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Heather Heppner

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Associate State Director for Communications with AARP Illinois. Follow me on Twitter @AARP_Hheppner

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Medicare Expands Coverage for Cardiac Rehab

Medicare Expands Coverage for Cardiac Rehab

Posted on 04/15/2014 by | AARP Illinois | Comments

Hi blog readers – it’s time for your weekly health care post!  This week’s edition features some important new information for Medicare beneficiaries who suffer from heart failure.  Kudos to Candy Sagon for publishing the original post about this topic on the AARP blog. In February 2014, after years of deliberation, Medicare decided that it will cover costs associated with rehab for patients with stable, but chronic heart failure. So, what is heart failure?  It’s a chronic condition in which the …

What's Up Springfield? Ever Heard of the Social Security Unemployment Offset?

What’s Up Springfield? Ever Heard of the Social Security Unemployment Offset?

Posted on 04/15/2014 by | AARP Illinois | Comments

Hi blog readers! In this week’s edition of “What’s Up Springfield?“, we’re shedding a little light on a topic that you may not be too familiar with.  That is, unless you’re an older worker who collects Social Security and got laid off from your job.  Allow me to explain…. Illinois is the only state in the nation that has not taken action to repeal a discriminatory law that unfairly penalizes older workers by reducing their unemployment benefits simply because they …

Shocking Stat: Over 200 Americans Die from Hospital Infections Every Day

Shocking Stat: Over 200 Americans Die from Hospital Infections Every Day

Posted on 04/10/2014 by | AARP Illinois | Comments

Hi blog readers! It’s Heather back with your weekly health care post.  The CDC has come out with a new report on hospital infections that serves as a good reminder to all of us about disease prevention.  Wash those hands people! You’re sick, so you go to the hospital to get better, right?  That should be the case, but new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that 1 out of every 25 hospital patients got an …

Are You Making a Medicare Mistake?

Are You Making a Medicare Mistake?

Posted on 03/31/2014 by | AARP Illinois | Comments

10,000 people sign up for Medicare each day – there’s bound to be a few mistakes made.  Check out the top 10 Medicare mistakes – and how you can avoid them. 1.  Assuming you don’t “qualify” if you haven’t worked long enough: Earning 40 credits through paying payroll taxes at work – about 10 years’ work – ensures that you won’t have to pay premiums for Part A services (mainly hospital insurance) when you join Medicare. But you don’t need …

Cha-Ching! ACA Saved Illinoisans $125 Million In Medicare Drug Costs in 2013

Cha-Ching! ACA Saved Illinoisans $125 Million In Medicare Drug Costs in 2013

Posted on 03/25/2014 by | AARP Illinois | Comments

The numbers are in, and they are impressive….. Illinois residents on Medicare saved a whooping $125,148,690 on their prescription drugs in 2013, thanks to the closing of the Medicare Part D “doughnut hole” under the Affordable Care Act.  If you recall, the Affordable Care Act gradually closes the Part D doughnut hole until it is completely eliminated in the year 2020. This $125+ million in savings averages out to approximately $850 per Medicare beneficiary in Illinois.  That’s not peanuts, particularly …

Health Care Update: Are You Special?

Health Care Update: Are You Special?

Posted on 03/18/2014 by | AARP Illinois | Comments

Hi blog readers – it’s Heather back with your weekly health care post.  Last week I talked about March 31st as the deadline for signing up for health insurance through the Marketplace.  However, there are some special circumstances that would allow you to enroll after March 31st.  This week, I’m taking a look at those special circumstances. Are you special?  Of COURSE you are!  But does that mean you can enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace AFTER March 31st?  Maybe, …