News

COMMENTARY: Hugs, grandmas and vaccinations

Jul 26th, 2021 | By
COMMENTARY: Hugs, grandmas and vaccinations

I was too busy working to worry about the knock at my front door a few weeks back. It’s usually a delivery driver or the mail carrier. Then, I looked out the window and saw who it was. “Grandma’s outside!” I called to the kids. We all gathered around the door, excited for a rare
[more…]



Home values jump in Pierce County

Jul 22nd, 2021 | By
Home values jump in Pierce County

Homeowners are seeing “dramatically” higher numbers in the latest assessed values for residential property throughout Pierce County. Overall, home values went up 16 percent this year, compared to 9 percent in 2020. The jump is due to a red-hot real estate market, said Assessor-Treasurer Mike Longeran, whose office mailed notices in late June to taxpayers.
[more…]



Pandemic forcing later retirements

Jul 13th, 2021 | By

Despite light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, 30 percent of Americans have withdrawn money from their retirement savings and a similar percentage plan to retire later because of the crisis, including people who lost income in this period, according to a national study. MagnifyMoney, a consumer and financial information service, surveyed more than
[more…]



COMMENTARY: Credit pandemic for telehealth’s expanding role in Medicare

Jul 13th, 2021 | By
COMMENTARY: Credit pandemic for telehealth’s expanding role in Medicare

In early 2020, Congress and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) added temporary telehealth flexibilities to Medicare to help beneficiaries safely obtain needed services during the pandemic. The legislative and administrative updates broadened Medicare telehealth coverage in a number of ways. From expanding the list of allowable services and methods of communication to
[more…]