• Amid soaring drug prices, FDA reverses stance and cracks down on cheap imports
  • By Beth Mole; Ars Technica ~ Nov 20, 2017

    Late last month, the Food and Drug Administration raided nine stores in Central Florida that help customers illegally order affordable prescription drugs from verified pharmacies overseas, particularly those in Canada, according to a report by Kaiser Health News.

  • DoJ Sues to Block AT&T/Time Warner
  • By Alan Breznick; Light Reading ~ Nov 20, 2017

    AT&T’s proposed $85 billion takeover of Time Warner has now run into a brick wall, with the US Department of Justice suing this evening to block the merger.

    As reported by Reuters and other news outlets, the DOJ antitrust division is moving to block the deal after AT&T Inc.

  • Medicare announced its premiums for 2018. Here’s what you need to know.
  • By Philip Moeller; PBS News Hour ~ Nov 20, 2017

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that the 2018 premium for Part B of Medicare will remain at $134 a month. But even with no change, millions of Social Security recipients will pay sharply higher Part B premiums that will eat up all or most of next year’s 2 percent cost of living adjustment (COLA) for Social Security.

  • Opinion: Time for America to wake up and take care our retirement system
  • From Robert Stammers; The Hill ~ Nov 16, 2017

    With the unveiling of the House Republican tax bill, many U.S. retirement savers are breathing a sigh of relief in the knowledge that they will be able to continue their same tax-deferred contributions to their retirement plans.

  • How the GOP Tax Bill Could Trigger $25 Billion in Medicare Cuts in 2018
  • By Yuval Rosenberg; The Fiscal Times ~ Nov 14, 2017

    As they look to advance their tax bills, Congressional Republicans will have to work through — or around — a few potentially problematic budget rules. One is the Senate’s Byrd Rule, which says that any legislation passed by a simple majority, as the Republicans plan to do with the tax bill, can’t add to the deficit beyond the 10-year budget window.

  • AT&T Promises Better Broadband…If it Gets Another Tax Cut
  • By Karl Bode; DSLReports ~ Nov 14, 2017

    AT&T continues to promise that it will deploy broadband more broadly — if it gets another giant tax cut. In a press release intended to show support for Trump’s “tax reform” plans, the telecom giant promised to invest an additional $1 billion in US telecom infrastructure in 2018 if the corporate tax rate is further reduced.

  • AT&T Declares the New Microservices World Order
  • By Kelsey Kusterer Ziser; Light Reading ~ Nov 03, 2017

    DALLAS — AT&T Summit — In her keynote earlier this week, AT&T’s Melissa Arnoldi said the old way of building enterprise apps is dead and microservices are the future of software development.

    AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) unveiled its microservices supplier program this week, which Arnoldi, president of technology and operations for AT&T Communications, said is an effort to move away from the development of monolithic apps to creating customized apps by combining microservices.

  • Why It’s Too Soon to Predict What the Tax Changes Will Mean for You
  • By Ron Lieber; The New York Times ~ Nov 02, 2017

    The news on Thursday that Congress does not (for now at least) plan to fundamentally alter our workplace savings plans was a pleasant surprise on its own. Current homeowners won’t see their mortgage interest deductions disappear, either.

  • Here’s How The Gender Gap Applies To Retirement
  • By Kara Stiles; Forbes ~ Nov 01, 2017

    In its 2016 study “Shortchanged in Retirement,” The National Institute on Retirement Security explored financial hardships facing employed women, women approaching retirement and retired women. Co-authored by Manager of Research Jennifer Brown, the study identified that women are much more likely to face poverty in retirement than their male counterparts.

  • Rising Health Insurance Costs Frighten Some Early Retirees
  • By Steven Findlay ; Kaiser Health News ~ Nov 01, 2017

    Don and Debra Clark of Springfield, Mo., are glad they have health insurance. Don is 56 and Debra is 58. The Clarks say they know the risk of an unexpected illness or medical event is rising as they age and they must have coverage.

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