You are still one of our favorite things
This is a wonderful time of year to wander the streets of the nation’s capital, taking in the holiday sights, a few of which I’m sharing here as part of OWL’s season’s greetings. I’m not embarrassed to admit that I am still moved by this city’s overwhelming sense of history.
It’s disheartening that too many people associate Washington D.C. with nothing but discord and dysfunction. While it’s true that we have no shortage of either, the city is much more than that. We need only to consider our past to be reminded of the many times we’ve worked through our differences.
So OWL’s hope is that we all can greet the coming year with open minds and a willingness to talk with people instead of at them. Together, imagine all the good we can do.
Warmest holiday wishes from the OWL National Team!
Posted by Bobbie Brinegar on 12/17 at 10:46 AM
Wall Street Journal Small Business Podcast Features OWL Venture Capital Access Campaign
The podcast (story starts at 6:20) highlights the finding from the Kauffman Foundation’s latest report—featured in the latest OWL Observer—that “accelerating female entrepreneurship could have the same positive effect on the U.S. economy that the large-scale entry of women into the labor force had during the 20th century.”
The report, based on a survey of nearly 350 female tech start-up leaders, investigated what contributes to the low percentage of women running high-growth firms. Among the challenges women cited: a tougher time raising capital. Read more.
Posted by Pat Lewis on 12/09 at 01:36 PM
Beware Potential Pitfalls Enrolling in Medicare Part B!
Guest post from Mitchell Clark and Stacy Sanders, Medicare Rights Center
It is often reported that 10,000 Baby Boomers turn 65 and become eligible for Medicare every day. What is less well known, and often times misunderstood, are the rules concerning how to enroll in Medicare. While most people who become eligible for Medicare are automatically enrolled, others have to make a proactive choice to enroll in one or multiple parts of the program.
A recent analysis of call data from the Medicare Rights Center’s national helpline found that many older adults struggle to understand Medicare enrollment periods, coordination of benefits rules and the penalties associated with delayed enrollment. In 2013, Medicare Rights fielded more than 15,000 questions on its helpline, and the second most common call concerned enrollment (22 percent).
At age 65, retirees already collecting Social Security retirement benefits are automatically enrolled in Part A and Part B. The same is true for individuals ages 64 and younger who are collecting Social Security disability benefits following a 24-month waiting period. For those not collecting Social Security benefits, it is necessary to actively enroll in Medicare, taking into consideration specific enrollment periods and existing coverage. If this transition is mismanaged, individuals new to Medicare may face a lifetime of late enrollment penalties, higher health care costs, gaps in coverage and disruptions in care continuity.
Posted by Pat Lewis on 11/25 at 11:10 AM