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What is the “Federal Funds Rate”?

Written by:  Jamie Kresge, Abington Financial Group In December 2015, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) raised the federal funds target rate to a range of 0.25% to 0.50%, the first shift from the rock-bottom 0% to 0.25% level where it had remained since December 2008. The federal funds rate is the interest rate at which… Read more »

Hospital Patients to Receive Notice of Observation Status

From Marshall, Parker, & Weber, LLC Elder Attorney A new federal law will require hospitals to notify patients of their status as outpatients. H.R. 876 Notice of Observation Treatment and Implication for Care Eligibility (NOTICE) Act was signed into law by President Obama on August 6, 2015. Outpatient status limits the patient’s ability to receive… Read more »

Saving a Buck

From AARP Bulletin, written by: Sid Kirchheimer Rx Relief  Paying more for your meds? If your prescriptions aren’t among the popular generics that sell for as little as $4 for a month’s supply, try these ways to save: Print coupons and compare prices in your area at websites GoodRx, LowestMed, and OptimizeRx. Ask your pharmacist… Read more »

Strengthening Medicare

From AARP.com, written by Patricia Barry, John Burgess, AARP Bulletin, July/August 2015 Medicare has made an enormous difference in the health and lives of older Americans, but, as with every big program, there’s room for improvement. We asked experts for specifics. The suggestions listed below vary in cost and savings and are not universally supported. But all seek to… Read more »

5 Bad Money Moves

These are some of the worst investments and financial products you can sink your money into, by Allan Roth, AARP The Magazine, April/May 2014 When we watch Leonardo DiCaprio as real-life broker Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street, it’s easy to think that we’d never fall for the cold-call pitches that Leo and his minions use to… Read more »

The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program

Source from the Pennsylvania Department of Aging The forms to apply for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for money paid for  property taxes or rent during 2013 are now available from the Department of  Revenue. Pennsylvania residents who are 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18… Read more »

PA Free File – New Fast, Free, Personal Income Tax Filing

Source from the Pennsylvania Department of Aging The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue announced that PA Free File, which offers free, safe and convenient Internet-based, electronic filing options, will be available this year for qualifying taxpayers to file state and federal personal income tax returns simultaneously. To help taxpayers navigate the new e-filing options, the department has developed an Internet-based… Read more »

Does Facebook Make You Spend More Money?

Source from AARP, by Jean Chatzky, AARP, February 14, 2014 Heavy use of the social network goes hand-in-hand with impulse spending, researchers say Does Facebook make you spend more money? I’m not talking about the sort of spending you do to upgrade your phone or tablet to improve your Facebook user experience. I’m talking about the impulse-buying, credit card bill-inflating, buyer’s… Read more »

Top Ten Things to Waste Your Money On

Source from AARP, by Jeff Yeager, AARP, March 19, 2014 Expensive or not, think twice before spending your hard-earned dollars on these items Handbags The consensus among the women who responded on Facebook was that a new handbag offers the allure of promising to make you more stylish and more organized. “Purses! And I’m talking expensive ones, too!”… Read more »

Geriatric Care Management and Why It’s A Good Idea

Geriatric Care Managers Caregiving is a rewarding and loving experience if you are taking care of someone close to you. However, it can become stressful, confusing, and overwhelming. Geriatric Care Managers are trained and qualified individuals who are there to help you navigate the world of home care. Geriatric Care Managers are Registered Nurses certified… Read more »