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Category: Medicare

Medicare and Medicaid at 50

Jul 10, 2015 Tags: Medicare, Seniors

Medicare and Medicaid, the two mainstays of government health insurance, turn 50 this month, having made it possible for most Americans in poverty and old age to get medical care. While the Affordable Care Act fills the gap for people who don’t qualify for help from those two programs, there are important improvements still needed in both Medicare and Medicaid.

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New study confirms the association between vitamin D and dementia

Sep 26, 2014 Tags: Fitness, Medicare, Pharmaceuticals, Seniors

The journal Neurology published an article describing the results of a study that confirmed a strong association between low levels of vitamin D and increased risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in elderly people in the U.S. Here’s a breakdown of the research. Background There is a lot of interest in understanding the impact of vitamin D levels in people with Alzheimer’s

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NCPA Launches Any Willing Pharmacy Campaign During August Congressional Recess

Aug 20, 2014 Tags: Medicare, NCPA

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) announced today a nationwide campaign to let Congress know the importance of giving Medicare beneficiaries better access to the pharmacy of their choice and letting community pharmacies in medically underserved areas have the opportunity to participate as "preferred" pharmacies in Medicare drug plans.

"The Medicare pharmacy choice proposal, H.R. 4577, is popular with voters, supported by key consumer advocates and has strong, bipartisan backing from dozens of cosponsors," said NCPA CEO B. Douglas Hoey, RPh, MBA. "But pharmacy choice supporters need to educate more members of Congress and ask them to cosponsor H.R. 4577. They should ask their senators to introduce 'any willing pharmacy' legislation in the Senate. The August congressional recess is the ideal time for pharmacists and other supporters to engage their elected representatives, and these tools and resources that NCPA has provided make it easy."

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