March 18, 2020 Herb

As the coronavirus disease   (COVID 19) spreads across the nation, the Trump Administration announced yesterday that Medicare now provides telehealth coverage that will enable beneficiaries to receive health care services from their physicians without ever having to leave their home to travel to a healthcare facility.  Beginning on March 6, 2020, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency that oversees the Medicare program, will temporarily pay clinicians to provide telehealth services for beneficiaries residing across the entire country. “The Trump Administration is taking swift and bold action to give patients greater access to care through telehealth during…

March 10, 2020 Herb

Yesterday, Governor Phil Murphy quickly moved to ramp up New Jersey’s preparedness to contain the spread of COVID-19.  As part of the state’s coordinated response to address the novel coronavirus outbreak, the Governor declared a State of Emergency and a Public Health Emergency, issuing Executive Order No. 103, to immediately ramp up New Jersey’s efforts across all 21 counties in New Jersey to allow state agencies and departments to respond to affected communities and recovering from COVID-19 cases. COVID-19 Photo Credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “The State of New Jersey is committed to deploying…

March 5, 2020 Chelsey

“Eat Right, Bite by Bite!” March is National Nutrition Month! We encourage everyone to focus on making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

February 26, 2020 Herb

Last month, Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation (A2431) to limit out-of-pocket prescription drug expenses for New Jersey families. The bill, which requires health insurers to provide plans that limit patient cost-sharing concerning prescription drug coverage, will improve affordability and access for those who require necessary medication. “Few issues have a greater financial impact on New Jersey families than the unpredictable and ever-increasing cost of prescription drugs,” said Governor Murphy in a Jan. 21 statement announcing the new law. “Cost-sharing too often presents a barrier to a patient’s ability to access medically-necessary treatments. This legislation will improve the affordability of medical care…

February 20, 2020 Herb

Researchers say that heart and brain health are connecting and that improving your cardiovascular health reduces the risk of cognitive decline and dementia.  A recently released report, “The Brain-Heart Connection,” released by the Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH), summarizes the strongest research on this topic and offers practical lifestyle tips people can take to protect their heart and brain health. Brain Health Photo Credit: National Institute on Aging The researchers noted that cardiovascular risk factors, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking and diabetes, are known to be harmful to the brain. The more…

February 12, 2020 Herb

Medical researchers say that over the past 30 years the meaning in life has emerged as an important issue to be studied, especially in the context of an aging population. According to the findings of a research study, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine found that the presence of and search for meaning in life are important for health and well-being, though the relationships differ in adults younger and older than age 60. Searching for the Meaning of Life Photo Credit: CDC.gov “Many think about the meaning and purpose in life from…

January 30, 2020 Herb

With the Iowa Caucuses fast approach, the Washington, DC-based AARP releases the findings of a poll, conducted by The Harris Poll that finds that health Care is considered a key issue for Iowa women over age 50 and over. This survey was conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of AARP from Dec. 5 to Dec. 25, 2019 among 1,001 age 50-plus, self-identified registered women voters in Iowa. Paying for Care Photo Credit: National Institute on Aging According to the survey 48 percent of older women voters, including 57 percent of Democrats, rank health care as…

January 7, 2020 Herb

In Oct, the House moved to pass H.R. 4334, The Dignity in Aging Act of 2019, a bipartisan reauthorization of the Older Americans Act (OAA) that provides funding for a wide range of popular local and state programs. These programs make sure seniors have access to food thru Meals on Wheels, transportation, part-time job opportunities to support financial security and to combat social isolation and other basic services they need to live independently and with dignity. By mid-December, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Bob Casey (D-PA), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Aging Committee threw their bill in…

January 1, 2020 Herb

On the heels of the House passing legislation to put the brakes on rising drug costs, a recently released U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) releases a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) could allow certain prescription drugs to be imported from Canada.   If finalized, it would allow for the importation of certain prescription drugs from Canada. New Draft Rule Puts the Brakes on Skyrocketing Drug Costs Photo Credit: Centers for Disease Prevention and Control New Draft Rule to Make it Easier to Import Cheaper Canadian Drugs Photo Credit: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and…