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2011-05-09 12:35:00

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., May 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Every year, one in three people ages 65 years old and older has a fall, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The risk increases with age and can lead to serious injury, including hip fractures and head injuries, as well as hospitalization, loss of independence and even death. Fortunately, there are ways to limit the risk of a fall for yourself and a loved one. Falls can be costly, both physically and...

2011-04-16 00:00:27

The Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency (KIPDA), through its Social Services Division, announces the open enrollment period for a community outreach program covering qualified Medicare beneficiaries under the "Extra Help with Prescription Drug Costs." The program, covering subsidies for Medicare Part D, is administered by the Social Security Administration using new 2011 Federal higher income levels. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Social...

2011-04-11 06:53:00

LONDON, April 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- - Leading International Health Insurer Upgrades to Offer Full Online Buying - Clients Worldwide can now go From Quote to Cover in 2 Minutes - Cover Includes Warzone and Chronic Care Costs, Available to Expatriates of all Nationalities MediCare International has today announced the launch of online buying as a central part of their newly designed website. Clients can log on, select a policy level suitable for their circumstances,...

2011-04-08 13:49:27

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's proposal to change Medicare for those under age 55 is nothing short of a complete reconceptualization of the health insurance program, says a University of Illinois elder law expert. Richard L. Kaplan, a professor of law and expert on retirement issues, says the Ryan proposal would scrap Medicare's current defined-benefit program in favor of a defined-contribution arrangement in which the government would provide seniors with a stipulated amount of...

2011-04-06 11:25:00

PCMA: Texas Medicaid Rx Pays More than Triple the Fees That Medicare, Private Insurers Pay WASHINGTON, April 6, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- To help reduce state Medicaid spending and save taxpayers $84 million, Governor Rick Perry (R) has proposed that the program's prescription drug benefits be operated more like those in the private sector that are more affordable and efficient. While the state's Medicaid program pays more than triple the fees that Medicare and private insurers...

2011-03-28 23:01:00

Study Estimates Three in Four People Ages 65 and 66 Would Pay $2,400 More On Average For Health Care in 2014 Than They Would If They Remained in Medicare MENLO PARK, Calif., March 29, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Raising Medicare's eligibility age from 65 to 67 in 2014 would generate an estimated $7.6 billion in net savings to the federal government, but also result in an estimated net increase of $5.6 billion in out-of-pocket costs for 65- and 66-year-olds, and $4.5 billion in...

2011-03-15 07:00:00

BALTIMORE March 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- XLHealth, a leading expert on chronic illnesses and provider of health plan solutions for Medicare beneficiaries with special needs, today announced a long-term partnership with the National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA), the nation's largest nonprofit caregiver organization, to address the growing needs of millions of individuals caring for seniors with chronic illnesses. This partnership brings together two expert organizations committed...

2011-03-10 10:15:00

State Medicaid Program Pays More than Medicare, Health Insurers and Uses Fewer Generics WASHINGTON, March 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As Florida legislators seek ways to reduce Medicaid spending, they should start by transitioning the entire pharmacy benefits program from the archaic fee-for-service model to the more efficient model used in some parts of the state. A recent study finds that the program could save $473 million over the next decade by modernizing all of its...

2011-02-16 11:57:00

Merritt: 'Medicaid Should Stop Paying More than Medicare, Employers and Unions for Pharmacy Benefits' WASHINGTON, Feb. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- To help reduce state Medicaid spending, the New York State Health Department yesterday proposed that the program's prescription drug benefits be managed more like those in Medicare and commercial plans. The Department's "Proposal to Redesign Medicaid" says this move would save state taxpayers $350 million though 2015. Currently, New...

2011-02-08 22:37:47

Although the effects of the controversial health care reform act will be somewhat muted for many older Americans, it will inevitably have enough of an impact that seniors will discover that there is plenty to like and dislike about the law, a University of Illinois expert on elder law cautions in published research. Law professor Richard L. Kaplan says the virtues of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 are a "mixed bag," and how it will affect any one person depends on that...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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