Posts Tagged ‘ disability ’

Bullies and Psychiatric Illness: David Brooks’ Shameful Op-Ed

Bullies and Psychiatric Illness: David Brooks’ Shameful Op-Ed

David Brooks’ destructive, shameful, appallingly simplistic, ignorant, mean-spirited foray into the extremely complicated field of psychiatric illness and its consequent high mortality is a vicious assault on those who are already emotionally, socially, financially, physically, and intellectually devastated. We cannot know how much damage he inflicted with his self-indulgent display of wit...

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Long-Term Care: Discussion Among Colleagues

Kathleen Hoffman organized the the Health Communication, Health Literacy and Social Sciences tweetchat #hchlitss in October 2011. R. V. Rikard agreed to co-host the series with her, and since then she has engaged an enthusiastic following and facilitated much significant information exchange. Dr. Hoffman also blogs at Musings on Health Communications and Health Advocacy The...

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The Family Caregiver: Dec. 13, 2012 Twitchat Transcript

The transcript is located at http://hchlitss.blogspot.com. We are planning a second “chat” in early- to mid-January.

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Obesity: Stop Blaming the Victim, Please!

Obesity: Stop Blaming the Victim, Please!

          The obesity issue is rife with misinformation and oversimplification. Being overweight is not just about gluttony. Indeed, many overweight people eat far less than their thinner counterparts. First, note that discriminating against fat people seems to be the last remaining bastion of bigotry that is socially acceptable. Regardless of...

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California’s Criteria for Dual-Eligibles

California’s Criteria for Dual-Eligibles

Well before the PPACA was enacted, certain individuals over age 65 or collecting federal disability payments may be eligible to participate in both Medicare and Medicaid (termed “Medi-Cal” in California). Such an individual is termed a “dual eligible.” The advantages to dual-eligibility include greater financial assistance and access to services which may not be available...

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Are You a “Dual Eligible”? If so, your prescription drug benefits are enhanced.

Are You a “Dual Eligible”? If so, your prescription drug benefits are enhanced.

If you live in, say,  New York and are on Medicaid, then you become Medicare eligible, do you use Medicaid’s prescription plan, Medicare’s prescription plan, or both? Short answer: Both. But – once eligible for Medicare, Part D is the primary payor for dual eligibles for prescription medication and Medicaid is always the insurer...

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