04 Feb
February 04, 2014

Much attention has been given in recent months to the unintended consequences of healthcare rules and laws.  Most of this has centered on the Affordable Care Act—employers discontinuing health plans for their employees, individuals being dropped from their privately purchased insurance, and other ill effects.  One subject that has not received much press, but which may affect many seniors, is changing rules for Medicare.

Patients usually assume when they spend a night or more in a hospital that they have been

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18 May
May 18, 2012

The nation of Greece has a current population of 11.3 million people, which is just slightly fewer than the number of people who reside in the state of Ohio–roughly .165% of the global population. Its economy (measured by GDP) is roughly .478% of the world’s total, falling somewhere on the global list behind Colombia, Iran, the United Arab Emirates, and one rung ahead of Malaysia.

Yet for some reason, we are not receiving daily reports about the economic situation in Columbia,

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19 Mar
March 19, 2012

If you want to fix the problem of rising costs in the U.S. healthcare system, or at least reduce the looming Medicare/Medicaid entitlement burden, there’s a surprisingly easy solution. In Washington policy circles, it has been estimated that more than 80% of all the dollars spent on healthcare in the U.S. are incurred in the last nine days of a person’s life. Many times, the money is spent keeping a person alive in a vegetative state, prolonging an incurable illness

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04 Aug
August 04, 2011

These days, as Congress debates the debt ceiling issue, Social Security is suddenly front page news again.

The first thing to understand is that there IS a solvency problem with Social Security.  Alice Munnell, Director for the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College University points out that, according to the Congressional Budget Office, the Office of Management and the Budget and the Government Accountability Office, the benefits promised to future retirees exceed the scheduled

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01 Jun
June 01, 2011

Significant progress has been made in recent years in the growth of consumer-directed health plans. These plans, including health savings accounts (HSAs) and flexible spending accounts (FSAs), give patients more control over the use of their healthcare dollars. The goal is to improve the quality, price, and value of healthcare by enabling patients to make more decisions for themselves – just as consumers do when they purchase other goods and services.

More than 46 million Americans currently participate in consumer-directed health

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