They Won’t Kill You but They Sure Make You Miserable

8 of the Most Painful Medical Conditions A roundup of the top agony-inducing ailments, and new ways to find relief by Lisa Haney, AARP, February 8, 2019  It started with a persistent jaw ache. Eileen R., a grant writer in Dallas, had gone to several dentists, who suggested the cause was a bad tooth or, perhaps, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). But none could pinpoint the source of her discomfort. When she mentioned the migraine headaches she was also getting, a dentist referred her…

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Awake on the Table

By Kate Johnson NYTimes 01/30/2019 Could a medical procedure you don’t even remember give you a stress disorder? The doctor ordered a “push” on my sedative, and I succumbed to the sweet blackness. But then something went wrong, and I was awake too soon, flailing and crying, the medical team scrambling to maneuver the tube that had been placed down my throat in what should have been a straightforward gastroscopy. I put up a violent struggle on the table: gagging and choking, trying…

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Meeting My 84-Year-Old Father’s New Girlfriend

By Diana Kapp /NYTimes 02/14/2019 /RITES OF PASSAGE essay I have arrived at a life phase in which my dad is crushing on a silver-haired grandmother, and I’m giddily becoming his girlfriend’s girlfriend. CreditIllustration by Alvin Fai His one-finger-peck technique meant he was perpetually bent over his screen, loafing at the breakfast table amid drained coffee cups or lingering in the car long after the rest of us had gotten out. His phone was set to ping loudly — for the benefit of octogenarian…

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A Sample Card of Needing VRI Services during Emergencies

Video Remote Interpreting Federal civil rights laws require covered entities to ensure effective communication with people who are deaf or hard of hearing. For people who communicate primarily in American Sign Language, qualified interpreter services may be necessary. When in-person, on-site interpreting services are not immediately available, technology now provides for an interim solution in the form of off-site interpreting services, called Video Remote Interpreting (VRI). VRI uses videoconferencing technology, equipment, and a high speed Internet connection with sufficient bandwidth to provide…

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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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