first_imgUS Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced that 6,244 Medicare beneficiaries in Vermont, and three million people nationwide, have received prescription drug cost relief through the Affordable Care Act. To date, three million eligible beneficiaries who fell into the drug coverage gap known as the ‘donut hole’ during 2010 have been mailed a one-time, tax-free $250 rebate check.‘For too long, many seniors and people with disabilities have been forced to make impossible choices between paying for needed prescription medication and necessities like food and rent,’ said Secretary Sebelius. ‘The Affordable Care Act offers long overdue relief by lowering prescription drug costs each year until the donut hole is closed.’Eligible beneficiaries who fell into the coverage gap during 2010 are continuing to automatically receive rebate checks. These checks are only the first step in how the Affordable Care Act will reduce prescription drug costs for beneficiaries in the donut hole each year until it is closed in 2020. Starting this year, eligible beneficiaries in the coverage gap will receive a 50-percent discount on covered brand name medications while in the donut hole. In addition, in 2011 Medicare will begin paying 7-percent of the price for generic drugs during the coverage gap.Also today, Secretary Sebelius released a new video message on the new benefits the Affordable Care Act provides in 2011 for people on Medicare. You can watch the video message here.The closing of the donut hole is just one of the ways seniors benefit from the Affordable Care Act. In addition to savings on prescription drugs, the law provides new benefits to Medicare beneficiaries when they visit their doctor starting this year:As of January 1, 2011, Original Medicare no longer charges out-of-pocket costs for the ‘Welcome to Medicare’ physical exam and, for the first time since the Medicare program was created in 1965, Original Medicare now covers an annual wellness visit with a participating doctor, also at no cost.In addition to these annual wellness visits, most people with Medicare can now receive critical preventive services, including certain cancer screenings such as mammograms and colonoscopies, for free.Also this year, the Affordable Care Act will provide qualifying doctors and other health care professionals providing primary care to people on Medicare a 10-percent bonus for primary care services. This will help ensure that those primary care providers can continue to be there for Medicare patients.People with Medicare can learn more about these new benefits, search for participating doctors in their area, and find other helpful information by contacting a trained customer service representative toll-free at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) or visiting is external)Additionally, the Affordable Care Act makes Medicare stronger and more secure for all beneficiaries. These provisions under the new law increase benefits to beneficiaries and help to extend the life of the Medicare Trust Fund by 12 years.An analysis issued by the Department of Health and Human Services estimates that under the Affordable Care Act, average savings for those enrolled in traditional Medicare will amount to more than $3,500 over the next 10 years. Savings will be even higher ‘ as much as $12,300 over the next 10 years ‘ for seniors and people with disabilities who have high prescription drug costs. Total savings per beneficiary enrolled in traditional Medicare are estimated to be $86 in 2011, rising to $649 in 2020. For a beneficiary in the donut hole, estimated total savings increase from $553 in 2011 to $2,217 in 2020.The Affordable Care Act establishes a new Innovation Center that will research, develop, test, and expand innovative payment and delivery arrangements to improve the quality and reduce the cost of care provided to patient with Medicare, Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage. Innovations that are found to work can be rapidly expanded and applied more broadly’helping to transform the health care system into one that provides better care at lower cost.· The Affordable Care Act contains important new tools to help crack down on criminals seeking to scam seniors and steal taxpayer dollars. The law strengthens the screenings for health care providers who want to participate in Medicare, Medicaid, or CHIP, enables enforcement officials to see health care claims data from around the country in a searchable database, and strengthens the penalties for criminal wrongdoing. The reduction in waste, fraud, and abuse returns savings to the Medicare Trust Fund to strengthen the program into the future. Seniors are encouraged to contact 1-800-MEDICARE to report any solicitations of personal information or suspected fraud, waste, or abuse, or go to is external).For more information on how the Affordable Care Act benefits seniors, visit is external). ###last_img read more

first_imgXhaka missed Arsenal’s defeat to Leicester City (Picture: Getty)‘The last time they won away at Leicester? September 2015. They have big problems, and now trail Leicester by nine points.’After losing to Leicester, Arsenal find themselves sixth in the Premier League, eight points behind fourth-placed Manchester City.Emery said: ‘In the end, a bad result but we did our gameplan, thinking right in the moment and we did that and when they scored the first goal was the moment maybe.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘Before the first goal I think we were in the match and in the second half we started to push in and create chances but they are in a good moment and they won.‘The second half we started better, we were pushing and showing we wanted to win. They work very well, the players felt comfortable and defended good and we had chances.‘I am sure we are going to improve after the international break.’MORE: Alan Shearer picks out three Liverpool stars for praise after crucial Man City victory Comment Arsenal outcast Granit Xhaka slammed for ruling himself out of Leicester City defeat Leicester 2- 0 Arsenal: Unai Emery post-match press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:35FullscreenLeicester 2- 0 Arsenal: Unai Emery post-match press conference is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.The incident led Xhaka to be stripped of the captaincy but Redknapp says the Swiss midfielder should have made himself available for Saturday’s trip to Leicester.ADVERTISEMENTAfter a goalless first 68 minutes at the King Power, two quick goals from Jamie Vardy and James Maddison saw the Foxes secure a 2-0 victory and climb to second in the Premier League.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Arsenal are in a real mess,’ Redknapp told the Daily Mail. ‘Unai Emery is getting the blame, but that is a club devoid of characters in their squad right now.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Where is the leadership? If Granit Xhaka really was captain material, he would have been at the King Power on Saturday.‘He would have been there fighting to win over the fans who gave him stick. Instead he was left at home, and Emery is having to pick up the pieces.‘The last time Arsenal won away from home against a big-six club? January 2015, at Manchester City. Granit Xhaka has been slammed for missing Arsenal’s defeat at Leicester City (Picture: Getty)Jamie Redknapp has slammed Granit Xhaka for ruling himself out of Arsenal’s Premier League clash at Leicester City.Under-fire Gunners boss Unai Emery confirmed last week that Xhaka would miss the trip to the King Power Stadium after ruling himself out of the match.Xhaka has not played for Arsenal since his shocking altercation with supporters during the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace last month.center_img Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 11 Nov 2019 9:28 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link178Shares Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgSheffield United defender. John Egan, has signed a new contract to 2024. The Republic of Ireland international, who featured 42 times for club and country last season, has signed a new four-year deal after an impressive first season in the Premier League. Egan said: “The last two years have probably been the most successful of my career and to get the chance to sign a new contract here is brilliant for me and I’m really looking forward to the future. I need to thank everyone involved. “I’ve loved my time here. We won promotion in the first year and had a really good first season back in the Premier League, so now it is about building on that and improving in the future.” Signed from Brentford in the summer of 2018 for a then-record fee, the 27-year-old has been instrumental to United’s continued success, helping the Blades win promotion from the Championship in his first full season as a Blade, before playing a key role in helping the club secure a ninth-place finish in the top-flight.Advertisement Loading… Promoted Content6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest Pocket5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without Recharging11 Strange Facts About Your Favorite TV ShowsTop 10 Enemies Turned Friends In TVWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A Vegan11 Strange Facts About Your Favorite TV ShowsWhat Disney Princesses Would Look Like In Modern Day Realitiescenter_img Boss Chris Wilder added: “It’s a reward for the influence John has on the team and at the football club. He’s been part and parcel of our climb over the last two years and he’s taken his game to the next level. “He’s a rock-solid character who produces performances week in, week out against world-class players and on the international stage I know how much he loves playing for his country and he’ll take his career on to the next step there as well. read also:Martial forgets match ball after Sheffield United hat-trick “We’ve got to reward and secure our best players and John is certainly one of those, we have to thank the Board for their support in allowing us to put this deal together. “John has been outstanding and knowing the boy as we do, we know John is not a comfortable footballer, he wants to establish himself and continue to improve at the highest level.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

first_imgThere’s also matches in the Championship tonight.Leaders Middlesbrough start the night with a four-point lead as they visit Brentford while second-placed Derby host Reading. Basement side Aston Villa will play host to Crystal Palace as they look to bag a win under manager Remi Garde.Elsewhere, Man United manager Louis van Gaal could also do with a victory as his side make the trip St James’ Park to face Newcastle and Bournemouth play host to West Ham.All three matches will kick-off at 19:45.last_img read more

first_img NHL trade news: Flyers acquire G Cam Talbot from Oilers for Anthony Stolarz Related News TRADE 🔄 The #Oilers have acquired forward Sam Gagner from the @Canucks in exchange for forward Ryan Spooner.— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) February 16, 2019Gagner, who has spent most of the season on loan to Toronto of the AHL, played his first seven seasons with the Oilers before making stops in Arizona, Philadelphia, Columbus and finally Vancouver.Gagner had 40-point seasons in each of his first five seasons, and his best points-per-game output the following season, 2012-13 – the NHL’s lockout season – when he tallied 38 points (14 goals, 24 assists) in 48 games. Sam Gagner is headed back to the Oilers.Gagner, the sixth overall pick in the 2007 NHL draft who enjoyed some of his best years in Edmonton, was traded by the Canucks to the Oilers for Ryan Spooner in a swap of forwards, the Oilers announced Saturday. In 2016-17 with the Blue Jackets, Gagner reached 50 points (18 goals, 32 assists) for the only time in his career. He also posted a career best with eight power-play goals.The struggling Oilers hope to have Gagner in the lineup immediately. Edmonton, losers of three in a row and 1-7-2 over its last 10 games, plays Saturday at the New York Islanders (7 p.m. ET).#Oilers Assistant GM Keith Gretzky says they’re hopeful Sam Gagner will be available tonight vs. NYI.— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) February 16, 2019Spooner will head to Vancouver with the hopes of bouncing back after a tough few months. He has spent nearly four weeks in the minors after recording three points and going minus-6 in 25 games with the Oilers.last_img read more