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We are committed to keeping you informed about your retiree benefits, pension funds, medical and drug costs and the truth about Medical Advantage Plans. Every week I feature a current topic that these issues. (click here for previous FORUM articles )

Executive Orders to Reduce Drug Prices

President Donald Trump, frustrated by lack of action by Congress to reduce the price of prescription drugs, announced on July 24th four executive orders intended to deliver Americans lower costs on prescription drugs.

Based on a news release by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and news reports on the executive orders, HHS is instructed to take the following actions:

  • Create a pathway for safe personal importation through the use of individual waivers to purchase drugs from Canada and other countries at lower cost from pre-authorized U.S. wholesalers and pharmacies. The President said identical drugs are available in other countries at a cost much lower than in the U.S.
  • Take action to ensure that the Medicare program and seniors pay no more for the most costly Medicare Part B drugs than any economically comparable country. The President claims this will end foreign countries’ freeloading off the backs of American taxpayers and pharmaceutical investments. This order takes effect in 30 days unless Congress acts or pharmaceutical companies offer alternative solutions.
  • End a system of kickbacks by middlemen [Price Benefit Managers (PBMs)]. Seniors will directly receive these kickbacks as discounts in Medicare Part D. In 2018, these Part D discounts totaled more than $30 billion, representing an average discount of 26 to 30 percent.
  • Require federally qualified health centers who purchase insulins and epinephrine in the 340B program to pass the savings from discounted drug prices directly on to medically underserved patients.
  • Authorize the re-importation of insulin products made in the United States if the HHS Secretary finds re-importation is required for emergency medical care.

Our members should be proud to have supported the NRLN’s position on SAFE importation from Canada and then the world, as well as eliminating the PBM kickbacks. From the start of Medicare Part D, the NRLN has been the lead retiree advocate, writing to the President and lobbying Congress to support safe importation and that America’s retirees (paying 2-5 times higher) pay no more than the prices U.S. drug companies were charging seniors in other countries.

Bob Martina, NRLN’s VP Grassroots, said that many thousands of members from every state signed petitions, sent action alert messages and made personal contacts, unselfishly, that will benefit every retiree in America.

The NRLN continues to lobby for Congress to enact legislation to remove the prohibition on Medicare negotiating prescription drug prices and replace it with a competitive bidding mandate to be applied wherever two or more FDA approved generic drugs, or two or more brand drugs, or a generic and brand drugs (upon patent expiration) treat the same medical condition. Congress needs to strike down this no-compete clause!

Also, we are continuing to say that legislation should end pay-for-delay and other brand name drugmakers’ tactics that keep generic drugs off the market. Congress needs to enact specific statutes to end pay-for-delay.

The column by Alyson Parker, NRLN Executive Director, in the recently published summer NRLN FOCUS newsletter addressed the lack of action by Congress to pass legislation to reduce the cost of prescription drugs. She concluded: “Adding to the problem is it is an election year making each party very reticent to give the other a win to talk about back home. Control of the Senate is up for grabs at this point and neither party wants to give the other the advantage. Additionally, the Democrats know that if they regain control of the Senate, they won’t need to compromise on this issue. Sadly, the losers in this are the American people that buy prescriptions.” (Click here to read the FOCUS newsletter.)

Bill Kadereit, President
National Retiree Legislative Network



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FiercePharmaPolitics—Trump and Big Pharma tussle over drug price proposal with 3 months until election
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Stimulus Stalemate: Hope Fades For Quick Aid Deal As Talks Pick Back Up
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Pelosi and Mnuchin dig in on stimulus positions ahead of scheduled Monday talks
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Trump Says He’ll Sign Order Cutting Drug Prices ‘Very Soon’
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The $600 Unemployment Check Is No More: Here’s The Reality On The Ground
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Democrats Rebuff Trump’s Pitch For Interim Extension Of $600 Jobless Aid
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GOP pushes short term extension of unemployment benefits
By Alex Swoyer & Gabriella Muñoz; Washington Times ~ Jul 30, 2020

Opinion: COVID-19 may be why your Social Security benefits drop
By Alessandra Malito; MarketWatch ~ Jul 30, 2020

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New blood test 96% accurate at spotting Alzheimer's disease
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Opinion: Trump’s talking health care again, with 2020 in mind
By Meridith Mcgraw & Brianna Ehley; Politico ~ Jul 28, 2020

Drug Pricing Orders Scuttle Meeting Between Trump, Pharma Execs
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jul 28, 2020

GOP Aid Bill Cuts Jobless Benefits, OKs Stimulus Checks And Testing Funds
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jul 28, 2020

Health care price transparency bill can reduce costs and boost national economic recovery
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Medicare Part B premium would be frozen in Republicans’ HEALS Act relief bill
By Sarah O’Brien; CNBC ~ Jul 28, 2020

Opinion: Will Coronavirus Or Politics Kill Social Security?
From David Rae; Forbes ~ Jul 28, 2020

360 Democratic delegates say they'll oppose party platform that does not include 'Medicare for All'
By Zack Budryk; The Hill ~ Jul 27, 2020

White House meeting with top pharmaceutical executives called off
By Vishwadha Chander, Steve Holland & Carl O'Donnell; Reuters ~ Jul 27, 2020

White House Suggests Stopgap Aid Bill In Anticipation Of Rocky Negotiations
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jul 27, 2020

Senate Proposal: $1,200 Stimulus Check Included In American Workers, Families, And Employers Assistance Act
From Ryan Guina; Forbes ~ Jul 27, 2020

Trump’s talking health care again, with 2020 in mind
By Meridith Mcgraw & Brianna Ehley; Politico ~ Jul 26, 2020

A Step-by-Step Guide to Selecting Medicare Coverage
By Neal Templin; Barron’s ~ Jul 25, 2020

McConnell Says He Hopes COVID Relief Bill Will Go To House In ‘Two To Three Weeks’
By Zoë Richards; Talking Points Memo ~ Jul 25, 2020

Opinion: Next Stimulus Package Showdown: The Three Key Conflicts In The Next Stimulus Bill
From Jim Wang; Forbes ~ Jul 25, 2020

Trump administration backs partial extension of jobless benefits through year's end
By Timothy Gardner & Jason Lange; Reuters ~ Jul 25, 2020

Group launches ad against potential White House plan to address drug prices through international price indexing
By Alex Gangitano ; The Hill ~ Jul 24, 2020

Trump signs limited drug pricing orders after last-minute debate
By Sarah Ownermohle, Adam Cancryn and Susannah Luthi, Politico – July 24, 2020

Commentary: Trump’s ‘Most Favored Nation’ Prescription Drug Executive Order Will Reduce Costs For Seniors & Taxpayers
Via Avik Roy; Forbes ~ Jul 24, 2020

A second round of $1,200 stimulus checks could be coming. Here’s how soon you can expect them
By Lorie Konish; CNBC ~ Jul 24, 2020

The Tax Cut That Trump Wants, but Few Others Do, Explained
By Jim Tankersley; The New York Times ~ Jul 23, 2020

Opinion: How Can I Make My Retirement Savings Last?
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Republicans to start unveiling coronavirus package Thursday
By Jordain Carney; The Hill ~ Jul 23, 2020

Opinion: Walmart To Launch Healthcare ‘Super Centers’ In Lucrative Florida Market
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Column: Another Problem on the Health Horizon: Medicare Is Running Out of Money
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What Democrats and Republicans want in the next coronavirus relief package
By Andy Sullivan; Reuters ~ Jul 22, 2020

Opinion: Americans need medical expense relief amid COVID-19 uncertainty
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White House, Congressional GOP Continue To Clash Over Stimulus Bill
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jul 22, 2020

Testing Has White House, GOP Lawmakers At Odds Over Stimulus Bill
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jul 21, 2020

Opinion: Older Americans: A Glaring Omission In Pandemic Priorities
From Patricia Barnes; Forbes ~ Jul 21, 2020

Opinion: As Trump and Biden trade age insults, older workers suffer
From Kerry Hannon; MarketWatch ~ Jul 20, 2020

Tough slog lies ahead on negotiations for next round of pandemic stimulus funding
By Phil Mattingly; CNN ~ Jul 20, 2020

With Jobless Benefits Set To Expire, Congress Tackles More Pandemic Aid
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jul 20, 2020

‘Surprise’ billing fix likely out of next Covid-19 package as fight over tests plays out
By Susannah Luthi & Rachel Roubein; Politico ~ Jul 20, 2020

Commentary: These Pension Plans Are in Crisis. Retirees Need a Fix, Now.
From Rob Portman; Barron’s ~ Jul 20, 2020

Opinion: Patients Will Suffer The Most From The Trump Administration’s Reference Pricing Scheme
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Court backs Trump expansion of cheap health insurance plans
By MARK SHERMAN; The Associated Press ~ Jul 17, 2020

Democrats use inspector general report to renew calls for Medicare chief's ouster
By Dan Diamond and Adam Cancryn, Politico – July 16, 2020

Opinion: As Pension Fears Peak In Covid-19 Era, Prepare For Battle To Protect Your Pension
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Opinion: 3 Ways To Avoid Uncle Sam Becoming Your Biggest Beneficiary
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What We’ll Learn About Stimulus Checks Next Week
From Simon Moore; Forbes ~ Jul 16, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic could lead to Social Security cuts happening sooner than you think
By Katie Brockman, TMF; USA Today ~ Jul 16, 2020

Next Stimulus Bill Will Likely Have These Three Major Changes
From Jim Wang; Forbes ~ Jul 15, 2020

Lawsuit accuses UnitedHealth of 'looting' billions from employer plans through cross-plan offsetting
By Paige Minemyer; FierceHealthcare ~ Jul 15, 2020

Supreme Court Hearing On Obamacare Unlikely Before November Election
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jul 14, 2020

Expand COBRA, but do it the right way
From Ted Doolittle; The Hill ~ Jul 14, 2020

Retirees Today: Age Isn’t A Leading Indicator, It’s A Misleading Indicator
From Ken Dychtwald and Bob Morison; Forbes ~ Jul 13, 2020

Trump readying drug pricing executive orders, official says
By Eric Sagonowsky; FiercePharma ~ Jul 13, 2020

Walmart a ‘Sleeping Giant’ in Health Care, Morgan Stanley Warns
By Bailey Lipschultz; Bloomberg ~ Jul 10, 2020

DOL Proposes Fiduciary Exemption For Retirement Plans
By Kelly Anne Smith; Forbes ~ Jul 10, 2020

Do you trust Big Tech with your personal health data?
By Lance Lambert; Fortune ~ Jul 10, 2020

Opinion: Pharma pricing is a problem, but antitrust isn't the (only) solution
From Christine S. Wilson & David A. Hyman; The Hill ~ Jul 10, 2020

Trump May Use Defense Powers to Require Domestic Drug Production
By Anna Edney & Kevin Cirilli; Bloomberg ~ Jul 07, 2020

Drug Giants Create Fund to Bolster Struggling Antibiotic Start-Ups
New medicines are desperately needed to treat a growing number of drug-resistant infections, but many companies developing the drugs are short on cash and investments.
By Andrew Jacobs; The New York Times ~ Jul 09, 2020

Trump will sign three executive orders on lowering drug prices: chief of staff
By Eric Beech; Reuters ~ Jul 09, 2020

Prospects slim for new recovery package as Dems scoff at emerging Senate GOP proposal
By Manu Raju, Lauren Fox & Ali Zaslav; CNN ~ Jul 08, 2020

Walmart launching insurance agency in Dallas with focus on Medicare
By Paige Minemyer; FierceHealthcare ~ Jul 08, 2020

Half of Americans have used telehealth services during pandemic
Via HealthDay News; United Press International ~ Jul 08, 2020

Walgreens dives into primary care with clinic expansion
By Tom Murphy; The Associated Press ~ Jul 08, 2020

Drug prices steadily rise amid pandemic, data shows
By Sarah Owermohle; Politico ~ Jul 07, 2020

Opinion: Unsustainable Low Prices Causing Generic Drug Market Failure Leading To Supply Chain Disruptions And Shortages
From Roomy Khan; Forbes ~ Jul 07, 2020

How to handle your Medicare coverage if you move to another state
By Sarah O’Brien; CNBC ~ Jul 07, 2020

Medicare Data Offers Public Incomplete Count Of Nursing Homes That Experienced COVID-19 Cases, Deaths
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jul 07, 2020

2021 Health Plans Granted Leeway To Limit Consumers’ Benefit From Drug Coupons
By Michelle Andrews; Kaiser Health News ~ Jul 06, 2020

What Seniors Should Know Before Going Ahead With Elective Procedures
By Judith Graham; Kaiser Health News ~ Jul 06, 2020

Second Stimulus Checks Now Possible, Says McConnell
From Zack Friedman; Forbes ~ Jul 06, 2020

Opinion: Americans leave large cities for suburban areas and rural towns
From Kristin Tate; The Hill ~ Jul 05, 2020

5 Reasons Social Security Benefit Cuts Could Be Happening Sooner Than Expected. Will you be left with smaller checks?
By Christy Bieber; The Motley Fool ~ Jul 05, 2020

Opinion: SNAP increases for older adults should be a bipartisan no-brainer
From Bob Blancato; The Hill ~ Jul 04, 2020

Opinion: Why drug costs for older Americans should be capped in pandemic's wake
From Susan Peschin; The Hill ~ Jul 02, 2020

Trump Admin Scales Back Mandate That Health Insurers Cover COVID Tests
By Josh Kovensky; Talking Points Memo ~ Jul 02, 2020

Retirees, Beware These Tax Traps on Social Security and Medicare
By Neal Templin; Barron’s ~ Jul 02, 2020

Where Is My Tax Refund? Why It May Be Late And When To Expect It
From Jim Wang; Forbes ~ Jul 01, 2020

This one change could undermine the retirement security of millions of Americans
By Alicia H. Munnell, MarketWatch – June 30, 2020

More than 300 organizations, physician groups push Congress to take action on telehealth policies
By Heather Landi; FierceHealthcare ~ Jun 30, 2020

House Passes Bill To Expand ACA But Republican Senate Unlikely To Follow
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jun 30, 2020

The SEC’s Brokerage Advice Rule Kicks In
By Ross Snel; Barron’s ~ Jun 30, 2020

Social Security is under pressure, senior citizens are battling a health crisis — it’s not easy aging in America
By Alessandra Malito; MarketWatch ~ Jun 30, 2020

The Other Shoe Drops: Gilead’s Outrageous Pricing Of Remdesivir
From William A. Haseltine; Forbes ~ Jun 29, 2020

The year 2020 might look hard but Nokia is doing well
Via “Marin”; Nokiamob~ Jun 28, 2020

Nokia lands a few much-needed wins
By Scott Bicheno; ~ Jun 23, 2020

US 'likely' to see shortage of pharmaceutical drugs if coronavirus outbreak continues, intelligence report finds
By Olivia Rubin & Josh Margolin; ABC News ~ Jun 28, 2020

Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jun 23, 2020

Sad But True: The Real Solution to Social Security's Looming Financial Crisis
By Dan Caplinger; The Motley Fool ~ Jun 27, 2020

Trump administration asks Supreme Court to scrap Obamacare
By Darryl Coote; United Press International ~ Jun 26, 2020

Medicare Advantage, Part D ERSD Rules Could Boost Costs

Study sees 'probable' higher heart risk for new Amgen osteoporosis drug
By Vishwadha Chander; Reuters ~ Jun 24, 2020

Doctors Concerned Rural Health Care Will Be Affected By Trump’s Visa Freeze
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jun 24, 2020

Hospitals must disclose actual prices for tests and procedures, court rules
Via Associated Press; MarketWatch ~ Jun 24, 2020

U.S. hospitals lose legal challenge to Trump price transparency rule
By Jonathan Stempel; Reuters ~ Jun 23, 2020

IRS Clarifies Rules on Who Qualifies for Coronavirus Hardship Loans, Withdrawals From Retirement Accounts
By Daisy Maxey; Barron’s ~ Jun 23, 2020

US appeals court reinstates lawsuit against IBM retirement plan committee
By Jonathan Stempel; Reuters ~ Jun 22, 2020

Opinion: Will You Get A Stimulus Check If You’re On Social Security Or SSDI?
From Jeff Rose; Forbes ~ Jun 22, 2020

Opinion: Stimulus Check Still Hasn’t Arrived? This May Be Why
From Jennifer Barrett; Forbes ~ Jun 21, 2020

CMS Orders Medicare Advantage Plans, MACs to Cover COVID-19 Tests Under New Nursing Home Guidance
By Alex Spanko; Skilled Nursing News ~ Jun 20, 2020

President Trump is reducing healthcare costs for Americans with diabetes
By Marie Stroughter; LifeZette ~ Jun 19, 2020

J.D. Power gives Medicare Advantage plans bad marks on communicating with members
By Robert King; FierceHealthcare ~ Jun 18, 2020

Opinion: Can We Fix ‘The Price We Pay’ For Medicare? A New Book Shows Some Ways Forward
From Elizabeth Bauer; Forbes ~ Jun 18, 2020

50% of Seniors Don't Get to Keep Their Social Security Benefits in Full. Here's Why.
By Maurie Backman; The Motley Fool ~ Jun 17, 2020

Walmart Opening More Healthcare Services ‘Super Centers’
From Bruce Japsen; Forbes ~ Jun 17, 2020

Court strikes down Trump rule that drugmakers disclose price
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Jun 17, 2020

HHS Doled Out $50 Billion to Firms Accused of Medicare Fraud
By David Kocieniewski & Caleb Melby; Bloomberg ~ Jun 16, 2020

Opinion: In Latest Healthcare Deal, Walmart Buys CareZone’s Digital Prescription Technology
From Bruce Japsen; Forbes ~ Jun 15, 2020

A ‘Medigap’ policy picks up some costs that Medicare won’t. Here are tips for choosing one
By Sarah O’Brien; CNBC ~ Jun 15, 2020

As insurance companies take over pension plans, are your payments at risk?
By Gretchen Morgenson; NBC News ~ Jun 14, 2020

DOL Throws 401k Investors To The Wolves
From Edward Siedle; Forbes ~ Jun 13, 2020

What Could Be In The Next Stimulus Bill’s “Menu Of Options?”
From Jim Wang; Forbes ~ Jun 13, 2020

White House ‘Very Seriously Considering’ Throwing Weight Behind Another Stimulus Package
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jun 12, 2020

Failure To Update Address Cost IRA Owner Over $10,000
From Denise Appleby; Forbes ~ Jun 11, 2020

U.S. states accuse 26 drugmakers of generic drug price fixing in sweeping lawsuit
By Diane Bartz & Jonathan Stempel; Reuters ~ Jun 10, 2020

U.S. Treasury chief says considering more direct payments in next coronavirus aid bill
By David Lawder; Reuters ~ Jun 10, 2020

Republicans prepare to punt on next COVID-19 relief bill
By Jordain Carney; The Hill ~ Jun 10, 2020

FBI warns hackers are targeting mobile banking apps
By Maggie Miller; The Hill ~ Jun 10, 2020

Opinion: Strong economic numbers mean Congress has to pause spending
From Adam Brandon, ; The Hill ~ Jun 10, 2020

FCC proposes record $225 million fine for massive robocall campaign
By David Shepardson; Reuters ~ Jun 09, 2020

When A Doctor No Longer Accepts Medicare, Patients Left Holding The Bag
By Carmen Heredia Rodriguez; Kaiser Health News ~ Jun 09, 2020

Deep-Pocketed Hospitals That Received Aid Are Still Paying Executives Millions As They Cut Staff Positions
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jun 08, 2020

Fragmented Sleep Linked To Chronic Inflammation And Hardened Arteries
From Marla Milling; Forbes ~ Jun 06, 2020

Medicare Advantage plans face 'double whammy' of pent-up care demand and risk scores: experts
By Robert King; FierceHealthcare ~ Jun 05, 2020

Opinion: IRS Urges Non-Filers To Register To Get Stimulus Checks By Year-End
From Kelly Phillips Erb; Forbes ~ Jun 04, 2020

Growing Number Of Insurers Offering Premium Discounts As They Rack Up Savings During Pandemic
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jun 04, 2020

What The Pandemic Has Meant For These Older Adults
From Chris Farrell, NA; Forbes ~ Jun 04, 2020

IRS faces obstacles with remaining stimulus checks
By Naomi Jagoda; The Hill ~ Jun 03, 2020

Tax Day is coming soon. What you need for July 15
Don't forget: July 15 is the new Tax Day.

By Darla Mercado; CNBC ~ Jun 04, 2020

Social Security Services and Scams
By Tammy Flanagan; Government Executive ~ Jun 04, 2020

CDC Was Viewed As World’s Premier Health Agency. How Did It Stumble So Badly?
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jun 03, 2020

Top House, Senate lawmakers warn HHS over slow health provider aid payouts
By Adam Cancryn; Politico ~ Jun 03, 2020

HHS Has Yet To Allot Nearly $100 Billion In Aid To Hard-Hit Hospitals, Health Clinics
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jun 03, 2020

Private Equity Gets a Big Win With U.S. Nod to Tap 401(k) Plans
By Benjamin Bain; Bloomberg ~ Jun 03, 2020

How to plan for a smaller Social Security check
By Robert Powell; USA Today ~ Jun 03, 2020

Telehealth spending to reach $250 billion in 2020
By Alex Kacik; Modern Healthcare ~ Jun 02, 2020

Insurers concerned over how CMS will calculate Medicare Advantage star ratings in next two years
By Robert King; FierceHealthcare ~ Jun 02, 2020

BCBS sues CVS over inflated drug prices
By Thomas McParland; BenefitsPRO ~ Jun 02, 2020

California AG Seeks More Power To Battle Merger-Hungry Health Care Chains
By Rachel Bluth; Kaiser Health News ~ Jun 02, 2020

Composite multiemployer plans fare better during economic stress – study
By Hazel Bradford; Pensions & Investments ~ Jun 02, 2020

Supreme Court Decision in Thole v. U.S. Bank Has Major Implications for Pensions
By John Manganaro; Plansponsor ~ Jun 01, 2020

Democratic Super PAC Uses Familiar Political Play To Hit Trump On Medicare
By Victoria Knight; Kaiser Health News ~ Jun 01, 2020

Coronavirus Surprise: IRS Allows Midyear Insurance And FSA Changes
By Michelle Andrews; Kaiser Health News ~ Jun 01, 2020

Supreme Court Limits Pension Plan Lawsuits
5-4 decision announced today in Thole v. U.S. Bank shuts door on wide range of fiduciary breach lawsuits by limiting the circumstances under which pension plan participants can sue

By Brian Anderson; 401KSpecialist ~ Jun 01, 2020

Opinion: The real reason Social Security is in crisis
From Brett Arends; MarketWatch ~ Jun 01, 2020