Health Matters

Insomnia and the inability to stay asleep are common complaints of older adults. While it is not uncommon for older adults to sleep more lightly than they did when they were younger, they still need a good night’s sleep. Having insomnia or feeling sleepy throughout the day could be indicative of underlying problems.

Medicare helps pay for a wide variety of medical services and goods in hospitals, doctor’s offices and other healthcare settings. It doesn’t cover everything and it’s useful to know what is and isn’t included.

Services are covered either under Medicare Part A or Part B. If you have both Part A and Part B you can get many Medicare covered services whether you have Original Medicare or a Medicare health plan.

Part A

Part A is hospital insurance and it helps pay for:

 Inpatient care in hospitals;

One of Medicare’s most important benefits is helping to cover your expenses if you need to be hospitalized. But what exactly is covered, and how much do you pay?

Medicare helps cover certain services and supplies in hospitals. To get the full range of benefits, you must have both Medicare Part A, which is hospital insurance, and Part B, which is medical insurance.

Coping with terminal illness can be very difficult, for the patient as well as his or her loved ones. 

That’s why I want to pass along some information about Medicare’s coverage of hospice care.  

Hospice is a program of care and support for people who are terminally ill. The focus is on comfort, not on curing illness. Hospice is intended to help people who are terminally ill live comfortably.

If you qualify for Medicare’s hospice benefit, you’ll have a specially trained team and support staff to help you and your family deal with your illness.

At its June 17 meeting, the City Council gave a unanimous thumbs up to extending Alameda Fire Department’s (AFD) Basic Life Support program. The service involves transporting patients by ambulance on non-emergency calls like doctors’ and dialysis appointments. Under the program AFD personnel also transport patients between facilities and stand by at events. 

AFD offers these services for a fee using two of its ambulances staffed by its emergency medical technicians.

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