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  • Social Security Q&A: Replica cards; Medicare Part D

    Q: Can I use the metal or plastic versions of Social Security cards that some companies make? A: We don't recommend it. There is no need to have a replica of your card. In most cases, the only time you may need to produce your Social Security card is...
  • Preparing for your body for retirement

    Preparing for your body for retirement
    Donna Schramek is looking forward to retirement on the Eastern Shore. She loves the smell of the ocean, walking on the beach, and spending time with her grandchildren. That's why the 64-year-old Brooklyn Park administrative coordinator at Medstar Health...
  • Frequently asked questions about Medicare

    Frequently asked questions about Medicare
    Since 1966, residents 65 or older have been able to sign up for Medicare, the federal government's health plan for seniors. But there are now private plans available, as well as a drug plan, giving people more options — but also raising more...
  • Health and Family Voices, April 16

    Conditionally hard of hearing I have learned never to ask anyone over 50 how they are. Even at the health club where I diligently jog my 4 miles before the sun rises, I have learned not ask fellow exercisers: "How ya doin'?" out of fear they will tell...
  • Are docs 'Choosing Wisely'?

    Are docs 'Choosing Wisely'?
    WASHINGTON — Challenged to list several questionable procedures that are commonly used in their field, America's joint surgeons came out against custom shoe inserts and two types of dietary supplements. They also discouraged the long-term use of...
  • Alzheimer's again gets the short shrift [Commentary]

    Alzheimer's again gets the short shrift [Commentary]
    This is getting old. Every time our nation has an opportunity to do something positive in the fight against Alzheimer's disease, we come up short. The latest example is the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, the independent panel charged with...
  • Letters: Medicare's problems aren't doctors' fault

    Re "How Medicare pays MDs," Editorial, April 10 It's wrong to blame physicians for Medicare's fiscal woes. Doing away with fee-for-service as a way to "reward quality and efficiency" is unworkable. The federal government could never figure that out....
  • Medical specialty societies often stand behind their lucrative procedures, tests

    WASHINGTON Challenged to list several questionable procedures that are commonly used in their field, America's joint surgeons came out against custom shoe inserts and two types of dietary supplements. They also discouraged the long-term use of wrist...
  • UnitedHealth Group Grows Revenue, Customer Base In First Quarter

    UnitedHealth Group, the nation's largest health insurer, grew its revenue base and the number of customers it serves during the first quarter of 2014. "We performed steadily in the first quarter, with continued momentum from our Optum health services...
  • No looking backward [Commentary]

    Americans should not be deterred from working to improve our health care system despite difficulties with implementing the websites of the health insurance exchanges as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Our resolve for improved health care should...
  • Long-term care: Why your location really matters

    CHICAGO (Reuters) - Location, location location: Not only is it key to the value of real estate, it's also a big driver of the cost of long-term care. A study of long-term care costs in the United States released this week shows that the cost of long-...