Health Care Law Updates

Share List Section 3022 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) provided for the creation of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). These provider-run organizations are responsible for the overall quality, cost and care of a defined group of Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries. Each ACO must serve at least 5,000 beneficiaries per program.   ACOs are…

Busy in Congress

Share List We thought it might be an interesting summer in Congress, with Republicans still fighting Obamacare, sequestration cuts underway, and more deficit proposals on the table. But Congress has a lot more going on. Read on to see what legislative changes may (or may not) be effective soon.   The Marketplace Fairness Act is…

Reshaping Retirement

Share List Visit an established restaurant in your area and you may be struck by the number of gray-haired patrons. In fact, many of the seemingly older seniors are likely to be accompanied by their graying (or otherwise color-coiffed) middle aged children.   [CLICK HERE to read the article, “New Aging Statistics,” at The Administration…

Designing Retirement Income

Share List In May, Investment News, the financial news publication, held its 2013 Retirement Income Summit, bringing together leaders from the worlds of investing, government and academia to share the latest thinking in retirement policy, Social Security, insurance, estate planning and taxation with financial professionals.   One topic covered at this year’s conference was a…

Surveying America

Share List How often do you participate in a survey? Maybe you’re stopped outside a store while shopping, or you answer one of those annoying phone calls that always seem to be right around suppertime. Do you stop and graciously give up your time to participate, or do you politely say you’re not interested?  …

New World, Old World – Our World

Share List Countries that have been previously referred to as emerging are gaining respect with a new moniker: The New World. In May, the Boston Consulting Group published its 13th annual report on global wealth, in which it revealed that the “New World” will experience the most significant growth in wealth, increasing 11.4% by 2017…

Budget Cuts: Who Loses?

Share List In an effort to balance the budget, Americans are bound to come out ahead in the long run. But it’s the short run we might want to be worried about.   In recent news, we learned that four federal agencies recently closed on the Friday before Memorial Day – giving more than 115,000…