September 2016

Lawmakers are accusing Mylan of overcharging Medicaid for the EpiPen — and the stock is tanking

If someone you love is a Medicaid beneficiary who also relies on an EpiPen to treat life threatening allergic reactions, you may be interested in this. 

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Medicare Advantage Hospital Networks: How Much Do They Vary?

A growing number of Medicare beneficiaries receive their care through HMOs and PPOs, known as Medicare Advantage plans; yet, little is known about the size and scope of the provider networks available to beneficiaries enrolled in these plans.  Beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans can face significant expense if treated by an out-of-network provider, except in emergencies.

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IRS and Security Summit Partners Warn of Fake Tax Bill Emails

The Internal Revenue Service and its Security Summit partners today issued an alert to taxpayers and tax professionals to be on guard against fake emails purporting to contain an IRS tax bill related to the Affordable Care Act.

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Snapshot of Where Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Stand on Seven Health Care Issues

While health care has not been central to the 2016 presidential campaign, the election's outcome will be a major determining factor in the country's future health care policy. A new summary and side-by-side comparison from the Kaiser Family Foundation provide a snapshot of the positions of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on seven health care topics that have garnered attention this year.

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Avoid these four mistakes when applying for Medicaid

What are the four most common asset planning mistakes people make when applying for Medicaid? Public Benefits Specialist Joshua Bey explains.

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Alzheimer's study seeking patients in Middle Tennessee

A Nashville-based research study is looking for patients to try a new drug to treat Alzheimer's disease. Double-click on the image to watch the video.

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First Day of Fall Brings Renewed Emphasis on Fall Prevention

Today is 2016 National Falls Prevention Awareness Day. Do you know the facts about falls?

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Tim Takacs answers viewer questions on OpenLine

Tim takes viewer calls on a variety of elder law topics including wills, trusts, the high cost of nursing home care, qualifying for public benefits, and more. 

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Veterans pension vs disability compensation benefits

What's the difference between veterans pension benefits and disability compensation benefits? Public Benefits Specialist Berkley Crain explains.

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Debunking the Myths of Older Adult Falls

Many people think falls are a normal part of aging. The truth is, they're not.

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What is Elder Law?

Why might a person need the advice of an attorney who practices elder law? Attorney Barbara Boone McGinnis explains.

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Reports detail how to help older adults avoid financial fraud

As society ages, technology can provide protection when cognitive ability declines.

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A Good Night's Sleep: Vital for Health at All Ages

Poor sleep hygiene and sleep interruption have been found to correlate with risk for a number of chronic illnesses including Alzheimer’s disease. 

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Communicating with a dementia patient

What's the best way to interact with a loved one who has dementia? Elder Care Coordinator Pati Bedwell offers a few simple tips. 

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What happens when we die?

Caring for aging loved ones means eventually facing the prospect of their death. What happens when a person dies? What does it feel like to die? This video, featured in The Atlantic last week, attempts to explain.

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How do you get an elderly parent to stop driving?

If you’ve discovered that your parent or someone close to you is no longer a safe driver, how do you convince him or her to surrender the car keys?

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Handymen, Home Care Helps Seniors Trying To Age In Place

Where you live plays a big role in staying independent as you age. Now researchers say an innovative program that combined home fix-ups and visits from occupational therapists and nurses improved low-income seniors' ability to care for themselves in their own homes. 

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September is Suicide Prevention Month

The rate of suicides is increasing, especially among middle aged and elderly veterans. This article offers facts and data about suicide and outlines steps the VA is taking to prevent suicide among veterans.

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Types of Medicare Insurance

Medicare Specialist Bonnie Woodard demystifies Medicare with this simple explanation of the various insurance products available.

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Companies Seek Profits in Keeping Elderly at Home

What happens when big business gets into the business of providing home care to keep older and disabled people out of nursing homes? As venture capital pours into for-profit companies entering this market, worries grow that quality of care will suffer.

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Geriatric ERs Reduce Stress, Medical Risks For Elderly Patients

Geriatric emergency rooms, which are slowly spreading across the country, provide seniors with more expertise from physicians, nurses and others trained specifically to diagnose and care for the elderly, researchers said.

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Today is Labor Day

On this Labor Day, Elder Law Practice of Timothy L. Takacs salutes the men and women who make America's workforce the greatest in the world.  

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