Latest Seniors News

Bipartisan Medicare drug bill gets makeover to lower copays

Dec. 6, 2019 9:11 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan Senate bill to curb prescription drug costs for Medicare recipients got a makeover Friday to lower copays and make it easier for seniors to budget for their expenses. The updated legislation unveiled by Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., would lower the...

Senators urge Medicare to allow seniors a drug plan do-over

Dec. 6, 2019 3:44 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Leading senators are urging Medicare to allow seniors concerned about their drug plan pick for next year to switch if they received inaccurate information due to changes the agency made this sign-up season. The request from 14 Democrats and one Independent comes as open enrollment for...

Pelosi sets Medicare showdown on drug costs and new benefits

Dec. 5, 2019 5:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House will hold a showdown vote next week on Speaker Nancy Pelosi's bill empowering Medicare to negotiate drug prices, expanded Thursday to provide seniors with dental, vision and hearing benefits not currently covered. Leading Democratic committee chairmen said the Congressional...

Egyptian government seeks to do away with popular tuk-tuks

Dec. 4, 2019 1:25 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Motorized rickshaws known as tuk-tuks have ruled the streets of Cairo’s slums for the past two decades, squeezing through dusty alleys, dodging trash bins and fruit stands, blaring rhythmic electro-pop and navigating the city’s chaos to haul millions of Egyptians home every day....

Hong Kong pro-democracy rally cut short by police tear gas

Dec. 1, 2019 8:57 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Thousands of people took to Hong Kong’s streets Sunday in a new wave of pro-democracy protests, but police fired tear gas after some demonstrators hurled bricks and smoke bombs, breaking a rare pause in violence that has persisted during the six-month-long movement. In the largest...

5 dead, 3 hurt in ‘devastating’ Minneapolis high-rise fire

Nov. 28, 2019 3:24 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Five people died and three were injured when a fire broke out on the 14th floor of a public housing high-rise in a heavily immigrant neighborhood of Minneapolis early Wednesday. While the cause of the blaze was still under investigation, Fire Chief John Fruetel told reporters that...

Latest: 4 of 5 victims of Minnesota tower fire identified

Nov. 27, 2019 7:37 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on a Minneapolis apartment fire that killed five people and hospitalized three others (all times local): 6:45 p.m. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office has identified four of the five people who died in a high-rise apartment fire in Minneapolis. Three of those...

Yazidi still hears brothers before IS kills them in Iraq

Nov. 26, 2019 8:54 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A survivor of the mass slaughter of the Yazidi minority in Iraq five years ago told the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday that he still hears his brothers and nephews calling his name before they were killed by Islamic State extremists — and he hears the screams of his wife and...

Longer lives: Longer retirements, more chance to get scammed

Nov. 24, 2019 8:01 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Retirements are growing longer than ever, which means more decades to pay for — and more decades to avoid getting scammed out of your savings. The financial and investment industries have noticed how often their elderly clients are targeted by fraudsters, unscrupulous family members...

Medicare drug plan finder can steer seniors to higher costs

Nov. 21, 2019 6:40 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare’s revamped prescription plan finder can steer unwitting seniors to coverage that costs much more than they need to pay, according to people who help with sign-ups as well as program experts. Serving some 60 million Medicare recipients, the plan finder is the most commonly...