Author Archives: Kathy Lane

What does the health care bill mean for you?

Yes, the proposed health care reform bill is 2,000 pages long.   Yes, Nancy Pelosi expects Congress to vote on this bill this weekend.

If you’ve been wondering what’s in it for you, this article in the Wall Street Journal turns the bill into language mere mortals can understand.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704795604574519671055918380.html?mod=rss_Today’s_Most_Popular

Of special interest is the language regarding Medicare…and the lack of any language regarding who pays for long term care.

End Of Life Counseling Stays in Health Care Reform Bill

End of Life counseling just won’t die.   In the proposed health care legislation today, the bill would allow doctors to bill Medicare for spending time with their patients discussing end of life choices.

The full text of the proposed health care reform bill can be found here…http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/documents/house_bill_102909.pdf?sid=ST2009102902154

 The exact words defining end of life planning can be found starting on page 129 in a section titled “Dissemination of Advance Planning Information.  

 Find out more about health care directives at http://diesmart.com/elder-law/

World Alzheimer’s Day

World Alzheimer’s Day, September 21, is a day when the Alzheimer’s Association and other organizations around the globe unite our efforts to raise awareness about the disease and its impact on our families, communities and nations.
Recent research indicates 33 million people worldwide are dealing with dementia, incluing 4.4 million Americans.    Alzheimer’s continues to be a disease without a cure.

With 77 million American baby boomers reaching the age of greatest risk, the crisis of dementia and Alzheimer’s cannot be ignored.  The disease imposes enormous burden on individuals, families, health care infrastructure and the worldwide economy.

It makes planning for incapacity as important as planning for death.

HR3200- Health Care Reform and “Death Panels”

58% of the news in the last 3 days has focused on health care reform.   A lot of discussion has centered on proposed legislation regarding “death panels” and end of life counseling.     How can 10 pages in a bill that is 1017 pages long cause so much fear and rhetoric?

Here’s our insight about these 10 pages..and the Health Care Reform Bill.
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