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Get help with Medicare costs when money is tight

Medicare provides vital health insurance for 50 million seniors and people with disabilities. But even when you have Medicare, health care is not free. People with Medicare pay premiums and have other costs that they pay out of pocket, like...

 By Ron Pollack    Health    July 1, 2014

Hepatitis C: Older Americans are at higher risk

Hepatitis C is a disease that is caused by a virus that affects the liver. Even though the disease often doesn’t produce symptoms, it can seriously damage the liver and can be fatal. An estimated 3.2 million Americans have Hepatitis C. Older...

 By Ron Pollack    Health    May 1, 2014

Understanding hospice care and Medicare coverage

If someone in your family needs hospice care, this column explains what it is and what Medicare covers. What is hospice care? Hospice care is a program of care and support for patients who are terminally ill. These patients may no longer want to try...

 By Ron Pollack    Health    March 1, 2014

Sharing the decision making in health care

Health care experts are rediscovering an old-fashioned concept that may help lower health care costs and improve the quality of health care: shared decision making. What is shared decision making? It is when you and your doctor work together as...

 By Ron Pollack    Health    January 1, 2014

Medicare in 2014: What you need to know

It’s the start of a new year, which is a time of review and reflection for many people. Now is also a good time to look at the Medicare changes that will happen this year, and a good time to talk about Medicare as an important source of health cove...

 By Ron Pollack    News    July 1, 2013

Can Medicare save money for beneficiaries and taxpayers alike?

Since Medicare Part D went into effect in 2006, prescription drugs have been an integral part of the Medicare benefit package. So, the question of how seniors can save additional money on medications often comes up, but so does the question of how...

 By Ron Pollack    Health    May 1, 2013

There are no easy answers for long-term care

Tax time has just passed. For many people, that’s a time to take stock of finances and to start planning for the future. That should include plans in case you or a family member need long-term care. It’s a tough topic. But if you plan ahead,...


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