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    1. Social Security is projected to be insolvent a year earlier than previously forecast

      Social Security is projected to be insolvent a year earlier than previously forecast

      The financial outlook for Social Security is eroding more quickly than previously expected, as the coronavirus pandemic has drained government revenues and put additional strain on one of the nation’s most important social safety net programs. The overall finances for Medicare, however, are expected to hold steady, though the health program is still forecast to face financial pressure in the coming years.

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    2. FDA approves 1st targeted drug for common lung cancer mutation | Honolulu Star-Advertiser

      FDA approves 1st targeted drug for common lung cancer mutation | Honolulu Star-Advertiser

      FDA approves 1st targeted drug for common lung cancer mutation This image provided by Amgen in May 2021 shows packaging for their medication Lumakras. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Lumakras, the first medicine for adults with advanced non-small cell lung cancer whose tumors have a common genetic mutation long considered untreatable with drugs. Each year, about 13,000 U.S. patients are diagnosed with this cancer and mutation.

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    3. “Hospital-at-home” programs allow patients to avoid the stress of medical facilities

      “Hospital-at-home” programs allow patients to avoid the stress of medical facilities

      As hospitals care for people with COVID-19 and try to keep others from catching the virus, more patients are opting to be treated where they feel safest: at home. Across the U.S., “hospital at home” programs are taking off amid the pandemic, thanks to communications technology, portable medical equipment and teams of doctors, nurses, X-ray techs and paramedics. That’s reducing strains on medical centers and easing patients’ fears.

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    4. Column: Medicare will cover coronavirus testing and any necessary hospitalizations

      Column: Medicare will cover coronavirus testing and any necessary hospitalizations

      Medicare (Part B) will cover the lab test to see whether you have the coronavirus, but only when your doctor or other health care provider orders it. You will pay no out-of-pocket costs for these tests.

      In addition, Medicare also covers all medically necessary hospitalizations. This includes if you’re diagnosed with COVID-19 and might otherwise have been discharged from the hospital after an inpatient stay, but instead you need to stay in the hospital under quarantine.

      And while there’s currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19, when one becomes available next year, it too will be covered by all Medicare prescription drug plans (Part D).

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    5. Falling for fraud might warn of dementia, study suggests

      Falling for fraud might warn of dementia, study suggests

      Falling for fraud might warn of dementia, study suggests By Lauran Neergaard Associated Press Today Updated 12:05 a.m. WASHINGTON >> Does an older friend or relative have a hard time hanging up on telemarketers? Or get excited about a “You’ve won a prize” voicemail? New research suggests seniors who aren’t on guard against scams also might be at risk for eventually developing Alzheimer’s disease.

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    6. New Medicare cards are being issued. Here’s what you need to know.

      New Medicare cards are being issued. Here’s what you need to know.

      As people across the country receive new, safer Medicare cards in the mail, advocates are warning about fraudulent callers who try to dupe people into paying money or divulging personal information.

      The government is gradually replacing Medicare cards for the 60 million people covered by the federal health plan. Previously, the cards used the recipient’s Social Security number as his or her Medicare number, which posed a risk of identity theft. Congress mandated a change in 

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    7. What you should know about enrolling in Medicare parts A, B

      What you should know about enrolling in Medicare parts A, B

      What you should know about enrolling in Medicare parts A, B Nicole Tiggemann May 29, 2018 Updated May 29, 2018 12:21am Understanding Medicare isn’t as difficult as you might think. It’s a benefit most working Americans can count on. SHARE ADVERTISING Understanding Medicare isn’t as difficult as you might think. It’s a benefit most working Americans can count on. Can I still get Medicare at 65? Yes, you’re still eligible for Medicare starting at 65, no matter what year you were born.

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    8. Tax deductions available to caregivers who support parents

      Tax deductions available to caregivers who support parents

      DEAR SAVVY SENIOR: Are caregiving expenses tax-deductible? I provide a lot of financial support to my elderly mother and would like to find out whether I can write any of it off on my taxes. — Supporting Son

      DEAR SUPPORTING: There are actually several tax deductions and credits available to adult children who help look after their aging parents or other relatives.

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