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Medicare Open Enrollment Coming-Get Ready


Health insurance seemed simple at work. Your company offers a couple of plans. You think about the deductibles, and make a choice. Not so easy with Medicare. Some tips: You can sign up three months before you turn 65, and four months later. Coverage starts with the month in which you celebrate your 65th birthday….

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Aging Gets a Bad Rap: Groups Seek Better Public Image

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(This story appeared on NextAvenue.org on March 21)   Part of the Transforming Life as We Age Special Report It’s a scary and depressing image of aging: If you are sick or poor and over 65, it’s your own fault because you didn’t do the right things when you were younger. This is a commonly…

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What’s Up, Doc? Diagnostic errors cause 10% of patient deaths

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When a doctor makes a mistake in diagnosis, the results can have “devastating consequences,” says a new Report by the Institute of Medicine, calling for a major effort to improve the work of detecting and treating disease. “Most people will experience at least one diagnostic error in their lifetimes, said the report, “Improving Diagnosis in…

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You Can Get a Big Chunk of Cash from Social Security

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You probably don’t know it, but Social Security can give you a big, lump-sum check for $40,000 or $50,000 or even more — a bonus, like winning a lottery. Should you take the bucks? It’s a complex business and depends on your age, your health, whether you are married and how much money you have…

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With No Cash or Delegates, White House Conference on Aging Goes Big for Social Media

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With zero funds to bring delegates to Washington, Monday’s White House Conference on Aging will rely on a mixture of tools to spread its message: tweets, questions delivered through Facebook, and “watch” parties in all 50 states. What it won’t have, for the first time since these once-a-decade conventions began happening in 1961, will be…

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Over 65? Check This Tax Break for Medical Bills

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You can get a special tax break to deduct your medical expenses. And they can be a lot more than you realize. Here are just some of the potentially deductible items: the Part B Medicare premium you pay every month ($104.90 for most people), the Part D premiums you pay for drug coverage, the premiums…

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