Archive | October, 2007

Social Security Crisis – The Phony Story that Won’t Die

Today’s Indianapolis Star reports that Social Security can pay full benefits until 2041, according to the latest report by the plan’s trustees. By then, the baby boomers will have begun dying off. Even after that, the system would be able to pay benefits which, in real terms, are larger than they are today, according to […]

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2008 COLA Announced, Medicare Increase Wipes it Out

Social Security benefits will increase 2.3% next year, administrators said Wednesday. The cost-of-living adjustment, beginning in January, impacts Social Security benefits received by almost 50 million Americans. The estimated average monthly Social Security benefit payable to all retired workers will be $1,079 after the adjustment compared with $1,055 before. For a couple both receiving benefits, […]

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VA Begins to Get a Grip on PTSD Treatment

The number of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans seeking treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder from the Department of Veterans Affairs jumped by nearly 20,000 — almost 70% — in the 12 months ending June 30, VA records show. USA Today reports that more than 100,000 combat veterans sought help for mental illness since the start […]

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Social Security Prepares for “Silver Tsunami”

Social Security Commissioner Michael Astrue said the agency is bracing for some 80 million Americans to apply for retirement benefits over the next two decades. “We are already feeling enormous pressure from baby boomers being in their peak disability years and now we’re preparing for so many of them to file for retirement,” Astrue said […]

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AMA reports Serious Staph Infections on the Rise

More than 90,000 Americans get potentially deadly infections each year from a drug-resistant staph “superbug,” the government reported in its first overall estimate of invasive disease caused by the germ. Deaths tied to these infections may exceed those caused by AIDS, said one public health expert commenting on the new study. Tuesdays report shows just […]

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New York Times Features New Diabetes Research

Today’s New York Times features an interesting article about new research in Diabetes: “An explosion of new research is vastly changing scientists’ understanding of diabetes and giving new clues about how to attack it. The fifth leading killer of Americans, with 73,000 deaths a year, diabetes is a disease in which the body’s failure to […]

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Who Really Plans to be Disabled?

The Los Angeles Times features a story with information on planning for disability, almost always an unexpected event: Sherry Sherman was on an empty two-lane highway in 2002 as she returned from a job interview. The last thing she remembers was leaning over to change a CD. Days later, she woke up in the hospital […]

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War-On-Terror Vets Go to Front of Line?

A memo obtained by the El Paso Times shows that the VA instructs the department’s employees to put “Operation Enduring Freedom” and “Operation Iraqi Freedom” veterans at the head of the line when processing claims for medical treatment, vocational rehabilitation, employment and education benefits. Veterans Affairs officials say prioritizing war-on-terror veterans is necessary because many […]

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Wounded Vets Getting Short-Changed on Disability Payments

More than in past wars, many wounded troops are coming home alive from the Middle East. That’s a triumph for military medicine. But they often return hobbled by prolonged physical and mental injuries from homemade bombs and the unremitting anxiety of fighting a hidden enemy along blurred battle lines. Treatment, recovery and retraining often can’t […]

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