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Aid to Families with Dependent Children

Aid and attendance A term used by the department of veterans affairs (VA) to designate the home chore aid a disabled veteran pensioner must purchase because he or she is too incapacitated for daily living activities and for which he or she is therefore eligible for a higher pension income.

Work Related Conditions and Health

The Whitehall II cohort of British civil servants (Ferrie et al., 1995, 1998) found that white-collar workers under threat of major organizational change (elimination or transfer to the private sector) may experience adverse changes in self-rated health, long-standing illness, sleep patterns, and number of physical symptoms and may experience minor psychiatric morbidity. Longitudinal data on male Swedish shipyard workers threatened with job loss and on stably employed controls (Mattiasson et al., 1990) showed that serum cholesterol concentrations increased significantly among the former group. In a study of Finnish government workers (Vahtera et al., 1997), downsizing was associated with increased medically certified sick leave. Among American automobile workers (Heaney et al., 1994), extended periods of job insecurity were associated with increased physical symptoms. However, workers who remain in an organization after a downsizing do not experience a decline in well-being, despite...

Recent Changes In Relation To The Labour Market

Only people (20-64 years of age) in the labour force were asked to answer the first (2001) questionnaire. Three years later (2004) 17 of the men and 14 of the women had reached the age of 652 and had retired. Among the respondents of working age about 80 were still working in 2004 while remaining 20 were not, due to early retirement,3 long-term sick leave, unem- 2 65 years of age is the standard age of retirement in Sweden. 3 86 of those in 2004 who had taken early retirement reported that hearing impairment played some or a major part for their early retirement.

Compensation Wages and Benefits

The CPS contains data on wages paid and hours employed for all workers. Information on the availability of health insurance and pension plans through one's employer is also available. This chapter compares how relative earnings for workers with disabilities have changed over time and if there was any significant alteration coinciding with the implementation of the ADA. These comparisons are also made across types of disability with the help of the SIPP data set. Earnings of disabled workers are compared with those of workers without disabilities to determine whether there has been any improvement in the compensation disparity over time and how much of that disparity is left unexplained by differences in productivity (i.e., potential discrimination), particularly around the period that the ADA became law and was fully implemented. The methodology employed will also allow an examination of how much of the earnings disparity is accounted for by different representations of disabled...

Choosing an Insurance Plan

Your plan's summary plan description (SPD) provides a wealth of information. Your health plan administrator can provide you with a copy of your plan's SPD. It outlines your benefits and your legal rights under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), the federal law that protects your health benefits. It should contain information about the coverage of dependents, what services will require a co-pay, and the circumstances under which your employer can change or terminate a health benefits plan. Save the SPD and all other health plan brochures and documents, along with memos or correspondence from your employer relating to health benefits. 8. Plan for retirement. Before you retire, find out what health benefits, if any, extend to you and your spouse during your retirement years. Consult with your employer's human resources office, your union, the plan administrator, and check your SPD. Make sure there is no conflicting information among these sources about the benefits you...

Part B Medical Insurance

You can sign up for Part B anytime during a 7-month period that begins 3 months before you turn 65. Visit your local Social Security office, or call the Social Security Administration at 1-800-7721213 to sign up. If you choose to enroll in Part B, the premium is usually taken out of your monthly Social Security, Railroad Retirement, or Civil Service Retirement payment. If you do not receive any of the above payments, Medicare sends you a bill for your part B premium every 3 months. You should receive your Medicare premium bill in the mail by the 10th of the month. If you do not, call the Social Security Administration at 1800-772-1213, or your local Social Security office. If you get benefits from the Railroad Retirement Board, call your local RRB office or 1-800-808-0772. For more information, call your Medicare carrier about bills and services. The

Epidemiology and Environmental Public Health

Improved disease reporting, surveillance, and epidemiologic studies of these diseases are needed. Little information exists about either the chronic effects of acute exposure to these marine toxins or about the long-term effects of chronic exposures, e.g., elderly populations in coastal retirement communities experiencing annual HABs. Little information is available about the environmental health effects, e.g., asthma exacerbations, from exposure to these toxins.

Implications Of Growing Health Care Costs

With the economic downturn in 2001, the growth in health care spending creates added financial burdens for everyone, including individuals seeking care or insurance coverage, employers offering health insurance benefits, and governments at the federal, state, and local levels managing publicly funded insurance programs (Fronstin, 2002 Trude et al., 2002). Substantial increases in health insurance premiums are a clear indication of these economic stresses. For example, the California Public Employees' Retirement System, which is the nation's second largest public purchaser of employee health benefits, recently announced that health insurance premiums would increase by 25 percent (Connoly, 2002). States are experiencing serious pressures from growth in Medicaid spending, which increased by about 13 percent from 2001 to 2002, following a 10.6 percent increase in

Changing jobs and other life events can affect your health benefits

Before you retire, find out what health benefits, if any, extend to you and your spouse during your retirement years. Consult with your employer's human resources office, your union, the plan administrator, and check your SPD. Make sure there is no conflicting information among these sources about the benefits you will receive or the circumstances under which they can change or be eliminated. With this information in hand, you can make other important choices, like finding out if you are eligible for Medicare and Medigap insurance coverage.

Social kiss See dry kiss

Social Security The United States' most extensive program to provide income for older and disabled Americans. It is paid for by a tax on workers and their employers. Qualified workers are eligible for old age and disability benefits. Benefits are also available for the spouse and dependents of a retired or disabled worker. When a worker dies, benefits can be collected by surviving family members who qualify. Over 95 percent of American workers, including household help, farm workers, self-employed persons, employees of state and local government, and (since 1984) federal workers, participate in the program. Railroad workers are covered by a separate federal program, railroad retirement, that is integrated with Social Security. The program is complicated, and the law and regulations change from time to time. Contact your local office of the Social Security Administration (SSA) for literature about Social Security benefits or to ask specific questions about your own case. They are...

Social Security Disability Insurance SSDI A

By which people become eligible for SSDI. Most qualify by working and paying Social Security taxes, which earns credits toward eventual benefits. Disabled widows and widowers age 50 or older, may be eligible for a disability benefit earned on the Social Security record of a decreased spouse. Disabled children age 18 or older (whose disability must have originated before age 22) may be eligible for dependents' benefits on the Social Security record of a parent who is getting retirement or disability benefits or who has died. Children under the age of 18 qualify for dependents' benefits on the record of a parent who is getting retirement or disability benefits or on the record of a parent who has died.

Part A Hospital Insurance

If you (or your spouse) did not pay Medicare taxes while you were working and you are age 65 or older, you still may be able to buy Part A. If you are not sure you have Part A, look on your red, white, and blue Medicare card. It will show Hospital Part A on the lower left corner of the card. You can also call the Social Security Administration toll free at 1-800-772-1213 or call your local Social Security office for more information about buying Part A. If you get benefits from the Railroad Retirement Board, call your local RRB office or 1-800-808-0772. For more information, call your Fiscal Intermediary about Part A bills and services. The phone number for the Fiscal Intermediary office in your area can be obtained from the following Web site

Complaints and litigation

I suspect the great majority of doctors, nurses, and others in the NHS feel that they are doing the best that they can with inadequate resources in difficult circumstances. The patients traditionally shared this ethic as if we were all still in the Blitz together we did not like it but we would do our best together. The patient who complains that their bed in the air-raid shelter is too lumpy or there is plaster dust in their tea clearly does not share the ethic and when there is personal spite as well, You allowed my bed to get lumpy , You did nothing to stop plaster dust getting in my tea , staff feel doubly aggrieved. I have trivialised the example to make a point. Complainants feel their complaints passionately but the personal consequences for staff involved in a complaint can be very significant. Doctors have killed themselves because of the stress of a long-running complaints process, many others say it is a factor in seeking early retirement. Nurses, clerks, and others simply...

Influence Of Genetics On Health Theory

After a revolution, scientists are responding to a different world , in this way Kuhn attempted to characterize these exceptional shifts. Accordingly, it proceeds to ask now how different is the world in which scientists are living today Before we answer, we should emphasize that we do not claim that the shift operated in health theory is a revolution in the full Kuhnean sense, rather that this movement presents a feature - albeit conspicuous - of what Kuhn himself called 'scientific revolution'. The world we are talking about has already become partially evident by predictive medicine, at least in part. We move towards a world in which a patient's individual genome will be part of his her medical record. However, we should be careful because one thing is a revolution in health theory and another very different one is a revolution in medical sciences. As it was said, medical sciences are going through a normal period, but it is not the same as with the health theory, in which the...

How Long Could We Live

If we did live 50 percent longer, to 150-180 years, population pressures would be substantially increased, and overpopulation on Earth is already an enormous problem. Would we be willing to restrict population growth to maintain a habitable planet And, of course, the presumption in all of this is that quality of life would be maintained at a vigorous level for much longer, so retirement would be at 130-150 years of age, rather than between 60 and 70 as it is now for most people in the developed world. How would this affect human creativity, which depends so much on the young. What might be the economic implications if people lived for 150 years None of this has been thought through. Perhaps it should be.

Characteristics of patients admitted to day care disintegration and loss of self

Fred also complained about his social isolation, which had become especially marked since his physical deterioration.3 He was no longer able to walk to the pub or to his local pensioners' club, and no-one visited him apart from a neighbour who did his shopping, and a care assistant who came briefly in the mornings and evenings to help him get up and go to bed.

Patentability Of Computers And Program Therefore

Interestingly, the discussion of the presence of a technical effect, which is traditionally held regarding patentability per se (which is the domain of art. 52 EPC) has shifted to a discussion regarding inventive step. This is in line with the recent Controlling Pension Benefits System case, in a Decision of Technical Board of Appeal 3.5.1 dated 8 September 2000 (T 931 95). In this decision, it was decided that a computer and a computer program constitute a physical entity or a concrete product, suitable for performing or supporting an economic activity, and are therefore considered to be invention within the meaning of Article 52(1) EPC. However, the question of technical effect in terms of inventive step

Louisa Jane Taylor 184683

Our story really begins with the death of another Thomas Taylor, on 18 March 1882. He was a retired dockyard official who was living on a government pension of 60 per year, which was about the same as that of an average working man's wage. What had induced Louisa to marry a man old enough to be her father we do not know. She had been his housekeeper and it came as a surprise to Mr Taylor's relatives that she really was his lawful wife. They refused to believe her until she produced the marriage certificate and only then was she allowed to take possession of her late husband's belongings and furniture. Sadly for her, her husband's pension ceased with his death. Mr Tregillis was in receipt of a naval pension of 49 per year. He had worked in the customs service and was 85 years old. He had married his first wife in 1856 but this union had ended with the death of his wife in 1878 at which time Mr Tregillis was lodged in the Barming Heath Lunatic Asylum. He blamed his wife for his acute...

Urology Outside The Operating Room

Patient 5 A 53-year-old man who you have seen previously for an elevated PSA. When his primary care physician checked it 6 months ago, it had risen from 2.5 to 4.1 over the course of a year. You performed ultrasound-guided prostate needle biopsy on him last week and now the patient is here to discuss treatment options. After a lengthy discussion, he decides that he would like to have surgery performed. Because you are nearing retirement and slowing down your surgical practice, you introduce him to the bright young partner in the group who performs at least two prostatectomies a week.

Materials And Method

In the original sample of 781 patients aged 20-64 years, 539 responded (70 ). Of these, 94 were excluded because they had, for various reasons, not been working for the last three years, mainly due to early retirement, but also to long-term sick leave and unemployment. In conclusion, the first data collection (carried out in the late 2001) left us with a sample of 445 respondents in the labour force with hearing impairment. The original sample was ran

Shrinking the team

It seems extraordinary that a few years ago mechanisms were established in London (and other big cities) to cope with what was expected to be a tide of redundancies of all grades following implementation of the mergers and bed reductions recommended in the Tomlinson Report.1 Now that we see a truer picture of what resources we need, we realise that we are in fact rather short of many staff, especially doctors and nurses, so it is rare that you will be making people redundant. Nevertheless if staff are made redundant there may be slotting in arrangements to enable them, for better or worse, to be accommodated in vacancies elsewhere in the organisation. If for any reason you have to make consultants redundant remember that it is prohibitively expensive to make anyone between the ages of 50 and 60 redundant (often the very person you might wish to be rid of). For those aged over 60 a negotiated early retirement is often a reasonable avenue to explore, but only after careful costing of...

Retaining staff

Now I fully appreciate that you may be aching to arrange an ill-attended leaving party for certain of your crustier and argumentative older consultants. If they want to go, have no special skills, are not fulfilling their contract, and you are sure you can replace them with keen young acolytes of yours then go ahead, let them retire. Remember though that they just might know a few things you do not and have few skills that you simply will not be able to replace. Whatever your personal attitude, the fact is that consultants, in line with most other skilled workers are seeking earlier and earlier retirement and in the NHS this trend is accelerating. In 2001 I spent an intriguing but often depressing six-month sabbatical looking at why consultants are retiring early.9 The reasons, as you could guess, are The notion that you live longer if you retire early is, in fact, untrue life expectancy is almost the same whether you retire at 60 or at 65. The good news...

Conclusions

In addition to the rising wage differentials, the negative impact of being disabled on the probability of receiving benefits has also been rising. One potential contributor to this situation is the allowance (as of August 1994) for some disabled workers to continue receiving Medicaid even when their earnings surpass SSI cut-off levels. The combination of the rising wage differential and decreasing probability of disabled workers receiving employer-sponsored health and pension benefits leads to the conclusion that the relative position of disabled workers regarding compensation is deteriorating overall.

A vacancy is due

In general it is clear when a vacancy becomes due as most are consequent upon retirement. For a consultant appointment you really ought to begin the replacement process a year before the date of retirement. This is made difficult by consultants taking early retirement and being hesitant about the exact date. The first and often ignored step is openly to ask two questions. A retirement is a heaven-sent opportunity for change, not to be wasted. However, if after reflection a replacement is judged feasible, desirable, and is funded, you will need to concoct three documents a job description a job plan and a person specification. The successful applicant will typically have 10 years' experience in worldwide dynamic marketing strategies, will be fluent in at least nine languages and have a persuasive and sunny disposition with nice white teeth package 50-90K plus car, schooling, housing, profit-sharing scheme, and stupendously generous pension.

Clinical Issues

Another important emerging issue is the clinical management of diseases in susceptible populations. Compared with younger adults, elderly people are at higher risk from foodborne disease (Institute of Medicine, 1998), and approximately 20 of the U.S. population will be over age 65 years within the next three decades (Federal Agency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics, 1997 Kinsella and Velkoff, 2001). The medical needs of an aging population, coupled with increased risk for exposure as HABs geographically expand, could produce a burden on medical systems, particularly in popular retirement areas with significant HABs, such as Florida. Compared with adults, children may be at higher risk of developing diseases after eating contaminated seafood because their neurologic systems are still developing and because they may eat relatively larger toxin doses (based on body mass) than would adults.

Hormone

Housebound Incapacitated and unable to leave home, medical facility, or community residence without assistance. The term is sometimes used in medicaid and other social service programs. In military pension programs of the Department of Veterans Affairs, housebound disabled veterans are entitled to a higher pension income eligibility level.

A legacy of dust

Geoff, a 50-year-old builder, was ready for retirement when one day at work in 2002 he became breathless. After a series of tests, he was diagnosed with mesothelioma or cancer of the pleura, the lining of the chest, a relatively rare cancer. George was about the same age when he had a sharp pain in the left side of his chest. Tests showed that he too had the same cancer. What did these two men have in common Both had been exposed to asbestos earlier in their working lives. Geoff had been a carpenter, and had been involved in sawing asbestos roof soffits in the 1970s. As a young man George had worked on the brakes of vans, lorries, and other vehicles, whose linings were made of asbestos and whose brakes would be full of dust when they were worn.

Question of Epilepsy

Summary Question of Epilepsy is a 30-minute VHS videotape presenting seven dramatizations of questions about epilepsy. In the first scene, an extended family is gathered for a family event and casually discusses the epilepsy of Paul, an adolescent family member. They mention its psychosocial impact on others and how they and he have adjusted to coping with epilepsy. The second dramatization deals with the causes of epilepsy. After a children's bicycle race, two young boys go riding without their helmets. The father of one boy calls him back and reminds him to wear a helmet whenever he rides a bicycle. The father tells the other boy's mother about a child who rode a bike without a helmet and received a head injury that caused epilepsy. The father mentions that anyone can develop epilepsy at any age other causes of epilepsy include rare diseases, birth defects, and alcoholism. In the third scene, a man and a woman are editing a videotape showing elementary school students enacting what...

Benefit Analysis

The CPS allows identification of a worker receiving two fringe benefits from his or her employer health insurance and a pension plan. The data used for this analysis were obtained from the CPS March supplemental questionnaire and therefore refer to benefit coverage in the years 1980-1999. The probabilities of being included in an employer's pension plan or of receiving health insurance through an employer were fairly stable across the years however, as Figure 3.3 shows, the proportion of nondisabled workers relative to disabled workers included in a pension plan has grown over the time period. In 1980, nearly 11 percent more of nondisabled workers were included in a pension plan than disabled workers were. This difference grew to 17 percentage points by 1999. The greater proportion of non-disabled workers receiving either benefit could be closely related to the types of jobs disabled versus nondisabled workers hold. The increase in the difference...

Lamarck

The first person to finally take the leap and assert that species can change was a protege of Buffon, Jean Baptiste Pierre Antoine de Monet, Chevalier de Lamarck. He was the eleventh child born to a noble but poor family with a strong military tradition. Lamarck served in the army and fought in the Seven Yfears War, staying on as a soldier when peace was declared but finally resigning due to injury. He was left to eke out a living on his tiny pension in Paris. He supplemented his income by writing, at first just for dictionaries. He developed an intense interest in botany, finally writing