ~ Jun 08, 2016

IRS computer hack was worse than agency admitted
By Stephen Dinan; The Washington Times ~ Jun 08, 2016

How to do a background check on financial advisers
The Associated Press ~ Jun 07, 2016

No retirement income plan satisfies all retirees' goals, paper says
By Marlene Y. Satter: BenefitsPRO ~ Jun 07, 2016

States Step Up Efforts on Drug Pricing Initiatives
By Carrie A. Roll; The National Law Review ~ Jun 06, 2016

Nonprofit’s Flawed Drug Pricing Calculations Could Mean Major Issues For Seniors
By Juliegrace Brufke; The Daily Caller ~ Jun 06, 2016

Rising Drug Costs Attract Seniors to Illegal Online Pharmacies
By “Staff Editor”; HealthNewsDigest ~ Jun 06, 2016

UnitedHealth to compete in just three ACA exchanges in 2017
By Caroline Wall; FierceHealthPayer ~ Jun 06, 2016

Retirees face investing dilemma of longevity, sequence risks
By Gardner Sherrill; Bradenton Herald ~ Jun 06, 2016

Retirees face investing dilemma of longevity, sequence risks
By Gardner Sherrill; Bradenton Herald ~ Jun 06, 2016

The Dueling Myths of Social Security
By Brenton Smith, FedSmith.Com – June 6, 2016

AT&T Expands 5G Testing With Nokia
By Stephanie Mlot; PCmag ~ Jun 06, 2016

3 ETFs to Keep You Invested After Retirement
By Jason Hall; The Motley Fool ~ Jun 05, 2016

Missing Pensions Costly to Retirees
By Eleanor Laise, From Kiplinger's Retirement Report, June 2016

Insurer sues feds over shortfall in ObamaCare payments
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Jun 03, 2016

Money Tips: Social Security isn’t just about retirement
From; WRIC ~ Jun 03, 2016

Obamacare Is Draining Medicare Advantage Of Funding, Study Finds
By Juliegrace Brufke; The Daily Caller ~ Jun 02, 2016

Study: Most insurers not looking to exit ObamaCare
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Jun 02, 2016

Will the Obamacare marketplace stabilize and if so will anyone be able to afford it?
By John Sexton; Hot Air ~ Jun 01, 2016

UnitedHealth Is Ditching Obamacare's California Market
By Sy Mukherjee; Fortune ~ Jun 01, 2016

Obama Proposes Expanding Social Security Benefits for Elderly
By Sahil Kapur; Bloomberg ~ Jun 01, 2016

Poll: A third of people have done no long-term care planning
By Alejandra Cancino; The Associated Press ~ Jun 01, 2016

Insurance rates going up: New concerns for Obamacare
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Jun 01, 2016

House Republicans Voice Frustration Over HHS’ Response To Health Law Subpoenas
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jun 01, 2016


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