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Generic Drug Alert: FDA Approves Generic Version of Precose for Type 2 Diabetes

Quick generic drug approval bulletin for today. If you have a family member or other loved suffers from Type 2 diabetes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given Mylan Pharmaceuticals final approval for acarbose tablets, a generic version of Bayer’s prescription drug Precose which treats Type 2 diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, the possible complications . . . → Read More: Generic Drug Alert: FDA Approves Generic Version of Precose for Type 2 Diabetes

Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross and PacifiCare Agree to Delay Health Insurance Hikes

Blue Shield of California may still be barreling towards hiking health insurance premiums on March 1st, but three prominent health insurers have agree to the California Insurance Commissioner’s request to delay proposed health insurance hikes for 60 days while they are reviewed. Before the agreed-upon delay, Aetna and Anthem Blue Cross had proposed health insurance premium . . . → Read More: Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross and PacifiCare Agree to Delay Health Insurance Hikes

Natural Cold Remedies: Are Natural Cold Remedies Worth the Money?

It’s cold season and if you’re like most of us, you’re probably spending at least part of your day surrounded by sniffling and sneezing friends, family and/or co-workers, and wondering what you can do to avoid being the next victim without spending a fortune on useless remedies which will only clutter up your medicine cabinet. . . . → Read More: Natural Cold Remedies: Are Natural Cold Remedies Worth the Money?

Highland Breast Imaging Center Offers Free Mammograms in Rochester, New York on February 12, 2011

Highland Breast Imaging Center in conjunction with the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester and the Cancer Services Program of Monroe County are celebrating Valentines Day by offering free mammograms to women 40 and older who do not have health insurance or their health insurance does not cover mammograms. The date is Saturday, February 12, 2011 . . . → Read More: Highland Breast Imaging Center Offers Free Mammograms in Rochester, New York on February 12, 2011

How Many Seniors Will Be Homeless If Texas Cuts Medicaid?

As state governments across the country are grappling with painful cuts to balance their budgets, Medicaid, the federal and state health insurance program for low-income Americans, may be among the hardest hit, and as a result many seniors in long-term care may have to find somewhere else to live.

Why? Medicaid is the country’s largest . . . → Read More: How Many Seniors Will Be Homeless If Texas Cuts Medicaid?

Did You Miss Your Chance To Switch Your Medicare Advantage Plan? You Still Have Options

We don’t know if you’ve noticed, but our handy Medicare Open Enrollment counter to your left is gone.  Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D Open Enrollment is over!  Did you miss your Medicare Open Enrollment season?

Unfortunately, Medicare Open Enrollment season for Medicare Advantage was super-easy to miss this year. Remember, this year (2010-2011) Medicare Advantage enrollees only had from . . . → Read More: Did You Miss Your Chance To Switch Your Medicare Advantage Plan? You Still Have Options

One More For the Celebrity Medical Bankruptcy Files: Zsa Zsa Gabor Forced to Sell House to Pay Medical Bills

By now, it’s no longer a secret that medical bills are the single leading cause of bankruptcy in the United States, and celebrities are not immune.  In one more for the celebrity medical bankruptcy files, The Los Angeles Times reported this week that Zsa Zsa Gabor is being forced to sell her home in order to . . . → Read More: One More For the Celebrity Medical Bankruptcy Files: Zsa Zsa Gabor Forced to Sell House to Pay Medical Bills

Michigan’s Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) Finally Opens!

If you live in Michigan and have a pre-existing conditions and no health insurance, its finally good news for one of the country’s most economically-challenged states.  It’s taken a while (to say the least!), but Michigan has finally gotten its act together and opened its Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP), HIP Michigan for coverage.  The HIP Michigan website . . . → Read More: Michigan’s Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) Finally Opens!

Remote Area Medical (RAM) Offers Free Medical, Dental, Vision on February 5th and 6th in Knoxville, Tennessee

A reminder to our friends in Tennessee. The Remote Area Medical (RAM) mobile clinic will be visiting the Jacob Building, Chilhowee Park in Knoxville, Tennesse on February 5th and 6th, providing free medical, dental and vision care to the uninsured, underinsured, unemployed and anyone else who cannot pay for care, both adults and children.

Be sure to arrive early. The . . . → Read More: Remote Area Medical (RAM) Offers Free Medical, Dental, Vision on February 5th and 6th in Knoxville, Tennessee

Generic Drug News: Generic Plavix Delayed For Another 6 Months

Well, it may be good news for Bristol-Myers Squibb and Sanofi-Aventis, but it’s bad news for everyone else, especially for heart patients at risk for stroke or heart attacks. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted Bristol-Myers Squibb and Sanofi-Aventis an additional six months of exclusivity to sell their blockbuster anti-clotting drug Plavix.

Bristol-Myers . . . → Read More: Generic Drug News: Generic Plavix Delayed For Another 6 Months