Category Archives: Reference

Applying for Work by Email

These days, most job applications are made by email. The typical application arrives as an email message with an attached document outlining the sender’s qualifications and experience. The email is where the first mistakes happen.

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Technology and Your Job

In 1977 the Internet had 70 million users. Today it has over 2.2 billion users. What does this mean to you, as a company employee or as a job-seeker? It means that knowledge of technology is now a job requirement.

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Medicare Premiums in 2012: Payments, Penalties, Surtaxes, and More

As we transition to a new calendar year, it’s a good time to bring together information on Medicare premiums, how much they are, how they are paid, how late enrollment penalties work, how the relatively new high-income surtaxes are applied, what opportunities are available for assistance in paying your premiums, and the consequences of not paying your premiums. Each part of Medicare has a premium structure, and as each is different, it’s easy to confuse them; putting all the information about each in one place will help keep things straight.

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Improving Your Web Searches

Whether you are a student who needs to search the Web for a class project, or a business person needing to find reliable information, the Web can be both incredibly useful and incredibly annoying. Knowing how to search for reliable information is a skill you can learn.

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Choosing Your Medigap Policy – Some New Information

Medicare beneficiaries and their counselors sometimes need help in the process of choosing a Medigap policy; these are also called “Medicare supplement” policies.

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Your Rights When Receiving Home Health Agency Care in the US

I was recently doing a dangerous thing – reading federal regulations – which is apt to put one in a completely catatonic state. However, I happened to fall upon some interesting ones which concern the rights of Medicare beneficiaries and their Home Health Agency (HHA) benefits. Oddly, these regulations are not in the usual part of the Code of Federal Regulations which concern beneficiary rights, and don’t seem to be as well known as they should, so I felt I need to bring them to the attention of Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers.

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Caregiving Requires Realistic Look at Abilities

Even if you are not a caregiver now, there is a high chance that you may act as a caregiver for a loved one at some point in the future, whether you are husband or wife, child, or friend.

Caregivers provide assistance that addresses someone’s mental, physical, emotional, or spiritual needs. Your role as a caregiver can exist on different levels and encompass varying responsibilities, but regardless of the type of caregiver you are, you provide valuable assistance to someone who needs it.

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Shorter, More Frequent Study Sessions Lead to Success

Most people seem to prefer studying in big chunks of time. Students seem to have a habit of cramming everything into several big study sessions during each semester. This method, however, has been shown to be less effective for long-term learning than spacing out study with short, frequent sessions (known as distributed practice).

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So You’ll Soon Be Going on Medicare! What Do You Need to Do?

As an American approaching age 65, you need to do your homework and get familiar with Medicare. This is because, for most of you, it will not only become your primary payer of health care costs, and for some of you, your only payer, but also because you’ll have to make a number of decisions, and make them wisely.

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US Medicare: What’s New for 2011

Caused partly by the Health Care Reform bills enacted by Congress early in 2010, and partly by a number of new regulations which went into effect on January 1, 2011, several changes were made to the Medicare program of which beneficiaries and their caregivers should be aware. While none of these changed the structure of the Medicare program, they did enhance several benefits, and also imposed a new tax.

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