Friday, February 18, 2011

Doctors, nurses, execs among record number charged with Medicare fraud


"Doctors, nurses, and medical professionals from Los Angeles to New York and cities in between have cheated taxpayers and patients alike by defrauding the Medicare program," declared Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer.


Once again, a reminder that although people like to blame the poor for taking advantage of social programs, it's actually the rich who are committing the fraud.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Hire Learning | Making Sense of Tax Credits for Hiring People with Disabilities

Guide dog users. Deaf claimants. Wheelchair users. Just some of the new UK cuts

Guide dog users. Deaf claimants. Wheelchair users. Just some of the new UK cuts targets

Devastating changes to the test of who is eligible for employment and support allowance (ESA) come into force on 28 March.  Amongst the losers are: blind claimants who can safely use a guide dog and have no other problems; deaf claimants who can read and write and have no other problems; claimants in manual wheelchairs who can propel themselves over fifty metres and have no other problems. These are just some of the groups of disabled people who will be found capable of work and have to try to claim the lower paying jobseekers allowance (JSA). Meanwhile, the bankers who ruined the economy have cut their bonuses by a fraction but raised their wages by a heap.  And the politicians whose failed regulation allowed the bankers to wreck the economy in the first place – people like Blair and Mandelson – have taken extremely well paid directorships on the boards of  . . . banks. So, when Cameron says that "We're all in th is together"  he may be telling the truth.  But what he doesn't mention is that he's going to make very sure that disabled claimants are "in it" right up to their necks, whilst the people to blame scarcely get a mark on the heels of their patent-leather boots.
Steve Donnison, Benefits & Work


Monday, February 14, 2011

Help WPI win $5000

Guidestar giveaway - Help WPI win $5,000

Give WPI a chance to win $5,000 -- just write a review about it between February 1 and February 28, 2011. The nonprofit that receives the most reviews in February will win $5,000 in the GuideStar-KIMBIA winter giveaway.

Your words may inspire others to support the organization, in addition to bringing it one step closer to the grand prize.

To read reviews or write a review, go to:

Jill McLaughlin

Can't Work? Too Bad. Pay Up Anyway

X Rx: Addendum... about disclosure

Sunday, February 13, 2011

"Civil Rights"

May be reposted.

I have added another post to my blog, "Slightly Alive", on our Civil Rights:

Why did I write yesterday's post? Because we are allowing ourselves to be distracted, energies wasted, by small things. We are in a battle for something much larger - basic human rights.

That is what we are REALLY fighting for. The right to be free of the propaganda and censorship that has stood between our illness, and treatment, since 1988.

Our governments - but most energetically, the governments of the United States and the United Kingdom, have deliberately sought to deny us respect, care, and treatment. Why? The insurance lobby. The cost of treating us. Making a name for themselves. Pathetic, pitiful reasons to ruin the lives of so many.

For the rest of the post, go to my blog at:

Mary Schweitzer

Are energy-efficient bulbs making people crazy?

If you have horror stories about CFLs, tell them!