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Seeking to shift costs to Medicare, more employers move retirees to Advantage plans

Over the past decade, an increasing number of employers have used the government’s Medicare Advantage program as an alternative to their existing retiree health plan and traditional Medicare coverage - yet details of these plans — and the costs to taxpayers — are largely hidden.... Read more»

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‘Hard choices’ at VA could include cut to unemployability benefit

Faced with a “hard decision” on the budget, the Department of Veterans Affairs is again considering new limits on the Individual Unemployability benefit that currently helps more than 200,000 disabled veterans.... Read more»

FactCheck

Dems exaggerate about GOP 'privatization' plans for Social Security

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz claims Jeb Bush supported his brother’s Social Security plan that would put “Americans at risk of losing their retirement savings with the ups and downs of Wall Street.”... Read more»

Officials: Az’s slip in state-funded pension ranks no cause for concern

Funding for Arizona’s state-run pension funds fell by more than 20 percent from 2003 to 2013, but the almost 600,000 state workers covered have no reason to worry about their retirement, officials said.... Read more»

Tucson, other Az cities in top spots among best places for retirees

Arizona grabbed three of the top four spots in a new national ranking of the best cities for retirees, based on a town’s crime, weather, taxes and other factors. Mesa, Prescott and Tucson were ranked in first, third and fourth places.... Read more»

Comic: Politics (and retirement)

Jan rides into the sunset

Gov. Jan Brewer announced Wednesday that she will not run for re-election, ending speculation that she might make an attempt to run for a third term.... Read more»

Analysis

Az pension systems recovering, still best value for taxpayers

Glaring headlines about Arizona's public worker retirement system suggest that your typical retired teacher, firefighter or police officer is sipping margaritas on a beach somewhere enjoying a six-figure pension. Meanwhile the state's pension funds are running out of money, leaving you, the taxpayer, stuck with the bill. ... Read more»

Analysis

No joke: Labor shortage coming to Arizona, U.S.

Three-thousand lawyers, 6,000 doctors and 2,000 preachers walk into a bar ... They’re not headed to the local watering hole as part of a massive joke, but to celebrate their retirement. Over the next 10 years, Arizona will lose a quarter of its lawyers, a quarter of its doctors and almost half of its clergy as the baby boomer generation retires.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Debate on Prop. 204 education sales tax

Doug Ducey and Ann-Eve Pedersen debate Proposition 204, the Quality Education and Jobs measure. Also, Gale Morgan discusses downsizing your home in retirement.... Read more»

John C. Scott Show

J.C. Scott: CD3 candidate Mercer and sheriff candidate Frederick

Interviews with Gabriela Saucedo Mercer, a Republican congressional candidate in CD3, plus GOP candidate for Pima County sheriff Terry Frederick, and financial expert Shelly Fishman.... Read more»

Analysis

Top 10 things to know about military compensation

The Pentagon’s personnel budget is composed of three major items: pay, retirement, and health care. These costs have nearly doubled in the past 10 years and now consume one-third of the baseline defense budget. If they continue growing, these costs will begin to divert funds from other critical national security initiatives such as training and modernization.... Read more»

Opinion

Time to control runaway military personnel costs

Military personnel costs have nearly doubled since fiscal year 2001. If these costs are allowed to continue rising at their current rate, they will eat through the entire defense budget by FY 2039.... Read more»

Report: Binge drinking more intense for seniors

Binge drinking is most common among young people, but a government report on the problem also places a red flag next to senior citizens. It turns out that those 65 and older engage in binge drinking more frequently than any other age group.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Tucson city election predictions

It's the Monday Political Face-off with commentators Bruce Ash and Paul Eckerstrom. Plus, Southwestern cooking and retirement planning.... Read more»

Most older Arizonans rely on Social Security, study finds

Most Arizona seniors rely heavily on Social Security for their income, an AARP report found.... Read more»1

Smart v. Stupid

Broken government: The speech Obama should give

In recent speeches, President Obama has begun to tackle the issue of Republican obstructionism. But here is speech he ought to be giving.... Read more»3

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