Monthly Archives: September 2019


Genetic cancer risk scam targeting seniors may disqualify them from legitimate tests

A CBS News investigation uncovered a massive Medicare scam where recruiters entice seniors to submit a DNA sample for a “free” genetic cancer risk test. Many never receive the results from these companies but their Medicare accounts are billed for thousands of dollars. In part two of this investigation, CBS News’ Jim Axelrod looks at the doctors […]
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Medicare Part D rebates ‘substantially’ reduced drug spending, but not enough to offset price hikes

As controversy continues over prescription drug pricing, a new study finds that Medicare Part D spent $2 billion more for brand-name medicines in 2015 than four years earlier, even though drug makers offered rebates to win favorable coverage from health plans. Specifically, reimbursement to pharmacies for more than 1,500 brand-name medicines rose 19% from 2011 […]
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The Future Of Medicare: What Every Baby Boomer Should Know

GETTY As the debate heats up regarding “Medicare for All,” it is important for baby boomers in the retired market to understand their Medicare options. As an owner of a healthcare insurance agency with over 10 years of experience, I have provided expert support to thousands of Medicare-eligible individuals. I have also trained hundreds of […]
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Psychedelics and Seniors: Can Drugs Such As Marijuana And Psilocybin Improve Their Quality Of Life?

OK, let’s get past all the jokes about aging Baby Boomers revisiting their youth and getting stoned. As the medical and recreational use of marijuana grows across the country, older adults are increasingly either smoking cannabis or taking it in the form of cannabidiol (CBD).  Yet we know remarkably little about how CBD or its close relative tetrahydrocannabinol […]
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Expect Walmart Health To Challenge CVS And Other Chains

This month Walmart will open a separate “Walmart Health” Care Center in its Dallas, Georgia, store. The opening is slated for September 13. This facility will provide low-priced health services for local customers that include dental, audiology, x-ray examinations, and mental health counseling. This is in direct response to CVS’s HealthHUB effort, as well as to […]
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The Future of Healthcare Leadership

As health disparities continue to impact access to care and health outcomes in the U.S., and patients are demanding quicker access to care, easier communication with their providers and higher quality outcomes, healthcare leaders are seeking innovative ways to narrow the gap. “With the growth of consumerism in healthcare, consumers are demanding the same of […]
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Valley customers to see stark reduction in medical plan rates

@TheSunGazette TULARE COUNTY—When it comes to California health care, Valley counties are getting a significant break in 2020. According to Covered California, health insurance coverage will be more affordable than ever for many people in San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Mariposa and Tulare counties thanks to new financial help and competitive rates. Covered California announced the […]

Prepare Now for New State Individual Health Care Mandate, California Franchise Tax Board Says

Image by rawpixel from Pixabay  September 1, 2019 – The State of California is working to reduce the number of uninsured families with the adoption of a new state individual health care mandate. Here are three things California residents need to know: 1. Make sure you have health coverage The mandate, which takes effect on Jan. 1, 2020, […]

For cash-strapped older adults, it’s a costly wait for Medicare

Bill Youngblood considers himself an expert on the struggle many people in their 50s and early 60s face: how to find affordable health insurance before they turn 65 and qualify for Medicare. Youngblood’s expertise is professional: He’s an insurance agent in the Coachella Valley, a popular retirement destination and home to a growing baby-boomer population.  […]
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Social Media Influencers or FPs: Who Do Patients Trust?

How do you receive trustworthy medical advice? You may read journals such as American Family Physician, use online resources such as DynaMed or even rely on senior physicians to share their wisdom. But have you ever considered basing your medical decisions on the number of likes a particular post gets on Instagram? Millions of Americans do. Social […]
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