Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Robert Weisman Globe Staff December 03, 2018 Dr. Marsha Lavoie, a family medicine specialist at Harrington Memorial Hospital in Southbridge, knows more about Medicare than most people because she routinely bills the federal health insurance program on behalf of her older and disabled patients. But when it came time to sign up for the program herself this year, Lavoie, 65, faced the same concerns and uncertainties as anyone else navigating the maze of Medicare options, regulations, supplemental plans, and potential land mines.“It’s time-consuming trying to sort through it,” Lavoie said. “You’ve got to look at coverage, premium, network, drugs, how much it’s going to cost and what the restrictions are. There’s so many different plans, and they all have their own rules and regulations.” Advertisement With roughly … [Read more...] about Enrolling in Medicare can be confusing. Here’s how to do it.
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By Cal Matters | PUBLISHED: November 8, 2018 at 6:10 am | UPDATED: November 8, 2018 at 6:11 am Gavin Newsom first ran for governor in 2010, an effort he abandoned and then relaunched in 2015 with the long, long campaign that crescendoed Tuesday tonight. Now that California voters have given the 51-year-old Democrat the job he has sought for eight years, he is about to discover that winning was the easy part. Governing is hard, particularly in a state as big, complex, troubled and expensive as California. We have the world’s fifth largest economy and, with our cost of living, the nation’s highest rate of poverty. The shortage of affordable housing has pushed the middle class out of the state’s coastal jobs centers—or out of state altogether—while exacerbating a decades-long crisis of homelessness and sending college housing costs into the stratosphere. Pension costs weigh on city finances, wildfires rage nearly year-round, the academic achievement gap … [Read more...] about How Gov-Elect Gavin Newsom could shape California’s future, issue by issue
Matt Charboneau The Detroit News Published 3:31 p.m. UTC Aug 31, 2018 East Lansing — The days of pulling double duty are over for Bill Beekman. Named Michigan State’s permanent athletic director on July 16 after serving for five months in an interim basis, Beekman had been continuing to help out in his old position as secretary for the Board of Trustees. But Thursday marked the first time he hadn’t attended a board meeting in more than 10 years, and it was his first chance to be only Michigan State’s athletic director. That position alone comes with its set of challenges as Beekman took over after Mark Hollis stepped down in late January. The university and the athletic department have been dealing with the consequences of the Larry Nassar sexual assault scandal for some time, and this week, the NCAA notified MSU that it did not find any reason to continue investigating whether it had violated any legislation with regard to the Nassar case. It also stated … [Read more...] about Q&A: New Michigan State AD Bill Beekman: ‘You’re always wanting to make the place better’
We spend much of our time in buildings, and they can have a profound effect on our well-being, for better or for worse. As long ago as 1943, Winston Churchill told Britain’s House of Commons that “we shape our buildings, and afterwards our buildings shape us.” Research is showing that effective building design is especially important in hospitals, the potential of which is often overlooked. For example, a recent study of the design of operating rooms – one of the most critical areas in a hospital – reveals how research-informed design can improve safety and performance.MORE HEALTH: Brain stimulation can reduce physical and sexual assaults – studyWe have studied for years how to improve the delivery of health care, including through better design of health care buildings. Based on our studies and those of others, we are advocates for using evidence-based design to benefit hospital patients, staff and patients’ families. GUIDING DESIGN … [Read more...] about How to build a better, safer, more welcoming hospital
THE PROGNOSIS Megan Shade and Victoria Rivera participate in a health-care protest outside the office of Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) on March 8, 2017, in Miami. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Fourteen House Republicans took a big risk last year in voting for a bill repealing much of Obamacare. Now, in the middle of the campaign season, Democrats have not forgotten. It was hazardous for these GOP members to vote for the unpopular American Health Care Act because they’re from politically purple districts that went not for President Trump in 2016 but for his opponent, Hillary Clinton. Now their names are inextricably tied to a health-care bill that would probably have resulted in millions fewer Americans having insurance. And Democrats are practically salivating over the situation. “Many of these incumbents would be extremely vulnerable without some of their votes,” said Tyler Law, a spokesman for the Democratic Congressional … [Read more...] about The Health 202: These Republicans may pay a political price for their health-care votes