continue reading » With 20,000 of its members reaching age 64½ this year, $2.9 billion SAFE Credit Union has introduced free Medicare consultations to help them choose the right plans and supplemental insurance.“We’ve heard from a lot of members and their children who describe the Medicare enrollment process as ‘horrible’ and ‘confusing,’” says Larry Braley, VP/wealth management for SAFE CU, Folsom, California, serving 230,000 members. “There’s so much misinformation out there that makes the process even more intimidating.”To help compare their options, members can schedule appointments in SAFE CU branches with specialists from Retirement Health Solutions, which represents a variety of major health insurance companies that offer Medicare Advantage, supplemental insurance and prescription drug plans, along with cancer, dental and long-term care plans.Though the Medicare consultations are not a revenue-producing service for SAFE CU, they do help enhance member relationships by providing much needed guidance on a critical decision, Braley notes. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
NZ Herald 26 March 2017Education bosses are set to remind all schools that they can’t enforce bring your own device policies on parents – even though a majority of Kiwi schools have now adopted them.A survey by Network4Learning, which provides state-funded broadband to the country’s 2500 schools, has found that 69 per cent of secondary schools and 49 per cent of primary schools had “BYO device” policies by late 2015. The survey is now being updated.Many schools, such as Auckland’s decile-7 Pakuranga College, now “require all year 9 students to include a digital device in their ‘stationery’ list“.But Ministry of Education deputy secretary Katrina Casey said compulsory BYOD policies breached provisions in the Education Act guaranteeing a “free education” at state and partnership schools for all children from age 5 to 19.“We will be reminding all schools that boards of trustees can ask, but can’t compel, families to bring their own digital devices because schools can’t deny a child’s access to learning if their parents can’t provide them one,” she said.“In these cases, boards need to provide access to a school device.“No child’s learning should ever be disadvantaged by a lack of access to technology.”READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11820965Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.