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  • Archive for February, 2009

    Find Out More: Viaticals Resource Guide

    Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

    This week, we chatted with WISER Senior Policy Analyst Laurel Beedon about Viaticals. If you still have questions on viaticals or you’re just looking for more information, here’s WISER’s list of Viaticals resources:

    American Council on Life Insurance
    1001 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
    Washington, DC 20004-2599

    National Association of Insurance Commissioners
    444 North Capitol Street, N.W.
    Washington, DC 20001

    National Association of People with AIDS
    1413 K Street, N.W.
    Washington, DC 20005

    National Viatical Association
    1200 G Street, N.W., Suite 760
    Washington, DC 20005

    For more information, you can also contact your state insurance commissioner or state attorney general. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners has state-by-state contact information for insurance commissioners here.

    WISER Celebrates America Saves Week!

    Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

    This week is America Saves Week. All over the country, individuals and organizations are using this week to rededicate themselves to saving and paying down debts. Many are worried about their retirement. These issues are especially important for single women. Women live longer and earn less than men; they are also more likely to remain single, to be widowed or divorced and vulnerable to poverty.

    For America Saves Week, WISER has new resources for women who are going through a divorce or who have been widowed. WISER’s guide, “Divorce and Retirement: Take Control of the Retirement Benefits,” helps women navigate the complicated world of dividing retirement benefits at divorce, while “WISER’s Report on Widowhood” offers financial tips for widows of all ages.

    Spare Change: Stimulus Act Offers Premium Assistance COBRA Beneficiaries

    Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

    Beginning March 1, 2009, the government will subsidize 65% of the cost of COBRA premiums for eligible workers and their dependents who were/are involuntarily terminated between September 1, 2008 and December 31, 2009 for up to nine months. The subsidy is available as long as the person’s adjusted gross income is $125,000 or less ($250,000 or less for joint filers). It is phased out as adjusted gross income increases from $125,000 to $145,000 ($250,000 to $290,000 for joint filers), so that there is no subsidy at all above those levels.

    For those who did not initially elect COBRA coverage, the legislation also provides an additional 60 day election period.


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