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Long-Term Care Insurance

Free Events November 1 & 2 to Help Palm Beach County Residents Find Health Insurance - Hosted by Palm Beach County Medical Society

The Palm Beach County Medical Society (PBCMS) has announced that, through its “Project Access,” it will host Free Events on November 1 and 2 to help residents of Palm Beach County, Florida find health insurance programs for which they . . . → Read More: Free Events November 1 & 2 to Help Palm Beach County Residents Find Health Insurance – Hosted by Palm Beach County Medical Society

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Public Meeting on Healthcare/Medicaid Expansion Called by Palm Beach County Legislative Delegation

The Palm Beach County, Florida State Legislative Delegation has announced that it will hold a public meeting on July 15, 2013, to hear comments from the public on the topic of Healthcare/ Medicaid Expansion under the new federal . . . → Read More: Public Meeting on Healthcare/Medicaid Expansion Called by Palm Beach County Legislative Delegation

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Slowdown in Health Care Spending May be Here to Stay, Harvard Studies Suggest

Two new Harvard studies published May 6 in the journal HealthAffairs have examined the causes of a dramatic slowdown in the growth of health care spending that the U.S. has experienced in recent years. They have concluded that the . . . → Read More: Slowdown in Health Care Spending May be Here to Stay, Harvard Studies Suggest

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Would Medicare-For-All be the Answer for our Health Care System?

In an editorial published by the Huffington Post on January 24, 2013, John Geyman, M.D., Professor Emeritus of Family Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine, makes a case that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) only goes . . . → Read More: Would Medicare-For-All be the Answer for our Health Care System?

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35 More Medical Conditions Fast-Tracked for Disability Benefits, Social Security Announces

The Social Security Administration (SSA) on December 6 issued a press release, announcing that it has added 35 medical conditions to its list of “Compassionate Allowances” – a list of serious diseases and medical conditions for which one is . . . → Read More: 35 More Medical Conditions Fast-Tracked for Disability Benefits, Social Security Announces

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US Govt Does More than Honor Veterans for Veterans Day

In observance of Veterans Day, Secretary of Health & Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, issued a Statement on Friday, in which she said, “This Veterans Day, we honor all those who have served in our nation’s armed forces and are . . . → Read More: US Govt Does More than Honor Veterans for Veterans Day

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Planning Ahead for Long-Term Care

November has been designated as Long-Term Care Awareness Month. As part of this observance, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services issued a release yesterday, containing useful information on long-term care for seniors and their family caregivers. The . . . → Read More: Planning Ahead for Long-Term Care

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In Debate, Obama and Romney Clarify Positions on Medicare, Medicaid & Healthcare

So far, much of the punditry and commentary following the first U.S. Presidential Debate, which took place Wednesday, October 3 in Denver, has focused on the style, optics, and mannerisms of the candidates — not on the substance of . . . → Read More: In Debate, Obama and Romney Clarify Positions on Medicare, Medicaid & Healthcare

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New Program to Improve Quality of Care for Nursing Home Residents in 7 States Announced by Medicare

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Thursday awards of funding to seven organizations selected to partner with CMS and 145 nursing homes in seven different states in a new pilot program aimed at improving . . . → Read More: New Program to Improve Quality of Care for Nursing Home Residents in 7 States Announced by Medicare

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New Resources to Help Seniors & Those With Disabilities Stay Independent Provided under Affordable Care Act

Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius announced that $12.5 million in awards funded by the Affordable Care Act and the Older Americans Act will be made to local Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) to help . . . → Read More: New Resources to Help Seniors & Those With Disabilities Stay Independent Provided under Affordable Care Act

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Obamacare Has Saved Americans $2.1 Billion on Health Insurance Premiums, New Report Reveals

President Obama’s health care law – the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – has saved Americans an estimated $2.1 Billion on health insurance premiums, according to a new report released September 11, 2012 by the U.S. Department of . . . → Read More: Obamacare Has Saved Americans $2.1 Billion on Health Insurance Premiums, New Report Reveals

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HHS Provides Tool to Find Out How the President's Health Care Law Benefits You & Your State

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services announced a new tool to help you find out how the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (President Obama’s signature Health Care Law – which some call “Obamacare”) is benefiting people . . . → Read More: HHS Provides Tool to Find Out How the President’s Health Care Law Benefits You & Your State

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What to do When Medicare Will Not Cover the Costs of a Needed Rehabilitative or Skilled Care Facility

Here is a wake-up call: Medicare may cover costs of a needed rehabilitative or skilled nursing care facility after a hospitalization of at least three nights — but only to a limited extent. As explained by the Centers for . . . → Read More: What to do When Medicare Will Not Cover the Costs of a Needed Rehabilitative or Skilled Care Facility

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Is Money in Politics Harmful to Health & the Real Enemy of Meaningful Health Care Reform?

Professor Lawrence Lessig of Harvard Law School has written a seminal new book entitled, Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress–and a Plan to Stop It, recently published by Hachette Book Group. In it he argues that the root of . . . → Read More: Is Money in Politics Harmful to Health & the Real Enemy of Meaningful Health Care Reform?

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Retirement and Long-Term Care Planning Tools

What can you do as a Baby Boomer and family caregiver to secure your retirement future against the threat of rising health care and long-term care costs? Here are some links to information that may be helpful to you . . . → Read More: Retirement and Long-Term Care Planning Tools

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Medicare Adds New Online Tools to Help Health Care Consumers

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), announced on Friday that they have launched new online tools for patients and caregivers to “empower consumers to make informed choices about their health care,” as well as other initiatives . . . → Read More: Medicare Adds New Online Tools to Help Health Care Consumers

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HHS Proposes Rules to Allow New Consumer Run Nonprofit CO-OP Health Insurance Plans; $3.8 Billion of Loan Financing Available

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services issued the following Press Release today: DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 18, 2011 New Private Nonprofit Health Plans Will Increase . . . → Read More: HHS Proposes Rules to Allow New Consumer Run Nonprofit CO-OP Health Insurance Plans; $3.8 Billion of Loan Financing Available

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Which State Provides the Best Health Care?

A study by the Commonwealth Fund ranked the 50 U.S. States as to the quality of their health care in 2009. [See Image At Left] Recently, U.S. States have signaled increasingly divergent approaches to health care, moving in opposite . . . → Read More: Which State Provides the Best Health Care?

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New Disability & Long-Term Care Insurance Benefit Under The New Health Care Law

The new health care law established a new voluntary national insurance program that will provide cash benefits to participants who have a qualifying disability that limits their day-to-day living and who meet the other eligibility criteria. This new program . . . → Read More: New Disability & Long-Term Care Insurance Benefit Under The New Health Care Law

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Is Long-Term Care Insurance Beginning to Fade Away?

When a Safety Net Is Yanked Away, By Ron Lieber, New York Times, November 12, 2010 “November is long-term care awareness month, and to celebrate, MetLife, a big player in the long-term care insurance industry announced on Thursday that . . . → Read More: Is Long-Term Care Insurance Beginning to Fade Away?

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MetLife Halts Sale of New Long-Term Care Insurance – BusinessWeek

MetLife Inc., the largest U.S. life insurer, cites “financial challenges” in halting long-term insurance. Over the past five years the cost of assisted living and the price for a private room in a nursing home rose higher than predictions. . . . → Read More: MetLife Halts Sale of New Long-Term Care Insurance – BusinessWeek

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Long-Term Care Insurance, National Clearinghouse for Long-Term Care Information

From Administration on Aging, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Excellent information provided by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services on: What is long-term care insurance? Coverage and Benefit Choices; Long-Term Care Insurance Costs and Receiving . . . → Read More: Long-Term Care Insurance, National Clearinghouse for Long-Term Care Information

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A Big Decision for Women: Should I Buy Long-Term Care Insurance?

Women & Aging Newsletter, National Program on Women & Aging, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University. Although from September 1997, this newsletter provides a good introduction to the topic of long-term care insurance and the issues . . . → Read More: A Big Decision for Women: Should I Buy Long-Term Care Insurance?

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The looming crisis in caregiving; Even if they can afford to pay, the elderly may not be able to find the help they need

By Alfred C. Clapp Jr., October 5, 2008, Investment News. Makes the case why having long-term care insurance that covers private care will become even more crucial for today’s Baby Boomers, as they age. In 10 years, the number . . . → Read More: The looming crisis in caregiving; Even if they can afford to pay, the elderly may not be able to find the help they need

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Who Should Pay for Mom and Dad’s Care? Cnn.com

Family squabbles and tensions arise from inadequate funding to pay family caregivers for their work. Currently, “The value of family caregivers’ “free” help is estimated at $257 billion per year, according to the National Family Caregivers Association, a … . . . → Read More: Who Should Pay for Mom and Dad’s Care? Cnn.com

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Long-Term Care Insurance, National Clearinghouse for Long-Term Care Information, Administration on Aging, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Excellent information provided by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services on: What is long-term care insurance? Coverage and Benefit Choices; Long-Term Care Insurance Costs and Receiving Benefits; Buying Long-Term Care Insurance; and State Partnership Long-Term Care Insurance . . . → Read More: Long-Term Care Insurance, National Clearinghouse for Long-Term Care Information, Administration on Aging, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

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Long-Term Care Insurance Tax-Deductibility Rules

American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance, Consumer’s Information Center. Provides quite detailed summary information on Federal and State income tax deductibility rules applicable to premiums paid for long-term care insurance. As noted, “Recognizing that government can’t pay the bill . . . → Read More: Long-Term Care Insurance Tax-Deductibility Rules

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Long-Term Care Insurance

Long-Term Care Insurance, National Clearinghouse for  Long-Term Care Information, Administration on Aging, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Excellent information provided by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services on:  What is long-term care insurance?  Coverage and . . . → Read More: Long-Term Care Insurance

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Health-care overhaul: Long-term-care benefits are a long way off

The long-term care benefits promised in the Health Reform Law, though badly needed, are a long way off.  Read more, as reported in the Washington Post: Read More>>Health-care overhaul: Long-term-care benefits are a long way . . . → Read More: Health-care overhaul: Long-term-care benefits are a long way off

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