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Retirees give students a GO

Retirees give students a GOAfter retiring, Marty Kaminsky, a member of NYSUT’s Retiree Council 45, wanted to continue to serve his community. So he founded Golden Opportunity (GO), an organization that pairs retired teachers with struggling elementary school students for one-on-one tutoring twice a week. GO students have achieved measurable gains in reading, writing and math. The program’s unique structure, which allows students and their tutors to stay together for the child’s entire elementary school career, makes it a big hit with students, parents, teachers and tutors. [Photo by DaveBurbankPhotography.com]

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Supercommittee fails; Congress punts: What’s next?

As both chambers of Congress reconvene, the two-month extension on the payroll tax "holiday," unemployment benefits and Medicare payments for doctors again will come under scrutiny. And there’s bound to be a political battle about the automatic cuts, which will be made beginning next year. Not coming to any agreement may seem like the best-case scenario because Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid are excluded from automatic cuts. But if Congress and the administration try to avoid the $1.2 trillion automatic sequestration by rewriting existing law, they again could place these programs in jeopardy.

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Information at your fingertips

Have questions about retirement, Medicare or family health and welfare? Here are some resources to help you find answers.

There’s a lot that policymakers can do to strengthen traditional pensions in the new year and beyond. The National Institute on Retirement Security has a list of its 2012 retirement resolutions for policymakers.

The Medicare Rights Center’s "Dear Marci" column answers the question: Can I switch from a Medicare Advantage plan to original Medicare?

The decision to place a loved one in a care facility is one of the hardest decision families ever have to make. The Family Caregiver Alliance provides insight on making this tough choice.

Harvard Medical School recently issued a special health report, "A Guide to Alzheimer’s Disease." Learn about the warning signs, treatment and planning for the future.

A blueprint for retirement security

The AFT’s ad hoc committee on revenues and retirement security recently produced a report, "Strengthening Retirement Security and Building a Better America," which the AFT executive council adopted in 2011 as a blueprint for bolstering public pensions and improving retirement security for all.

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Judy Morgan: A strong voice for her constituents

Judy MorganWhen members of the Missouri House of Representatives converged on Jefferson City this month for the new legislative session, AFT retiree Judy Morgan was among the crowd. As the new kid on the legislative block, she was eager to begin. [Photo by Don Ipock]

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Top 10 scams targeting seniors

The National Council on Aging says that financial scams targeting seniors have become so prevalent they’re now considered "the crime of the 21st century." NCOA says the scams, which frequently go unreported, often are committed by family members. Check out the council’s list to learn how to avoid falling victim to a scam.


In This Issue

Retirees give students a GO

Supercommittee fails; Congress punts: What's next?

A blueprint for retirement security

Judy Morgan: A strong voice

Top 10 scams targeting seniors

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