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SNL Pokes Fun at the White House with a ‘Special’ Christmas Message

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‘Saturday Night Live’ pokes fun at Omarosa’s White House departure (Photo Credit: Screen-Shot SNL)

SNL in its usual style of spoofing the current White House is described by many who look forward to the twisted humor of political satire as—“The gift that keeps on giving.”

The ‘ousted staffers’ were not exempt from the SNL Christmas sketch, giving to meaning to spreading joy throughout the holiday season.

Alec Baldwin shape-shifting into his Trumpian style of channeling Donald J. Trump reprised his role by decorating the White House “Tree of Shame” for Christmas.

Channeling Trump, Baldwin says, “You can finally say it again because the War on Christmas is over,” “Soon to be replaced with the War on North Korea.”

Adding a touch of “Merriment to the Moment” Many of Trump’s closest surrogates were invited to the White House to decorate the tree with faces of the president’s “haters and losers.”  Those used as decorations on the tree—having been fired over the past 11 months of the current administration’s tumultuous tenure in the Trump White House may not have reveled in the moment.

Kellyanne Conway (Kate McKinnon) hung a James Comey ornament. Sarah Huckabee Sanders (Aldy Bryant), as part of the joyous moment, decorated the tree with Sean Spicer and Anthony “The Mooch” Scaramucci ornaments. Mike Pence (Beck Bennett), decorated the tree with Mike Flynn, and last, but not least—Ivanka Trump (Scarlett Johansson) hung a Roy Moore ornament on the “Tree of Shame.”

Eric Trump (Alex Moffat) and Donald Trump, Jr. (Mikey Day) sort of faded into the background, but not before naming several pics for the “Tree of Shame.”  Jeff Session (Kate McKinnon) send out a big “Elf-You” to Jeff Sessions with her version of a tiny “Elf on the Shelf” Jeff Sessions.

The highlight of the night was Leslie Jones’ “Omarosa”—She did not disappoint. Adding chocolate sprinkles and the icing on the Christmas sketch, Jones’ gave it her all as she banged on the White House windows in desperation to enter the building, from which she was fired.

Appearing to lose sight of all dignity Omarosa (Leslie Jones) forgetting that she was the epitome of a “confident, self-assured black woman” banging the window, pleads with Trump….

“Take me back! She yelled.  “I’ll always love you!”

“She’s a tough cookie” Trump (Alec Baldwin) says to Melania (Cecily Strong) “I think we’ll have to move.”

Watch the SNL hilarious opening below:

SNL White House Tree Trimming Cold Opening (Video courtesy of YouTube)

 

LeNora Millen          12-17-17

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Medicare Takes Aim at Medical Identity Theft: Protecting Seniors From Fraud

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Criminals are increasingly targeting people age 65 or older for personal identity theft. In 2014 alone, there were 2.6 million such incidents among seniors, according to the Department of Justice.

A growing offshoot of identity theft is healthcare fraud, which can result when someone unlawfully uses another person’s Medicare number. Medical identity theft can lead to inaccuracies in medical records, which in turn can result in delayed care, denied services and costly false claims.

That’s why Medicare works with the Department of Justice, taking aim squarely at would-be thieves. In the largest law enforcement action against criminals fraudulently targeting the Medicare, Medicaid and Tricare programs, 412 people around the country, including 115 doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals, were charged in 2017 with bilking U.S. taxpayers out of $1.3 billion.

New Medicare Card for 2018. (Video Courtesy of YouTube)

The next big fraud-fighting push is well underway — and its focus is protecting the personal information of senior citizens by removing their Social Security numbers from Medicare cards.

People with Medicare don’t need to take any action to get a new Medicare card. Beginning in April 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will mail out newly designed Medicare cards to the 58 million Americans with Medicare. The cards will have a new number that will be unique for each card recipient. This will help protect personal identity and prevent fraud because identity thieves can’t bill Medicare without a valid Medicare number. To help with a seamless transition to the new cards, providers will be able to use secure lookup tools that will support quick access to the new card numbers when needed.

Healthcare fraud drives up costs for everyone, but healthcare consumers can be an effective first line of defense against fraud. Follow these tips to help protect yourself:

Do

  • Treat your Medicare number like a credit card.
  • When the new card comes in the mail next year, destroy your old card and make sure you bring your new one to your doctors’ appointments.
  • Be suspicious of anyone offering early bird discounts, limited time offers or encouraging you to act now for the best deal. That’s an indicator of potential fraud because Medicare plans are forbidden from offering incentives.
  • Be skeptical of free gifts, free medical services, discount packages or any offer that sounds too good to be true.
  • Only give 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).
  • Report suspected instances of fraud.
  • Check your Medicare statements to make sure the charges are accurate.

Don’t

  • Don’t share your Medicare number or other personal information with anyone who contacts you by telephone, email or approaches you in person, unless you’ve given them permission in advance. Medicare will never contact you uninvited and request your Medicare number or other personal information.
  • Don’t let anyone borrow or pay to use your Medicare number.
  • Don’t allow anyone, except your doctor or other Medicare providers, to review your medical records or recommend services.
  • Don’t let anyone persuade you to see a doctor for care or services you don’t need.
  • Don’t accept medical supplies from a door-to-door salesman.

Learn more about how you can fight Medicare fraud at Medicare.gov/fraud, or call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). You can also visit a local SHIP counselor, who can provide free, one-on-one, non-biased Medicare assistance.

With a common sense approach to protecting health information, senior citizens can be effective partners in fighting Medicare fraud.

 

Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

@LeNoraMillen       01-19-18

 

 

 

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Trump Children’s Health Insurance Tweet Contradicts White House Administration

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Washington (CNN) President Donald Trump contradicted his own administration on Thursday when he tweeted that funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program  (CHIP) should not be included in a short-term plan to fund the government.

Trump’s tweet sent on Thursday morning, seemingly undercut the “Stopgap Spending Bill,” leaving many confused at what could be construed as an “Anti-Chip” tweet.

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@LeNoraMillen     01-18-18

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What If a Government Shutdown Occurs? Five Things to Know

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The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base BARRIE BARBER/STAFF

The federal government faces a partial federal shutdown threat Friday without a $1.1 trillion appropriations spending budget or a temporary stopgap spending measure in place.

Here’s what could happen in the Miami Valley if a shutdown occurs:

FURLOUGHS: A Wright-Patterson Air Force Base spokesman said this week the base had not received guidance on what actions to take. But the last time a federal government shutdown occurred in 2013, thousands of Wright-Patterson civilian employees were furloughed temporarily. Among those exempted were police, fire, medical and airfield operations. Military service members remained on the job.

MUSEUM: The region’s biggest tourist attraction, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, would close until a funding deal is reached, according to a spokesman.

MAIL SERVICE: The U.S. Postal Service, which is considered self-funded, would continue operations, including home delivery and post offices, would stay open, a spokesman said.

DAYTON VA: The Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities would remain open. The VA operates on a two-year budget cycle, exempting the department from the latest funding skirmish in Washington.

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE: NPS sites in the Dayton region closed during the last shutdown in 2013. An NPS directive issued in September 2017, said parks would close if a lapse in federal government appropriations occurs.

Source: Dayton Daily News

@LeNoraMillen    01-18-18

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