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Fighting Health Care Fraud: The Power of One

Posted on 01/17/2014 by | Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayCan a single federal prosecutor make much of a difference in the war against health care fraud? Yes, a new analysis of Justice Department statistics suggests. And the stakes are enormous: Fraud is thought to cost the Medicare program alone up to $90 billion each year. The analysis — from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), a nonprofit group based at Syracuse University — shows that federal prosecutors filed a record number of new health care fraud cases in fiscal …

What’s the Nation’s No. 1 Problem?

Posted on 01/16/2014 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsIt’s the government, stupid. Bill Clinton won a presidential campaign with the motto, “It’s the economy, stupid.” But these days the top issue to most Americans is the government, according to a new Gallup poll.   Some 21 percent of Americans polled in the Jan. 5-8 survey said that the most important problem facing the country today is the government itself — including poor leadership, corruption, abuse of power and general dissatisfaction with Congress and politicians in general. The second most important …

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 …

Medicaid Expansion One Step Closer In Illinois

Posted on 05/31/2013 by | All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

PoliticsHey blog readers, This is Gerardo with AARP Illinois’ Communications Team. Legislators in Springfield may not be able to reach agreements on state pensions or concealed carry, but there’s one important thing that they did agree on — that health care should be available to Illinoisans who need it and cannot afford it! How did that happen? This week, the Illinois General Assembly passed a bill that will bring much needed relief to thousands of hard-working Illinoisans who are struggling financially …

Great News for Illinoisans Looking for Health Coverage

Posted on 05/24/2013 by | All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

Personal HealthHey blog readers! This is Gerardo Cardenas with AARP Illinois’ Communications Team bringing you great news from our state Capitol in Springfield! For too long, thousands of Illinoisans have not had access to basic health and dental care even when employed. But on May 23rd, the State Senate passed a key legislative measure that will establish the state’s first Health Insurance Marketplace. House Bill 3227  passed the Senate by a vote of 39-19 and is on its way to the State House. We …

We Need More Nurses to Provide Primary Care

Posted on 05/23/2013 by | Public Policy | Comments

Personal Health | Public Policy InstituteA recent survey of doctors and nurses has put the spotlight on a topic that is becoming more important every day — the shortage of primary care providers and the role for nurses in fixing it. According to an article in the New England Journal of Medicine, the doctors and nurses broadly agreed that, “Nurse practitioners should be able to practice to the full extent of their education and training.” Unfortunately, they held very different views on just what that …