Medicare Cost Increases

The same time it was announced that Social Security recipients won’t receive any increases in their benefits, the government announced that certain Medicare participants would be paying dramatically higher premiums for Medicare Part B, the highest price jump in the program’s history. In general, the higher premiums will affect 30% of 2016 Medicare beneficiaries – roughly 7 million[…..]

Medicare Fix-It (for now)

Congressional leaders and the Obama Administration have fixed the potentially alarming increase in Medicare Part B premiums under the recently-passed government budget deal. Medicare Part B covers most health care services outside of hospitals, and thus represents one of the biggest expense items in the government-run health system.  The program is voluntary, but 91% of all Medicare[…..]

And now, for something completely different…

I recently read a blog on the Harvard Business Review that described “Nine Things Successful People Do Differently” and was struck by the number of these things that we do at Inspired Financial (which confirms what I’ve always said about us being different). For example, we are in the home stretch of an enormous software and service[…..]

UK Spending Cuts An Example To US?

How refreshing it’s been to follow the recent elections in the UK! (And, how much less painful than watching the process in California!)  The new coalition government in the UK made a promise that, if elected, they would balance their budget that would result in several years of economic pain.  They were voted in and now they’re delivering on[…..]

True Happiness: Married, Middle Class, No Kids

There is a great posting of a speech given by Christopher Munsey of the Monitor on the American Psychological Association blog that’s worth a read.  Here are three tidbits from the posting I found interesting: It’s not marriage that makes you happy, it’s happy marriage that makes you happy. Marriage seems to buy you a decade or more of happiness.  However,[…..]