Health Matters

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.

The city of Alameda Health Care District is seeking to fill a vacant board member position left by former member Jordan Battani last month. Battani notified the board she would be stepping down from her position on May 9, but her resignation was finalized on May 23. Battani was board president for five of her seven-and-a-half years on the board.

Two Alamedans suffering from cancer recently felt a warm outpouring of support from neighbors, family and friends.  

At an Open House at Maya Lin School on May 29, students, parents and friends held a bake sale to benefit Miranda Robles-Tuttle, a fifth grader at the school with bone cancer. Her classmates organized the sale to support an online fundraiser at www.youcaring.com to help her family cover medical expenses.
 

Another Alameda family has a relative in need of support. 

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