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Nursing Home Safety: Illinois Task Force Sets Hearing For Tuesday

In Illinois – Gov. Pat Quinn’s new Nursing Home Safety Task Force will hear testimony from elder care advocates, service providers and residents in an open, public meeting Tuesday. It also announced a Web site — NursingHomeSafety.Illinois.gov — that takes

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Medicaid Expansion – Can Shrinking States Budgets Pay For It?

The government programs that provide health care to the poor would expand to cover nearly one in five Americans under health insurance legislation pending in Congress, putting pressure on federal and state budgets,” USA Today reports. “Medicaid, one of the fastest-growing

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Nurse Ratched Or Nurse Kevorkian?

Nurse Is Accused of Using Internet to Encourage Suicides MINNEAPOLIS — A nurse who authorities say visited suicide chat rooms on the Internet and encouraged depressed people to kill themselves is under investigation in at least two deaths and may

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Internet Use Cuts Depression Among Senior Citizens

Spending time online reduces depression by 20 percent for senior citizens, the Phoenix Center reports in a new Policy Paper released today. In addition to the quality of life benefits, the Policy Paper said reducing the incidence of depression by

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Research: Income And Poverty Among Older Americans

The Congressional Research Service has its annual research report out today. Older Americans are an economically diverse group. In 2008, the median income of individuals aged 65 and older was $18,208 but incomes varied widely around this average. One-fourth of

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Confirmed: No COLA (Cost of Living Adjustment) For Seniors In 2010!

Last months I wrote a post about the possibility that for the first time in 35 years, 57 million seniors will NOT be getting a cost of living adjustment (COLA) to their social security benefits. Well, today it was confirmed.

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Navigating The Medicare Maze (How to…)

Are you turning 65 soon? Is your mom or dad ? Now that you’re about to retire, there’s good news and bad news about your health insurance. The good news: When you turn 65, you’re eligible for Medicare — all

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Mayo Clinic No Longer Accepting Out of State Medicare & Medicaid Patients!

Basically they are saying: Medicare and Medicaid rates are too low! The Mayo Clinic has started limiting the number of Medicare and Medicaid patients it admits. I was not aware of that. Critics argue that such restrictions have made Mayo

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Caring For An Alzheimer’s Patient Is EXPENSIVE!

Newsday reports that the high cost of caring for Alzheimer’s patients “can easily deplete even the deepest bank account. Because the disease lasts so long – anywhere from two to 20 years, depending on the stage at diagnosis – and

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Home Health Care: 8 Million People, 17,000 Providers, $60 Billion Dollars/Year. Providers Will Soon Be Rated And Reported Via Medicare

Home health care and hospice play critical roles in the continuum of American health care. Some 17,000 providers care for nearly eight million people who have acute illness, long-term health conditions, permanent disability, or terminal illness—at an annual cost of

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