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What You CAN Do About Prescription Drug Costs

What American’s Think About Prices and What You Can Do                      “Corporations now spend at least $2.6 billion a year lobbying Congress—more than the $2 billion taxpayers spend funding the House and the Senate.”  The Week, July 31, 2015 What … Continue reading

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$10,000 Health Design Contestant Creates Model for Colorado

In 2002, I sponsored a $10,000 contest to build an American health system.  We held the contest then built CodeBlueNow! to assure the public had a voice in reform: www.codebluenow.org. We closed our doors in 2010 with the passage of the … Continue reading

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Women’s Health: A Brief Historical Context of Contraceptives and Adoptions

As an aging woman, I have been following  the furor over women’s health with great interest. There are many issues  young women today don’t know.  To understand where we are and what we have accomplished, it is important to remember … 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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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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A New Direction for O’ConnorReport: ACA “Watch Dog” and new Showcases of Success

The Supreme Court’s decision validates the core of the Affordable Care Act.  Still much more remains to assure safety, quality and value (bang for the buck). To date, I have focused on the systems’ ills. What we heard loud and … Continue reading

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Insurers Consolidate and Merge and A Quick History of Health Care Reform: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

No matter what the Supreme Court Decides Much remains to be done.  Insurance is regulated at the state level.  Even if subsidies are approved, more fights remain ahead.  http://www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/Statistics-Trends-and-Reports/NationalHealthExpendData/NHE-Fact-Sheet.html Insurance company consolidation: “Merger activity is heating up now because the … Continue reading

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Non Profit Hospital Profits Double–But There are Tools You Can Use

Non-Profit Hospital ‘profits’ have doubled in the last decade. Don’t give up hope!  There are tools we can use. 1) Non-profit hospitals must report executive compensation to the IRS on Form 990 Schedule J.  Washington state reports their compensation annually. This is public … Continue reading

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