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Medicaid - What Is It?


This program helps to make sure that those below the federal poverty level receive quality health care. The US federal government designed this program. In 1964, Medicaid was established along with Medicare under the Title XIX of the Social Security Act. Medicaid covers doctor and hospital visits, emergency room visits, prenatal care, prescription medications, and more. Depending on the situation, both of these programs may cover:

• Low income families, including the children under the age of 19 and parents
• Low-income pregnant women
• Specialty protected groups
• Those who are unable to work due to a disability
• Senior citizens who have retired
• Foster or adopted children
• Supplemental Security Income(SSI)recipients
• Some Medicare beneficiaries

There may be others eligible for Medicaid but that is determined by each state. Most who receive welfare will have a social worker who can advise them on its eligibility and who would be eligible for this program. Medicaid is a very expensive program and at times it is one of those controversial programs that some want to cut some of the funding while others in Congress do not. If any funding for this program was cut, there are many people, including children, disabled, and elderly, that would be without any basic medical care.

Another area that can be controversial is determining who is eligible for Medicaid. To be eligible for Medicaid you have to meet certain income qualifications and different living circumstances. The federal government and state run Medicaid jointly. Each state has various instructions in regards how to enroll in the program. Before you apply and start the enrollment process, you should check the qualification for eligibility. You will also be told which documents you need to have before a determination of eligibility will be given out. Some automatically qualify for Medicaid so there is no need to apply for enrollment. One example of immediate enrollment is those that are on SSI, may automatically qualify for Medicaid so they may never have to go through the enrollment process.

When applying for Medicaid to determine your eligibility you will need to have proof of your income, if you have any, or documentation for Social Security income or Disability payments. They will also need to have your address, names of doctors you have seen, especially if you are trying or disability, disability determination paper, what your monthly amount received, and social security numbers of the children living in the home under the age eighteen. When applying for Medicaid it does not determine that you are automatically approved but will look your case over and then make their decision. Some are denied Medicaid for various reasons like not filling out an application completely.

This article is penned by Lora Davis for Mills Elder Law. Elder Law addresses issues involved with aging include senior housing, home care, long-term (or nursing home) care, guardianship/conservatorship, healthcare directives, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. If you are seeking the services of a medicaid planning attorney Toms River or medicaid Red Bank NJ then just call Mills Elder Law at 732-784-2846 for consultation or legal advice.

2017 Medical

ICYMI: Fighting the High Cost of Hearing Aids

An article in yesterday's Berkshire Eagle highlights the work of Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) to make hearing aids available over the counter, bringing down costs and increasing access for those with mild to moderate hearing loss. 

The Berkshire Eagle: Fighting the high cost of hearing aids
By Larry Parnass
May 7, 2017

"In a move to cut prices, Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, are co-sponsoring a bill that would enable people with mild to moderate hearing loss to buy hearing aids over the counter, without a prescription. A hearing was held this week on Capitol Hill on a similar bill in the House, co-sponsored by U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III, D-Mass.

Lawmakers argue that costs would come down if device manufacturers could market directly to the public. They want to open the process of treating hearing loss and encourage innovation.

Sen. Warren said "outdated regulations and high costs" strand six out of seven people with hearing loss.

"Here's a place where we need a little less regulation, so that more people can get access to hearing aids at prices they can afford," Warren told The Eagle. "Allowing some hearing aids to be sold over the counter would increase competition and innovation, bringing down prices and expanding access."

Unless the law is changed, she said, hearing aids will remain unaffordable for millions - or force them to dig deep to pay high costs."

Read the full article here, at the Berkshire Eagle website. More information about the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act is available here

5 Mental Health Conditions That Mimic ADHD


Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common mental health disorders affecting children across the world. Although the disorder strikes at a younger age, the symptoms may penetrate even into the adulthood. Most children diagnosed with ADHD show debilitating behaviors such as inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity, which interfere with their activities in school or at home.

According to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as of 2011, nearly 11 percent American children aged 4 to 17 years were diagnosed with ADHD.

Sadly, ADHD is often misdiagnosed by doctors, primarily due to its overlapping symptoms with other mental health conditions, such as bipolar disorder, autism, sleep disorders, etc. Only a mental health professional can differentiate between the symptoms of ADHD and other mental health conditions.

Listed below are a few mental illnesses whose symptoms mirror ADHD symptoms:

1. Bipolar disorder

While bipolar disorder is a mood disorder that results in unusual shifts in mood, energy and activity levels and hampers the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks, it is often confused with ADHD due to the presence of certain common symptoms, like mood instability, sudden outbursts, restlessness, talkativeness and impatience.

2. Autism spectrum disorder

A child diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) exhibits a group of developmental disorders comprising ongoing social problems and repetitive behaviors that usually appear during the formative years. Some of the symptoms of ASD, such as hyperactivity, social development issues, and emotional immaturity, often overlap with the symptoms of ADHD, which, in turn, leads to misdiagnosis.

3. Sleep disorders

Children diagnosed with ADHD suffer from a variety of sleep problems. Studies have shown that children with ADHD often exhibit daytime sleeping habits and poor sleeping patterns, which may profoundly impact the existing symptoms of ADHD. Thus, sleep deprivation, which is a growing problem among the American children, is often mistaken as a symptom of ADHD.

4. Fetal alcohol syndrome

When a woman drinks alcohol during her pregnancy, it is very likely that the newborn will suffer from fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), resulting in problems with the vision, hearing ability, memory, attention span, etc. Such infants are also likely to exhibit several other behavioral problems, such as hyperactivity, attention problems and learning disorders, which are often misdiagnosed as ADHD.

5. Hypothyroidism

Also referred to as an underactive thyroid disease, hypothyroidism leads to both under and overproduction of thyroid hormones in a child, which leads to energy imbalances, mood disorders and problems in concentration. The disorder also triggers the feelings of sadness, depression, and memory problems, which often misleads a health care practitioner to misdiagnose the condition as ADHD.

Road to recovery

Mental health issues can affect anyone at any stage of life. If you or someone you love is struggling with a mental health illness, it's better to consult a specialist. Mental health disorders can impact children and adults alike. One must seek professional help if it becomes cumbersome to deal with a mental health issue. Ignoring signs of a mental problem, especially in children, can lead to complications and may even threaten life.

If you know someone suffering from any mental problems, get in touch with the Arizona Mental Health Helpline to know about the best mental health disorder treatment centers. Call at our 24/7 helpline number 866-606-7791 to talk to our representatives, who would be happy to assist you with details about the best facilities offering a comprehensive mental health disorder treatment in your area.


Adrenal Fatigue and The Perils of Running on Empty

By Dr. Chad Larson, NMD, DC, CCN, CSCS, Advisor and Consultant on Clinical Consulting Team for Cyrex Laboratories

We all have those moments of feeling like we’re running on empty. It’s all too common in these fast-paced times, and generally we’re pretty good at finding ways to recharge—whether it’s going for a walk, relaxing with friends, planning a vacation, or taking a nap. But if that feeling of fatigue or exhaustion just won’t subside, no matter how much rest you are getting, there could be a deeper issue. You may be suffering from adrenal insufficiency, more commonly known as “adrenal fatigue.”

The adrenal glands sit on top of the kidneys and manufacture and secrete steroid and catecholamine (adrenaline) hormones, including cortisol, DHEA and epinephrine, the three main stress hormones. These hormones are essential for life, health and vitality; they modulate the functioning of every tissue, organ and gland in your body to keep you alive and maintain balance from different sources of stress. They also have effects on the way you think and feel.

Adrenal fatigue is a term used to describe adrenal gland exhaustion causing insufficient production and secretion of hormones. Abnormal adrenal function can be influenced by mental/emotional, biochemical and physical stressors, which affect many functions of the body. While we cannot control the occurrences of all of life’s stressors, we can control our diet and nutrition, which—if poor—can cause biochemical stress. Adrenal fatigue can then present itself through some of the common symptoms of hormone imbalance including:

·         Alcohol intolerance

·         Blood sugar imbalances

·         Chronic inflammation

·         Craving for sweets

·         Excessive fatigue

·         Food allergies and sensitivities

·         Headaches

·         Inability to concentrate

·         Insomnia

·         Irritability

Many of these symptoms are interrelated. For example, although each of our bodies reacts differently to different foods, many people suffer from adrenal fatigue as a result of blood sugar imbalances due to gluten sensitivity. In this case, gluten acts as a toxin, prohibiting the absorption of vital nutrients and causing instable blood sugar levels. This can then trigger headaches, excessive fatigue, cravings for sweets and so on.

But it is important to recognize that adrenal fatigue can be the cause or effect of more serious conditions. When adrenal gland function is compromised, your body’s ability to respond to illness can weaken, making you more susceptible to developing other conditions, such as autoimmune-related diseases. Conversely, adrenal fatigue can be the effect of preexisting diseases due to excessive adrenal response. In the instance of gluten sensitivity leading to adrenal fatigue, blood sugar imbalances can cause hypoglycemia or even diabetes, whereas adrenal fatigue could also be the effect of a poorly managed, preexisting case of diabetes.

While the adrenal glands assist our bodies in managing stress, we can return the favor and support our adrenals by maintaining a healthy, balanced diet. For those who may be suffering from adrenal fatigue, an optimal diet would consist of high-quality protein, healthy fats and organic whole foods, while avoiding sugars, caffeine, grains and alcohol. For targeted nutritional supplementation, Vitamins C and B-Complex, herbal adaptogens and adrenal gland extract can also be of benefit. But as each one of us is unique, it is important to listen to your body and observe your response to different foods.

If you are suffering from any of the symptoms mentioned or suspect that diet might be affecting consistency in your body’s energy level or overall function, testing for food sensitivities is a great place to start. Cyrex Laboratories, a clinical laboratory specializing in functional immunology and autoimmunity, offers advanced, innovative tests designed to detect and monitor autoimmune reactivities and their possible triggers. The Array 3 – Wheat/Gluten Proteome Reactivity & Autoimmunity Screen™ and the Array 4 – Gluten-Associated Cross-Reactive Foods and Foods Sensitivity Screen™ are recommended.

It is important to stay current on wellness exams and seek professional medical attention if you are feeling like you don’t have any gas in the tank and can’t seem to shake it. There are many things you can do to manage stress and improve quality of life on your own as well. Keeping your diet and nutrition in check is essential for achieving optimal health, enjoying life—and one of the easiest ways to balance your adrenal function.

Dr. Chad Larson, NMD, DC, CCN, CSCS, Advisor and Consultant on Clinical Consulting Team for Cyrex Laboratories. Dr. Larson holds a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Southern California University of Health Sciences. He is a Certified Clinical Nutritionist and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He particularly pursues advanced developments in the fields of endocrinology, orthopedics, sports medicine, and environmentally-induced chronic disease.

To Beat Stress: Don't Relax, Get Tough


An American psychologist's proposed model for coping with stress raises questions about the low-arousal approaches that most therapists recommend, such as relaxation, meditation and hypnosis: Are patients who never learn to face and deal with stressful situation doomed to repeat them?

OK so you've tried stress-busting technique in the books. You believe, along with many psychologists, that equanimity of mind and body somehow amounts to good health. You've learned to relax. You've had yourself hypnotized and biofeedbacked.

Yet you still find yourself undone by life's slings and arrows. Well, buddy, forget that mushy mellow scene. If you want to stay mentally fit, it's time to get tough.

As defined by health psychologist Richard Dienstbier of the University of Nebraska, toughness means a distinct reaction pattern to stress - mental, emotional and physiological - that characterizes animals and humans who cope effectively. To understand the toughness response, it's necessary to look at the main physiological systems that mediate it.


The first involves a pathway from a brain structure called the hypothalamus to the sympathetic branch to the autonomic nervous system, and from there to the adrenal medulla. The sympathetic nervous system, or SNS, is responsible for the heart-pounding, sweaty-palmed "fight or flight" response that mobilizes body and mind to deal with challenging situations. As part of this response, the adrenal gland releases its main hormone, adrenaline.

The second system involved in the toughness response also begins with the hypothalamus but acts through the pituitary gland, which in turn stimulates the adrenal cortex to release cortisol - the chief "stress hormone" involved in Hans Selye's now-famous stress model.

Together the pattern of SNS-adrenal medulla and pituitary-adrenal cortex responses to stressful challenges defines the nature of the toughness trait.

Dienstbier muscles up an impressive array of research to show that the bodily response of his tough individuals differs dramatically from that of their less mentally-fit colleagues. In toughies, the normal, everyday level of activity in the two systems is nice and low; tough people are at relative ease under most ordinary circumstances.

But when faced with a stressful challenge or threat, the SNS-adrenal-medulla system springs into action quickly and efficiently, while the pituitary-adrenal-cortex system remains relatively stable. As soon as the emergency is over, the adrenaline response returns quickly to normal, while the cortisol response stays low.

The smoothness and efficiency of the physiological arousal pattern is what characterizes the toughness response - a response that has important after-effects in the brain. Such a restrained reaction, Dienstbier finds, prevents depletion of cathecholamines, important brain neurotransmitters that affect mood and motivation.

Not so for the non-tough. Their physiological reactions tend to be far more overblown and longer lasting, even in the face of everyday hassles. The result is a greater, more disorganizing arousal, less effective coping and faster depletion of brain cathecholamines, which can lead to helplessness and depression.


Dienstbier points out that the physiological toughness response - or its absence - interacts with a person's psychological appraisal of his or her own ability to cope with challenge. This in turn contributes to the person's self-image as an effective master of adversity or a helpless schlemiel - a self-assessment that influences later physiological reactions to stress.

The most effective place to intervene is at the psychological level. Learning effective coping skills, says Dienstbier, can make the physiological reaction of the two systems to threat or challenge less intense and more automatic.

Instead of being immobilized by gut-wrenching panic, for example, your nervous system's appraisal of threat becomes a goad to seek out alternative solutions. It's as if your stress system is learning the skill of coping, much as you once learned, and wired into your brain, how to ride a bike.


Is toughness, then, the equivalent of the now-legendary Type A personality, the hard-driving, competitively hostile, workaholic behaviour pattern that's been linked with early death from heart disease? Aren't As, who aggressively seek out new worlds to conquer, automatically tough?

No way. The recent literature on Type A suggests that it isn't the challenge-seeking aspect of Type A behaviour that causes problems, but rather its frequent hostility, frustration and depression. These result from a behaviour pattern that relies on trying indiscriminately to butt one's way through social interactions.

Research shows that Type As recover more slowly than Type Bs and that, when Type As are challenged, both their adrenaline and cortisol systems react more strongly.

Dienstbier's model of toughness raises questions for psychotherapists who use low-arousal approaches such as relaxation, hypnosis and meditation for stress management: Are patients who never learn to face and deal with stressful situations doomed to repeat them?

If they don't stand eyeball to eyeball with adversity and periodically flex the coping, skills needed to make it in the world, they may never fully develop a sense of mastery.

I believe "The opposite of great truth is also true."

Day and Night, Work and Rest, Art and Science... they all looks opposite but my viewpoint is they compliment each other.

The more you relax, the more you active. Life is a balance between what we can and what we cannot. Learn to live between effort and surrender.

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