I don't know about you, but one thing I follow closely is my benefit package and money. I don't mind getting an extra Saturday, or requirement to change scrub colors, or a new EHR system, or a new law regarding opiate prescription regulations. These types of things are just par for the course and part of our jobs, you just have to roll with it. But when someone starts talking about changes to my benefits or compensation package, I bristle. If you follow the news, you know that congress has been batting around the idea of limiting the amount you can contribute to your 401k as part of a tax restructuring plan, and possibly substituting Roth IRAs in its place. This would be exceedingly painful for me personally. I think it is just bad policy. I have this number in mind, and if the 401k deduction goes away, well, that number changes. What can we do about this? I'm not sure how much influence we as PAOS members would have, but I do plan to contact the AAPA to see what their stance is and if they can advocate for this not to happen.
This discussion provides a segue into another issue. I would like to talk about retirement issues at some point. There are many of us who have more working years behind us than in front, and I think it a worthwhile topic to discuss. Do any of you have any thoughts on the matter? I think I will start a forum on it. What topics would you like to discuss? I think financing retirement, long term care insurance, social security and others are all relevant issues. What do you think?