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Posted on Sunday, 24th November 2019 by Dennis Damp

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Each year during open season I request brochures from providers of interest and review Section 2 to see what is changing for the new year. I also review Section 9 to confirm what each plan covers when you are enrolled in Medicare and check the coverage for areas where we know we will need services […]

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Posted on Friday, 15th November 2019 by Dennis Damp

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Retirement is more of a destination unlike a planned vacation where you return to work a few days after the trip is over.  Whether you are going on vacation or planning your retirement you have to research and prepare to make the event truly remarkable. Carole, one of our newsletter subscribers, asked if I had […]

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Posted on Friday, 4th October 2019 by Dennis Damp

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Our government reports that inflation is low yet every time we turn around prices are increasing.  I often ponder why our COLAs are so low most years when we know from firsthand experience that the costs of almost everything is going through the roof. We purchased a new car in 2016, a luxury model at […]

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Posted on Sunday, 1st September 2019 by Dennis Damp

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I often receive questions from retirees desiring to return to work and from agency HR departments interested in hiring former federal employees.  Agency recruiters are trying whatever they can to fill critical positions.  With an unemployment rate of 3.7% the country is at full employment. One of the ways to fill critical positions is to […]

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Posted on Thursday, 11th July 2019 by Dennis Damp

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Many approaching 65 ask, “Why shouldn’t I simply sign up for Medicare A and B and cancel my FEHB plan?” They believe at first glance that Medicare A & B duplicates what our Federal Employees Health benefits (FEHB) plans provide. I reply to this question many times throughout the year and refer those asking to […]

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Posted on Friday, 31st May 2019 by Dennis Damp

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Our Federal Retiree Jobs Board intro states, “Jobs are posted on this site by employers that are seeking highly qualified, reliable, and skilled federal annuitants and employees approaching retirement. Federal employees and retirees are sought out by corporate America due to their exceptional service, skills, education, security clearances held, and knowledge of their agency or […]

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Posted on Friday, 10th May 2019 by Dennis Damp

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I have two short updates to cover before starting Trust but Verify. First, Joe wrote after reading It’s Time to Get Real that you need to check your individual state’s document requirements when applying for the new REAL ID. Your State may require different forms of ID and residency documentation than what Pennsylvania requires. He […]

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Posted on Thursday, 11th April 2019 by Dennis Damp

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Anyone that plans on traveling in the future, applying for a passport or needs access to a government building will require a REAL ID. Without this document travel by plane or anywhere out of country will be impossible. According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the REAL ID program was passed by Congress in […]

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