Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Resources for Spina Bifida and Government Aid for Infants

Myelomeningocele is a birth defect in which the backbone and spinal canal do not close before birth. The condition is a type of spina bifida. More Details on Spina Bifida.

Under Public Law 106-419, children born to women Vietnam veterans may be eligible for a monthly monetary allowance if they suffer from certain covered birth defects. Children must have been conceived after the date on which the veteran first entered the Republic of Vietnam during the period beginning on February 28, 1961, and ending on May 7, 1975. (Spina Bifida however, is covered under the VA’s Spina Bifida Program.) VA identifies the birth defects as those that are associated with the service of the mother in Vietnam and resulted in permanent physical or mental disability. More Details.


Information about Spina Bifida (SB), which means a cleft spine or an incomplete closure in the spinal column. Includes definitions of the three types of SB, frequency among the general school-age population, characteristics and educational implications for children with this disability. For more information visit the disability.gov

VA - Birth Defects Assistance - Payments for Children with Spina Bifida whose Parents Served in Vietnam or Korea.  For more information visit benefits.gov 

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Social Security Announces 3.6 Percent Benefit Increase for 2012

Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for more than 60 million Americans will increase 3.6 percent in 2012, the Social Security Administration announced today.
The 3.6 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits that nearly 55 million Social Security beneficiaries receive in January 2012.  Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 30, 2011.
Some other changes that take effect in January of each year are based on the increase in average wages.  Based on that increase, the maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security tax (taxable maximum) will increase to $110,100 from $106,800.  Of the estimated 161 million workers who will pay Social Security taxes in 2012, about 10 million will pay higher taxes as a result of the increase in the taxable maximum. 
Information about Medicare changes for 2012, when announced, will be available at www.Medicare.gov.  For some beneficiaries, their Social Security increase may be partially or completely offset by increases in Medicare premiums. 
The Social Security Act provides for how the COLA is calculated.  To read more, please visitwww.socialsecurity.gov/cola.

HHS.gov Update: Secretary Sebelius visits India

HHS Secretary Sebelius visits India 
This week, HHS Secretary Sebelius traveled to India. In India, Secretary Sebelius has addressed Polio, building a U.S.-India partnership on a Global Disease Detection Center, and emphasized HHS’ commitment to advancing global causes of the HHS Global Health Strategy.
HHS Secretary Sebelius administers polio vaccine to a child in India.
HHS Secretary Sebelius administers polio vaccine to a child in India. 
See more photos from her trip.


January 13, 2012
Global Disease Detection India Center Event
New Delhi, India
“For over 40 years, HHS has supported U.S.-India health collaboration through our attaché assigned to the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi.  Today, we have a team of more than 30 U.S. and local health professionals who work with our Indian colleagues on issues ranging from food safety to AIDS outreach and prevention to joint biomedical research on cancer. Our collaborations have  had the Government of India’s strong support as we continue working together to address the critical health care challenges here in India and around the world.”
Read entire speech>>

Affordable Care Act holding insurers accountable for premium hikes


Health insurance premium increases in five states have been deemed "unreasonable" by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today.

Monday, January 9, 2012

HHS HealthBeat: Keeping up with the medications

HHS HealthBeat (January 5, 2012)

Keeping up with the medications 


Four prescription drug bottles filled up

Especially as people grow older, they amass what amounts to a drug collection. The prescriptions can be daunting, especially with the requirements to take some with food, some without, some without only certain foods, some at only certain times of the day….
But at HHS’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, or AHRQ, Diane Cousins says being smart and safe with prescription drugs doesn’t have to be hard:
"AHRQ has a free guide that answers common questions about sharing your medical information with your health care providers, learning about your medicines, and carrying out your treatment plan."  (9 seconds)
The guide, called "Your Medicine: Be Smart. Be Safe," also has a handy wallet card, where you can list your medications, so you can have the list available if there’s an emergency.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Schedule Of Social Security Benefit Payments 2012

At glance online schedule for 2012 for payments of Social Security.   Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for more than 60 million Americans will increase 3.6 percent in 2012, the Social Security Administration.


Click here to check the Schedule Of Social Security Benefit Payments 2012




Social Security Benefit Payment Schedule 2012.
Courtesy Social Security Administration.



How to get Food Stamps

For households in the 48 Contiguous States and the District of Columbia October 1, 2010 through September 30, 2011. To get SNAP benefits, households must meet certain tests, including resource and income tests:
Special Rules for Elderly or Disabled


To see if you might be eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, visit the pre-screening tool on USDA