Health Matters

How many of you have dreamed of being a super hero? What special power would you want to have?

I had the opportunity to ask these questions of Debbie Meyer’s fourth-grade class at Franklin Elementary School. The answers varied from “flying” to “being invisible” to “having super strength.” The over-the-top enthusiasm was bubbling up as they took turns answering. I made them a promise that they would have at least one super power before we parted that day, and I am happy to say I delivered on the promise. But let me back up a little. 

Most competitive athletes are acutely aware of the importance of including variable-intensity workouts into their comprehensive training regimen. Although continuous or constant effort workouts are important, discontinuous or interval training allows athletes to preform a greater volume of higher-intesity work that is not possible with prolonged continuous efforts.

The good news is that interval training is not just for the elite athlete but also can benefit recreational athletes significantly, as well as people whose primary exercise focus is on improving their overall health. 

Did you know that you may be able to get help from your state paying your Medicare premiums? State-based Medicare Savings Programs also may pay Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) and Part B (medical insurance) deductibles, coinsurance, and copayments.

If you have income from working, you may qualify for these programs even if your income is higher than the income limits listed below.

There are four kinds of Medicare Savings Programs: 

The Alameda Health Care District board of directors have voted to change Alameda Hospital’s budget.

Read the full story, and more Alameda news at www.thealamedan.org. 

 

Good news for people with Medicare in 2015: Part B costs will remain the same as in 2014.

Medicare Part B helps pay for doctor bills, outpatient care, durable medical equipment, and other items. It requires a monthly premium and an annual deductible. I’m happy to report that Part B costs for 2015 will be identical to 2014: $104.90 a month for the premium (for most beneficiaries), and $147 for the deductible.

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