Fast-Tracking Social Security Applications, and Other News to Know

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Social Security fast tracks applications for frantic Americans

How would you manage financially if you were suddenly facing a diagnosis that no longer allowed you to work? The Compassionate Allowances program allows severely disabled Americans to receive their benefits decision in a matter of days, instead of months. The Social Security Administration recently announced 25 new Compassionate Allowances conditions.Among the conditions are numerous forms of cancer, Early-Onset Alzheimer’s disease, several digestive disorders and Lewy Body dementia. As of now, almost 200,000 people with severe disabilities have been approved through the fast-track process.

Even moderate drinking and driving dangerous for seniors

Just one drink can negatively impact the driving abilities of adults over 55 years old, say researchers from the University of Florida. Study participants were split up into two groups based on their age—25 to 35 and 55 to 70.They were then given an alcoholic drink – not enough to exceed the legal drinking limit of 0.08 BAC – and instructed to control a simulated vehicle along a three mile stretch of road with few distractions. The drivers in the younger group showed no significant difference in their driving skills, but the driving of the older group was adversely affected.

Depression and dementia ignite vicious cycle in seniors

Seniors who have been hospitalized for a medical condition or surgery had a 40 percent increased risk of dementia and a 60 percent increased risk of depression, say researchers at the University of Michigan. Scientists sampled 7,197 adults over age 65 and concluded that as many as one in 12 may have dementia, while one in seven may have depression. These groups are more likely to fall into a vicious cycle of re-hospitalization due to their mental ailments. Find out how hospitalization can lead to dementia and what the caregiver can do.

Will Medicare officials change the prescription drug plan?

In January, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) opened the following draft regulation for public comment: Medicare Part D may face new limits, rules and exclusions in the near future. Due to negative feedback, CMS decided to forgo any definitive action for the time being, reports “The Wall Street Journal.” If the regulation is revisited, two of the six protected drug categories (antidepressants and immune suppression medications) will still face possible elimination. Another element of change would allow insurers to offer no more than two prescription drug plans in any given area. According to CMS, most areas have too many plans available (three dozen, on average), which is unnecessarily confusing to beneficiaries. Learn how to help a senior find the right Medicare Part D plan.


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