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Medical director named for Ohio Aging, Health departments

Dec. 01, 2021 10:55 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A longtime physician has been appointed medical director for both the state Aging and Health departments with a charge of helping lead Ohio's coronavirus pandemic response. Dr. John Weigand, a central Ohio doctor, has served most recently as...

Maine university to pilot senior nutrition program

Nov. 25, 2021 14:10 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine university plans to use a federal grant to pilot a nutrition program for older residents who live in low-income housing. The University of New England received the $900,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services...

Spain eyes COVID-19 boosters for health workers, elderly

Nov. 17, 2021 12:44 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s panel of vaccine experts approved Wednesday the use of a COVID-19 booster shot for people between 60-69 years old and for health workers, as part of an effort to combat an uptick in infections. The final go-ahead for the shot must be given by...

Alzheimer's drug cited as Medicare premium jumps by $21.60

Nov. 12, 2021 21:43 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare's “Part B” outpatient premium will jump by $21.60 a month in 2022, one of the largest increases ever. Officials said Friday a new Alzheimer's drug is responsible for about half of that. The increase guarantees that health care will gobble...

Medicare Part B outpatient monthly premium jumps by $21.60 next year; new Alzheimer's drug cited in one of largest hikes

Nov. 12, 2021 17:05 PM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare Part B outpatient monthly premium jumps by $21.60 next year; new Alzheimer's drug cited in one of largest hikes.

Real Medicare drug savings in Dems' bill — but not overnight

Nov. 11, 2021 00:07 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare enrollees who take expensive medicines could save thousands of dollars a year under the Democrats’ sweeping social agenda bill, but those dividends won't come overnight. Instead, they'll build gradually over the decade. Unveiled late last...

Missing art historian with Alzheimer's found dead in woods

Nov. 09, 2021 10:16 AM EST

UPPER NYACK, N.Y. (AP) — A leading art historian diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease was found dead by police in the woods of Nyack Beach State park on Monday after having gone missing on Nov. 3. Neighbors, residents and police had been searching for Richard Kendall,...

Democrats reach drug price deal, Biden upbeat on Manchin

Nov. 02, 2021 19:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats reached agreement Tuesday on a plan to lower prescription drug costs for most older people, capping out-of-pocket Medicare costs at $2,000 and reducing the price of insulin, salvaging a campaign promise as part of President Joe Biden's $1.75 trillion domestic...

House moves bill to add seniors to prescription drug program

Oct. 27, 2021 13:44 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania House voted unanimously Wednesday to expand income eligibility limits for the state's prescription drug subsidy program. The House voted 199-0 to approve the bill that would increase the maximum income for PACENET to $33,500 for...

Sweden offers 3rd COVID shot to elderly, health care staff

Oct. 27, 2021 09:29 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Sweden, which has stood out among European nations for its comparatively hands-off response to the pandemic, announced Wednesday it will be offering a third vaccine shot to people 65 and over as well as to health care workers and nursing home staff. ...