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Current ACA Medicaid: A Quick Guide–Poverty, Children, Disabled and Seniors

Medicaid, Poverty, Children, the Disabled, and Seniors               March 7, 2017 Before examining the proposed changes to Medicaid, here are quick facts about Medicaid as it now exists under the ACA (Affordable Care Act … Continue reading

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Drug Costs and Congress: Investments, Contributions and You

A scathing new article on Congress and its financial conflicts of interests with drug and device companies appears in STAT, a news firm specializing in health and science. It examines Senators and Representatives who have oversight of the FDA and … 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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Medicare and Insurance Profits: Not Again!

In the late 1980’s I was the marketing manager for a for-profit HMO that bilked seniors.  Once I learned that I left. But it took about a year.  That work, however, fueled me to be an ardent patient/consumer advocate.  Please … Continue reading

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Selected Sample from The Buck Still Stops Nowhere–Long Term Care

The following is an excerpt from The Buck Still Stops Nowhere:  Long Term Care and Nursing Homes The stealth danger in the health care system is assisted living and long-term nursing home care. Assisted living, home health and nursing home … Continue reading

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A Correction About Congress and The Death of A Cost Effective Pilot Program

A Correction:  Story about Congress Trying to Exempt Itself from ACA, not entirely true, but there still are shenanigans.  We want to make sure we are giving you accurate information.  Here’s what really happened. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/04/25/no-congress-isnt-trying-to-exempt-itself-from-obamacare/ The end of a pilot … Continue reading

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A Lot Happened This Week from Fraud Rewards to Congress Trying to Exempt Itself from ACA and 29 states get F in price transparency

In  This Issue:  Disparities in Health Month;  $39 Billion Misdiagnosis Costs;  Fraud Crackdown–$4.2 billion recovered in one year;  Why Health Care Costs are Slowing;  Congress trying to avoid ACA coverage; and states moving part-time workers to Federal Exchange–even here in … Continue reading

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A Call to End Fee for Service Health Care

A Call to end fee for service and developing lists of tests seniors should avoid.  Coming up.       O’ConnorReport assembles an Editorial Advisory Board and new medical procedure codes and health care costs.   Call for Salaried Physicians … Continue reading

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When Consumer Protection Isn’t There: Part II: Epidemic of Lapsed Policies?

This is a follow-up to an earlier blog and recounts the findings against another long-term care insurance company that had a comparable complaint.  The Company was fined and given a cease and desist order.  Read the whole story below.  And … Continue reading

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Disposable

They come in all forms—diapers, razor blades, cell phones.   We use them, wear them out and toss them without a thought into the trash to go to some land fill somewhere we will never see.  Hauled off, out of sight. … Continue reading

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