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Medicare Spam Increases 10-Fold

Posted on 11/6/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsDuring Medicare Open Enrollment,  which started Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7, there’s usually an uptick in online spam pitching supplemental plans. But this year, it’s gone epidemic — with a 10-fold increase compared to recent months in these always annoying and sometimes risky offers, reports messaging security firm Cloudmark. >> Sign up for the AARP Money newsletter The reason may go beyond just the calendar: It looks like spammers are exploiting confusion over the Affordable Care Act – and how it …

Don’t Trust the Government? Join the Club

Posted on 10/22/2013 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsPublic trust in the government is near an all-time low — not exactly a shock for a survey taken during a shutdown of the federal government. Sign up for the AARP Money Matters newsletter. Only 19 percent of American adults trust the federal government to do what’s right just about always or most of the time, according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. More than four-fifths of respondents said they are …

Study: 5.2 Million Americans Will Fall Into Medicaid ‘Coverage Gap’

Posted on 10/16/2013 by |Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News About 5.2 million poor, uninsured adults will fall into the “coverage gap,” created by 26 states choosing not to expand Medicaid under the federal health law next year, according to a study released today by the Kaiser Family Foundation. (Kaiser Health News is an editorially independent program of the foundation.) Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter These people are projected to have incomes too high to qualify for their state’s existing Medicaid programs, but below the federal poverty …

Obamacare = Nueva Ley de Salud = ACA

Posted on 10/3/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

En EspañolSí, es lo mismo, pero tiene tantos nombres como detractores. En español la traducen como: Ley de Cuidado de Salud a Bajo Costo, Ley de Reforma del Sistema de Salud, Ley de Salud de Obama, Nueva Ley de Salud y créeme que podría seguir el listado para confundirte aún más. Lo importante es que sepas dos cosas: que no es nueva, los cambios en el sistema de salud de Estados Unidos que propone esta ley han estado entrando en vigor …

Got Health Problems? Now You Can Get insurance Online

Posted on 10/1/2013 by |Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy Phil Galewitz, for Kaiser Health News. This KHN story was produced in collaboration with McClatchy. Denise Marshall of Sonoma, Calif., was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2011 and a year later, lost her toy company job along with her health insurance benefits. The good news is that her disease was caught early and she is now in remission. The bad news was her cancer diagnosis made it impossible to buy coverage because insurers thought she was too high a health …

Get the Facts on the New Healthcare Law

Posted on 09/25/2013 by |Washington D.C. | Comments

Personal HealthA lot of people seem confused about the new Affordable Care Act (ACA). And with so many rumors and misinformation swirling around, it’s not surprising that many don’t know where to turn for answers. First, some basics: The ACA improves the quality and affordability of health care, and ends discriminatory insurance practices that have kept people from accessing coverage in the past. It requires insurance companies to cover all applicants regardless of age, gender or pre-existing conditions, and stops them …