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Senate hearing examines the impact of hospital status

Thursday, July 31 2014 4:37 PM
Categorized In Senior Advocacy
(Washington, D.C.) – Provider magazine is reporting this week about U.S. Senate hearings focusing on Medicare requirements for hospital stays. Senators have learned the use of the observation status for Medicare recipients has created a confusing situation that costs seniors emotionally and financially.   Click here to read the story online.   Prevent paying privately by asking about your hospital status If you’re a senior and have t… Read Article

Prevent paying privately by asking about your hospital status

Monday, March 3 2014 11:46 AM
Categorized In Senior Advocacy
If you’re a senior and have to go to a hospital, it’s important to ask hospital staff if you have been “admitted” as an inpatient or if you are in “observational status.” This simple question can make the difference between Medicare Part A paying for rehabilitation and skilled care after a hospitalization, or you paying privately for that care.   In order to have rehab and skilled care paid by Medicare, a senior must first be admitt… Read Article

Supporting Our Veterans

Saturday, June 8 2013 8:11 PM
Categorized In Senior Advocacy
The Good Samaritan Society has invited elected officials to share information of interest to older adults. This is part of the Society’s continuing efforts to bring elected officials closer to seniors and issues facing seniors. Contributors may be any U.S. representative, senator, governor or federal employee not running for election or re-election. Contact Director of Public Affairs Jeff Stingley for more information. The following contribution comes from Rep. Kristi… Read Article

Simplified tax forms, sequestration and Obamacare’s effect on Medicare

Thursday, May 2 2013 7:24 PM
Categorized In Senior Advocacy
Jeff Stingley shares updates from Washington, D.C. Simplified tax forms for seniors In the near future, taxpayers age 65 and older might be able to use a new tax form that will allow an expanded number of income sources when they submit their tax returns. The Seniors’ Tax Simplification Act of 2013 would create a new form, 1040SR, to simplify the filing process for individuals when including income from Social Security benefits, investments, retirement plans, annui… Read Article

U.S. Financial Challenges Weigh Heavy But Not Hopeless

Thursday, January 31 2013 9:49 PM
Categorized In Senior Advocacy
On Jan. 2, fiscal cliff tax cuts became law, some permanently and some temporarily. For about 98 percent of Americans, it was very good news, since taxes were not increased by the anticipated $3,000 to $7,000 per year. One tax that did increase for every wage earner is the payroll tax. This tax, which had been lowered the past two years, was increased to 6.2 percent. The revenue will go to the Social Security Trust Account to pay Social Security payments. The easy part&mdas… Read Article

Developing a Healthier Collective Attitude Toward Aging

Tuesday, January 22 2013 6:39 PM
Categorized In Senior Advocacy
Older adults make up an easily identifiable and distinct part of the U.S. population. Why do we lack an established lexical etiquette for discussing them?Surveys by the Good Samaritan Society and other senior care organizations consistently reveal that seniors don’t want to be called seniors. What’s a better term: Elder? Silver fox? Cougar? While organizations such as ours strive to lift up and acknowledge the value of aging, popular culture overwhelms with its a… Read Article

Fast-Approaching Political Scenarios You Can Expect and Affect

Friday, August 31 2012 4:25 PM
Categorized In Senior Advocacy
The U.S. general elections are coming up fast. On Nov. 6, you’ll have the opportunity to help choose who should take office in the White House and in Congress.You should also be aware of possible scenarios in Congress that may take place just before and after the elections that will have a far-reaching impact on you and your friends, family and neighbors.Before the electionsNo one knows for sure what will happen when Congress convenes for a short time in September and … Read Article

Make Your Voice Heard Before Laws Are Made

Tuesday, May 8 2012 7:13 PM
Categorized In Senior Advocacy
What will it take for the United States to get its financial affairs in order and continue funding Medicare and Medicaid so healthcare is provided for millions of Americans well into the future?Most experts say Medicare will run out of money somewhere between 2016 and 2024. Medicare spending totaled $510 billion for 47 million Americans in 2011, and federal Medicaid spending totaled $290 billion for 58 million Americans in 2010. With a lack of progress surrounding recent bil… Read Article