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2019

December

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  • How to use up flexible spending account dollars before year's end. Some often-overlooked items that experts note are FSA-eligible: —Dental treatments including X-rays, teeth cleaning, fillings, crowns, braces, extractions, dentures and denture cleaning supplies and fluoride treatments to prevent tooth decay. —Out-of-pocket costs for
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  • Nearly 700,000 SNAP recipients could lose benefit. The Trump administration is tightening work requirements for some food stamp recipients, a change that is expected to eliminate Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits for 688,000 adults. The new rule makes it more difficult for states

November

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  • Hospital alarms prove a noisy misery for patients. Tens of thousands of alarms shriek, beep and buzz every day in every U.S. hospital. All sound urgent, but few require immediate attention or get it. Intended to keep patients safe alerting nurses to
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  • Renting a vehicle through Europcar drove me crazy. When we first solicited reader stories of travel disasters, we immediately received four individual emails concerning Europcar, the rental car company that operates in 140 countries. Although anyone renting a car from any rental company on
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  • What if the road to single-payer led through the states?. As presidential hopefuls campaign on a national “Medicare for all” system, a California congressman is pushing for a different path to universal coverage: letting the states go first. Ro Khanna, a Democratic representative,
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  • Medicaid's dark secret. For many participants, the program that provides health care to millions of low-income Americans isn’t free. It’s a loan. And the government expects to be repaid.
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  • PG&E will credit customers subject to Oct. 9 blackouts. Bowing to pressure from Gov. Gavin Newsom, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. will provide some form of compensation to people affected by widely criticized mass power outages the utility implemented earlier this month. Bill Johnson,

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