Edition:
United States

Mark Miller

A higher Social Security retirement age comes with risks for many workers

Dec 13 2018

CHICAGO Is it time to raise the Social Security retirement age? The idea crops up often as a partial fix for the long-term financial challenges facing the program.

Medicare Advantage plans get unfair push from U.S. government: critics

Dec 07 2018

CHICAGO Insurance companies do not need any help marketing Medicare Advantage plans - just ask anyone over age 65 about the pitches that clog their mailboxes every year during the fall enrollment period, or check out the television ads that flood cable channels.

Column: Future U.S. seniors to face housing crunch as wealth declines

Nov 29 2018

CHICAGO American homes are showing their age - not the houses, but the people living in them.

How U.S. seniors on Medicare can bridge the gap in dental insurance

Nov 15 2018

CHICAGO During a recent visit to my dentist, we got talking about his frustrations with Medicare. “It’s amazing - they have managed to eliminate teeth from the human body.”

A better way to 'live forever,' even for nonbillionaires

Nov 08 2018

Some Silicon Valley billionaires are looking for it - or at least a way to extend life spans dramatically, perhaps by hundreds of years.

Social Security and the U.S. deficit: Separating fact from fiction

Nov 01 2018

CHICAGO For decades, some of our most prominent U.S. politicians have been sounding the alarm that Social Security is an important driver of the federal budget deficit. But is that really true?

COLUMN-Social Security and the U.S. deficit: Separating fact from fiction

Nov 01 2018

CHICAGO, Nov 1 For decades, some of our most prominent U.S. politicians have been sounding the alarm that Social Security is an important driver of the federal budget deficit. But is that really true?

What the numbers really tell us about living longer in retirement

Oct 25 2018

CHICAGO Covering the retirement beat, I often hear this claim: “We’re all living longer.”

Column: U.S. probe shines light on Medicare Advantage claims denials

Oct 18 2018

CHICAGO A growing number of U.S. seniors are choosing Medicare Advantage, the popular private insurance alternative to traditional coverage. But a new report by federal investigators finds that Advantage plans have a pattern of inappropriately denying patient claims.

COLUMN-U.S. probe shines light on Medicare Advantage claims denials

Oct 18 2018

CHICAGO, Oct 18 A growing number of U.S. seniors are choosing Medicare Advantage, the popular private insurance alternative to traditional coverage. But a new report by federal investigators finds that Advantage plans have a pattern of inappropriately denying patient claims.

World News

U.S. Senate hands Trump historic rebuke on Saudi Arabia

The U.S. Senate delivered a rare double rebuke to President Donald Trump on Saudi Arabia on Thursday, voting to end U.S. military support for the war in Yemen and blame the Saudi crown prince for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.