BENEFITS - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/BENEFITS News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Experts skeptical of testosterone drug benefits http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58425842-79/testosterone-drugs-experts-low.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58425842-79/testosterone-drugs-experts-low.html.csp">Experts skeptical of testosterone drug benefits</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-17T16:19:02.279-06:00">Updated Sep 17, 2014 04:19PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Federal health experts say there is little evidence that testosterone-boosting drugs are effective for treating common signs of aging and large studies are needed to support their continued use in millions of American men. A panel of Food and Drug Administration advisers is recommending new prescribing language on blockbuster testosterone treatments to make clear they have not been proven to reverse common aging issues like low libido, fatigue and muscle loss. But even as experts re...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-584258422014-09-17T16:19:02.279-06:00" id="#license-2014-09-17T16:19:02.279-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58425842@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:19:02 MDT Survey finds skepticism about benefits of trade http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58421830-79/trade-percent-jobs-countries.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58421830-79/trade-percent-jobs-countries.html.csp">Survey finds skepticism about benefits of trade</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By PAUL WISEMAN</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-16T18:02:02.246-06:00">Updated Sep 16, 2014 06:02PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Americans, Japanese and many Europeans aren’t sold on the benefits of trade. They doubt global economic ties create jobs or raise wages, an international survey conducted by the Pew Research Center shows. But people China and other low- and middle-income countries are far more convinced that trade delivers jobs and higher wages, Pew said Tuesday in releasing the results of its survey of 48,643 people in 44 countries. The center found that 50 percent of Americans say trade destroys j...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-584218302014-09-16T18:02:02.246-06:00" id="#license-2014-09-16T18:02:02.246-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58421830@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:02:02 MDT Letter: Pipe Great Lakes water to western U.S. http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58416594-82/lakes-project-keystone-pipe.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58416594-82/lakes-project-keystone-pipe.html.csp">Letter: Pipe Great Lakes water to western U.S.</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-16T12:16:33.411-06:00">Updated Sep 16, 2014 12:16PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">As a better alternative to the Keystone project and its claimed benefits to the economy, these gung-ho Republicans should pass legislation to build a water transfer pipe from the Great Lakes to the upper Colorado river drainage area. This project would be cleaner, would be bigger, and would be better than the Keystone project. Marco Hodgson Bountiful</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58416594@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:16:33 MDT More Americans file for unemployment benefits http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58402166-79/labor-week-claims-benefits.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58402166-79/labor-week-claims-benefits.html.csp">More Americans file for unemployment benefits</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Jeanna Smialek</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Bloomberg News</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-11T10:04:02.481-06:00">Updated Sep 11, 2014 10:04AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose last week to a two-month high, interrupting a steady decrease to the lowest level since before the last recession. Jobless claims climbed by 11,000 to 315,000 in the week ended Sept. 6, which included the Labor Day holiday, a Labor Department report showed Thursday in Washington. It was the highest reading since June 28 and exceeded the Bloomberg survey median forecast of 300,000. The data are difficult to ad...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58402166@www.sltrib.com Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:04:02 MDT Letter: We’ve earned our entitlements http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58398383-82/military-health-retirement-sept.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58398383-82/military-health-retirement-sept.html.csp">Letter: We’ve earned our entitlements</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-10T16:49:01.748-06:00">Updated Sep 10, 2014 04:49PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Recent opinions of Charles Lane (“Too little of the Pentagon’s budget goes for defense,” Sept. 4) and Mitt Romney (“The need for a mighty American military,” Sept. 5), two “chicken hawks: who never served, offer similar approaches to funding for more planes, ships, bombs and missiles. It is simple, really. Do it on the backs of those that have served. Lane laments that too much is spent on health care and retirement of military personnel while Romney attacks entitlement programs. (You know, lik...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58398383@www.sltrib.com Wed, 10 Sep 2014 16:49:01 MDT Op-ed: Americans must face up to doing the math on Social Security http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58374745-82/security-social-math-changes.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58374745-82/security-social-math-changes.html.csp">Op-ed: Americans must face up to doing the math on Social Security</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Thomas Wright</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-05T17:48:01.834-06:00">Updated Sep 5, 2014 05:48PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">One nice thing about math is that you can’t argue too much about it. Even in Washington, where officeholders routinely challenge each other’s honor and motives, math is hard to debate. The future of the Social Security system is essentially a math problem; math is nonpartisan and doesn’t defer to either the Republican or Democratic parties. The Social Security Trustees recently issued their annual report and it showed that the Social Security funds will be depleted in 2034 unless changes are mad...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58374745@www.sltrib.com Fri, 05 Sep 2014 17:48:01 MDT Milbank: Wages went up and the sky didn’t fall http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58382331-82/wage-seattle-seatac-workers.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58382331-82/wage-seattle-seatac-workers.html.csp">Milbank: Wages went up and the sky didn’t fall</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Dana Milbank</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> The Washington Post</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-08T18:03:04.211-06:00">Updated Sep 8, 2014 06:03PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Seattle • In July 2013, hotelier Scott Ostrander stood before the City Council in SeaTac, Wash., pleading with the town not to adopt a $15 minimum wage. “I am shaking here tonight because I am going to be forced to lay people off,” he said, according to an account in the Washington State Wire. “I’m going to take away their livelihood. That hurts. It really, really hurts. ... And what I am going to have to do on Jan. 1 is to eliminate jobs, reduce hours — and as soon as hours are reduced, benefit...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58382331@www.sltrib.com Mon, 08 Sep 2014 18:03:04 MDT Applications for U.S. jobless aid at still-low 302,000 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58373433-79/due-layoffs-fewer-applications.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58373433-79/due-layoffs-fewer-applications.html.csp">Applications for U.S. jobless aid at still-low 302,000</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">By The Associated Press </span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-04T09:09:02.086-06:00">Updated Sep 4, 2014 09:09AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week, but fewer people overall are collecting benefits. The Labor Department said Thursday the number of jobless claims rose 4,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 302,000. Yet the drop-off in applications over the past two months means that a total of 2.46 million people were receiving unemployment aid, the lowest level since June 2007. Here are the states with the biggest increases and decreases in applications. The data is...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583734332014-09-04T09:09:02.086-06:00" id="#license-2014-09-04T09:09:02.086-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58373433@www.sltrib.com Thu, 04 Sep 2014 09:09:02 MDT Deal on health care aids port contract talks http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58344815-79/health-contract-dockworkers-care.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58344815-79/health-contract-dockworkers-care.html.csp">Deal on health care aids port contract talks</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By JUSTIN PRITCHARD</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-27T18:12:02.737-06:00">Updated Aug 27, 2014 06:12PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Los Angeles • Negotiators hoping to forge a new contract for dockworkers and keep hundreds of billions of dollars in cargo moving smoothly through West Coast seaports made significant progress with a tentative deal on health care benefits, a knotty issue that tied up talks for months. West Coast dockworkers already have unusually generous health benefits — so generous, argue their employers who pay for the coverage, that the insurance plan has become riddled with fraud. Doctors and clinics have ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583448152014-08-27T18:12:02.737-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-27T18:12:02.737-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58344815@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:12:02 MDT Schuck: The benefits of attack adds http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58343042-82/ads-negative-attack-voters.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58343042-82/ads-negative-attack-voters.html.csp">Schuck: The benefits of attack adds</a></h4>