Monthly Archives: November 2011

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There’s No Place Like Home For the Holidays?

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They call it  the ‘holiday reality check’.  It’s more like a lightning bolt.  Here’s how it goes:  we talk to our aging but independent parents all year long, a couple of times a week.  They sound fine, great really.  No, … Continue reading

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Health Updates 30 November 2011

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Medicare will pay for obesity counseling: “Medicare will pick up the tab for obesity screening and intensive behavioral counseling, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid announced late Tuesday.  CMS, which first floated the obesity coverage plan last September, said it … Continue reading

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2012 Medicare Costs

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Here’s a quick review of the 2012 Medicare costs: Medicare Monthly Premiums Part A monthly premium, for those who pay a premium: $451. Part A late enrollment penalty: +10% Part B monthly premium: $99.90 (higher income consumers may pay more) … Continue reading

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Health Updates 29 November 2011

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Ohio authorities remove 200-pound, 8-year-old boy from home, sparking debate on child obesity: “Cuyahoga County removed the boy because case workers considered the mother’s inability to get his weight down a form of medical neglect.  The county’s Children and Family … Continue reading

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Medicare Open Enrollment and the Three C’s

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Medicare Open Enrollment, which began on October 15th,  ends on December 7th this year, not at the end of month as it once did.  The fall Open Enrollment period is the time during which you (or a loved one, friend … Continue reading

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Health Updates 28 November 2011

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Medicare cuts in payments to doctors loom: “This time it’s a 27.4 percent cut.  Last year, it was about 20 percent.  The cuts are the consequence of a 1990s budget law that failed to control spending but was never repealed. … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Blessings

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