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October 08, 2016

Getting the Most from Medicare
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If you or someone you know Is eligible for Medicare, are you getting the most out of it while paying the least? We’ll talk to an expert who cuts through the confusion about this vital program. Then, when it comes to genetically modified foods, there is a lot of controversy. We’ll hear from a journalist about both sides of the debate.
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Understanding Medicare
Health costs are the biggest unpredictable expense for older Americans, who are turning 65 at the rate of 10,000 a day. While Medicare guarantees them affordable health insurance, few Americans know what Medicare covers and what it doesn’t, what it costs, and when to sign up. Philip Moeller, author of Get What's Yours for Medicare: Maximize Your Coverage, Minimize Your Costs explained why Medicare has become so confusing, and how people approaching retirement can understand these complex and important choices.
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The Argument for and Against GMO's
GMO products are among the most consumed and the least understood substances in the United States today. Caitlin Shetterly, author of Modified: GMOs and the Threat to Our Food, Our Land, Our Future shared her personal story of how GMOs affect her family’s health. She explained why consumers should learn more about GMOs and why organic foods can be a sensible choice.
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Surviving Cold and Flu Season
Cold and flu season is here, but Ken Redcross, MD, board-certified internal medicine physician in New York state said there are actually three major viruses that people should be concerned about. He explained how to identify the symptoms of each virus, and what the treatment options are.
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Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
Philip Moeller
Philip Moeller is an award-winning financial journalist, author and entrepreneur. He also has written “Get What’s Yours for Medicare: Maximize Your Coverage, Minimize Your Costs,” which will be released in October and is designed as a companion volume to Get What’s Yours for Social Security. Details about that book may be found elsewhere on this site.

Phil tackles aging and retirement issues for Money Magazine and PBS in his “Ask Phil” column. He is a research fellow at the Center on Aging & Work at Boston College, and also co-author of “How to Live to 100,” a U.S. News & World Report e-book.

Phil began his career as a newspaper reporter and has been a financial writer and editor at The Baltimore Sun, The Charlotte Observer, Chicago Sun-Times, Hartford Business Journal and The Louisville Courier-Journal. His major business journalism awards include the Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism. He is a former president of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, and was in the inaugural class of Bagehot Fellows in Business and Economics Journalism at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

After leaving daily newspapers, Phil founded Insure.com, an Internet pioneer that became the leading online provider of consumer insurance information. He sold that business and later was a corporate communications executive for a Fortune 500 financial services firm. He then returned to journalism as a Contributing Editor at U.S. News & World Report, where he wrote The Best Life column on retirement and successful aging from 2008 to 2013. Phil graduated from Princeton University and has a master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, where he also taught. He is married to journalist Cheryl Magazine and lives in Richmond, Virginia.


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Caitlin Shetterly
Caitlin Shetterly is the author of Modified, Made for You and Me: Going West, Going Broke, Finding Home and the bestselling Fault Lines: Stories of Divorce.

Her work has been featured in The New York Times Magazine, Elle, and Self, and on Oprah.com and Medium.com, as well as on “This American Life” and various other public radio shows.

She lives with her family in Maine.


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Dr. Ken Redcross
en Redcross, MD, is founder of Redcross Concierge, a personalized medical practice designed to enhance the patient-doctor relationship while providing convenient access to a full spectrum of healthcare services and holistic and wellness counseling. As one of the first full-service concierge, personalized medical practices in the United States, Redcross’ patient portfolio includes C-level business executives, athletes and professionals in the entertainment industry, as well as individuals from all walks and stages of life including college students, young professionals, busy parents and retirees. His focus on developing the patient-doctor bond is a unique characteristic of his concierge services that allows for a more strategic and customized approach to each patient’s healthcare plan.

With extensive on-camera experience with major national television shows including “The Doctors,” “The Insider” and E! Entertainment Television, Redcross frequently shares his expertise in managing everyday health challenges to a broad audience. He has also authored numerous consumer-focused health articles for MSN Latino and Everyday Health.

Redcross earned his medical degree from the prestigious Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York, specializing in internal medicine. During his training, he participated in fellowships in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, to fulfill his passion in serving the under-served while enhancing his medical fluency in Spanish. After completing his residency, Redcross co-founded and served as president of Medi-Stop, an urgent care, walk-in clinic in California, treating minor medical ailments. He is based in New York, but travels across the country as his concierge practice requires.


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