Why It’s Important to Have a High-Fiber ...

Eating a high-fiber diet lowers the risk of death and chronic diseases, including cancer and strokes, according to a new meta-analysis. A high-fiber diet also reduces total cholesterol and body weight, improving overall health. The meta-analysis determined that dietary fiber provides more health benefits than previously believed. Those who want to live long, healthy lives can get on the right track by adding more fiber to their diets. About the Meta-analysis Researchers poured over more than 180 studies and 50 clinical trials to determine the health benefits of fiber. The...

What Does Medicare for All Mean Practica...

Medicare is a government-run health insurance program available to Americans who are aged 65 and over. The government gets funding for the program by taking a portion of the money deducted from paychecks for Social Security. Seniors use Medicare to pay for doctors’ visits and hospital stays, and many get additional coverage for prescription drugs and other services. This is a very popular program, with close to nine out of 10 seniors rating their coverage and care positively, according to a Gallup Poll. Recently, politicians have been talking about Medicare for All. Many...

Why Are Heart Attacks Among Young Women ...

A study recently published in the journal of circulation reveals that young women are experiencing more heart attacks than ever before. The amount of heart-attack related hospital admissions of young patients (35-45)  in the US increased from 27% in 1995-99 to 32% in 2010-14. During this time, the number of women admitted jumped from 21% to 31%. But Why? These findings are “particularly striking because the population is aging, and yet we’re seeing that a higher proportion of heart attack patients are young patients,” said Dr. Harmony Reynolds, co-leader...

Medicare Plan F is Going Away – What You...

One in four Medicare recipients is underinsured, according to The Commonwealth Fund. The underinsured can experience high out-of-pocket costs that can reach $10,000 or more. High out-of-pocket costs can be avoided by purchasing a Medigap plan such as Medicare Plan F. Medicare Plan F is going away, though, leaving many scrambling to determine how to cover costs. What Is Medicare Supplement Plan F? Many people ask, “What is Medicare Plan F?” It is one of the ten Medigap plans currently available. These plans provide supplemental health insurance that covers various...

The Main Differences Between Medigap and...

Medicare Advantage and Medigap are two great ways that a Medicare beneficiary can offset out-of-pocket costs. One policy is more expensive than the other and includes extra benefits. The other is less expensive but has more restrictions. Medicare Advantage More than 17 million enrollees are estimated to have signed up for Medicare Advantage plans. Medicare Advantage has lower premiums but comes with copays. Medicare Advantage has a cap on out-of-pocket expenses. Medicare Advantage HMOs, you can visit only providers in your plan. With Medicare Advantage PPOs, you can visit...