Monday, April 30, 2012

Find Real-time Earthquake Map

Real-time Earthquake Map.   USGS provides real-time earthquake map. Update: HHS Announces New Affordable Care Act Options for Community-Based Care

HHS Announces New Affordable Care Act Options for Community-Based Care
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced new ways for people to receive care and services in their communities instead of being admitted to a hospital or nursing home. HHS has finalized the Community First Choice rule, a new state plan option under Medicaid, and announced the participants in the Independence At Home Demonstration program. This program encourages health care providers to provide home-based care to chronically ill Medicare patients so they can stay in their homes while receiving medical care.
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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Social Security for Divorced Spouse Benefits

These are benefits paid to divorced spouses of workers who are receiving (or are eligible to receive) Social Security benefits.
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must meet the following requirements:
  • Be at least 62 years old and not currently married
  • Be divorced from a person who receives Social Security retirement or disability benefits
  • Have been married to that person for at least 10 years before the date the divorce became final
  • Not be getting a higher Social Security retirement benefit based on your own work.
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Affordable Care Act will ensure health coverage for millions of Americans

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced final policies that will ensure that millions of uninsured Americans will have a simple, seamless path to affordable health insurance coverage.

New health care law provisions cut red tape, save up to $4.6 billion

 Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced a proposed rule that would establish a unique health plan identifier under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). The proposed rule would implement several administrative simplification provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Update: Social Security to Fast-Track Disability Decisions on 52 New Medical Conditions

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has added 52 new Compassionate Allowances (CA) conditions mainly involving neurological disorders, cancers and rare diseases. The CA program speeds up disability decisions to make sure that Americans with the most serious disabilities receive their benefit decisions within days instead of months or years. SSA is also improving its online disability application process. If you've already filed an application and it was denied, you can file an appeal.