Category Archives: aging

A Call to Conscience-Pre-existing condition changes and Limits on Patient Legal Options

This is a quick blog about some disturbing issues pending in Congress.  First is the new call to eliminate pre-existing condition protection. The intent is to repeal the protection and leave the matter to the states.  In the past there … Continue reading

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Medicare 101: New Vouchers and Change to Medicare

My last long article was about the first privatization of Medicare.  Current proposals to privatize  focus on Premium support and Vouchers.   This will change Medicare’s structure, what it covers, and how services are paid. The following is a quick … Continue reading

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The American Health Care Machine and You: A Call to Conscience– $40 million executive bonus and what $40 million could cover

 Health care is a top issue in the presidential race, but unmentioned is the $40. 2 million Golden Parachute for Humana’s CEO if the proposed merger with Aetna is approved.  “Humana CEO Bruce Broussard is primed for a huge payday. … Continue reading

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The American Health Care Machine and You: A Call To Conscience not Calculators

The American Health Care Machine and You:  A Call to Conscience not Calculators ©.    Our health care system fails us.  It fails us not only as patients it fails the many health professionals who are also victims of the rules, … Continue reading

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Congress Tackles Drug Prices: Much Bipartisan Support; and Recent Trends in Drug Costs Here and What Other Countries Pay

Finally it looks like Congress might just re-visit Medicare Part D and let Medicare negotiate rates with drug companies.   See charts below: http://www.statnews.com/2015/12/01/stat-harvard-drug-prices-poll/  The VA and Medicaid can negotiate rates. Senate Special Committee on Aging holds drug costs hearing December … Continue reading

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Personal Impacts of Long-term Care; Coming Up–another view of personal aging care–this time for Tribal Elders

Caring for One or More Aging Parents: Some Personal Stories Taking initiative, a friend who was caring for several parents–some of whom lived out of town and on both coasts- started a blog so caregivers could share their insights, concerns … Continue reading

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Changing Aging Care: Personal, not Institutional Care–What Can Be Done and What You Can Do; and my new advisory and board appointments

The Limits Of Medicare “Medicare is great for medical care, but it simply does not cover the support and personal care services that frail elderly people need. The current system cannot support those needs—the way we pay for care is … Continue reading

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Just In! A Practical Toolkit on Long-term Care for Families; and A Guide to Long-term Care Costs

The bi-partisan Alliance for Health Reform just released its toolkit on Long-term Care.  Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson, the toolkit offers facts, organizations and resources about aging and long-term care services.  http://www.allhealth.org/publications/Long-term_care/LTSS-Toolkit_166.pdf Why you need to pay attention: A … Continue reading

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What You May Not Know About Medicare Could Hurt You

If You Think Medicare Covers All Aging Needs Think again. Medicare is Medical Care. It covers physician care, hospital care, post-acute care (care after a hospital stay), such as a skilled nursing facility or home health care for rehabilitation. In … Continue reading

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Aging And Your Family: Finding The Systems that Work

Introduction:   As we gather with family and friends on this celebration of our national independence, let’s think on independence and quality of life as we or our family members age. Despite harping about the flaws of our health care system … Continue reading

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