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Retiring Early? Pony Up $51,000 Extra for Health Care

Posted on 06/12/2014 by |Senior Editor, Money Team | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & Savings | WorkAre you and your spouse thinking about retiring early? Doing so can cost you, as a couple, an extra $17,000 a year in medical costs, according to a Fidelity Investments analysis. The Boston-based investment company compared the projected average health care costs of couples retiring this year at age 65 with those of couples retiring as early as age 62 and as late as 67. It assumed they would have Medicare coverage at 65, although the analysis doesn’t include costs for nursing home and …

These Web-Based Medical Apps Make House Calls

Posted on 12/20/2013 by |Technology | Comments

TechnologyThink you might have bronchitis, a sinus infection,  or other non-life threatening illness and can’t wait for an appointment with your regular doctor?  Not sure if you should go to the ER?  Have travel plans and worried if you should fly?  Then these online medical-care sites and mobile apps might be your answer. The sites help patients and doctors converse through smartphones, tablets and computers.  In fact, the U.S. telehealth patient population is expected to grow six-fold to 1.3 million …

One Way Medicare Could Save Big

Posted on 12/11/2013 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsMedicare could save $560 million or more a year simply by allowing some patients who call 911 for an ambulance to be taken somewhere other than a hospital emergency room. What’s more, the study found, private insurers could save twice that amount by following suit. That’s the conclusion of a new study in Health Affairs, which found that more than a third of Medicare patients who called 911 had a “low-acuity diagnosis” that could have been managed outside the hospital emergency …

How the MacArthur ‘Genius Grants’ Help Us All

Posted on 09/26/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

Bulletin TodayThe MacArthur Foundation has announced its 2013 MacArthur Fellows. Each year, the foundation provides stipends of $625,000 — popularly known as “genius grants” — to encourage “people of outstanding talent” to pursue their ambitions in the arts, sciences, education, social entrepreneurship and other fields. One of the great things about the MacArthur grants is that they benefit the rest of us, because recipients often do work that touch our lives in one way or another. Past fellows have included people …

Help Find Parkinson’s Cures in Our Lifetime

Posted on 05/3/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthApril is Parkinson’s Awareness Month and AARP is happy to have The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF) as a guest blog contributor. Throughout the month of April MJFF is sharing insight into the Parkinson’s research landscape, advice on living with Parkinson’s and steps you can take to help find the cure in our lifetime.   Baby boomers are known for revolutionizing everything they touch. In typical hands-on fashion, members of this trailblazing generation are now looking for …

Brain Research and the Search for Parkinson’s Cure

Posted on 05/1/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthApril is Parkinson’s Awareness Month and AARP is happy to have The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF) as a guest blog contributor. Throughout the month of April MJFF is sharing insight into the Parkinson’s research landscape, advice on living with Parkinson’s and steps you can take to help find the cure in our lifetime.   It is an important moment in brain research. New technologies and insights from genetics are changing our ability to pursue elusive treatments …