NARFE - Chapter 288
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NARFE Chapter 288 News You Can Use


Dues Information
Bob Lemley, District 5 Vice President reported on the National Convention. The most significant item was the passage of the dues increase at the National level beginning January 1, 2011. 
The annual dues increase will be: $40 year, $72 for 2 years or $102 for 3 years.
Members who are dues withholding will receive a 15% reduction on the National dues making their dues $34 plus the established chapter dues. Chapters will continue to establish their own dues & National will continue to collect them & remit them to the Chapters.
Alzheimer's Disease is NARFE's charity with over $8 million having been donated over the years.  Chapter 288 raises money for Alzheimer's through a 50-50 drawing at each meeting.  
FEEA:  The Federal Employee Education & Assistance Fund provides emergency grants and loans up to $500 to NARFE members affected by a natural disaster. For more information, click here for information on the FEEA Disaster Fund.
Medicare benefit periods:  
A benefit period begins the day you go into a hospital or skilled nursing facility (SNF). The benefit period ends when you haven’t received any inpatient hospital care or (or skilled care in a SNF) for 60 days in a row. 
If you go into a hospital or SNF after one benefit period has ended, a new benefit period begins. You or your FEHB plan must pay the inpatient hospital deductible for each benefit period.