It's open season for Medicare enrollment

Whether using Original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage plan, Medicare Open Enrollment impacts over a million Medicare beneficiaries in Washington state.  This year Open Enrollment starts Oct. 15 and extends through Dec. 7.  During Open Enrollment, consumers can make changes to their health and drug coverage.  Shopping for insurance plans is a complicated process that…

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High Medicare SNF benefit use at the end of life highlights the need to incorporate quality palliative care services in nursing home

A new report in the Archives of Internal Medicine finds that almost one-third of Medicare senior citizens received care in a skilled nursing facility in the last six months of their lives under the Medicare post-hospitalization benefit despite the fact that that kind of care may not be available.  The authors of the study suggest…

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Financial help available for caregivers

The term sandwich generation has been around since the 80s to refer to the segment of the middle aged population acting as caregiver for both younger and older generations.  There are now 10 million individuals 50 and over caring for one or more of their parents.  The financial impact to retired baby boomers on fixed…

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Can what we eat to prevent dementia?

Looking to avoid Alzheimer’s disease? Step away from the hot dog and for that matter the bacon cheeseburger, the sugary donuts, and yes, even the pizza.  At least that’s one suggestion by a neuropathologist at Brown University.  Dr. Suzanne de La Monte said there’s growing evidence that eating foods with high nitrate levels or excess…

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Doctors find a new health claim for apples

They’re high in fiber, will help you lose weight, increase your good cholesterol, decrease your bad cholesterol and now according to a study published online in the Journal of Functional Foods, eating apples every day can reduce hardening of the arteries.  Robert DiSilvestro, professor of human nutrition at Ohio State University and a researcher at…

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Be a better healthcare consumer!

Medical notes are required by law but few patients ask to see them and doctors, perhaps fearing an additional time burden and concern about offending or worrying patients, do not make the process of securing the notes easy. However, providing patients with electronic access to their doctors’ notes may have benefits to consumers and doctors…

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Q&A: Is a Prepaid Funeral For You?

Is a Prepaid Funeral For You? As a client, I follow your posts on Facebook (and listen to the KTTH radio show on Saturday). I saw a posting about this subject uploaded by DepositAccounts.com; a website that posts information about bank activities related to consumers. Perhaps the article would be of interest to Rajiv?  http://tinyurl.com/bsm72qh

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