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Thinking About Health

Last month The New York Times ran a cautionary tale about the heart surgery and care astronaut Neil Armstrong received and his death two weeks later at a community hospital in a Cincinnati suburb in 2012. The Times had received... — Updated 8/21/2019


Thinking About Health: Hospital ads may mislead

This New York City subway ad recently caught my attention: “When researching hospitals, consider how much research they do.” The ad for Mt. Sinai Health System advised riders that the research “we do today drives medicine we... — Updated 5/10/2019


Thinking about health

Association health insurance is back. Perhaps residents remember those policies that were offered as a member of a local business or social group or trade association. The policies were usually marketed as “affordable” ... — Updated 3/28/2019


Medicare Advantage directories are full of outdated, incorrect information

The other day came a lengthy report from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announcing worrisome findings for anyone with a Medicare Advantage plan and anyone thinking about buying one in the future. The findings are... — Updated 12/27/2018


FDA tries yet again to regulate tobacco products

The Food and Drug Administration just announced it would once again try to regulate tobacco products. This time the target of the agency’s regulatory hand is what it believes is the growing menace of flavored e-cigarettes and... — Updated 12/7/2018


Look beyond premium costs when choosing a Medicare plan

Making decisions about Medicare coverage has never been easy. Over the years the task has become more complicated as congress has moved to privatize the system. Open enrollment, the time for evaluating coverage and making changes,... — Updated 11/1/2018


Choosing health insurance in a confusing marketplace

Anyone buying health insurance this fall faces a daunting task: having to choose among multiple, often-complex options that offer widely varying degrees of protection. For starters, association health plans are back, allowing... — Updated 9/14/2018


Changes in tax law aren't helping Medicare

Is Medicare going broke? That scary thought raced through the media a few weeks ago when the program’s trustees issued their annual report to Congress. The media reported the “news” in its predictable fashion; painting a... — Updated 7/5/2018


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