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July 7, 2015

"When in the course of human events..."

 

 

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We have always had an EDITOR'S page with an explanation of how and why this site was begun. But now, in addition, we will produce a special EDITOR'S "DAILY" COMMENT. On that page you may find timely information on anything from a threat to Social Security or Medicare, to how our editor is feeling today, or how the weather is developing around our headquarters, or why we support a critical upcoming vote in Congress.

We hope you will make the page a part of your daily online activity. We will change the comment every 2 to 3 days. There will be important links to information on your health, Medicare, Social Security, money, and much more. A special email address will be provided for your important feedback. And we encourage your feedback. Plug in and become an empowered Senior!

  

 

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DID YOU KNOW?

Jupiter and Venus Set For Spectacular Rare Convergance

Reliawire.com - June 27, 2015

These two bright planets will be so close that they will appear like a double star. The magazine Sky & Telescope writes that a similar conjunction occurred during the 3-2 B.C. timeframe, which has makes it a potential source for the original ďStar of BethlehemĒ in the Bible.

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Supreme Court Allows Nationwide Health Care Subsidies

New York Times - June 25, 2015

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that President Obama's health care law allows the government to provide nationwide tax subsidies to help poor and middle-class people buy health insurance, a sweeping vindication that endorsed the ...

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10 Ways Technology Could Change Aging In The Next 10 Years

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 GOP to offer budget with Medicare, food stamp cuts
CNBC.com
Republicans now in charge of Congress offer their budget blueprint this week with the pledge to balance the nation's budget within a decade and rein in major programs such as food stamps and Medicare.

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Obama administration seeks to negotiate Medicare drug prices

Reuters

The Obama administration said on Monday it would seek authority to negotiate prices for high-cost drugs under the government's Medicare Part D program, which offers private drug coverage for senior citizens and the disabled. Congress prohibited Medicare from negotiating directly with drug companies in 2003 when it created Part D under then-President George W. Bush. (This is a change that SeniorArk.com has been calling for ever since the Part D Prescription Drug program passed. Drug manufacturers pressured lawmakers to forbid Medicare from negotiating quantity discounts like the VA does. A change will require Congressional approval. The authority to negotiate should be expanded to all purchased drugs, not just the outrageously expensive. It would save Seniors, AND TAXPAYERS,  $$$Billions. Email your Senators and Congressman today.)

 

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2014 Was Best Year for Job Growth Since 1999, Labor Department Says

ABC News
Another 252,000 jobs were added in December making 2014 the best year for job growth since 1999, according to the Labor Department.

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House GOP Forcing 2016 Debate on Social Security's Finances

ABC News
House Republicans want Congress to address the troubled finances of Social Security's disability program, setting the stage for a contentious debate that could affect 11 million people in the middle of the next presidential campaign.

 

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Over 400 Seniors are killed by guns in America - - EVERY MONTH!

 

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10-options-to-consider-besides-a-nursing-home

There may come a time when a nursing home is the only option. If that day hasnít come, however, there are other options you can consider that will help ease medical and financial burdens while allowing you or your aging loved one to retain independence by living at home or near family members. There is support in your community and adjustments you can make at home. Here are some examples: (click blue link above)

 

 

YOU CAN HELP TO ROOT OUT MEDICARE FRAUD

Medicare recipients asked to fight fraud

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services estimates that Medicare, the health care program for seniors, and Medicaid could be losing as much as $70 billion to criminal fraud, waste and abuse each year. That amount is unacceptable for Harold ...
Seniors can be of great help in saving money for our health system by reporting FRAUD.

WHAT IS MEDICARE FRAUD? Fraud occurs when someone intentionally falsifies information or deceives Medicare. Abuse occurs when doctors or suppliers donít follow good medical practices, resulting in unnecessary costs to Medicare, improper payment, or services that arenít medically necessary. A complaint about the quality of care you got from a doctor, hospital, or other provider or facility is not considered fraud or abuse. If you have a complaint about your quality of care, please click here.

Examples of possible Medicare fraud are:

---A healthcare provider bills Medicare for services you never got.

---A supplier bills Medicare for equipment you never got.

---Someone uses another personís Medicare card to get medical care or equipment.

---Someone bills Medicare for home medical equipment after it has been returned.

---A company offers a Medicare drug plan that hasnít been approved by Medicare.

---A company uses false information to mislead you into joining a Medicare plan.

Read complete Medicare article on Preventing Medicare Fraud and Abuse

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July 1, 2015 - Scientists have revealed that a style of communication once thought to be the sole preserve of humans is in fact shared by one very special Aussie songbird.

A study, recently published in online journal PLOS Biology, states that the chestnut-crowned babbler, like human beings, strings together a range of individual sounds in order to create some very different messages.

 

June 26, 2015 - The Vatican has signed a treaty with the 'State of Palestine' today and hopes it will stimulate peace with Israel. It is the first time the Roman Catholic Church has signed a treaty with the State of Palestine and believe it could serve as a model for other Mideast countries.

Israel condemned the treaty for 'ignoring the rights of the Jewish people' and called it one-sided.

 

Could avocados crush cancer?

The Week Magazine - The fat in an avocado has the ability to combat blood cancer, according to a study published in the journal Cancer Research by Paul Spagnuolo, a professor at the University of Waterloo.

 

 

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    At 92 she beat stage IV cancer

Her Oncologist gave her little hope for recovery, but  the cancer vanished. Was it God, the doctor, resveratrol or carboplatin? You tell me.

A story of great hope for all who are fighting this terrible affliction.

 

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TODAY'S IMPORTANT NUMBERS  -   Monday July 06, 2015 *********************************************

* 40% - Americans throw away 40% of food every year, worth $165 Billion. Could feed at least 75,000,000 humans.

* 3 - Most abundant elements in known universe: hydrogen, helium, oxygen. (BBC News, Science and Environment)

* 3,000 Approximate number of people killed by terrorists on 9/11/2001

* 440,000 -  Approximate number of Americans killed BY GUNS, BY EACH OTHER, AT HOME, since 9-11-01 

* 37 Days - Time it takes for 3,000 Americans to be killed by guns.

* 1 - There is only one way to say RE-COG-NIZE. Reconize does not exist.

* 1 - There is only one way to say NU-CLE-AR. Nucular does not exist.

*  #1 offender - Wal-Mart is #1 with employees receiving state-funded health care in every state that released the data.

* 70% - Of all products sold at Wal-Mart are imported from China, the largest Communist country in the world.

* 17.4 million. American homes that have difficulty putting food on the table every day.

* 46 million - Americans living in poverty.

* 40 - American billionaires who have agreed to donate half their fortunes to charity

* 12,000 - Number of boomers who begin collecting Social Security every day

* All but 4 - Number of Republican Representatives who voted to replace Medicare with a voucher instead in 2011.

* 0 - Number of Democrats who voted to replace Medicare with a voucher instead.

* 3,000,000 - Soft drink vending machines in the U.S. One for every 100 people.

* 237 - Miles the average European walks per year

* 87 - Miles the average American walks per year

* 87 - Number of Americans who die from a gun EVERY DAY.

* 27% - Gift cards never redeemed in the U.S.. Over $8 Billion worth of gift cards were never used from 2006.

* $800 - $1000 per MONTH. Amount Medicare Advantage insurers are paid by Medicare for your care.

* $772,000,000 - Amount AARP was paid by health insurance companies in 2008. Beware their opinions on this subject.

2.1 - USA spends $2.1 trillion/year on health care. Double per person spent in any other country.

50 million - # of Americans on government-run health insurance - It's called Medicare! It works...very well!

49 - years Medicare has served the needs of America's Seniors - July 30, 2014 > 49th birthday

* 43rd - U.S. life expectancy - 42 nations are higher. We wonder why this is so if we have best  healthcare system.

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Volunteers scour the web EVERY DAY to find the most important and interesting articles for Seniors

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    Older Health Articles with summary

    Older Health Articles listed, without a summary

ARE YOU FALLING INTO THE DOUGHNUT HOLE?

**15 ways to survive a fall into that dreaded abyss**

July 06, 2015 

Yes,  Part  "D" is a bizarre system, crafted by a slight-of-hand Congress,  mostly  written by the  drug  and  insurance companies.  It can be overwhelming to the Senior who needs more than a minimal amount of medication each year. But do not despair. There are specific things you can do today to survive this convoluted program, and the doughnut hole at its center. Read Complete Article

Also, what you do today can slow, or prevent, a fall into the doughnut (donut) hole. See: Surviving Medicare Part "D". 

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 MANY ELIGIBLE LOW-INCOME SENIORS NOT APPLYING FOR PART D SUBSIDY

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Congressional Budget Office have estimated, respectively, that about 2.6 million to over 4 million individuals who may qualify for the Medicare prescription drug low-income subsidy are not receiving it. Various barriers, such as reluctance to disclose personal financial information or lack of knowledge of the subsidy, may prevent potentially eligible Medicare beneficiaries from applying for the subsidy. To view the highlights of the report, go to: http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d08812thigh.pdf.

To see if you qualify, or to apply, go to: http://www.socialsecurity.gov/prescriptionhelp/

     Also see: Latest Health News , Latest Medicare News , Latest Social Security News 

 

 

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A few years ago I heard Bob Hope say that there are 3 stages in life:

1-YOUTH

2-MIDDLE AGE

3-GEE YOU LOOK GOOD

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Same to you buddy!

 

Hey it's Spring. Get this off me.

 

Whatta Face

 

We humans could learn something here

 

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