New policies weaken Affordable Care Act coverage

The Administration recently announced policies that could further undermine Affordable Care Act (ACA) coverage.  Payments to ACA Insurers that cover high-cost patients with pre-existing and chronic conditions were suspended for an indefinite length of time. The risk adjustment program requires insurers with relatively healthier enrollees to transfer funds to insurers with less healthy enrollees, such as those aged 55-64.  This could discourage enrollment of higher cost individuals. In addition, funding was cut for navigators doing ACA outreach and enrollment was cut by $26 million. With…

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High Cost of American Health Care

https://youtu.be/tNla9nyRMmQ The real reason American health care is so expensive.  This video is an eye-opener when we compare with other countries. Here is an example of a person describing a simple cold and ended up going to emergency care."I live in the US and I love my country but health care here sucks. Like a few yrs ago I had a simple cold, not the flu or anything. I did have a temp about 101.3 I think. Anyway, I had to go…

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Alarmed by That Ringing in Your Ears? What you need to know if it’s Tinnitus

It began one night with a high-pitched squeal, one annoying and persistent enough to prevent me from sleeping. When I asked my husband where he thought it was coming from, he said he didn't hear it, which made sense once I realized the sound was coming from my left ear. Instantly, I guessed what it was: tinnitus. Commonly referred to as ringing in the ears, tinnitus involves the perception of sound when there isn’t an external source and can include a buzzing, hissing,…

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Deaf/Blind Man Assisted on a Plane

Clara Daly was traveling with her mother Jane from Boston to Los Angeles on an Alaska Airlines flight earlier this week. During the six-hour flight that included a layover in Portland, Oregon, Clara volunteered her skills in sign language to help a blind and deaf man by forming letters with her fingers while he "read" them with his hands. Clara told CNN a flight attendant asked on the plane's speaker whether anyone knew sign language. The teenager, who has been studying American…

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Hand Washing

(CNN)Hand-washing seems pretty simple, but a recent study shows that 97% of the time, we're still doing it wrong -- which can lead to contamination of food and surfaces and result in foodborne illness. The study from the US Department of Agriculture shows most consumers failed to wash their hands and rub with soap for 20 seconds. That's the amount of time recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which says that washing for shorter periods means fewer germs are…

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Healthy Eating As You Get Older

Choosing Healthy Meals As You Get Older Making healthy food choices is a smart thing to do—no matter how old you are! Your body changes through your 60s, 70s, 80s, and beyond. Food provides nutrients you need as you age. Use these tips to choose foods for better health at each stage of life. 1. Drink plenty of liquids With age, you may lose some of your sense of thirst. Drink water often. Low-fat or fat-free milk or 100% juice also helps you stay hydrated.…

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Expenses are rising for Seniors

By ELIZABETH O'BRIEN June 2, 2017 Social Security benefits haven’t kept pace with the soaring cost of prescription drugs and other expenses for seniors, leading to a 30% drop in benefits’ purchasing power since 2000, according to a study to be released next week by The Senior Citizens League, a nonpartisan organization. Each year, the Social Security Administration adjusts benefits upward for inflation. (If the consumer price index registers a decline or shows very low inflation, such as in 2015, seniors may get…

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Spilling Liquid on Laptops

Coffee shops are, for many, the home office — at least until that fateful day when you spill your latte all over your laptop. The liquid can destroy electronics quickly, but your computer may be salvageable if you act fast. Turn It Off Right Now "First of all, don’t panic,” said Joe Silverman, owner of New York Computer Help. “The first thing to do is actually unplug the power cable, then hold down the power button for five to seven seconds until it’s totally…

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How to Clean Your Filthy, Disgusting Laptop

By Whitson Gordon NYTimes/ June 28, 2018 Like any tool we use every day, our laptops accumulate dust, grime, oils from our skin and who knows what else. Yours is probably due for a cleaning, and here’s how to do it right.You know your laptop is filthy. You can see the dirt and grime on your keyboard. You can see that circle of skin oils on the middle of the trackpad. So when’s the last time you cleaned it? Using a freshly cleaned…

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