Seniors’ Loneliness Costs Medicare

Seniors’ Loneliness Costs MedicareWork closely with your clients, it may help them live longer

By Janet Adamy – The Wall Street Journal – December 12, 2018

Baby Boomers are ag­ing alone more than any gen­er­a­tion in U.S. his­tory, and the re­sult­ing lone­li­ness is a loom­ing pub­lic health threat. This loneliness undermines health and is linked to early mortality. Policy makers are concerned this will strain the federal budget and undermine Boomers’ health.

Researchers say loneliness takes a physical toll and is as closely linked to an early death as smoking up to 15 cigarettes a day. Loneliness is even worse for longevity than being obese or physically inactive. The lack of social contacts among older adults costs Medicare $6.7 billion a year, mostly from spending on nursing facilities and hospitalization.

Seniors Living Alone, and Lonely, as They Age

Seniors’ Loneliness Costs Medicare

Loneliness Shortens Life

Seniors’ Loneliness Costs Medicare

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The Larger Voice … of Wisdom

BThe Larger Voice … of Wisdom y Anthony Iannarino – The Sales Blog – December 13, 2018

A little voice inside your head might say “I’m tired of being rejected when I ask for a meeting.” The little voice feels like the “no” is a personal rejection that invalidates your worth as a human being, making something out of what’s really nothing. But the larger voice recognizes a failed attempt to conduct commerce is nothing more than feedback. The feedback provided by “no” means only that the person you called doesn’t believe the value you offered in exchange for his time was favorable … at this time. The larger voice says “I’ll change my offer and try again later and, eventually, I’ll get a meeting.” It’s important for you to pay attention to what you say to yourself. Your results and your future will manifest in your mind, and then they’ll manifest in the world. Choose carefully which voice you allow to design that future.

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Who Are America’s Uninsured?

Why do Americans choose to go without health insurance?

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Who Are America's Uninsured?

By Chris Nicholls and Emily Payne – BenefitsPro – December 14, 2018

When the Trump administration nullified the individual insurance mandate by killing the penalty in last year’s tax reform bill, many were sure it would result in a plunge in insurance signups and a spike in the uninsured rate. With just two days left until the end of the ACA open enrollment season, signups are down nearly 20% over last year.

The loss of the individual mandate may have something to do with it, but other factors at play include an increase in alternative plans as well as a hot economy that has created more options for employer-sponsored health coverage. Still, after steady years of decline, the uninsured population increased by nearly 700,000 in 2017. What factors contribute to the decision by these and other Americans to go without insurance?

America's Uninsured

2017 Uninsured rates

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