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Alliance On Aging Offers Free One-On-One Computer Training For Seniors

by Richard Kuehn on 10/21/22

The Alliance on Aging has a wide array of services, including sessions on Medicare options, a market day where you can mingle with other seniors and get affordable farmer’s market quality produce.  In addition, they provide one-on-one computer training for seniors.  For more information, visit their offices called “The HUB” on 236 Monterey Street in Salinas, call 646-5050 or go to www.allianceonaging.org/hb/

Medicare Open Enrollment From October 15 To December 7 : Check Your Options!

by Richard Kuehn on 10/15/22

Medicare Open Enrollment arrives, with their Annual Election Period (AEP) running from October 15 to December 7.  Those who are in a standalone Part D drug plan should check and make sure that they have the best coverage possible for the prescription medication that they are on.  Coverage and plans change every year so getting the right plan could save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars per year.  Similarly, if you are looking at a Medicare Advantage Plan should look at your likely health needs, including hospitals, doctors, durable equipment, as well as prescription costs.  Alliance on Aging has a number of free presentations on this topic.  Click here for the dates and locations.


Medicare Part B Bills To Decline 3% Next Year

by Richard Kuehn on 10/06/22

For the first time in a decade, Americans will be paying less next year for Medicare Part B.  The 3% decrease in premiums (a savings of $5.20 per month for most people) comes after a tough year with extremely high inflation.  “To millions of seniors and people with disabilities on Medicare, that means more money in their pockets while still getting the care they need,” President Biden said.

Social Security Checks Projected To Go Up Up 8.7% In January

by Richard Kuehn on 09/18/22

According to an estimate by Mary Johnson, a policy analyst for the Senior Citizen League, an advocacy group, Social Security Payments could see the largest increase since 1982 in 2023.  That’s the good news.  The bad news is that inflation is still very high so the 8.7% increase may not mean much as far as purchasing power goes.  For the average retiree who currently gets a check for $1,656, the cost-of-living hike would bring them an additional $144.10 a month in 2023, making the average payment $1,800.   


New Cancer Drug Beats Chemotherapy In New Study

by Richard Kuehn on 09/16/22

A new study found that Amgen’s new lung cancer pill called Lumakras beat out a common chemotherapy in a late stage study, helping patients survive without their tumors getting worse.  However, it failed to prove that it reduced overall deaths, so more studies may be needed.  Lumakras is the first approved drug in an emerging class of treatments that target a genetic mutation called KRAS that is among the most common found in cancers.  The study, which found that those taking Lumakras went 5.6 months without their cancer getting worse, compared with 4.5 months for patients taking the chemotherapy docetaxel, was presented at the European Society for Medical Oncology Congress in Paris.  It was conducted by researchers at the Sarah Cannon Research Institute at Tennessee Oncology.

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