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Consumer alert - Ohioans urged to watch for Medicare Part D rebate scam
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Thursday, 17 June 2010 13:13

Partners in the State of Ohio’s Take Action - Protect Yourself from Fraud program are cautioning seniors with Medicare to be on the alert for a Part D prescription drug coverage scam involving the $250 “doughnut hole” rebate checks.

President Obama and Governor Strickland both warned seniors that scam artists are calling seniors to solicit their personal information, such as Social Security numbers, bank account information and Medicare numbers, incorrectly claiming they need this information to mail the Part D rebate check.

The first batch of one-time rebate checks, a result of the federal health care reform Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), has been mailed by the U.S Department of Health and Human Services. The rebate checks will be mailed monthly throughout the year as new beneficiaries hit the doughnut hole, the portion of Part D coverage when a beneficiary pays all of his or her prescription drug costs out of pocket.

“Boomers” adding caregiving to their responsibilities
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 17 June 2010 13:11

Caregiving is still mostly a woman’s job and many women are putting their career and financial futures on hold as they juggle part-time caregiving and full-time job requirements. This is the reality reported in “Caregiving in the U.S. 2009,” the most comprehensive examination to date of caregiving in America.

The sweeping study of the legions of people caring for adults, the elderly and children with special needs reveals that 29 percent of the U.S. adult population, or 65.7 million people, are caregivers, including 31 percent of all households. These caregivers provide an average of 20 hours of care per week.

“Caregiving in the U.S.,” which was funded by MetLife Foundation and conducted for the National Alliance for Caregiving, in collaboration with AARP by Mathew Greenwald & Associates, is the result of interviews with 1,480 caregivers chosen at random. The study was designed to replicate similar studies conducted in 2004 and 1997 and includes, for the first time, a sampling of those caring for children as well as those caring for adults over the age of 18.

Helping a parent after the loss of a spouse
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Thursday, 17 June 2010 13:10

Few children, even adult children, are ever prepared enough to help their parent deal with the loss of a spouse. In addition to coping with their own loss of a parent, many adults must find a way to help a parent who just lost the love of their life.

While it is never easy helping a parent in such a situation, there are ways to help a parent cope with such a significant loss.

• Be mindful of your parent’s health. Sadly, a common side effect of losing a spouse is showing less interest in your own health. Kids must make sure their parent continues to eat regularly. This can be done in a number of ways. Invite your parent over for dinner a couple of nights a week, and go over to your parent’s home for dinner a couple of additional nights. If you have siblings, share this responsibility. Also, you can cook for your parent just like he or she used to cook for you.

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