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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Bay State’s elder driving tests closer to becoming reality

“Just today, one of the most trusted authorities on car and driver safety, The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), reported that crash rates for older drivers have gone down over the last decade, defying predictions that older driver crashes would go up as the American population ages.”

New help for small businesses and their workers

BOSTON — The new health care reform law helps small businesses provide health coverage for their employees – and gives new benefits and protections...

One out of every five older Americans are financial swindle victims

More than 7.3 million older Americans — one out of every five people over the age of 65 — have been victimized by a financial swindle, according to a new survey by Investor Protection Trust (IPT)

Older Americans show alarming uptick in drug abuse

The study also shows a sharp rise during this period in the proportion of older Americans admissions related to illicit drug abuse — even though alcohol abuse is still the leading cause for admissions involving this age group.

Tests help predict falls in Parkinson’s Disease

“Falls are a major problem for people with Parkinson’s disease and can lead to injuries and reduced mobility, which can result in increasing weakness, loss of independence and increased use of nursing homes,” said study author Graham K. Kerr.

Businesses should apply for federal relief to reduce retiree ins. costs, says Gov. Patrick

The program provides reimbursement to participating employment-based plans for a portion of the cost of health benefits for early retirees and their spouses, surviving spouses and dependents.

Problematic blood clotting contributes to Alzheimer’s Disease

A drug that interferes with that process could reduce the memory loss and dementia that are the most wrenching consequences of the disease, the findings suggest.

Obama and GOP bicker over doctors’ Medicare pay

President Barack Obama is asking Republican lawmakers to approve billions of dollars in new spending to avert a scheduled 21 percent cut in payments to doctors who treat Medicare patients.

Rebate checks coming for people in Medicare Rx doughnut hole

Massachusetts Medicare recipients, who have fallen into the prescription drug coverage gap, have began automatically receiving $250 rebate checks to help with drug costs and other expenses, part of the new health care reform law.

Protect against health care fraud

Scam artists have hit the streets, airwaves and phone lines trying to take advantage of any confusion around the new health care reform law. ...