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Honor Flight New England marks 40th D.C. trip for WWII veterans

On Nov. 1, Honor Flight New England marked its 40th one-day trip to Washington, D.C. Since its first flight in June 2009, trips have been made by 1,361 World War II (WWII) veterans or terminally ill veterans including 34 prisoners of war (POW), 53 women, 20 sets of brothers, and seven husband and wife couples. Each veteran is transported roundtrip free of charge.

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Senators: Widen Medicaid program for frail seniors

By Hope Yen
 WASHINGTON — More than a dozen U.S. senators from both parties are calling on the Obama administration to broaden a Medicaid program for the nation’s frailest seniors, calling it a proven alternative to pricier nursing home care as states seek to limit long-term medical costs. In a letter released Thursday, the senators […]

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Retirees are the big losers in debt ceiling debate

By Al Norman Some members of Congress have been playing fast and loose with your money. I’m not talking about lawmakers going on a spending spree. I’m referring to the debate over the federal debt ceiling — something that every retiree and near-retiree should be upset about. In late September, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew […]

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Gridlock is not the solution to American woes

It’s a new year and a new/old administration and Congress. If only the old could disappear and we could start with a clean slate. The trouble is the same old problem — gridlock — could actually be worse.

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Obama health idea could mean better care, savings

The administration’s plan involves accountable care organizations, which are networks of hospitals, doctors, rehabilitation centers and other providers. They would work together to cut out duplicative tests and procedures, prevent medical errors, and focus on keeping patients healthier and out of the emergency room.

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Obama budget ignores Social Security, Medicare fixes

Obama budget ignores Social Security, Medicare fixes

Speaking at a news conference a day after releasing his 2012 budget — a $3.73 trillion spending plan — Obama said the politically explosive changes in those programs cannot be solved through dictates from the White House. The White House budget proposal does not address reforms to the Social Security pension system, Medicare medical insurance for the elderly or the Medicare program for poor people. Social Security and Medicare are the two largest items in the U.S. budget.

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