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Here’s how much higher-income Medicare beneficiaries will pay for coverage in 2021

Finance
shapecharge | E+ | Getty ImagesMedicare beneficiaries who pay extra for coverage due to higher income should be aware that those monthly surcharges are creeping up for 2021.With the standard premium for Part B (which covers outpatient care) now set at $ 148.50 next year, those so-called income-related monthly adjustment amounts, or IRMAAs, will result in about 8%, or 5 million, of Medicare's 62.8 million beneficiaries paying anywhere from $ 207.90 to $ 504.90 for that coverage. (See chart below.)In 2021, the adjustments will kick in for individuals with modified adjusted gross income above $ 88,000; for married couples who file a joint tax return, that amount is $ 176,000.Zoom In IconArrows pointing outwardsFor Part D prescription drug coverage, the additional amounts range from $ 12...
Mid-range phones catch Indians’ fancy now, fashion and lifestyle not so much

Mid-range phones catch Indians’ fancy now, fashion and lifestyle not so much

Finance
NEW DELHI: Sales of mid-range mobile phones priced over Rs 15,000 on ecommerce platforms doubled in the May-August period from pre-Covid-19 levels on account of new launches, while fashion and lifestyle products slumped 53% in August, according to market research firm Nielsen. In the fashion category, products priced at less than Rs 500 accounted for 40% of the orders, down from Rs 1,000 earlier, as shoppers cut spending, Nielsen said. There was a 26% increase in sales of electronics and home appliances through ecommerce channels in the months from May to August, as the economy opened up, compared with the pre-Covid-19 period of December to February. Overall ecommerce sales in August stood at 71% of the pre-Covid-19 level, Nielsen said. Consumers were cautious and generally scouted for dea...
Report: Much needs doing to shield nursing homes from virus

Report: Much needs doing to shield nursing homes from virus

Health
The Trump administration is claiming “resounding vindication” from an independent commission’s report on the coronavirus crisis in nursing homesBy RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated PressSeptember 17, 2020, 6:52 PM• 5 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleWASHINGTON -- The Trump administration is claiming “resounding vindication” from an independent commission's report on the coronavirus crisis in nursing homes, but some panel members say that’s a misinterpretation of their conclusion that much remains to be done to safeguard vulnerable residents.People in long-term care facilities represent less than 1% of the U.S. population but more than 40% of the coronavirus deaths, according to the COVID Tracking Project, which has tallied 77,000 deaths among resi...
FA Cup final: The Wembley showpiece that deserved so much more

FA Cup final: The Wembley showpiece that deserved so much more

Sports
Media playback is not supported on this device Arsenal's coach arrived at Wembley for the Heads Up FA Cup final to be greeted by a small group of observers and one middle-aged supporter waving a large flag.The Gunners' match-winner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang concluded the victory celebrations by stepping down alone from the winners' podium, scrambling his way through gold streamers scattered on the turf before taking polite applause from those left inside a virtually deserted national stadium.In between, Arsenal's world-class striker delivered a match-winning virtuoso display against Chel...
NASA: Boeing software team had too much power over Starliner capsule

NASA: Boeing software team had too much power over Starliner capsule

Science
March 6 (UPI) -- Boeing's software team had too much influence over final decisions regarding the company's Starliner capsule, a top NASA administrator said Friday. The finding was among 61 corrective actions NASA and Boeing have agreed to make before moving ahead with another Starliner mission. A test flight in December failed to reach the International Space Station, but landed successfully in New Mexico after two days in space. NASA has not decided if it will require another test flight before sending astronauts aloft. "We had delegated too much authority to the software board to approve changes and to approve actions as it applied to software," said Douglas Loverro, NASA's associate administrator for human exploration. "Those changes should have been brought up to the overall enginee...