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Dear Fellow Retiree,

We are pleased to announce the release of our Spring 2017 LRO Connection newsletter. We also will be mailing a copy to all members to assure a wide distribution.

In this issue we discuss issues facing the LRO and its future, as well as a thorough Pension Fund analysis. Our History Corner article features the Omaha Works. We hope you will take the time to read all of the articles.

Your LRO board sends its best wishes to all of our retirees, and we thank you for your past support.

Joe Dombrowski,
President Lucent Retiree Organization.


HEALTH, WELFARE, AND PENSION INQUIRIES

Nokia Benefits Resource Center (NBRC)1-888-232-4111
International Long Distance 1-212-444-0994
www.resources.hewitt.com/nokia

Other links here.


WEBSITE FEATURES

THE HISTORY CORNER


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History Corner pieces in our recent newsletters (THE LRO CONNECTION) can be accessed at any time by clicking on the HISTORY CORNER tab on the navigation bar..

Check out the History Corner tab for the first 100 year history of the Western Electric Co. from 1869 to 1969.

If you have historical information, send to Gary Reichow at greichow@hotmail.com.


Information on the Passing of Retirees

Under the "In Memoriam" tab located at the top of this page, the LRO lists the submitted names of recently deceased individuals and, where possible, provides a linkage to an official obituary. Information required and the form to list an individual are contained on the "In Memoriam" page. We encourage family members and friends to take advantage of this service.


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Announcement Regarding Aon Hewitt

Distributed to former employees who are Participants in one or more of the following: Nokia pension1, savings/401(k), and/or health and welfare benefit plans.

As you know, Aon Hewitt provides recordkeeping and other services for Nokia’s pension¹, savings/401(k), and health and welfare benefit plans. Last month, Aon plc, Aon Hewitt’s parent company, announced that it had reached an agreement to sell its human resources outsourcing business, which includes the businesses that service your Nokia benefit plans, to Blackstone, one of the world’s leading investment firms. The sale is expected to close sometime before the end of June 2017.

Nokia’s Benefits Operations team has met with Aon Hewitt regarding the sale. We do not expect the sale to have any impact on or disruption to the services that Aon Hewitt provides to the Nokia plans. Aon Hewitt has indicated that it is committed to a smooth transition of the business and that it will continue to make its clients its top priority. Nonetheless, we will continue to monitor the transition of the business to the new owners. (Note: Participants in the Nokia Savings/401(k) Plan who utilize the Online Advice service or the Professional Management Program should expect to receive a separate communication from Aon Hewitt regarding their rights with respect to this transition.)

As a reminder, Aon Hewitt does not manage the Pension or Savings/401(k) Plan’s investment funds. The investment funds will continue to be managed independently by professional investment managers hired and overseen by Nokia.

Both before and after the sale, questions regarding your Nokia benefits² can be directed to the Nokia Benefits Resource Center as follows:

  • Online through the Your Benefits Resources (YBR)™ website at http://resources.hewitt.com/nokia, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • By phone through the Nokia Benefits Resource Center, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday. Call 1-888-232-4111 (outside the United States, call 1-212-444-0994 collect on business days from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time, to speak with a representative).

As a reminder: It is your responsibility to keep your address and contact information on record with Nokia’s benefit plans up-to-date. Please contact the Nokia Benefits Resource Center to make any updates.


1 Not including the Nokia Solutions and Networks Pension Plan.
2 The Nokia Benefits Resource Center does not currently provide services with respect to the Nokia Solutions and Networks Pension Plan. For more information about that plan, you may contact NSN Retirement Benefits Center at 1-866-726-6646.


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RETIREE NEWS

Poll: Majority still skeptical about House health plan
By John Bowden; The Hill ~ Jun 21, 2017

Senate O’Care Bill Coming Thursday A.M., CBO Score Soon As Friday, Vote Next Week
By Tierney Sneed; Talking Points Memo ~ Jun 21, 2017

AP sources: Senate GOP would halt Obamacare penalties, taxes
By Alan Fram & Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Jun 21, 2017

Anthem Health Drops Out Of 2 More State Obamacare Exchanges
By Robert Donachie; The Daily Caller ~ Jun 21, 2017

Government health insurance markets holding up--barely
By Tom Murphy; The Associated Press ~ Jun 21, 2017

Trump administration's proposal to lower prices might just raise them, critics say
By Eric Sagonowsky; FiercePharma ~ Jun 21, 2017

Why did these generic drugs’ prices jump as much as 85%?
By Emma Court; MarketWatch ~ Jun 21, 2017

We must protect our most vulnerable from financial fraudsters
From Mike Rothman; The Hill ~ Jun 21, 2017

Spicer: Trump Wants 'Heart' In Secret Health Bill, Won't Say What That Means
By Matt Shuham; Talking Points Memo ~ Jun 20, 2017

GOP preparing for Senate health care vote, amid differences
By Alan Fram; The Associated Press ~ Jun 20, 2017

Senate's McConnell: Draft healthcare bill expected Thursday
By Susan Cornwell; Reuters ~ Jun 20, 2017

Lacking Real Power To Alter GOP Bill, Democrats Try To Throw Wrench In Process Itself
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jun 20, 2017

Opinion: Let’s put patients first by holding pharmaceutical companies accountable
From David Merritt; The Hill ~ Jun 20, 2017

Big Pharma’s Big Lobby Money Is Preventing Real Reform on Drug Prices
By Eric Pianin; The Fiscal Times ~ Jun 20, 2017

Liz Weston: Are you afraid to look at your finances?
From Liz Weston, NW; The Associated Press ~ Jun 19, 2017

Robots Managing Robots: Nokia's Digital Factory Of The Future
From Jason Bloomberg; Forbes ~ Jun 18, 2017

Free Money: Find Your Unclaimed Property In Less Than 5 Minutes
From Nancy L. Anderson; Forbes ~ Jun 18, 2017

Senate Dems to hold late-night protest over ObamaCare repeal
By Jordain Carney; The Hill ~ Jun 18, 2017

Exclusive: White House Task Force Echoes Pharma Proposals
By Emily Kopp; Kaiser Health News ~ Jun 167, 2017

Trump plan on drug prices likely to be friendly to drug industry: report
By Brandon Carter; The Hill ~ Jun 17, 2017

Leading U.S. doctors' group takes aim at rising drug prices
From HealthDay News; WXOW ~ Jun 17, 2017

Senate Dems mull slowdown to protest GOP health plan: report
By Max Greenwood; The Hill ~ Jun 17, 2017

Schumer wants all-Senate meeting on healthcare
By Jordain Carney; The Hill ~ Jun 16, 2017

GOP Secrecy Breeding Frustration, Criticism: 'If They Liked The Bill, They'd Have Brass Bands' Celebrating It
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jun 16, 2017

Liberal group targets potential Republican healthcare swing votes
By Nathaniel Weixel; The Hill ~ Jun 16, 2017

Reform Prescription Drug Labeling to Benefit Patients and Their Doctors
By David Beier; Morning Consult ~ Jun 16, 2017

Judge throws out GE retirees' health benefit lawsuit
By John Cropley, Daily Gazette – Jun 15, 2017

Senate May Keep Some Obamacare Taxes in U.S. Healthcare Overhaul
By REUTERS; The New York Times ~ Jun 15, 2017

Vote on healthcare bill by July 4 looking more in doubt
By Robert King; The Washington Examiner ~ Jun 15, 2017

Trump White House at work on executive order tackling drug prices: report
By Eric Sagonowsky; FiercePharma ~ Jun 14, 2017

Six Things Your Parents Should Know About Social Security
From Winnie Sun; Forbes ~ Jun 15, 2017

IRA trusts can protect your heirs from themselves
By Sarah O'Brien, CNBC; USA TODAY ~ Jun 15, 2017

Some Seniors Just Want To Be Left Alone, Which Can Lead To Problems
By Judith Graham; Kaiser Health News ~ Jun 15, 2017

Nokia targets gains from web giants with fastest routers
By Eric Auchard; Reuters ~ Jun 14, 2017

Retiree health care costs rising faster than Social Security benefits
From Mary Beth Franklin; InvestmentNews ~ Jun 14, 2017

CMS Reports 13M Would Lose Insurance Under GOP Plan, A Rosier Projection Than CBO’s Score
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jun 14, 2017

The Senate's Secrecy Over Health Care Was Decades in the Making
By Julie Rovner; The Atlantic ~ Jun 14, 2017

New Fiduciary Rule For Financial Advisors Moves The Needle, But In Which Direction?
From Jamie Hopkins; Forbes ~ Jun 14, 2017

Remember Trump’s Promise Not to Touch Social Security? It’s Gone Now
By Johnathan Chait, New York Magazine – Jun 13, 2017

Senate drug pricing hearing co-opted by Democratic protest over GOP health plan
By Meg Tirrell, CNBC – Jun 13, 2017

Senate Democrats plan offensive to try to save Obamacare
By Jennifer Haberkorn and Burgess Everett, Politico – Jun 13, 2017

AP sources: Trump tells senators House health bill 'mean'
By Alan Fram, Associated Press – Jun 13, 2017

Senate Republicans following House's secretive path in crafting health care bill
By Laura Litvan, Bloomberg – Jun 14, 2017

Trump admin may not protect Social Security if Congress votes for cuts
By Ethan Wolff-Mann, Yahoo Finance - Jun 13, 2017

Capitol Hill Debate Over Drug Prices Shifts to PBMs
By Jon Reid; Morning Consult ~ Jun 12, 2017

Report: Senate Won’t Release O’Care Repeal Draft Before CBO Review
By Tierney Sneed; Talking Points Memo ~ Jun 12, 2017

Obama Program Made $729 Million in Erroneous Payments to Doctors
By Elizabeth Harrington; The Washington Free Beacon ~ Jun 12, 2017

Opinion: How Republicans Think About Health Care: Three Parallel Universes
From John C. Goodman; Forbes ~ Jun 12, 2017

Senate Dem: Passing ObamaCare a ‘very different process’ than GOP plan
By Rebecca Savransky; The Hill ~ Jun 12, 2017

Supreme Court rules to speed marketing of lower-cost 'biosimilar' drugs
By Nathaniel Weixel; The Hill ~ Jun 12, 2017

Set A Realistic Budget Using This 4-Week Guide
From Marianne Hayes; Forbes ~ Jun 12, 2017

Have a pension and a spouse? Here’s what you need to know about your benefit options.
By Michelle Singletary; The Washington Post ~ Jun 12, 2017

IRS Helps Surviving Spouses Who Face Estate Tax Trap
By Ashlea Ebeling; Forbes ~ Jun 12, 2017

Republicans are taking a big political risk on health care
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Jun 11, 2017

Obamacare Enrollees Rate Coverage Worse Than Those Insured From Another Source
By Ali Meyer; The Washington Free Beacon ~ Jun 11, 2017

GOP looks to blunt impact of health bill on older people
By Jessie Hellmann; The Hill ~ Jun 11, 2017

There are now 45 counties in the U.S. with no Obamacare insurer
By John Sexton; Hot Air ~ Jun 11, 2017

Economy emerges as bright spot for Trump
By Niv Elis; The Hill ~ Jun 11, 2017

Bill would let banks freeze accounts to stymie elder scams
By Anna Gronewold, AP; McClatchy DC ~ Jun 11, 2017

Mike Pence rips Democrats for not working with GOP on healthcare
By Kyle Feldscher; The Washington Examiner ~ Jun 10, 2017

Democrats slam GOP senators' efforts to fast-track healthcare bill
By Anna Giaritelli; The Washington Examiner ~ Jun 09, 2017

What Protects Investors More Than The Fiduciary Rule
From Pam Krueger, NA; Forbes ~ Jun 10, 2017

How To Avoid IRS Underpayment Penalty For June 15
From Robert A. Green; Forbes ~ Jun 09, 2017

Powerful GOP Chairman Backs Insurance Subsidy Payments: Americans ‘Should Not Be Left Out To Dry’
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jun 09, 2017

Watch Claire McCaskill Call Out Top GOPer On Obamacare Repeal Secrecy
By Tierney Sneed; Talking Points Memo ~ Jun 09, 2017

Senators Find Themselves Playing Whac-A-Mole When It Comes To Solving Health Plan Problems
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jun 09, 2017

Senate Republicans claim progress on health care legislation
By Erica Werner & Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Jun 08, 2017

Tom Price, Democrats spar over Obamacare’s future
By Tom Howell Jr.; The Washington Times ~ Jun 08, 2017

Top Republican seeks action now to steady insurance markets
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Jun 08, 2017

GOP senators push to allow sale of short-term insurance plans
By Jessie Hellmann; The Hill ~ Jun 08, 2017

AHA to Congress: 6 recommendations for Medicare Advantage
By Leo Vartorella; Becker’s Hospital Review ~ Jun 08, 2017

GOP Wooed Conservatives In House, But Senate Compromises Are Favoring Moderates
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jun 08, 2017

GOP Focus on Premiums Eclipses Broader Issue of Health Care Costs
By Mary Ellen McIntire; Morning Consult ~ Jun 07, 2017

LAWMAKERS WANT ACTION ON PRESCRIPTION DRUG COSTS
By Bronwyn Mixter; Bloomberg BNA ~ Jun 08, 2017

What Patients And Physicians Really Want From Healthcare
From Robert Pearl, M.D.; Forbes ~ Jun 08, 2017

Talking money with the hospital trying to treat you
By Tom Murphy; The Associated Press ~ Jun 08, 2017

Former Pharma Reps’ New Mission: To School Docs On High Drug Costs
By Jay Hancock; Kaiser Health News ~ Jun 08, 2017

How GOP bill would dismantle many Dodd-Frank restrictions
By Marcy Gordon; The Associated Press ~ Jun 08, 2017

Trump: ‘Democrats are really in our way’ on healthcare
By Nathaniel Weixel; The Hill ~ Jun 07, 2017

Trump says Obamacare in 'death spiral,' urges Congress to act
By Jeff Mason; Reuters ~ Jun 07, 2017

25% of Americans say they skip the doctor because of the cost, survey says
Fox Business ~ Jun 07, 2017

Bill advances to speed up drug and device approval
By Kimberly Leonard; The Washington Examiner ~ Jun 07, 2017

3 Things That Could Stall Health Care In The Senate
By Robert Donachie; The Daily Caller ~ Jun 06, 2017

McConnell: Senate will move ObamaCare repeal bill in 'near future'
By Jordain Carney ; The Hill ~ Jun 06, 2017

9 Senators To Watch In GOP’s Do-Or-Die Obamacare Repeal Crunch
By Tierney Sneed ; Talking Points Memo ~ Jun 06, 2017

Too many cooks threaten GOP healthcare bill
By Nathaniel Weixel; The Hill ~ Jun 06, 2017

MEDICARE BACKTRACKS ON LONG-TERM CARE ARBITRATION RULE
By Mike Stankiewicz; Bloomberg BNA ~ Jun 06, 2017

Senate Republicans outline new health care plan
By Brian Schwartz; Fox Business ~ Jun 06, 2017

Opinion: Medicare: Fix Payment Methodologies That Put Senior Care at Risk
From Dan Starck; Morning Consult ~ Jun 06, 2017

Supreme Court Ruling Imperils Pension Protections
By Ashlea Ebeling; Forbes ~ Jun 06, 2017

Senate panel to hold hearing on drug prices
By Jessie Hellmann; The Hill ~ Jun 06, 2017

The Lone Obamacare Insurer Is Enjoying Its Monopoly
By Robert Donachie; The Daily Caller ~ Jun 05, 2017

Ezekiel Emanuel: Obamacare ‘Absolutely’ Needs To Be Fixed [WATCH]
By Robert Donachie; The Daily Caller ~ Jun 05, 2017

The momentum for socialized medicine is growing. Where is the GOP’s strategy?
From Ed Rogers; The Washington Post ~ Jun 05, 2017

How the CHOICE Act eliminates key shareholder right
From Susan Makos; The Hill ~ Jun 05, 2017

Investment check: Give your retirement accounts an annual checkup
By Wendy Connick, TMF; USA TODAY ~ Jun 05, 2017

Meet the GOP senator who wants to bridge the Obamacare divide
By Jennifer Haberkorn & Burgess Everett; Politico ~ Jun 04, 2017

Opinion: When it comes to faster access to drugs — first do no harm
From Peter J. Pitts; The Hill ~ Jun 04, 2017

Nurse Practitioner Demand Eclipses Doctors As States Lift Hurdles
From Bruce Japsen ; Forbes ~ Jun 04, 2017

Retirees: If You Have Financially Blown It, Take Heart
From Neale Godfrey; Forbes ~ Jun 04, 2017

Insurance companies duck Obamacare repeal fight
By Paul Demko; Politico ~ Jun 03, 2017

Steven Mnuchin: We’re focused on getting tax reform done this year
By Nick Giampia; Fox Business ~ Jun 02, 2017

Trump to hit the road for a jobs-focused reset in tough week
By Roberta Rampton; Reuters ~ Jun 03, 2017

How Can Family Fit Into Your Retirement Plans?
From Anna Rappaport, PRC ; Forbes ~ Jun 02, 2017

Pence tells 'Hannity' he's 'cautiously optimistic' about ObamaCare repeal
By Edmund DeMarche; Fox News ~ Jun 03, 2017

She Retires. He Doesn’t. Why Retiring Together Makes Sense (Usually).
From Glenn Ruffenach; The Wall Street Journal ~ Jun 02, 2017

Why You Need A Health Care Proxy And How To Choose One
By Debbie Reslock, NA; Forbes ~ Jun 02, 2017

Republican senators consider tax on employer-sponsored plans in healthcare bill rewrite
By Paige Minemyer; FierceHealthcare ~ Jun 02, 2017

Obamacare Repeal Complicates Effort to Undo Medicare Cost Panel
By Alex Ruoff; Bloomberg BNA ~ Jun 02, 2017

Senate Republicans Sound Increasingly Pessimistic About a Health Care Deal
By Sy Mukherjee; Fortune ~ Jun 02, 2017

The SEC Wants Your Opinion On DOL Fiduciary Rule Alternatives
By Ashlea Ebeling : Forbes ~ Jun 02, 2017

Another Health Care Crisis: America’s Increasing Shortage of Medical Professionals
By Kevin Dayaratna; Cybercast News Service ~ Jun 01, 2017

GOP Health Bill Pleases Most Republicans, But Not Many Other Americans
By Julie Rovner; Kaiser Health News ~ May 31, 2017

The AHCA debate is missing crucial healthcare costs
From Noelle Sullivan; The Hill ~ Jun 01, 2017

Trump Budget Chief Suggests Dem Mole Behind CBO O’Care Repeal Score
By Tierney Sneed; Talking Points Memo ~ Jun 01, 2017

The American Health Care Act Rejects American Values
From Kenneth L. Davis; Forbes ~ Jun 01, 2017

GOP Senator Says Obamacare Repeal Is Nowhere Close To Happening
By Jack Crowe; The Daily Caller ~ Jun 01, 2017

5 Inherited IRA Rules You Should Know by Heart
By Dan Caplinger, TMF; Fox Business ~ Jun 01, 2017

Nokia Gets in on Verizon 5G Tests
By Dan Jones; Light Reading ~ Jun 01, 2017

To Repeal Obamacare, Senate May Have to Keep Some of Its Taxes
By Laura Litvan; Bloomberg ~ May 31, 2017

Poll: GOP health bill a far cry from Trump promises
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ May 31, 2017

Iowa Senators Lower Expectations For Senate Health Care Bill
By Jack Crowe ; The Daily Caller ~ May 31, 2017

GOP health plan could be costly for those with coverage gaps
By Sheila Burke & David Eggert; The Associated Press ~ May 31, 2017

Fahrlander: Why raising the age for Social Security is a bad idea
From Rebecca S. Fahrlander ; USA TODAY ~ May 31, 2017

Opinion: The American Health Care Act undermines Medicare
By Judith Stein, The Hill – May 29, 2017

A Look at Major Drug-Pricing Proposals
By Katie Thomas; The New York Times ~ May 29, 2017

Trump: Senate should use nuke option to pass health care and tax cuts
By Louis Nelson; Politico ~ May 30, 2017

Health Care Groups At A Crossroads Over Trying To Kill GOP Bill Or Help Shape It
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ May 30, 2017

The Trump budget cuts Social Security, plain and simple
From Max Richtman; The Hill ~ May 30, 2017

Reminder: CBO’s Biggest Obamacare Prediction Fell Short By A MASSIVE Margin
By Jack Crowe; The Daily Caller ~ May 30, 2017

Medicare Plans to Replace Social Security Numbers on Cards
By The Associated Press; The New York Times ~ May 30, 2017

Are You Preventing Yourself From Having Your Dream Retirement?
From Matt Fellowes, NA; Forbes ~ May 30, 2017

Your Money: Strategies to cope with permanent debt
From Chris Taylor; Reuters ~ May 30, 2017

Obama Regulation Could Leave Millions of Retirees Without Investment Guidance
By Bill McMorris; The Washington Free Beacon ~ May 30, 2017

Is Nokia (NYSE:NOK) stock still a buy near $6.50?
By Brian Nichols; BNL Finance ~ May 30, 2017

Senators' demands underscore McConnell's health care problem

ObamaCare repeal, tax reform this year despite White House drama: Rep. Brady
By Ben Brown; Fox Business ~ May 28, 2017

Durbin to Senate Republicans: 'Let's sit down together' on ObamaCare overhaul
Fox News ~ May 28, 2017

Dems plot recess offensive on ObamaCare
By Rachel Roubein & Jessie Hellmann ; The Hill ~ May 28, 2017

Health Groups Double-Back Over Republican Health Bill
By Robert Donachie; The Daily Caller ~ May 28, 2017

GOP focus on lowering health premiums may undermine benefits
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ May 26, 2017

Einhorn Call for GM Changes Rejected by Shareholder Advisers
By John Gittelsohn; Bloomberg ~ May 27, 2017

Newly insured fret over gains made under US health care law
By Tom Murphy & Kelli Kennedy; The Associated Press ~ May 28, 2017

Who killed retirement security? If you look closely, it wasn't the 401(k)
From Andrew G. Biggs; The Hill ~ May 28, 2017

Some Of The Best Websites For Seniors To Find New Ways To Get Up, Get Out And Meet Up In 2017
From Robin Seaton Jefferson; Forbes ~ May 27, 2017

Middlemen Are Not Passing On All Drug Discounts Intended For Patients
By Vidya Ramesh and Sandip Shah, Forbes ~ May 26, 2017

Insurers continue to hike prices, abandon ACA markets
By Tom Murphy; The Associated Press ~ May 26, 2017

Rising life expectancies expected to up global savings gap to $400 trillion by 2050 — report
By Rob Kozlowski; Pensions & Investments ~ May 26, 2017

Senate Republicans start their version of Obamacare repeal
By Jennifer Haberkorn; Politico ~ May 25, 2017

GOP senators say tough report complicates health care bill
By Alan Fram & Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ May 25, 2017

Reports That 23 Million Americans Will Lose Health Care Are WAY Off
By Jack Crowe; The Daily Caller ~ May 25, 2017

Insurers continue to hike prices, abandon ACA markets
By Tom Murphy; The Associated Press ~ May 25, 2017

FDA to Wade Into Drug Pricing Issues Under New Commissioner
By Jon Reid; Morning Consult ~ May 25, 2017

Poll: Older Americans want Medicare-covered long-term care
By Emily Swanson; The Associated Press ~ May 25, 2017

How to Read the C.B.O. Score of the Health Bill Like an Expert
By Margot Sanger-Katz ; The New York Times ~ May 24, 2017

Trump Could Undermine Health Programs Outside Budget Cuts, Democrats Warn
By Alex Ruoff; Bloomberg BNA ~ May 24, 2017

McConnell: 'I don't know' how we get to 50 votes on health care bill
By Louis Nelson; Politico ~ May 24, 2017

Estimated 23 million would lose health insurance under Republican bill: CBO
By Yasmeen Abutaleb; Reuters ~ May 24, 2017

Ryan: ‘I Accept’ The GOP ‘Will Get Hit’ For Failing To Repeal Obamacare
By Robert Donachie; The Daily Caller ~ May 24, 2017

Opinion: In the politics of healthcare reform, past is prologue
From Chuck Alston; The Hill ~ May 24, 2017

Congress should act on measure to help Medicare, small businesses
By Reps. Morgan Griffith (R-Va.) & Rep Peter Welch (D-Vt.), ; The Hill ~ May 24, 2017

AP FACT CHECK: No Medicaid cuts in Trump budget? Really?
By Josh Boak; The Associated Press ~ May 24, 2017

MEDICARE ADVOCATES DON’T WANT SHIPS TO SAIL AWAY
By Mindy Yochelson; Bloomberg BNA ~ May 24, 2017

GOP senators meet with insurer for input on ObamaCare repeal
By Jessie Hellmann; The Hill ~ May 23, 2017

Uncertainty grows as Trump delays a health care decision
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ May 23, 2017

Leader of moderate Republican House group resigns over healthcare
By Amanda Becker; Reuters ~ May 23, 2017

Disagreement Over Preexisting Conditions Reveals Deep Intra-Party Divide Over Health Law
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ May 23, 2017

GOP’s Health Bill Could Undercut Some Coverage In Job-Based Insurance
By Michelle Andrews; Kaiser Health News ~ May 23, 2017

6 Things to Know About President Trump’s New Budget
By Alana Abramson; Fortune ~ May 22, 2017

Trump releases budget that slashes government programs
By Niv Elis; The Hill ~ May 23, 2017

5 Biggest Social Security Changes You Need to Know About
By Megan Elliott; Cheat Sheet ~ May 23, 2017

Who knew bringing down drug prices could be so complicated
By Dylan Scott; Vox ~ May 23, 2017

Spend it if you got it: How frugal retirees impact all of us
From Matt Fellowes & Elizabeth Kelly; The Hill ~ May 23, 2017

Nokia and Apple settle long-running legal disputes
The Associated Press ~ May 23, 2017

Nokia Sees Small Cells Make Big Impact – Outside Europe
By Iain Morris; Light Reading ~ May 23, 2017

Delay on Obamacare Subsidy Decision Leaves Insurers in Limbo
By Anna Edney, Zachary Tracer & Andrew M Harris; Bloomberg ~ May 22, 2017

Insurers Request Double-Digit Premium Rate Increases for Obamacare Plans Next Year
By Ali Meyer; The Washington Free Beacon ~ May 22, 2017

Trump administration asks for time to weigh Obamacare subsidies
By Lawrence Hurley & Yasmeen Abutaleb; Reuters ~ May 22, 2017

Dems demand answers on report that admin tried to trade ObamaCare payments
By Nathaniel Weixel; The Hill ~ May 22, 2017

Republicans Are Losing Voters’ Trust on Health Care, Polling Shows
By Cameron Easley; Morning Consult ~ May 22, 2017

Delay on Obamacare Subsidy Decision Leaves Insurers in Limbo
By Anna Edney, Zachary Tracer & Andrew M Harris; Bloomberg ~ May 22, 2017

Insurers Request Double-Digit Premium Rate Increases for Obamacare Plans Next Year
By Ali Meyer; The Washington Free Beacon ~ May 22, 2017

Trump administration asks for time to weigh Obamacare subsidies
By Lawrence Hurley & Yasmeen Abutaleb; Reuters ~ May 22, 2017

Dems demand answers on report that admin tried to trade ObamaCare payments
By Nathaniel Weixel; The Hill ~ May 22, 2017

10 Ways The Internet of Medical Things Is Revolutionizing Senior Care
From Reenita Das; Forbes ~ May 22, 2017

Healthcare reform must include repeal of all ObamaCare taxes
From Alex Hendrie; The Hill ~ May 21, 2017

Health care fight lessons could complicate GOP tax push
By Kyle Cheney & Colin Wilhelm; Politico ~ May 21, 2017

Column: The entire healthcare industry is panicking that Trump is about to blow up Obamacare
From Michael Hiltzik; Los Angeles Times ~ May 20, 2017

Report: Trump Told His Advisers He Favors Move To Sabotage Obamacare
By Tierney Sneed; Talking Points Memo ~ May 19, 2017

Senators run into obstacles, consider options on health bill
By Alan Fram; The Associated Press ~ May 20, 2017

CBO score of Obamacare repeal bill expected Wednesday
By “Staff”; Politico ~ May 19, 2017

'There Are No Hands On The Wheel': Insurers Heap Blame On Administration For Next Year's Rate Hikes
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ May 19, 2017

Trump said to favor move that could destabilize Obamacare
By Josh Dawsey, Jennifer Haberkorn & Paul Demko; Politico ~ May 19, 2017

Senate Dems refocus on killing Obamacare repeal
By Elana Schor & Burgess Everett; Politico ~ May 19, 2017

U.S. senators raise alarms about shelving retirement advice rule
By Lisa Lambert; Reuters ~ May 19, 2017

Is there really a retirement-savings crisis in the US?
From Jason J. Fichtner; The Hill ~ May 19, 2017

Trump Budget May Break Promise to Protect Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid
By Paul N. Van de Water, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities – May 18, 2017

Senate Obamacare working group expands
By Robert King; The Washington Examiner ~ May 18, 2017

Individual Insurance Buyers Were Better Off Without Obamacare
From John C. Goodman; Forbes ~ May 18, 2017

Senate Committee Advances Chronic Care Bill
By Joyce Frieden; Medpage Today ~ May 18, 2017

Like Hunger Or Thirst, Loneliness In Seniors Can Be Eased
By Judith Graham; Kaiser Health News ~ May 18, 2017

House speaker promises tax overhaul this year despite chaos
By Stephen Ohlemacher & Kevin Freking; The Associated Press ~ May 18, 2017

U.S. executives tell Congress they want permanent tax reform
By David Morgan; Reuters ~ May 18, 2017

Key chairman open to delaying repeal of ObamaCare mandate
By Nathaniel Weixel; The Hill ~ May 17, 2017

Another round of premium hikes: blame Trump or Obama?
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ May 17, 2017

6.3M People With Preexisting Conditions Could Face Higher Premiums Under GOP Health Plan
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ May 17, 2017

Sen. Rand Paul: Senate has chance to fix ObamaCare after the House didn't
By Sen. Rand Paul; Fox News ~ May 16, 2017

A Whistle-Blower Tells of Health Insurers Bilking Medicare
By Mary Williams Walsh; The New York Times ~ May 15, 2017

Trump Feels ‘Very Strong’ About House Health Bill
By John T. Bennett; Roll Call ~ May 15, 2017

GOP Senators Discuss Short-Term Measures To ‘Stabilize’ Obamacare Markets
By Tierney Sneed; Talking Points Memo ~ May 16, 2017

Health Industry, Shunted To Sidelines In House Negotiations, Eager For A Chance At The Senate
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ May 16, 2017

Preventative care: The sorely missing link in the healthcare debate
From Dr. Daniel Blumenthal; The Hill ~ May 16, 2017

Pass the Hearing Aid Act of 2017 — it will help our aging population
From Max Richtman; The Hill ~ May 16, 2017

To Replace Obamacare, Don't Overlook The Role Of The States
From John C. Goodman; Forbes ~ May 15, 2017

AP Explains: How lawmakers get their health care
By Mary Clare Jalonick & Kevin Freking; The Associated Press ~ May 15, 2017

Selling GOP Health Plan To Public May Make Herculean Effort To Get It Through House Seem Easy
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ May 15, 2017

Seniors are scared and skeptical that Republicans can create a better, more affordable health-care system
By Michelle Singletary; The Washington Post ~ May 15, 2017

Healthcare a primary concern for Americans right now, poll shows
By Doug G. Ware; United Press International ~ May 15, 2017

Opinion: President Trump, Use 'Something Old, New, Borrowed, And Blue' To Fix Healthcare And #MAGA
From Ralph Benko; Forbes ~ May 14, 2017

Opinion: The sickening effect of Obamacare taxes
By Stephen Moore; The Washington Times ~ May 14, 2017

Paul Ryan Still Talking Up The Idea Of Privatizing Medicare
By Tierney Sneed, TalkingPointsMemo – May 12, 2017

Paul Ryan Still Wants to Re-do Medicare
By Rema Rahman, CQRollCall – May 12, 2017

America’s most expensive prescription drugs
CNBC – May 13, 2017

Senate Task Force Considers Ways To Unravel Obamacare Coverage Rules
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ May 12, 2017

Paul Ryan: Senate should have healthcare done by mid-July
By Al Weaver; The Washington Examiner ~ May 12, 2017

Bigger, more expensive healthcare practices not necessarily better
By Ronnie Cohen; Reuters ~ May 12, 2017

Bid to legalize buying cheaper drugs from Canada dies
By Robert King, Washington Examiner – May 11, 2017

The Trump administration is making life harder for Obamacare's freeloaders
From Sally Pipes; The Washington Examiner ~ May 11, 2017

Senate conservatives: Ease Obama health care law protections
By Alan Fram; The Associated Press ~ May 11, 2017

Trump again suggests he might cut cost-sharing payments to Obamacare insurers
By John Sexton; Hot Air ~ May 11, 2017

Blame the drug companies for your overpriced prescription medicine
From John Jones; The Hill ~ May 11, 2017

Alliances Cropping Up In Senate, Where Almost Every Vote Holds The Power To Destroy A Deal
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ May 11, 2017

Memo To Congress: U.S. Health Care Costs Already A Bigger Burden For Women Than Men, Says New Report
From Elizabeth Harris; Forbes ~ May 11, 2017

More price hikes likely for government insurance markets
By Tom Murphy; The Associated Press ~ May 11, 2017

Price Fix? Drug companies drastically raising generic drug prices
By Craig Lucie; WSB-TV ~ May 11, 2017

Senate Panel Rejects Bid to Ease Drug Imports From Canada
By Jon Reid; Morning Consult ~ May 11, 2017

Looming tax reform spurs hefty corporate pension contributions
By Rob Kozlowski; Pensions & Investments ~ May 11, 2017

How To Use Life Insurance In Your Retirement Planning
From Jacob Alphin; Forbes ~ May 11, 2017

The Vexing Question of ‘Preexisting Conditions’
By Michael Tanner; National Review ~ May 10, 2017

In Senate, GOP Is Walking A Razor-Thin Margin And These Deal-Breakers Could Nudge Them Over Edge
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ May 10, 2017

Survey: American Health Care Act's Approval Rating Takes A Dip
By Juliegrace Brufke; The Daily Caller ~ May 10, 2017

Employee health benefit costs growing faster in U.S. than in Europe
By Shelby Livingston; Modern Healthcare ~ May 10, 2017

DCCC Targets 10 Republicans on Health Care in New Ads
By Bridget Bowman; Roll Call ~ May 09, 2017

Hatch: Senate’s ObamaCare repeal unlikely to go through committees
By Jessie Hellmann; The Hill ~ May 09, 2017

Why Time Is Running Out for the Republicans to Repeal Obamacare
By Rob Garver; The Fiscal Times ~ May 09, 2017

Obamacare Taxes Aren't Necessarily Going Away: GOP Senators
By Sahil Kapur; Bloomberg ~ May 09, 2017

Nearly 1 In 3 Recent FDA Drug Approvals Followed By Major Safety Actions
By Sydney Lupkin; Kaiser Health News ~ May 09, 2017

Express Scripts Lowers Drug Prices For Some Patients
By Christine Blank; Drug Topics ~ May 09, 2017

The Clock Is Ticking For Tax Reform
Jeremy Scott, Contributor, "Tax Analysts" Forbes ~ May 09, 2017

Social Security Not Keeping up With Seniors' Rising Costs
By Casey Dowd, Fox Business News – May 7, 2017

If you’re 50 or older, your health insurance may get more expensive.
By Michelle Singletary; The Washington Post ~ May 08, 2017

White House to let McConnell do his thing on health care
By Burgess Everett & Josh Dawsey; Politico ~ May 08, 2017

What moderate GOP senators want in ObamaCare repeal
By Nathaniel Weixel; The Hill ~ May 08, 2017

Obama Urges Members Of Congress To Have The 'Courage' To Save Obamacare
By Kaitlan Collins; The Daily Caller ~ May 08, 2017

Republicans tout GOP healthcare bill on Sunday shows
By Rebecca Savransky; The Hill ~ May 07, 2017

GOP Sen.: Lawmakers Need Right ‘Kind’ Of CBO Score To Move Repeal Forward
By Esme Cribb; Talking Points Memo ~ May 07, 2017

As some Republicans rush to defend House health bill, Senate GOP warily pauses
By Robert Costa & John Wagner; The Washington Post ~ May 07, 2017

Trump tries to pressure Senate Republicans on health care
By Darlene Superville; The Associated Press ~ May 07, 2017

Obamacare Uncertainty May Mean Higher Insurance Premiums, Experts Say
By Maggie Fox; NBC News ~ May 07, 2017

Here's why Congress exempted itself from the new healthcare bill
By Josh Barro; Business Insider ~ May 05, 2017

Dems convinced health bill jeopardizes GOP's monopoly in DC
By Bill Barrow & Steve Peoples; The Associated Press ~ May 06, 2017

Why are fiscal conservative opposed to single-payer healthcare?
From Cathleen London; The Hill ~ May 06, 2017

GOP braces for healthcare blowback at home
By Cristina Marcos; The Hill ~ May 06, 2017

ObamaCare vote throws curve into tax reform
By Naomi Jagoda; The Hill ~ May 06, 2017

Should you own or rent a home in retirement?
By Maurie Backman, TMF; USA TODAY ~ May 06, 2017

Growing Corvette Inventories Lead To 10 Percent Rebate From GM
By Christopher Smith; Motor 1 ~ May 05, 2017

Senate GOP vows big changes for ObamaCare bill
By Alexander Bolton; The Hill ~ May 05, 2017

Health Care Replacement Bill Repeals Nearly Every Obamacare Tax
By Ted Goodman; The Daily Caller ~ May 05, 2017

White House Says It’s Okay With The Senate Taking Its Time On Obamacare Repeal
By Juliegrace Brufke; The Daily Caller ~ May 05, 2017

Is the GOP healthcare bill good or bad for health insurers? Both, analysts say
By Leslie Small; FierceHealthcare ~ May 05, 2017

A look at the senators crucial to action on health care
By Mary Clare Jalonick; The Associated Press ~ May 05, 2017

Cohn: Tax reform will be inclusive, 'unlike healthcare'
By Niv Elis; The Hill ~ May 05, 2017

This is the No. 1 reason Americans file for bankruptcy
By Maurie Backman, TMF; USA TODAY ~ May 05, 2017

Many seniors who qualify for home-based care under Medicare aren’t receiving it. Why?
By Philip Moeller, PBS News Hour – May 3, 2017

U.S. prescription drug spending as high as $610 bln by 2021 -report
By Bill Berkrot; Reuters ~ May 04, 2017

House OKs GOP health bill, a step toward Obamacare repeal
By Alan Fram & Erica Werner; The Associated Press ~ May 04, 2017

Congress, please keep your Medicare promises to our seniors
From Rebecca Shanahan; The Hill ~ May 04, 2017

The Consequences of the Decline of Private Practice Physicians to U.S. Healthcare
From “Quora”; Forbes ~ May 04, 2017

GOP Senators to Draft Their Own Obamacare Replacement Bill
By Eli Yokley & Mary Ellen McIntire ; Morning Consult ~ May 04, 2017

What is in the Republican health-care bill?
By Juliet Eilperin and Amy Goldstein, Washington Post – May 4, 2017

House Republicans claim a major victory with passage of health-care overhaul
By Ed O’Keefe, Paige Winfield Cunningham and Amy Goldstein, Washington Post – May 4, 2017  

Trump still enforcing Obamacare mandate
By Brianna Ehley & Aaron Lorenzo; Politico ~ May 03, 2017

Spicer: 'Literally impossible' to predict ObamaCare repeal bill's effects
By Jordan Fabian; The Hill ~ May 03, 2017

Is The GOP Health Bill Morphing Into Yet Another Big Federal Program?
By Alison Kodjak, NPR; KPBS ~ May 03, 2017

Fixing the Broken Drug Pricing System
By Shannon Firth; MedPage Today ~ May 03, 2017

Democrats say they must show how tax cuts may put Social Security, Medicare at risk
By Heidi M Przybyla ; USA TODAY ~ May 03, 2017

Republicans plan health-care vote on Thursday, capping weeks of fits and starts
By Sean Sullivan, David Weigel and Kelsey Snell

G.O.P. Scrambles as a Crucial Voice Shuns the Latest Health Bill
By Thomas Kaplan and Robert Pear, New York Times – May 2, 2017  

Senate GOP frets House could blow it on Obamacare
By Burgess Everett; Politico ~ May 02, 2017  

Leadership Loses Prominent GOPer's Support On Obamacare Repeal
By Allegra Kirkland; Talking Points Memo ~ May 02, 2017

How Trump Could Ditch the Freedom Caucus and Pass a Bipartisan Health-Care Bill
By Ryan Lizza; The New Yorker ~  May 02, 2017

High Risk Pools Worked Just Fine Before Obamacare
From John C. Goodman; Forbes ~ May 02, 2017

PBM stranglehold on prescription drug market demands reform
From Matthew Kandrach; The Hill ~ May 02, 2017    

Medical Care’s Duel Reality: Improving But Also Failing
By Adam Lashinsky; Fortune ~ May 02, 2017

GOP Urges Acosta to Block Obama Retirement Rule
By Bill McMorris; The Washington Free Beacon ~ May 02, 2017

GM opens renovated 'Factory One' in Flint
By Melissa Burden; The Detroit News ~ May 01, 2017

White House seeks quick vote on healthcare overhaul but hurdles remain
By Yasmeen Abutaleb & Susan Heavey; Reuters ~ May 01, 2017

Trump Won't Sign Obamacare Repeal Unless It's a 'Great Plan'
By Theodore Bunker; Newsmax ~ May 01, 2017

Top White House Officials Confidently Predict A Health Care Vote This Week
By Kaitlan Collins; The Daily Caller ~ May 01, 2017

Mnuchin sees U.S. growth reaching 3 percent in time, tax cuts to help
By Olivia Oran &d Svea Herbst-Bayliss; Reuters ~ May 01, 2017

'Reducing Size and Scope' of IRS, 'Reducing Their Power' Key to Tax Reform, Texas Rep. Says
By Craig Bannister; Cybercast News Service ~ May 01, 2017

Nokia: Managing The Expectations
By "Orthodox Investor"; Seeking Alpha ~ May 01, 2017

LOCAL RETIREE ORGANIZATIONS

(If you are affiliated with a local Lucent retiree group, let us know we'll post your next event.)

WECO SAGE is a group formed by computer pioneers who worked for Western Electric Company in the 1950s and 1960s installing an Air Defense System for the United States Air Force. The members of this Group have maintained their personal, and in some cases professional, relationships for over 50 years. The Group, whose members once numbered in the hundreds, meet on an annual basis at different locations throughout the country.The 2015 reunion was held in Pacific Grove, California. Contact Ron Trettau.


Club WECO-AT&T-Bell Labs-Lucent Technologies-Teletype-NCR-ALU. This group is intended primarily as a forum to connect (network) and maintain communication between past and/or current members. SUMMER REUNION, Friday July 21st, 2017 Beginning at 4 pm. Cash bar and food available from menu Outside front patio Base Camp, Lisle, IL (The Lodge) 5750 Lakeside Dr. 331-777-4712 Contact Jim Simak.


eX TELETYPE is for ex-Teletype Employees to keep in touch. Teletype Corp. was located in Skokie, IL and Little Rock, AK. The Spring gathering of Teletype and Lucent people and friends was held on Tuesday May 10, 2016. . ..Contact John Furno.


lucent5-5 is for Lucent retirees who took the special 5+5 voluntary retirement on July 13, 2001 (or wish they could have!). Its purpose is to keep in touch, to help provide support for working with the Lucent Pension folks, and to talk about Lucent in general. To subscribe, send an email to lucent5-5-subcribe@yahoogroups.com.


PCLUCENTALUM This group was set up to facilitate communication among ex-Lucent employees in Northern California. Send email to pclucentalum@yahoogroups.com