Social Security Clawbacks Hit a Million More People Than Agency Chief Told Congress

KFF HEALTH NEWS – The Social Security Administration has demanded money back from more than 2 million people a year — more than twice as many people as the head of the agency disclosed at an October congressional hearing. That’s according to a document KFF Health News and Cox Media Group obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. Acting Commissioner of the Social Security Administration Kilolo Kijakazi read aloud from the document during the hearing...

Pollution from cigarette butts cost world US $186 billion in 10 years

The new study estimates $25.7 billion lost annually in waste management and damage to marine ecosystems due to disposal of cigarette filters.

When insurers turned down patient’s request for cancer treatment, they didn’t know he was a top trial lawyer

In his decades as a plaintiff’s lawyer, Robert Salim had relied upon consumer protection laws and billion-dollar judgments to make companies fix their bad practices. But now he stood on different terrain, facing a 1970s-era federal law that deprived patients of tools to fight, let alone change, abuses by the insurance industry.

10 Things Medicare Doesn’t Cover

AARP – Medicare covers the majority of older Americans’ health care needs, from hospital care and doctor visits to lab tests and prescription drugs. Here are some needs that aren’t part of the program — and how you might pay for them. 1. Opticians and eye exams While original Medicare covers ophthalmologic expenses such as cataract surgery, it doesn’t cover routine eye exams, glasses or contact lenses. Nor do any Medigap plans, the supplemental insurance that...

Heartless Bureaucrats Demand Money Back From Social Security Recipients

Julia Greune, 43, is blind with cerebral palsy and a mental disability. Incompetent Social Security officials say she owes $6,253.38.

Medicare shoppers often face a barrage of unsolicited calls and aggressive ads

NPR SHOTS – One minute last December Leslie Montgomery was a medieval warlord pillaging a nearby kingdom. The next she was a retiree drowning in a flood of confusing Medicare sales calls. The 75-year-old had been deeply immersed in her favorite free online game when a banner ad appeared warning her that she might be missing out on money from the federal government. She clicked, and within minutes, she received an avalanche of calls with...

Doctors pay millions in fees that could be spent on care

With more than $2 trillion a year of medical claims paid electronically, processing fees likely add up to billions of dollars that could be spent on care but instead are going to insurers and middlemen. Congress had intended the opposite to happen.

North Carolina Hospitals Have Sued Thousands of Their Patients, a New Report Finds

KFF HEALTH NEWS – North Carolina hospitals — led by the state’s largest public medical system — have sued thousands of their patients since 2017, according to a new analysis that sheds additional light on the aggressive tactics U.S. hospitals routinely use to collect from people who fall behind on their bills. The report, produced by the state treasurer and Duke University School of Law researchers, and related patient interviews offer harrowing accounts of people...

Texas wants Planned Parenthood to repay millions of dollars

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas wants Planned Parenthood to give back millions of dollars in Medicaid reimbursements — and pay far more in fines on top of that — in a lawsuit that appears to be the first of its kind brought by a state against the largest abortion provider in the U.S. A hearing was set for Tuesday in front of U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk, who earlier this year put access to the...

Little-known but efficient, a different way to heat and cool your house

Associated Press – Summers are famously humid in New York State, but life in the Maioli household has gotten more comfortable since the couple installed a new heating and cooling system — one that isn't well known yet in the U.S. "My wife is pretty happy because in the summer we can keep it to as cold as we like," typically 69 or 70 F, said Joe Maioli, in Ontario, New York. In 2021, the...

Walmart Rx Savings for Seniors | How to Save Money at Walmart

Prescription Savings at Walmart AARP – Access your free Rx discount card online and use it at Walmart Pharmacy locations nationwide. When you use your free Rx discount card at Walmart Pharmacy, a participating retail pharmacy of AARP® Prescription Discounts provided by OptumRx®, you can save on all FDA-approved medications. Anyone can use this free discount program, but AARP members save even more and receive additional benefits. Anyone can save, even if you’re not an AARP member...

Abortion Bans Are Driving Off Doctors

KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION HEALTH NEWS – The rush in conservative states to ban abortion after the overturn of Roe v. Wade is resulting in a startling consequence that abortion opponents may not have considered: fewer medical services available for all women living in those states. Doctors are showing — through their words and actions — that they are reluctant to practice in places where making the best decision for a patient could result in huge...

He Returned to the US for His Daughter’s Wedding. He Left With a $42,000 Hospital Bill.

KFF Health News – Last June, Jay Comfort flew to the United States from his home in Switzerland to attend his only daughter’s wedding. But the week before the ceremony — on a Friday evening — Comfort said he found himself in “excruciating pain.” “I tried to gut it out for three hours because of the insurance situation,” said Comfort, a retired teacher and American citizen who has Swiss insurance. When the pain became unbearable, Comfort...

Louisville shooter’s parents recount mental health struggle

NEW YORK (AP) — A man who opened fire at a Louisville bank, killing five co-workers, had confronted mental health problems over the last year but the situation appeared to be managed until just days before the shooting, his mother said. In an interview with NBC's "Today" show that aired Thursday, Lisa Sturgeon said her 25-year-old son, Connor, called her April 4, six days before the shooting at the Old National Bank in the city's...
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