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Retirement Columnist — Reuters

Retirement columnist for Reuters, Morningstar and; author of The Hard Times Guide to Retirement Security.

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What was your first job as a journalist?

Midwest reporter for Beverage Industry - a trade magazine covering soft drinks, beer and wine.

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Who's your favorite fictional journalist?

Raoul Duke.

Some Medicare Advantage Plans Have Hidden Risks-Here's How to Avoid Them — Seniors have flocked to Medicare Advantage in recent years, attracted by savings on premiums and the convenience of one-stop shopping. But as the annual Medicare enrollment season began this week, a memorandum from federal officials to plan providers surfaced that serves as a big red warning flag.

Blazing a New Trail on Long-Term Care Underwriting — The nation's largest long-term care insurance (LTCI) underwriter is blazing a new trail for the industry on how policies are underwritten. Genworth informed its sales agents in August that it has begun considering not only the health of applicants, but also the health history of their parents, in underwriting policies.

Beware: Some Medicare Advantage plans have plenty of disadvantages — The upshot: Assess the quality of any Advantage plan before you sign up. The memorandum, first reported by the New York Times, described ongoing compliance problems uncovered in federal audits of Advantage and prescription drug plans. These include inadequate rationales for denial of coverage, failure to consider clinical information from doctors and failure to notify patients of their rights to appeal decisions.

Tips for Navigating Medicare Open Enrollment — If you go into Medicare Advantage, think about that as the all-combined-in-one, usually HMO or PPO option. So, it's managed care. Everything is through the one funnel. Usually, the prescription-drug component is in the Advantage program. You don't have Medigap policies in that because Medicare Advantage, on its own, does all the things that Medigap does.

Neighbors fight to evict dirty squatters: 'You can smell the stench' — BURIEN, Wash. -- The tall hedgerow hides most of the old, green wood shake home. But if you look down the driveway you see the first hint of trouble. "This is where they dump their garbage and other stuff. You can smell the stench," says Sue Visaya, who lives next door with her husband.

Local caregivers say they're prepared to treat Ebola patients — SEATTLE -- Harborview Medical Center nurses say they have no fear. "I know that I feel confident in infection control and I feel confident in what we're doing here," said RN Gail Stewart. Stewart and fellow staff members stood outside the emergency room on Monday to discuss their reaction to a nurse in Dallas who became infected with Ebola after treating a patient there.

Teen: I was kicked out of Christian school for being gay — BREMERTON, Wash. -- A teenage girl claims she was kicked out of her private Christian school after coming out as gay. Megan Staker attended Bremerton's Crosspoint Academy for three years. The 17-year-old expressed her support for gay rights several times, but never revealed that she is gay.

How to Answer the One Interview Question You Know You’ll Get — 5 ways to discover your X-Factor and ace your next interview. I guarantee you've been asked this question at least once in your life...and I'll bet you didn't quite know how to answer it.

State troopers caught ignoring speeding cops — WENATCHEE, Wash. -- You can hear the frustration and bemusement in their voices. State troopers watching officers speed past them, well above the posted 60 mph limit, on Highway 2 near Wenatchee. And the troopers did nothing. "When the first patrol car went through and was not stopped I was frustrated.

Shining a light on a murky election-year Social Security debate — Credit: Reuters/Ellen Ozier U.S. Senator-elect Kay Hagan (D-NC) reacts after defeating incumbent Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-NC) at her victory party at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina, November 4, 2008. A Republican attack on a Democrat for cutting Social Security benefits? It's just one instance where voters are hearing confusing claims about Social Security reform.
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Oct 20, 2014

Financial planners - any thoughts about retirement planning strategies for single people? If so, send a DM. Working on a story in this area.

Oct 16, 2014

New trend in long-term care insurance: underwriting based on your parental health history. @wealth_mgmt…

Oct 16, 2014

Video - do long-term care insurance policies still make sense, and for whom?… @finplan

Oct 16, 2014

As #Medicare enrollment season gets underway, quality worries dog Medicare Advantage plans. My column @ReutersMoney…

Oct 15, 2014

Video: Back to work in retirement - my Reuters colleague @laurenyoung explores the trend via @ReutersMoney

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