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Get the Treatment You Deserve-The Jimmo Settlement

Many people are told they cannot continue with therapy, or medical treatments, or home care visits, or more days in a skilled nursing facility because their condition is not improving. THIS IS FALSE, a common myth believed in by medical providers, doctors, nurses, therapists and the people who run nursing facilities or assisted living units….

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What You Don’t Know about Social Security Can Cost You Big Bucks

 If you are 65 or older, most of your income is from Social Security,  52% for the average American. It’s a unique pension: it will last as long as you do, even if you live to be 120 years old. It will keep pace with inflation, the benefit rising each year to match the annual…

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Oh, My Aching Back: Docs Latest Advice is Do Nothing and It Often Gets Better

Latest guidelines from American College of Physicians: “Most patients with acute back pain have self-limited episodes that resolve on their own; many do not seek medical care” Don’t take drugs as your first approach to treatment, they advise., Given that most patients with acute or subacute low back pain improve over time regardless of treatment,…

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Don’t Go Broke Paying for Cancer Care: Check these Resources

Cancer  care is costly. Many patients struggle with their bills; some of them skip taking medicine because they can’t afford to pay for the prescriptions. About two-thirds of cases are diagnosed in people over the age of 60. The Medicare Part D prescription plans  pose serious problems for people with cancer, whose treatment often calls…

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What Medicare Won’t Pay For: Check Your Teeth, Eyes, Ears and Feet

Need a tooth implant to replace a cracked or rotten tooth? Need hearing aids because you listened to too much rock’n roll when you were a kid? Need glasses because you are having trouble driving at night? Often, Medicare won’t help you at all unless these problems are triggered by some underlying disease. Here is…

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When You Have to Tap the IRA

All the rules and the pundits tell you: don’t take money out of your IRA before you retire. This stash of cash, invested carefully, should grow steadily until you have entered retirement. And then you can withdraw the money on a steady but careful basis to pay for an enjoyable lifestyle. These rules need some…

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Over 65? Check This Tax Break for Medical Bills

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

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

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

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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