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Helping Your Workers Care for Aging Parents

As the costs of nursing homes and assisted living services soar, the financial burden of paying for those services often falls on the elderly individual's adult children. Many families cannot afford these services, so they are opting for their ageing parent to live with them. Unfortunately, as those parents get older and need more care, it can take a toll on their adult children and has forced many of them to quit their jobs and take care of their parents full time. A recent survey by Unum Insurance Company found that 39% of caregivers end up quitting their jobs to…

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Medicare Changes Take Aim at Drug Costs, Push Telemedicine

Medicare Changes Take Aim at Drug Costs, Push Telemedicine

A series of changes to Medicare programs may lead to lower drug prices for some Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage enrollees, expand services to include transportation and telemedicine, and bring hospice benefits to Medicare Advantage patients. Drug plan changes Under the Part D Payment Modernization initiative, the Center for Medicare Services is revising the way Medicare compensates private insurers, with the intent of increasing competition and creating incentives for companies to lower drug prices and reduce costs for plan enrollees. Under the current system, once a patient's spending reaches the "catastrophic" threshold, Medicare picks up 80% of the cost…

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