Archive for March, 2010

Institute of Medicine Makes Recommendations To VA

In 2009, the Institute of Medicine was asked, by Congress, to examine the special needs of veterans returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and their families.  The study focused on physical, psychological and other personal issues associated with this group who have undergone difficulties unlike any other war veterans including: Multiple deployments; Reservists and […]

Sec. Sebelius Awards Funding For Chronic Disease Self-Management Programs For Older Americans

HHS News Release: Recovery Act Grants Will Help Reduce Chronic Disease And Health Disparities Older Americans with chronic diseases can learn how to manage their conditions and take control of their health using the $27 million in grants announced today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.  The Communities Putting […]

Agent-Orange-Connected Illnesses Added To VA List

At long last, the Department of Veterans Affairs led by General Eric K. Shinseki, is acknowledging that there may be a connection between Agent-Orange and at least three illnesses more prevalent among those who served during the Vietnam War.  These illnesses include B cell leukemias, Parkinson’s Disease, and ischemic heart disease. For decades, Vietnam Veterans […]

Even If You Have Private Disability Insurance . . .

If you have disability insurance, that does not guarantee coverage when and if you ever need it.  Take, for example, one of our clients who had practiced family dentistry for over twenty years.  When he first opened his practice, he made sure to purchase a private disability policy from a well-known insurance carrier.  He wanted […]

How The Health Care Reform Bill Can Help You The First Year

Insurance companies will no longer be allowed to drop you if you get sick. This marks the end of lifetime coverage limits. Annual limits will be restricted. If you have a pre-existing condition, you will be able to obtain health insurance coverage through a new program that will expire once new insurance exchanges begin in […]

Patrick Busse Volunteers At Mortgage Foreclosure Clinic

DeHaan Busse Partner, Patrick Busse, will be donating his professional expertise to the Nassau County Bar Association’s Mortgage Foreclosure Consultation Clinic. The program provides guidance, advice and direction to homeowners facing foreclosure. Housing counselors will be available from Nassau/Suffolk NC Homeownership Center; Representatives from Nassau/Suffolk Law Services will be available (you may qualify for legal […]

DB Disability Law Ledger™ – March 2010

Disability: A Financial Hardship For Working Americans According to a report published by The Urban Institute, poverty rates double for Americans when they become disabled.  Although a variety of public programs exist including Social Security disability, Workers’ Compensation, Supplemental Security Income and Veterans’ disability, presumably as a safety net, these programs have missed the mark […]

DoD Annual Report On Sexual Assault

On March 17, the Department of  Defense released its annual report on sexual assault in the military.  There was an 11% increase in the number of assaults reported by service members, possibly indicating that more victims are feelings comfortable enough to come forward.  The report pointed out that only 20% of service members who are […]

Federal Employees Can Use FMLA For Military Relatives

OPM released a memo stating that federal employees can use their Family and Medical Leave Act to assist their military relatives deployed overseas.  These expanded benefits are part of the 2010 National Defense Authorization Act.

If Pharma Hates It, It Must Be Good For You

Last month, we reported that Democratic Representative Stephen Lynch introduced H.R. 4489, requiring OPM oversight of Pharmacy Benefits Managers when they negotiate with drug companies on behalf of federal employees.  To recap, because of a lack of oversight, OPM cannot determine whether rebates from pharmaceutical companies are being passed on to the government or federal […]