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Trump Signs Bill to Stop Robocalls

On December 30, 2019, President Trump signed a bill into law to protect Americans from incessant robocalls. It may take time to decrease the number of robocalls Americans receive, but nearly everyone involved with the bill believes it’s a step in the right direction.  What the bill entails The bill is called the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act, or Pallone-Thune ...

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Almost 450 Drug Prices to Increase in 2020

Several of the country’s biggest drugmakers kicked off the new year by raising prices on some of their most commonly used drugs. Within the first day of 2020, drugmakers like Bristol-Myers, Gilead, and Biogen increased the drug price of 50 prescription drugs. Two days later, that  number was already at 445. Drug pricing report According to a report from 3 Axis Advisors, a healthcare ...

Doctor pointing at x-ray; getting a second opinion can save your life

Why Getting a Second Opinion Can Save Your Life

When your health is on the line, it’s perfectly reasonable to get a second opinion. According to many studies, getting a second opinion can often change the diagnosis, course of treatment, or health outcomes. It can even save your life.  Four studies A 2015 study from the American Journal of Medicine found that seeking a second opinion can change the course of treatment in ...

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Medicare Cards with Social Security Numbers No Longer Accepted

In order to protect your privacy and healthcare information, you will no longer be able to use your Medicare card if it has your Social Security number on it. Instead, new Medicare cards will list your Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI), also known as your Medicare Beneficiary Number.   When did my card ship? Medicare began shipping new cards in April of 2018 and finished in ...

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Medicare Part B Coverage and Costs for 2020

Medicare Part B covers medical care provided in a doctor’s office and other outpatient services. It also covers Medicare-approved durable medical equipment (DME) and medications administered with a doctor’s supervision, such as chemotherapy drugs.  Medicare Part B deductible The Part B deductible for 2020 is $198, up from $185 in 2019. Unless you have a Medigap plan that covers the Part B deductible. you’ll ...

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Medicare Part A Coverage and Costs for 2020

Medicare Part A covers medical care provided in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, hospice, mental health hospitals, and home health care. Here’s a breakdown of Part A coverage and the costs for 2020.  Part A premium Ninety-nine percent of Medicare beneficiaries will not pay a monthly Part A premium. You can earn “premium-free Part A” by paying Medicare taxes for about 10 years or 40 ...

Mitch McConnell standing in front of purple light; McConnell sabotaged drug bill

Senators: Mitch McConnell Sabotaged Bipartisan Drug Pricing Bill

Immediately after Nancy Pelosi’s Lower Drug Costs Now Act passed in the House, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called it “dead on arrival” in the Senate. Now he’s stalled another bill to bring down drug prices for Medicare beneficiaries, a move two senators are calling sabotage. Grassley and Wyden on McConnell The Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act (PDPRA) was drafted by Senators Chuck Grassley ...

Hourglass on blue and grey background; U.S. life expectancy drops third year in a row

Life Expectancy in U.S. Drops for Third Year in a Row

Despite medical and pharmaceutical technology being more advanced than ever before, the average life expectancy in the United States has dropped for a third consecutive year. The rate hasn’t dropped by much (from 78.9 in 2014 to 78.6 in 2017), but the driving forces indicate this trend will not stop in the near future.  What is causing the trend? According to a study published ...

3 Bills to Watch that Could Affect Your Rights

It can be hard to keep up with all the legal information that pertains to Medicare and Social Security bills. The following are some recent bills that you should know about. Social Security insolvency One of the major issues that the United States is facing today is the insolvency of the Social Security Disability Insurance program (SSDI). SSDI was created for people who are ...

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Treatment Advances in Cancer Care are Happening

More than half of the people diagnosed with cancer in the United States are at least 55 years old. However, with the upgrades in cancer care, most of those people are living out their full lives despite their diagnosis. The following are some of the biggest advances that have been made or are being worked on in cancer care. Alternatives to chemotherapy Chemotherapy is ...

Hand pulling money out of wallet; seniors paying thousands in out-of-pocket Medicare costs

Enrollees Paying Over $5,000 in Out-of-Pocket Medicare Costs Annually 

One of the biggest misconceptions about Medicare is that it’s free. As many seniors learn the hard way, that is woefully incorrect. In fact, out-of-pocket Medicare costs are growing year after year.  Three reports A 2016 report from the Kaiser Family Foundation found that the average Medicare beneficiary spent $5,460 in premiums and other out-of-pocket expenses (like copays and deductibles) in 2016. About $1,000 ...

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Did the Medicare Plan Finder Mislead You? Here’s What To Do 

Fifteen senators have written to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requesting the federal agency reopen enrollment for Medicare prescription drug plans. According to the Associated Press, the new Medicare plan finder has steered unwitting beneficiaries to enroll in plans that are more expensive than they need.  The new Medicare plan finder Medicare launched a new plan finder this year, which has ...

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Medicare Advantage Provider Offers New Benefits to Curb Loneliness in Seniors

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), almost 30 percent of retired Americans live alone, sometimes leaving them vulnerable to loneliness. When people become isolated, their health and happiness can quickly deteriorate, especially for seniors whose immune systems may already be compromised.  Aetna addresses loneliness in seniors Medicare Advantage provider, Aetna, is launching a new program with Papa Inc. to help improve health ...

Top Medical Myths and the Facts Behind Them

It is not uncommon for incorrect information to circulate, especially when it comes to a topic like medical needs. There are many medical myths that people still fall for today.  Vaccines cause the flu and autism While the flu vaccine can cause the body to develop a low fever sometimes in response to the vaccination, the vaccine does not cause the flu. While the ...

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Michael Jordan Gets Emotional While Speaking at Clinic Opening

After 16 years of retirement, former basketball player Michael Jordan is now associated with something totally different than before: a medical clinic. The medical clinic is in Charlotte, North Carolina, where Jordan is from, and serves underinsured or uninsured people in the community. Not only did Jordan grow up in North Carolina, but he also owns the NBA Charlotte Hornets.  Clinics Michael Jordan got ...

Foods to Eat When You Have the Flu

Foods to Eat When You Have the Flu

It’s common to hear people talk about the foods you should eat in order to avoid getting sick and keeping your immune system strong, but what about when you get sick? What foods should you eat when you have the flu? Chicken soup Chicken noodle soup is the go-to food for someone who is feeling sick. By eating chicken noodle soup while you are ...