Highlights and News

Aug 12, 2014

Report: Working families fall behind on retirement saving

More than half of working-age families are at risk of not being able to maintain their standard of living in retirement. On average, families need to save 14 percent of their income each year, beginning at age 35 and running through age 65, to have enough money to maintain their pre-retirement lifestyles.

Those are the findings of How much should people save?, a recent report by Boston College's Center for Retirement Research.

Aug 11, 2014

Straight talk on health care reform: Seniors and the ACA

Millions of Americans are benefiting from the Affordable Care Act. And yet it remains unpopular, even among seniors, many of whom have been seeing tangible benefits since the law passed in 2010.

According to the June Kaiser Health Tracking Poll, 47 percent of seniors have an unfavorable view of the law. That's down from an all-time high of 59 percent in 2011,(1) but still close to a majority.

Aug 7, 2014

2 generations advance with education, day-care supports

The majority of policies and programs aimed at low-income people target either children or their parents, but usually not both. Dual-generation poverty approaches, however, focus on both kids and their parents in order to foster upward mobility and break the cycle of intergenerational poverty.

Aug 6, 2014

Parents can work, kids succeed with child-care support

Helping low-income families afford child care is an investment that will pay dividends for children, their families and the nation overall, according to a recent report that reviewed research on the subject.

Aug 5, 2014

Straight talk on health care reform: Comparison shopping

How much does a knee replacement cost? A Caesarean section? For years in Colorado, it was almost impossible to know.

In 2008, a group of Colorado health care and health insurance experts and advocates outlined a goal: Gather information about health care prices in a transparent, understandable way for Colorado consumers.

The goal was to help consumers make informed health care decisions. And by opening the books on price information, perhaps help to control costs.

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