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  1. Simplepleasures

    Health Care Reform---If You Were Congress

    Medicare may have it's problems, but it is far better than a free clinic. I must buy a supplemental policy that costs me $150. a month for the deductibles, but even this is a better alternative to no coverage. If everyone paid that $150. a month to a government run Medicare program and cut out the private health insurers we could expand Medicare to cover everyone.
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    Whistleblower needs protection!

    http://medi-smart.com/whistleblower-protection.htm http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0FSL/is_3_73/ai_72272008 http://www.nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/ANAPoliticalPower/State/StateLegislativeAgenda/Whistleblower_1.aspx http://www.wisbar.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Wisconsin_Lawyer&template=/CM/ContentDisplay.cfm&contentid=47659 This last link is the state law my case is being heard under.Get an EMPLOYMENT lawyer, he should be up on the health care whistle blower retaliation protection law in your state , IF your state has one. I am not aware of a Federal whistle blower law that protects health care workers, unless it is a Qui Tam Law that protects those who have reported a Medicare/Medicaid/ Fraud. http://whistleblowerlaws.com/law.htm
  3. I am on Medicare, its a lot better than a free clinic.I couldn't afford Cobra while waiting for SSDI approval. The problem that does exist with Medicare is the rate in which the doctors and clinics are reimbursed. Plus the deductibles , which forces those with Medicare to either buy a Supplemental insurance or buy an Advantage Plan. The Supplemental Plan costs another $100 a month on top of the almost $100. Medicare premium, so that is $200, out of the Social Security monthly payment. Oh almost forgot about the added 35 or 40 bucks a month for Medicare part D. Those who have been disabled and have gone through their savings to pay for medical debt , now have to rely on living on SS alone. I am grateful to have it and I am thrilled to have Medicare, but the doctors and clinics charges keep going up, Medicare cannot continue to pay for those increased costs year after year. Those costs MUST be kept to a reasonable level, as they are in other countries that have universal health care, it can be done. I would much prefer keeping private health insurance out of the system altogether, that and the outrageous health care costs will bankrupt Medicare if something isn't done soon. I do not have an entitlement attitude, I am grateful for what there is in place now, but as a civilized intelligent nation, I think we could do better.
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    Do Nurses Live in Fear of Being Fired???

    YES, they can and do fire nurses regularly, especially the ones with a strong moral/ ethical compass, who have big mouths. They absolutely do want nurses to be afraid of getting fired and they also like to use your license to scare you . LTC has been and still is a dirty underhanded industry, with money as its bottom line. Speaking from experience.
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    How does a nurse pick HERSELF up when everyone keeps kicking her down?

    Unless your company has a policy on the books that states no one may speak in anything but English, you will most likely not be able to prove any retaliatory action. Sarbanes Oxley and other Whistleblower Laws would not deal with this type of thing, much bigger fish to fry. Health care whistleblower retaliation protection laws protect the nurse when reporting about PATIENT care issues, Sarbanes Oxley is more of a corporate whistleblower law, deals with things other than health care issues or workers. Sorry this happened to you, I hope things work out for you. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarbanes-Oxley_Act
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    How does a nurse pick HERSELF up when everyone keeps kicking her down?

    http://medi-smart.com/whistleblower-protection.htm http://www.nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/ANAPoliticalPower/State/StateLegislativeAgenda/Whistleblower_1.aspx I am involved in a Whistleblower Retaliation lawsuit against my former employer. I was covered under the WI Healthcare Worker Whistleblower Retaliation Protection Act. Different States have similar laws regarding whistleblower retaliation. If you feel you may fall under one of these laws, make sure you address this with an EMPLOYMENT lawyer.
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    Falling Behind: Americans' Access to Medical Care Deteriorates

    As a person on SSDI,thank goodness and Senator Kennedy that the new Medicare Bill is veto proof. MDs and clinics are declining to accept Medicare patients without the supplemental insurance or an Advantage plan. This takes away another $100 plus dollars out of the SS recipients monthly check, besides the $98.00 that it cost to have Medicare Part A and B .That $200.+ on a fixed income can and really does hurt seniors and the disabled on a fixed income. I haven't even mentioned the cost of Medicare part D here.Some find that their medications are cheaper from Walmart than the actual Medicare part D plan. Having said that, I am grateful to have Medicare, I was using a free clinic for the past two plus years, I am so relieved to once again have my own doctor and clinic .
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    Friends little daughter passed away tonight

    Oh, how heartbroken the parents must be, you all are in my prayers.
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    Death work and talking to the dead

    Ive actually caught myself saying "go to the light", then felt pretty foolish.I do think as BlueRidgeHome said that there may be a time between here and there.
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    Thats It!! Im Calling The State!!

    http://medi-smart.com/whistleblower-protection.htm Whistleblower ( for health care workers) Law info .
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    Thats It!! Im Calling The State!!

    http://www.nccnhr.org/uploads/HarringtonStatestaffingtableRevisedJan2008.pdf http://www.hpm.umn.edu/NHRegsPlus/index.htm These are sites that list the appropriate agency to report nursing home violations to. The Dept of regulation and licensing is the agency that deals with licensing of nurses and other professional but does not take complaints or reports that pertain to nursing home regulation. I'm still in litigation 3 years after I'm was terminated for whistle blowing, got good lawyers and am being as patient as I can be. It's a long road, and those of us who have taken it have paid a price for it, I personally have not regretted it.
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    Obama assists at St. Louis hospital

    Hmmm, think John McCain would've even considered this?
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    stomach contents in my eye and mouth!

    Yup, happened to me.My patient had Jakob Kreutzfeld Syndrome and forever more to this day I'm afraid Ill come down with it. Incubation can take years.
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    Medicare drug coverage is costing most seniors more

    This is VERY concerning to me, as I will be getting Medicare shortly.Another poster said this is what happens when the government handles health care, wrong this is what happens when the Bush Administration made a deal with the drug companies, more of his famous crony-ism policies. I will except a Democratic Congress and President to right this wrong.
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    Just disgusted

    You are NOT the facility, you are human and only one person.The staff nurse HAS no choice but to practice within the limitations her facility provides her with, short staffing and all the other"goodies" that the facility graces her with. The buck stops at the top.
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    Fake bus stop prevents Alzheimer's patients from wandering

    Wow, I wish we would've had such inventions when I was a LTC nurse on the dementia unit.Watch state find some reason things like this cant be used, maybe they will say its insulting to the demented or some other nonsense.