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Stimulus Cash Payments May Take Up To 20 Weeks To Reach Some Americans

April 3, 2020
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People who do not have direct deposit information on file with the Internal Revenue Service may have to wait up to 20 weeks to receive cash payments included in the $2 trillion coronavirus relief legislation, according to a memo drafted by House Democrats.


Social Security recipients who don’t usually file tax returns will automatically get $1,200 payments, Treasury says in reversal

April 2, 2020
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The Treasury announced late Wednesday that Social Security beneficiaries who typically do not file a tax return will automatically get the $1,200 payment.


Check IRS.gov For The Latest Information – No Action Needed By Most People At This Time

April 1, 2020
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Washington – The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service

today announced that distribution of economic impact payments will begin

in the next three weeks and will be distributed automatically, 

with no action required.

for most people. However,

some seniors and

others who typically do not file returns will need

to submit a simple tax return to receive the

stimulus payment.

Who is eligible for the economic
impact payment?


Coronavirus (COVID-19) — How To Get Instant Care

March 30, 2020
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You wake up and you’re feeling crummy. You have a fever. You may be coughing. But because of the Coronavirus, your physician isn’t available. You panic. In most states, you cannot even be tested for COVID-19.

It takes between 2 and 14 days for a newly infected person to start showing symptoms.

After symptoms begin to show, it can take more than a week for them to be eligible for testing (many people are not eligible at all).

And then, thanks to backlogs in testing availability, it can take days for them to learn they tested positive.

Maybe you should go to Urgent Care. But they’re so overloaded, they might turn you away.

Emergency rooms won’t accept you unless you’re have a very high temperature and having trouble breathing.

That’s when they will take you and put you on a ventilator. But what happens in between? Panic or medical care from an unexpected source?


What’s Really In Your Meds?

March 10, 2020
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“As Americans become more concerned about quality issues with prescription medications made abroad, one company is trying to offer an additional layer of reassurance — by doing chemical analysis before dispensing drugs to patients…”


Here’s The Difference Between Coronavirus And Flu Symptoms

March 9, 2020
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There may be an epidemic of the Cornovirus, but there seems to be a pandemic of panic.

COVID-19 and the flu present in similar ways. This is how you can tell them apart.


The Coronavirus — What Does It Mean For You?

March 7, 2020
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Did you know that most of the components of our meds come from China and India? 

“Many over-the-counter and generic drugs [PDF] sold in the United States are made in China, including antidepressants, HIV/AIDS medications, birth control pills, chemotherapy treatments, and medicines for Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, epilepsy, and Parkinson’s disease

Health officials have warned that the coronavirus outbreak could lead to drug shortages.

However, U.S. consumers should not panic. But they have reasons to be vigilant…”


BIG Pharma’s Outsized Profits and Lobbying Spend

March 4, 2020
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You want to talk about putting your money where your mouth is. That’s exactly what BIG Pharma is doing. Egregious price gorging to gain power in the marketplace and politics.


At Walgreens and CVS, Complaints of Medication Errors Go Missing

February 22, 2020
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In Oklahoma, a State Board of Pharmacy released a complaint against a CVS pharmacy regarding a medication error made last year. The board took the rare step of citing the pharmacy in addition to the pharmacist involved in the error.

The Oklahoma board cited inadequate staffing in its investigation of the mistake, which involved a young man who received only one-fourth of his prescribed dose of anticonvulsant medication, according to the complaint.


Breaking News from NPR…

February 11, 2020
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Will that antidepressant work for you?

The answer may be in your brain waves…


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