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Medicare Annual Limits on Therapy Lifted

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Last month Congress approved the federal budget agreement and it was signed by the President on February 9th. One of the provisions should help the health of the 59 million Americans who have Medicare. Under the budget agreement, annual caps are removed on the amount Medicare pays for physical, occupational or speech-language therapy. The medical […]

ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION® LAUNCHES EARLY-STAGE SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT PROGRAM IN LOCK HAVEN

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 Program Creates a Vital Community after Diagnosis  By Fran Decker, MSW, LSW In 2013, the Alzheimer’s Association® l launched an Early-Stage Social Engagement Program across the country to help people living in the early-stage of Alzheimer’s remain mentally and socially active post diagnosis. The programs are called Memory Cafés and one is now being offered […]

Mistakes Retirees Make—Beneficiaries with Special Needs

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[Pennsylvania retirees often make legal and estate planning mistakes because of a lack of accurate information and guidance. These mistakes can impact the retirees’ financial security and prevent them from achieving important goals.]  The existence of a child, grandchild, or other potential beneficiary with a disability (often referred to as “special needs”) complicates the estate […]

End of Life Legislation is Worthy of Support

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The Pennsylvania Legislature is considering two bills intended to improve the use of doctor’s orders for end-of-life medical treatment. House Bill 1196 and Senate Bill 623 would standardize POLST orders and provide guidance and education to health care providers. What is a POLST order The acronym POLST usually stands for “Physician Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment.” […]

New Medicare Cards are Coming – be Careful

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Your Medicare card is being replaced. For many seniors their red white and blue Medicare card is one of their most important possessions. The card lists your name and related Social Security Number and shows the dates you became eligible for health overage under Medicare Parts A and B. The card is your entry ticket […]