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If you are a retiree on a fixed income and you have an urgent need for some extra cash right now, the ads offering to give you an "advance" on your pension checks may seem to offer the perfect solution. However, this solution is not as simple or helpful as it may seem.

Unfortunately, too many people have been fooled by these deceptive offers, and as a result they have found themselves in deep debt with less income to live on. The basic fact to keep in mind anytime you see an offer for a pension advance is that you’re looking at a type of payday loan; according to Stuart Rossman, a lawyer with the National Consumer Law Center who spoke to The New York Times about the issue, "The cost of these pension transactions can be astronomically high." 

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If you’re feeling a little lost when it comes to the Affordable Care Act and what it means to you, you’re not alone. Last week I introduced some facts and resources you need to know to be better informed and to take action on October 1st, which is tomorrow. Today I have compiled some of the questions our members have been asking. I hope these FAQs will help you decide what steps you need to take next. 

What is a Health Insurance Marketplace?

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In just under 100 fast-approaching days, the portion of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that applies to individual health coverage goes into effect. On January 1, 2014, health care coverage will become more accessible and more affordable to millions of Americans.  

Now, this means most individuals without employer-based coverage will have to buy qualifying coverage on their own to avoid a penalty on their 2014 tax return. You can’t argue there’s nothing more important than your health, but at the same time you probably have many questions. 

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The last time my neighbor, Rufus, and I got together, Bandit lived up to her name and took off down the road with Rufus’ canvas bag filled with mail. When we finally tracked her down she was stretched out on Annika’s front lawn, panting and grinning with Annika’s three girls sprawled around her. The bag was nowhere in sight. 

The littlest girl had her arm around Bandit and asked, “Can Bandit stay out and play?”

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As with Monday's session at the NAFCU Congressional Caucus, our day started off in general session filled with a stream of updates from Representatives, Senators, and key regulatory personnel; every one voicing commitment and support for the credit union movement. As can be expected, we heard serious comments on the Syrian issue, but they were careful to keep most of their focus on our concerns. It was definitely an interesting week to be at our nation's Capital.

We left that session to begin a series of individual meetings at the offices of our legislators representing the communities TDECU serves. We were happy to share that time with fellow credit unions interested in meeting those same legislators and it served as a nice show of representation from their districts.

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