Fight Medicare fraud & protect your identity

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Happy National Consumer Protection Week! Now’s a great time to brush up on your Medicare rights and protections, and take action to protect your identity.

Identity theft: protect yourself

Identity theft is a serious crime that happens when someone uses your personal information without your consent to commit fraud or other crimes.

Personal information includes things like your name and your Social Security, Medicare, or credit card numbers.

Guard your card and protect your personal information

  • To help protect your identity, Medicare is mailing new Medicare cards. Your new card will have a new Medicare Number that’s unique to you, instead of your Social Security Number.
  • Don’t share your Medicare Number or other personal information with anyone who contacts you by phone, email, or by approaching you in person, unless you’ve given them permission in advance.
  • Medicare, or someone representing Medicare, will only call and ask for personal information in these situations:
    1. A Medicare health or drug plan can call you if you’re already a member of the plan. The agent who helped you join can also call you.
    2. A customer service representative from 1-800-MEDICARE can call you if you’ve called and left a message or a representative said that someone would call you back.
  • Only give personal information like your Medicare Number to doctors, insurers acting on your behalf, or trusted people in the community who work with Medicare like your State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP).
  • Be familiar with how Medicare uses your personal information. If you join a Medicare plan, the plan will let you know how it will use your personal information.

If someone calls you and asks for your Medicare Number or other personal information, hang up and call us at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).

If you suspect identity theft or feel like you gave your personal information to someone you shouldn’t have, contact the Federal Trade Commission.

Help fight Medicare fraud

Medicare fraud wastes a lot of money each year and results in higher health care costs and taxes for everyone. There are con artists who may try to get your Medicare Number or personal information so they can steal your identity and commit Medicare fraud.

Guard your Medicare card like it’s a credit card. Give your Medicare Number only to people you know should have it. Medicare, or someone representing Medicare, will never contact you for your Medicare Number or other personal information unless you’ve given them permission in advance. Learn more about the limited situations in which Medicare can call you.

New Medicare cards

To help protect against identity theft, Medicare has mailed new Medicare cards to people with Medicare. Your new card has a new Medicare Number that’s unique to you, instead of your Social Security Number.

Spot and report Medicare billing fraud

Protect yourself and Medicare against fraud by reviewing your Medicare claims for errors, looking for other types of fraud, and reporting anything suspicious to Medicare.

Protect yourself, your loved ones, and Medicare from fraud

Your Medicare rights

No matter how you get your Medicare, you have certain rights and protections designed to:

  • Protect you when you get health care.
  • Make sure you get the health care services that the law says you can get.
  • Protect you against unethical practices.
  • Protect your privacy.

Details about your rights in Medicare

It’s Brownie Time Again

It’s Brownie Time Again

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After two and a half hours of preparing the cannabis with liquid coconut oil, I am ready for the Ghirardelli Brownie mix which is my choice for this tasty treat. It’s so easy to make this you will not want to do it any other way just a 1/4 cup of water 1/3 cup of Canibus infused coconut oil after you decarboxylate it and a packet of  Ghirardelli Brownie mix and 48 minutes later your brownies are ready to eat after you cool them of course.

When I make my coconut oil I use 5 grams of buds chopped and with cheesecloth, I make a little tea bag and put it into the small 8 oz. Mason Jar and ad 2/3 cup of liquid coconut oil. Drop it into a pot of boiling water for between two and two and a half hours mix it up and pop it in the oven and your good to go.

Directions
You will need 1/4 cup water; 1/3 cup vegetable oil; 1 egg.
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Prepare baking pan by lightly greasing or spraying with non-stick cooking spray.
2. Place water, oil, and egg in medium bowl and stir until fully mixed. Add brownie mix and stir until well blended. Spread in prepared pan.
3. Bake as directed below. Cool completely in pan before cutting. For an 8-inch x 8 inch (metal) pan size, bake time 39-43 minutes. For an 8-inch x 8 inch (glass) pan size, bake time 43-48 minutes. For a 9-inch x 9-inch (metal) pan size, bake time 39-43 minutes. Do not overbake. Fresh-baked brownies appear underbaked but cool to doneness. For thicker brownies, make the batter using 2 tablespoons water, 1/3 cup vegetable oil, and 2 eggs. Bake as directed.
High Altitude: Add 1/4 cup all-purpose flour and an additional 2 tablespoons water.

Cannabis as a Treatment for Neuropathy

Recently, these three strains of cannabis have been found to help people suffering from neuropathy by relieving some of the symptoms associated with the disorder.  Afghan Kush is one of the most resinous varieties on Earth, known for producing incredible “charas” and Afghani black hashish.  The plant shows a very strong traditional indica structure with large, wide, dark green leaves and thick, blunt-topped nugs.
White Widow weed is laden with frosty, bright crystals that glisten and gleam the minute any source of light hits the nuggets. Underneath that snow-covered first blanketed layer, however, glimpses can be seen of fat sage-green buds stacked up together in tall colas, ready to be cut apart and trimmed down for the world’s best smoke. Jack Flash While sharing qualities with both the pre and post-grind aroma, the flavor just fell short of those heights, giving more of a lightly sweet and floral, creamy orange flavor on the inhale, and a sharper more haze-like and spicy exhale. The flush seemed well-done, as the final ash was a fluffy light gray and white, and the smoke was very smooth throughout the experience.

1. White Widow is a great pain-relieving strain to help you take on the day.
2. Afghan Kush is a heavy indica and will have you relaxed in no time.

3. Jack Flash will help you stay pain-free, clear-headed and uplifted throughout your daily routine.

Existing research already shows that marijuana is effective in treating a number of medical conditions like chronic pain, nausea from chemotherapy and symptoms of multiple sclerosis. Additionally, many studies show benefits for patients with epilepsy and post-traumatic stress disorder, but there’s just not enough examination and analysis to provide definitive conclusions.