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Healthcare changes and new rules in the new year

January 03, 2011|By Mary Forgione, Tribune Health
(Orlando Sentinel )

Healthcare changes are nothing to worry about anymore. That's because they're here, as of the new year. Though not every healthcare change will affect you or your family, some are bound to have an impact on your wallet -- maybe even in a good way.

An Orlando Sentinel story reports on seven changes you can expect this year. For example: "The costs of over-the-counter medications only will be reimbursed through a Flexible Spending Account or Health Reimbursement Account if the medications are purchased with a doctor's prescription. These restrictions do not apply to the purchase of insulin." Check out the story to see what other changes are afoot.

And here's some food for thought about Medicare costs. A new poll shows that six in 10 Americans who paid into the system through payroll deductions expect full benefits when they come of age -- even though that doesn't come close to covering the costs. This story explains why Medicare costs aren't adding up.

OK, maybe it's time to start worrying again.


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