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    The cost of caregiving: When financial and emotional stress compound
    When Lynda Steele’s father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s a couple of years ago, she faced an impossible choice.

    Read in Reuters: https://apple.news/A5kSN4KrgSL-q6X6dWbx-2A



    Seniors retiring early could adversely affect long-term care bottom line



    In early April, FEMA will begin providing financial assistance for funeral expenses that incurred after January 20, 2020 for deaths related to COVID-19 to help ease some of the financial stress and burden caused by the pandemic. More information regarding this assistance can be found at the link below.







    Important Message from Medicare:

    As communities around the country continue to re-open, you may have questions about when to resume in-person visits with your healthcare providers, and what to expect during a visit. Always check with your doctor to see what’s best for your healthcare needs.

    Here are some considerations for in-person visits:

    • Don’t put off necessary care, especially if it’s urgent or may lead to complications, such as heart attack or stroke.
    • Continue preventive care such as immunizations and cancer screenings.

    Providers and facilities will minimize exposure, so you may experience some changes during your visit.

    Visit Medicare.gov to learn more, and reach out to your healthcare provider if you have questions about when and how to seek treatment. Consider telehealth or virtual visits with your doctor if you’re at high risk for complications from COVID-19.

    If you must visit in-person, check out this information from the CDC to help you protect yourself and others.


    The Medicare Team



    The American College of Physicians (ACP) has announced its support for a health care system that would provide universal coverage.  The ACP is not as well-known as the American Medical Association, AMA, but its 141,000 members are supporting “sweeping government action to guarantee coverage for all, reduce costs and improve the basic well-being of Americans.”  Members of the ACP are internal medicine specialists who focus on adult patients ranging in age from workers covered by employer plans to Medicare recipients.

    The ACP has published a position paper in the Annals of internal Medicine. Its endorsement of either of two broad approaches being proposed—a single-payer system run by the government and covering everyone OR a public option, again run by the government, but offering comprehensive coverage that would compete with private insurance—characterized the current system as “ill and need[ing] a bold new prescription.”

    The group joins the large portion of the U.S. population that supports a transformation of the health care system; according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, about half of U.S. adults are in favor of a national Medicare for All plan, with even more—two thirds—hoping for a public option.  The American Medical Association (AMA) meanwhile pulled out last year from the industry coalition opposing universal coverage.