If you're a senior on Medicare β or an adult child responsible for a senior on Medicare β here's something you should know: The annual "open enrollment" period for joining or changing prescription drug or private health plans is already under way.
"It's much earlier this year. It started on Oct. 15, and it's going to stop on Dec. 7," says Nancy Metcalf, a senior editor and health expert at Consumer Reports. "So you have your window right now."
An amendment that would give schools more flexibility in deciding what constitutes nutritious meals for children has been included in the agriculture appropriations bill. Colorado Senator Mark Udall offered the amendment after USDA officials proposed limits on starchy vegetables that schools can serve.