Healthcare Reform and Medicare A very clear explanation of Medicare benefits if the proposed health care reform measures are accepted without any changes from the Supreme Court.

Medicaid Reform in Illinois: Long Term Fix?

This morning I read in the paper about Governor Quinn of Illinois signing the bills which officially reduce the Medicaid program in Illinois while also imposing a $1 per pack tax on cigarettes. While the Medicaid program in Illinois has been in trouble for some time, I personally don’t completely understand the decisions made in … Continue reading Medicaid Reform in Illinois: Long Term Fix?

ICE part 2

Yesterday when I was renewing my license plates online at the Illinois Secretary of State site, I found a separate listing for the State of Illinois Emergency Contact Database, which has apparently been in existence since 2009.  Who knew?  Check it out: Anyway, anyone in Illinois with a driver’s license, instruction permit, or ID … Continue reading ICE part 2

Customer satisfaction poll on healthcare

I am a big fan of National Public Radio’s reporting, particularly the broad coverage they are providing relating to health issues.  You know I’ve been following their caregiver series entitled “Family Matters”. This week they have released a survey done by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health relating to … Continue reading Customer satisfaction poll on healthcare


No, this isn’t related to any weather conditions.  It stands for, “In Case of Emergency”.  Your important emergency contacts should be designated in this way on your phone. I recommend designating ICE and ICE2 if you have more than one emergency contact. I strongly urge you to create an ICE file, either hard copy or … Continue reading ICE

Centralized Medical Care Management and Information

A new site to help communicate information and care coordination between family and others caring for your loved one, which debuted in February, 2012.  CareZone is a private service cofounded by Sun Microsystems former CEO Jonathan Schwartz.  One year free, then pay $5 monthly or $48 per year (prepaid), per person you are caring for. … Continue reading Centralized Medical Care Management and Information

Aging Parents and Your Finances

NPR is broadcasting a series entitled: “Family Matters” each Tuesday beginning in April into June, focusing on adult children caring for their parents. Some have estimated that fewer than 20% of us prepare legally and financially for this situation.  And yet, nearly 10 million adult children in the United States are caring for aging parents … Continue reading Aging Parents and Your Finances

Did You Know

Medicare is the largest insurer in the United States, covering 47 million seniors and disabled individuals.  

Getting Organized

Just found a wonderful book/binder which I highly recommend for everyone: “Putting Things in Order” A Journal to Organize Your Life for the Next Generation by Ellen Baumritter and David Finkle , Chronical Books, San Francisco, 2006 Lots of great information and questions on organizing your life and possessions for both you and your successors. … Continue reading Getting Organized

Food for Thought

Do you and all the other adult members of your family have a medical power of attorney form completed? This is not something just for the elderly.  In fact, if you have any adult family members who are single and/or living alone, it is equally important that they have a completed form. Have copies available … Continue reading Food for Thought