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PA Governor’s Budget for Pennsylvanians with Disabilities

From The Arc, Scranton PA On February 9, Governor Wolf proposed a $33.3 billion budget for fiscal year 2016-2017. This is a 10.89% increase compared to the $30.03 final 2015-2016 budget. The General Assembly is currently creating their own budget proposal for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. After it is formally introduced and shared with the… Read more »

Q & A: Medicare for Workers over Age 65

From AARP.com, Written by Patricia Barry Medicare’s 50th anniversary on July 30 celebrates the enduring popularity of a program that has transformed health security for older and disabled Americans. Medicare has protected many millions from poor health, premature death and medical bankruptcy, as was the hope when President Lyndon Johnson signed the program into law in 1965.   But… Read more »

Medicare Annual Open Enrollment 2015

From The Pennsylvania Department of Aging Medicare’s Annual Open Enrollment will begin on Thursday, October 15. This is when Medicare beneficiaries can choose, switch, add or drop their health and prescription plan coverage. The open enrollment period is scheduled to end Monday, December 7. Health and prescription plans change from year to year and it is… Read more »

Strengthening Medicare

From AARP.com, written by Patricia Barry, John Burgess, AARP Bulletin, July/August 2015 Medicare has made an enormous difference in the health and lives of older Americans, but, as with every big program, there’s room for improvement. We asked experts for specifics. The suggestions listed below vary in cost and savings and are not universally supported. But all seek to… Read more »

Lifting the Veil on Payments to Doctors

Source from AARP Bulletin, written by Bill Hogan Does your doctor take money from the drug or medical device companies to push their products? You really haven’t had a way to find out, though in recent years more than a dozen drugmakers have made public their payments to physicians-usually as a result of lawsuit-related settlements…. Read more »

HEALTH CARE ALERT: Medicare “Observation Status” Warning

Source from Bottom Line When you go to the hospital as a Medicare patient with an acute condition that requires a stay of two or more nights, you are supposed to be admitted as an inpatient. However, more and more hospitals now will place you on “observation status” instead. Warning: This seemingly innocuous designation can… Read more »

Top 10 Medicare Mistakes

Common errors can be costly, but here’s how to avoid them, by Patricia Barry, AARP Medicare is uncharted territory for most of the 10,000 people a day who currently come into the program. It’s not a minefield exactly, but lurking in the undergrowth are pitfalls and traps that can be costly unless you take care to avoid them. Here… Read more »

Home Health Patients Are 3x Less Likely to be Admitted to Hospital with Meditation

Source from Medical News Today Low-risk Medicare patients entering home health care who received medication therapy management by phone were three times less likely to be hospitalized within the next two months, while those at greater risk saw no benefit, according to a study led by Purdue University. The study helped determine which patients benefit most from… Read more »

Q & A: Medicare & Nursing Home Care

Question: Does Medicare really pay for the first 10 days of nursing home care? Answer: The answer is bit more complicated than a simple yes or no. But it is certainly a myth that Medicare covers long term care. Regretfully, it’s a myth that many people believe: in a recent survey conducted by AARP, more than… Read more »

How to Get Started with CareGivers America

Once you call CareGivers America, we will come to your home and conduct an in-depth assessment of your lifestyle and medical condition(s). There is no charge or obligation for this initial interview. We will explain the kinds of services that are available, answer any questions, and offer guidance on sometimes difficult healthcare decisions. Based on… Read more »