How to Battle Pandemic Winter Blues

Good news seems in short supply these days, so when I find some, I like to pass it along. Older people, it turns out, are more resistant to mental stress and depression than younger age groups. As winter approaches with alarming COVID-19 case counts and lockdown protocols, resistance to stress and depression…

Do You Know SDOH? You Should

Health insurers are slowly adopting their plans to include coverage of certain non-medical expenses that have been shown to improve their health. A leading example would be installation of bathroom grab bars to prevent falls, a leading cause of serious injury among older Americans. Another example…

How One Health Hero Fights Back

Many Americans regularly suffer unfavorable decisions that affect their health benefits, but Anna Landre has proven herself to be a formidable opponent to what many see as a dysfunctional health care system. The 21-year-old, who was valedictorian of her high school, has earned strong grades during…

Three Problems Causing Higher Health Costs

Add Dr. Marty Makary’s name to the expansive list of health care experts who are fed up with the system, don’t think we can afford to wait for Congress to enact reforms, and have useful ideas about how people can become healthier and perhaps save a bundle of money in the process. A surgeon at…

Social Security, Medicare Numbers to Know in 2020

Social Security The Social Security COLA (cost of living adjustment) for 2020 is 1.6 percent. The average monthly benefit as of January was $1,503, up from $1,479 a year earlier. Here are other key 2020 metrics: Earnings ceiling for payroll taxes: $137,700, up from $132,900 in 2019. Earnings…

What does 2019 bring for Medicare and Social Security?

As 2019 begins, expecting much from our gridlocked government on Medicare and Social Security seems wishful thinking. But the new year will usher in a slew of new cost and benefit levels. The numbers change every year. I know that, like me, you have trouble keeping track because you ask me about them…

Social Security, Medicare announce key 2019 numbers

The Social Security COLA (cost of living adjustment) will be 2.8 percent. The average 2018 benefit of $1,422 a month thus will rise to $1,461 in 2019. This is up from 2 percent last year and is the largest adjustment since 2011. Medicare announced that the 2019 standard monthly premium for Part B…