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Medicare change?

Strengthen the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) The IPAB is a group of 15 health experts (generally appointed by the president and approved by the Senate) who are required to recommend ways to hold down Medicare spending growth if that … Continue reading

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Raise Medicare Premiums???

Most Medicare beneficiaries pay a monthly premium for doctor visits (Part B) and prescription drug coverage (Part D).  The premiums people pay for parts B and D covers about 25% of what Medicare spends on these services.  Individuals with annual … Continue reading

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Lords, love, and the curse…

Just finished an excellent romance novel with a fascinating plot and fully fleshed out characters.   A Scottish witch, a noble Lord, and a duke’s daughter are all intertwined in this tale of The Chattan Curse.  LYON’S BRIDE by Cathy Maxwell. The … Continue reading

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Reduce Medicare Coverage?

Increase Supplemental Plan Costs and Reduce Coverage Even with Medicare coverage, seniors are often left with significant health care costs, so many people purchase supplemental private insurance coverage (such as Medigap plans) to reduce their out-of-pocket expenses.  One proposal would charge … Continue reading

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Love and Scandal

Just finished reading two very different romance novels:  Toni Blake’s WILLOW SPRINGS and Karen Ranney’s A SCANDALOUS SCOT. WILLOW SPRINGS by Toni Blake takes place in Destiny, Ohio in the present day.  The main character, Amy Bright, is the best … Continue reading

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Up and Up and Down…

Today was my weight watchers meeting.  In the last 3 weeks I had gained a pound two weeks in a row and today I had lost a pound.  Kind of like going two steps back and one step forward.  I … Continue reading

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Increase Medicare Payroll Tax Rate?

The primary source of funding for Medicare hospital services (part A) comes from the payroll tax.  Workers and their employers contribute 1.45% of earnings for a total contribution of 2.9%.  Medicare also offers coverage for physician services (part B) and … Continue reading

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