BENEFITS - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/BENEFITS News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Affordable Care Act gives Medicare finances shot in the arm http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58234267-68/medicare-trustees-social-security.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58234267-68/medicare-trustees-social-security.html.csp">Affordable Care Act gives Medicare finances shot in the arm</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">Amy Goldstein</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Washington Post</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-28T19:50:25.376-06:00">Updated Jul 28, 2014 07:50PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Medicare’s financial stability has been strengthened by the Affordable Care Act and other forces that have been subduing health-care spending, according to a new official forecast that says the fund covering the program’s hospital costs will remain solvent until 2030 - four years later than expected a year ago. The annual report, issued Monday by trustees overseeing the government’s two largest entitlement programs, found little change overall in the finances of Social Security. Ho...</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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.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> 58234267@www.sltrib.com Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:50:25 MDT Utility experts say solar customers pose a burden http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58233423-90/solar-customers-fee-utility.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58233423-90/solar-customers-fee-utility.html.csp">Utility experts say solar customers pose a burden</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Brian Maffly</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-29T09:20:52.492-06:00">Updated Jul 29, 2014 09:20AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Solar power generated on the roofs of utility customers doesn’t do much to reduce the need to produce electricity at centralized generating stations or ease pressure on Rocky Mountain Power’s (RMP) electrical grid, according to testimony Monday before the Utah Public Service Commission (PSC). Experts for the major Utah utility made these claims to support its proposal to impose a $4.65 monthly “facilities charge” on net metered customers, the small but quickly growing number who generate their ...</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> 58233423@www.sltrib.com Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:20:52 MDT Crook: Ryan asks, but doesn’t answer, right questions http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58232743-82/ryan-assistance-programs-states.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58232743-82/ryan-assistance-programs-states.html.csp">Crook: Ryan asks, but doesn’t answer, right questions</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Clive Crook</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> Bloomberg View</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-29T09:33:39.002-06:00">Updated Jul 29, 2014 09:33AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Rep. Paul Ryan’s discussion paper on “Expanding Opportunity in America” has much to admire. It puts attention where it belongs — on poverty and upward mobility for those at the bottom of the income distribution. It argues for an expanded earned income tax credit, the best way to reduce poverty in work. And it correctly explains what’s wrong with existing federal programs. When it comes to reforming those programs, though, Ryan’s proposal leaves a lot of questions unanswered. The essential challe...</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> 58232743@www.sltrib.com Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:33:39 MDT Is a fee for solar energy users a ‘sun tax’ or fair play? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58211096-78/solar-power-energy-net.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58211096-78/solar-power-energy-net.html.csp">Is a fee for solar energy users a ‘sun tax’ or fair play?</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Brian Maffly</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-29T09:20:48.295-06:00">Updated Jul 29, 2014 09:20AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Angled to the southeast, Stan Holmes’ home above the state Capitol has a great view of City Creek Canyon but a less optimal position for solar panels — they generate most of their electricity in the morning, not during afternoon surges in demand. But his new is 3.78-kilowatt system still produces more power than his family can use much of the year, and sends the surplus into the grid to power the neighbors’ lights, kitchens and air conditioners. The photovoltaic array greatly reduces their util...</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> 58211096@www.sltrib.com Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:20:48 MDT Bloomberg View: Ryan remembers his anti-poverty roots http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58224006-82/ryan-states-credit-grants.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58224006-82/ryan-states-credit-grants.html.csp">Bloomberg View: Ryan remembers his anti-poverty roots</a></h4>