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  • New online tool reveals what hospitals charge

    Figuring out how much hospitals charge for various procedures just got a lot easier. NerdWallet, a site that specializes in personal finance and price-comparison tools, recently created a "How Much Hospitals Chargeā€ tool (http://www.nerdwallet.com/...
  • Don't ignore signs of possible child identity theft

    Kids sure grow up fast these days. My 12-year-old son just started seventh grade. Days later he got his AARP card. "Your membership has been reserved and is awaiting activation," AARP told him in a letter. This was the second goofy solicitation my son...
  • How to get health care if you retire abroad

    Most expatriates say health care in other countries is cheaper, and often better, than it is in the United States. That's a good thing, too, because Medicare doesn't cover health care outside of the U.S. You may be able to pay out of pocket for most of...
  • Know the rules when applying for medigap coverage

    Even though most health insurers starting in 2014 will no longer be able to reject people for coverage or charge them more because of their health, the new law does NOT apply to Medicare supplemental policies (often called medigap plans). You can buy any...
  • Being a super-user isn't always so super

    Being a super-user isn't always so super
    A 58-year-old Maryland woman breaks her ankle, develops a blood clot and, unable to find a doctor to monitor her blood-thinning drug, winds up in an emergency room 30 times in six months. A 55-year-old Mississippi man with severe hypertension and kidney...
  • Planning for Alzheimer's: Take steps early to ease financial burden

    Rebecca Barnard, of St. Louis, Mo., spent her career as a software developer, but her passion was fine-art photography. She was detail-oriented in both her job and her hobby, says her husband, Richard Rubin. So he was surprised when he began noticing...
  • Follow the rules carefully when appealing a denied Medicare claim

    Appealing a Medicare claim can be time-consuming and slow. Before going that route, talk with the doctor, hospital and Medicare to see if you can spot the problem and get the claim resubmitted. If you can't fix the problem that way, look on the back of...
  • Andrew Jacobs Jr. dies at 81; Indiana congressman known for his thrift

    Andrew Jacobs Jr., a former longtime Indiana congressman known for turning down pay raises and PAC donations as well as for being an early opponent of the Vietnam War, died Saturday at his Indianapolis home. He was 81. He had been in declining health...
  • Seniors on the Go: Visiting a city? Get a transit pass

    Seniors on the Go: Visiting a city? Get a transit pass
    If your spring and summer travel plans include visiting a popular city, take a close look at your local transit options. Presumably, inside a big city, you don't need or even want a rented car, and you probably don't want to pay for taxis everywhere you...
  • UnitedHealth's shares dip on small increase in quarterly profit

    UnitedHealth Group Inc., the nation's largest health insurer, reported a tiny uptick in third-quarter profit, disappointing investors who have bid up the company's shares in recent months. The Minnetonka, Minn., company said government funding cuts to...
  • Peter V. Lee, Obamacare's California savior?

     Peter V. Lee, Obamacare's California savior?
    By the numbers, Peter V. Lee has some reason to crow while the feds are eating crow. The executive director of Covered California can be pleased that, as of mid-November, nearly a third of all Americans who signed up under the new healthcare law were...