WASHINGTON — Military retirees will pay slightly more for their health care starting Saturday, and more cost increases are on the way.
Premiums haven't been raised since 1994 and still will be just a fraction of what civilians pay. Under a change announced by the Defense Department on Thursday, individuals who enroll in the retiree program as of Saturday will pay $260 annually, up from $230, and it will be $520 annually for a family, up from $460.
Retirees already in the program will not see any increase until next year because they have already paid for this year. But "modest annual increases" are planned in the future, Cynthia Smith, a Pentagon spokeswoman, said.
Census changes cited for increase in white people
WASHINGTON — New 2010 census figures show an unexpected reason behind growth in the U.S. white population: more people of Hispanic background listing themselves as white in the once-a-decade government count.
The shift is due to recent census changes that include "Hispanic" as an ethnicity, not a race. While the U.S. government first made this distinction in 1980, many people continued to use the "some other race" box to establish a Hispanic identity. In a switch, the 2010 census forms specifically instructed that Hispanic origins are not races and to select a category such as white or black.
The result: a 6 percent increase in white Americans as tallied by the census. There was little change among non-Hispanic whites.