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10 Free Services Medicare Provides

10 Free Services Medicare Provides

These preventive checkups help you maintain control of your health care People who have had Medicare Part B for longer than 12 months are eligible for a free wellness exam. The phrase “there is no free lunch” certainly applies to Medicare. While the federal program pays the lion’s share of medical costs, beneficiaries can still […]

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President Trump

Trump says new proposal will lower some US drug prices

AP NEWS REPORT WASHINGTON — Less than two weeks before the midterm elections, President Donald Trump on Thursday (Oct. 25) announced a plan to lower prices for some prescription drugs, saying it would stop unfair practices that force Americans to pay much more than people in other countries for the same medications. “We are taking […]

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Social Security scam calls

Social Security warns of new ‘Spoofing’ Scam

Fraudsters are using caller ID to make you think the agency is calling SOCIAL SECURITY INFORMATION Yet another Social Security scam is surfacing. This time the Social Security Administration (SSA) is warning that fraudsters are imitating the agency’s phone number to lure people into answering the phone. If you receive any phone call with the […]

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Medicare changes

Changes to Medicare 2019

The program’s 60 million members, primarily 65 and older, are expected to enjoy additional improvements beginning Jan. 1. Medicare just keeps getting better with age, expressed AARP in September. Improvements are expected in 2019 for the 53-year-old federal health insurance program. Medicare already receives a high satisfaction rate. Yet, the program’s 60 million members, primarily […]

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Ford recalls nearly 1.3M Focuses because engines can stall

Ford recalls nearly 1.3M Focuses because engines can stall

DETROIT (AP) — Ford is recalling nearly 1.3 million Focus compact cars in the U.S. because a fuel system problem can cause the engines to stall without warning. The recall covers cars from 2012 through 2018 with 2-liter four-cylinder engines. Ford says a valve can stick open, causing too much vacuum, and an engine control […]

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Rare mystery illness hits 3 Georgia kids this year

Rare mystery illness hits 3 Georgia kids this year

By Andy Miller, Georgia Health News Three Georgia children have been reported this year as having a rare, polio-like health condition, state officials said Wednesday. They are among the 62 children nationally who have been confirmed with acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) in 2018, with at least 65 more cases under investigation, according to the CDC. […]

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Social Security cost of living increase

Social Security Benefit to increase 2.8 percent in 2019

New cost-of-living adjustment largest since 2012 Social Security benefits will increase 2.8 percent in 2019, the largest cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) in seven years. The COLA, announced Thursday, Oct. 11, will increase the average Social Security retirement benefit by $39 a month (roughly $468 a year). The average single retired Social Security recipient is expected to […]

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Presidential Proclamation on Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week, 2018

Presidential Proclamation on Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week, 2018

Issued on: September 14, 2018 During Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week, we acknowledge the devastating toll the opioid epidemic has inflicted on our country and its people, and we pledge to raise awareness of the dangers of prescription and illicit opioid abuse. As we continue our work to end this terrible crisis, I […]

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FEMA test allowing Trump to send emergency alterts

FEMA to test system allowing Trump to send emergency alerts

By Elaine Owen, Editor The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is testing a new system today (Sept. 20) that allows President Trump to send messages directly to U.S. cellphones. All major wireless firms and more than 100 mobile carriers are participating in the new Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) program that allows for presidential alerts, FEMA […]

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E-cigs might be bad for your teen

FDA gets tough on e-cigarette makers

By Elaine Owen, Editor The Food and Drug Administration announced a crackdown on makers of electronic cigarettes and said they must come up with a plan to prevent their products from getting in the hands of minors. Responding to an “epidemic of nicotine addiction” among American youths, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday […]

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