AARP Cheat Sheet: Friday, November 12


( One of the first election maps the New York Times ever published, via its current deputy graphics editor, Matthew Ericson.)
Dr. Sanjay Gupta rounds up how Medicare Open Enrollment changes this year - no copays for preventative care, higher income brackets pay higher premiums, prescription discounts start in 2011, $250 prescription drug rebate for current enrollees, there's now a Medicare "disenrollment" period, and better fraud protections are in place. Get prepared for enrollment here - it starts Monday (November 15) and ends December 31, 2010.
"Doctors in Port-au-Prince say they are alarmed at the speed at which new cases are emerging." Cholera death toll now at 600 in Haiti.
Not news: "Across the board, Americans who sat up worrying at night were fretting about finances: 66% said they were concerned about paying their bills, and two-thirds of that group said they worried specifically about health-care bills. In addition, 74% of respondents said they were stressed out by the general state of the economy."
Someone solved the Wheel of Fortune puzzle last week with just one letter as a clue: "Caitlin Burke knew she was right, because she knew there were no other possibilities. She didn't need Pat Sajak to confirm it; she didn't need any other letters, any more time to cycle through her truncated alphabet. With just an innocuous-seeming apostrophe and a single L, she was as sure as she's ever been: I'VE GOT A GOOD FEELING ABOUT THIS."
World War II vet gets his degree 69 years after the U.S. Navy calls him away from the University of Wisconsin: "He was told to report to the Great Lakes Naval Training Center in Illinois on June 13, the same day on which his last two final exams were scheduled. Knudson sent a telegram to the Navy indicating that it would be impossible for him to get there because he had to take his finals that day.
The Navy responded with one word: 'Imperative.'"

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