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As deadline looms, House OKs bill to fix Medicare pay to doctors

Mar 27 2015

By KRISTEN HWANG Cronkite News WASHINGTON – The House voted overwhelmingly Thursday to repeal a Medicare formula that was intended to rein in costs but instead threatened to cut doctors’ payments by 21 percent next week, after years of Congress deferring action on the issue. After 13 years of “kicking the can down the road” with temporary measures that maintained payments to health care providers – Congress had passed the so-called “doc fix” 17 times since 2002 – the House acted in an unusually bipartisan manner for a permanent solution. Just four Democrats and 33 Republicans voted against the measure, which passed 392-37. Rep. David Schweikert, R-Fountain Hills, was one of the opponents and the only one from Arizona to vote no. He could not be reached for comment Thursday on his vote. The measure now goes to the Senate, which has to act before Tuesday to prevent the steep cuts from taking effect. Both the House and Senate ...

33 quick book reviews

Feb 26 2015

Since the 1st of the year, I’ve read a lot – something in the neighborhood of a book a day. Most of these came either from Oyster or the Yuma Public Library. (I used to subscribe to Kindle Unlimited, but I like the browsing on Oyster better.) So last week or thereabouts, I got the idea to share some of these, because some of them were so wonderful. My memory is less than perfect, so with the aid of the handy-dandy list Oyster provides I was able to recall the books I read there. Not so much with the library books, as they don’t provide a list like that, but there were a few that stood out in some way.

Writing the family cookbook

Feb 19 2015

So, I’m writing a family cookbook. It’s not so much “writing,” really, as it is compiling. Or curating, or editing, or something.

Meet Trudy

Trudy W. Schuett chairs the Regional Council on Aging for Arizona's Region IV, which includes Yuma, La Paz, and Mohave counties. She is also a member of the Governor's Advisory Council on Aging, and sits on the Board of Directors of Arizona Humanities. She lives in Yuma, but this year spent the summer in Glendale helping out with the grandkids. Carley and Tori are now in third and fourth grade.

Meanwhile back in Yuma, her husband Paul is watching the calendar. In November 2015 he retires from Marine Corps Community Services, where he's been teaching Marines how to fix their cars since 2000.

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