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About 70 hospital staffers involved in care of Dallas Ebola patient

Source: www.pbs.org – Monday, October 13, 2014
Thomas Eric Duncan, the first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S., died Wednesday, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas confirmed. Photo by Mike Stone/Getty Images BREAKING: Records given to the AP show about 70 hospital staffers involved in care of Dallas Ebola patient. — The Associated Press (@AP) October 13, 2014 About 70 staff members at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital were involved in taking care of Thomas Eric Duncan, the first Ebola patient to die in the U.S., according to the Associated Press. The medical team’s involvement included drawing Duncan’s blood, putting tubes down his throat, wiping up his diarrhea, analyzing his urine and wiping his saliva. Among the group was Nina Pham, the 26-year-old nurse who contracted Ebola while taking care of Duncan. AP says Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not established the exact number of people who had contact with Duncan. During a press conference earlier today, Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the CDC, said: “If this one individual was infected — and we don’t know how — within the isolation unit, then it is possible that other individuals could have been infected as well. We do not today have a number of such exposed people or potentially exposed health care workers. It’s a relatively large number, we think in the end.” The post About 70 hospital staffers involved in care of Dallas Ebola patient appeared first on PBS NewsHour .

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Health care in America

Health care in America
Obamacare's effects will not be fully understood for years; but it will never be the core of the problem. If America wants to stick to the idea that it has a health-care market, then it should focus on trying to make it more like a market—with prices …
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The Two Issues That Could Bring Down Obamacare
Today marks the one-year anniversary for Obamacare's health exchanges—which have helped more than 7 million people across the country enroll in health coverage. And while Obamacare's marketplace is settling in for its second year, serious issues are …
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Flagler College Forum: Obamacare at One

Flagler College Forum: Obamacare at One
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November 13, 2014St. AugustineLewis Auditorium at Flagler College, St. Augustine, FL 32084Local Phone: 904-819-6400http://www.flagler.edu/news-events/community-events/lectures

Healthcare panel members Howard Gleckman, Urban Institute and author of Caring for Our Parents; John Rother, president and CEO of the National Coalition on Health Care; and Joseph Gordy, president and CEO of Flagler Hospital discuss the first year…Read more

Healthcare panel members Howard Gleckman, Urban Institute and author of Caring for Our Parents; John Rother, president and CEO of the National Coalition on Health Care; and Joseph Gordy, president and CEO of Flagler Hospital discuss the first year of Obamacare.  Part of the Flagler College Forum on Government Policy series, the discussion begins at 7 p.m. at Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College. Admission is free. 14 Granada St., St. Augustine. 904-819-6400 www.flagler.edu/news-events/community-events/lectures

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How U.S. Health Providers Are Expanding Their Ebola Precautions

Source: www.theblaze.com – Monday, October 06, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Public hospitals in New York City are concerned enough about Ebola that they’ve secretly been sending actors with mock symptoms into emergency rooms to test how good the triage staff is at identifying and isolating possible cases. A small hospital in the Ohio countryside has hung up signs, imploring patients to let nurses know if they have traveled recently to West Africa. FILE – This Oct. 3, 3014, file photo, shows an isolation room that could be used to quarantine an Ebola patient at Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga, Tenn. The hospital has put together an action plan and staff will be going through training to deal with the possibility of an Ebola virus infected patient. (AP Photo/Chattanooga Times Free Press, Doug Strickland, File) And one of the nation’s largest ambulance companies has written step-by-step instructions on how to wrap the interior of a rig with plastic sheeting while transporting a patient. Ebola has yet to infect a single person on U.S. soil — the one confirmed case here involves a man who contracted the virus overseas. But health care providers are worried enough that they are taking a variety of precautions. — Read more stories from TheBlaze Woman Interrupts Restaurant Patrons With Tears and Screams, ‘This Isn’t Food, It’s Violence!’ — Wait Until You See Why Here’s the Picture Involving Two Children That Atheists Are Demanding Officials Remove From a School — and the District’s Bold Response

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Tis the season for Medicare scams

Tis the season for Medicare scams
Oct. 01 — Medicare's seven-week open enrollment period is right around the corner, a time when many area seniors will be making changes to their health care coverage. The open enrollment period, Oct. 15 through Dec. 7 , is the one time during the year …
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Buchberger: What's with the Obamacare-mandated Medicare paperwork?
If Medicare either does not pay the bill or discontinues reimbursement, the supplemental will not pay any claims denied by Medicare. Secondary insurance acts independently from Medicare and typically pays the remaining balance from Medicare less …
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Medicare counseling can help reduce your health insurance costs
For older adults on Medicare, and Baby Boomers about to sign-up, the important fall Medicare open enrollment period runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7 this year. It's important to reevaluate your plans annually because coverage can change, and shopping around …
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Open Enrollment Made Easier

We all know that open enrollment can be a time of great stress and frustration for the human resource departments of many companies. HR professionals struggle to make sure that each and every employee hears about all of their options and makes the best choices for themselves and their families.

With the advent of the new Obama Health Care regulations, it is even more vital that employees receive accurate and timely information in order to comply with the new laws in place for health care benefits. Many components of the Health Care for America Act are already in place, including a provision for employees keeping adult

Oklahoma Joins The Fight Against Obamacare

In early January of 2011, the State of Oklahoma decided to join the fight against Obamacare and join the more than twenty other states in the Florida lawsuit filing as plaintiff against the new regulations. Prior to this time, the former governor of the state was against efforts to sue the federal government and had blocked all attempts made by the Attorney General. With the incoming of a new Governor, the Attorney General is now free to join forces with the other states and move forward with litigation.

The Attorney General of Oklahoma is basing his decision to file suit upon the passage of Oklahoma State Question 756. This question, also known as the Oklahoma Health Care

US says 115000 could lose Obamacare insurance over immigration

US says 115000 could lose Obamacare insurance over immigration
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Monday said 115,000 people in 36 states could lose their private health insurance under Obamacare after Sept. 30, because of unresolved data problems involving their citizenship or immigration …
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In just a year Obamacare goes from top Congress issue to barely mentioned
Was it really only a year ago that we were gearing up for the big unveil of Healthcare.gov where the uninsured could seamlessly go online and shop for health care as they would their vacation travel? It was last September when Republicans sparred with …
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In one year, Obamacare goes from top congressional issue to barely mentioned
With so many other issues at center stage this fall, the health-care law is simply not on voters' minds. Our colleague Aaron Blake noted this month that polls show voters are generally unhappy with the country's direction, but few cite Obamacare as the …
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Living Trust Seminar

Living Trust Seminar
Event on 2014-09-23 11:30:00

On the Topic of Estate Planning, you’ll learn about the function of the different documents needed and when they are used, including:
– A Living Will
– Health Care Directives
– Durable Power of Attorney
– HIPAA Release
– Last Will & Testament
– Revocable Living Trust

On the topic of Tax Laws, you’ll learn about how the tax laws affect you, including:
– Details about the considerable flux that the gift tax and estate tax laws have been in, leaving planners and their clients with a lot of – unknowns. Congress settled this at the very end of 2012. What does this mean for you & how should you move forward with adjusting your plan?
– You’ll learn whether or not you need to change your existing trust documents due to the new tax laws.
– Why Living Trusts still benefit middle class people who have no concern about estate tax.

On the topic of Elder Law, you’ll learn about the following:
– Medicare coverage
– Medi-Cal myths and misinformation
– Learn why a standard Power of Attorney may cause problems for elder planning
– The truth about “look-back” rules and why you may still be eligible for Medi-Cal — even if you’ve transferred assets in the last 5 years
– How to provide for your spouse before you spend it all on nursing home expenses
– How assets may be preserved if you are currently in a nursing home
– Why your nursing home insurance may be inadequate to meet your needs
– How an Irrevocable Trust may help preserve and protect assets for your spouse and heirs, and also provide protection against scam artists and elder financial abuse.

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Omaha Firms Join Forces to Meet Growing Consumer Demand for Medicare Advice

Omaha, Neb. (PRWEB) September 10, 2014

Two Omaha companies have partnered to address an emerging national trend in the financial planning, insurance and health care industries: more consumers are seeking advice on how to pick the right Medicare health plan and incorporate those health care expenses into retirement plans.

Securities America, a broker-dealer with more than 1,800 financial professionals nationwide, is working with Medicare BackOffice™, a team of insurance agents licensed, contracted and certified in all 50 states to provide Medicare advice and products. While Medicare BackOffice™ agents ultimately work directly with consumers, the company’s initial customers are financial advisors or other professionals who want to help their clients navigate Medicare while continuing to concentrate on their primary business.

“As health care costs continue to climb, more people approaching retirement are asking their advisors for advice on picking a Medicare health insurance plan and keeping health care affordable,” said Brian Hickey, Medicare BackOffice™ vice president. “We created Medicare BackOffice to help financial advisors and other professionals who don’t specialize in Medicare meet this demand so they aren’t turning clients away – and potentially losing them forever.”

By offering Medicare BackOffice™ to its financial advisors, Securities America provides a value-added service that distinguishes the company from other broker-dealers, said Zach Parker, first vice president of income distribution and product strategy at Securities America.

“At Securities America, we pride ourselves on equipping our financial advisors with tools that provide exceptional service to clients,” Parker said. “Medicare BackOffice™ gave us two solutions – first, a way for our advisors to better serve consumers who are asking for help with Medicare; and secondly, yet another way to set us apart from competitors, so that financial advisors know they’re getting an edge when they work with Securities America.”

USA Today in April reported that more than half of retirees responding to an annual survey by the Employee Benefit Research Institute are not confident that they have saved enough to pay their medical expenses during retirement. The finding came at the same time the Bureau of Economic Analysis reported that health care spending rose at the fastest pace in 10 years in the fourth quarter of 2013.

“Consumers already are feeling the pinch of higher health care spending and want help managing those expected costs in the future,” said Medicare BackOffice’s Hickey. “Financial advisors who help them with that first step – choosing the right Medicare health plan – fortify their relationship as a trusted advisor, ensuring that they’ll return when they need help with other financial needs. A broker-dealer or independent financial advisor doesn’t need to be a Medicare expert to help clients. Now, all they have to do is refer them to Medicare BackOffice™.”

About Medicare BackOffice™

Based in Omaha, Nebraska, Medicare BackOffice™ is a support service for broker-dealers, independent financial advisors, insurance agents and other professionals, helping their clients find the right Medicare health insurance plan. Professionals simply refer clients to Medicare BackOffice’s team of dedicated insurance agents, who are licensed, contracted and certified in all 50 states to provide Medicare advice and products from insurance carriers that are “A”-rated or better. By making clients’ search for Medicare answers easier and stress-free, Medicare BackOffice™ strengthens the referring professional’s relationship with clients. For more information, visit http://www.medicarebackoffice.com. Medicare BackOffice™ is not connected with or endorsed by the United States government or the federal Medicare program.    

About Securities America

Securities America is one of the nation’s largest independent broker-dealers with more than 1,800 independent advisors responsible for more than $ 50 billion in client assets.

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