If you are thinking of donating to charity between now and year-end, consider giving away stock that you've owned for more than a year and that is worth more than you paid for it. That way, you can avoid capital-gains tax on the increased value—and you usually...
Month: November 2011
Social Security Disabilty-Doctor Reviews are Deficient
In targeting the doctors, the Social Security Administration says it is seeking to overhaul a part of the disability-review process that can be both expensive and slow. But many doctors and former agency officials say the changes threaten the quality of decisions....
Mental Illness–Medication Usage
The medicating of Americans for mental illnesses continued to grow over the past decade, with one in five adults now taking at least one psychiatric drug such as antidepressants, antipsychotics and anti-anxiety medications, according to an analysis of pharmacy-claims...
Nursing Home Care –What will happen?
The Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) program, a part of the health-reform law, established a national, voluntary insurance program for purchasing community living services. It was designed to expand options for people who require long-term...
SSA Disability –Management by the numbers
Managers in the Social Security Administration, struggling to handle a skyrocketing number of disability cases, had an unusual request for their workers the end of September: slow down. Social Security judges and employees in Florida, Alabama, Colorado, Georgia,...
Going after Medicare on “Observation” status game
(Reuters) - A group of Medicare patients and their families sued the Obama administration on Thursday, saying they were deprived of coverage by the government health plan because of a policy that allows hospitals to avoid admitting elderly people with chronic ailments...
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