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NEWS
September 16, 2009
The Washington County Health Department will hold four seasonal flu vaccination clinics at area high schools this Saturday. The public is invited. The clinics will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at: Boonsboro High School, 10 Campus Ave., near the intersection of alternate U.S. 40 and Md. 66. Clear Spring High School, 12630 Broadfording Road, Clear Spring North Hagerstown High School, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown South Hagerstown High School, 1101 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown Seasonal flu vaccinations are available for ages 18 and older.
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LIFESTYLE
January 11, 2013
The Washington County Health Department will hold flu vaccination clinics on the following dates and times: Monday, Jan. 14, 1 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, 1 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, 1 to 4:30 p.m. All clinics will be held at the Health Department's main building at 1302 Pennsylvania Avenue, Hagerstown. Medicare is accepted for adult vaccination, but no other insurance will be billed. A donation of $20 is appreciated.
NEWS
By TIM ROWLAND | July 20, 2008
Medicare, according to Morningstar financial analyst Debbie Wang, doesn't bid out for low-tech medical hardware, such as wheelchairs and aluminum walkers. And really, why would it? It's not Medicare's money, it's ours. That's why Medicare happily pays $1,825 for a hospital bed that can be purchased online for $754. A 10-city pilot program demonstrated that Medicare could save 26 percent if it put these items to bid, but this year Congress delayed a plan to do so. Wang writes, "It is always helpful to ask: Whose pocket is the politician in?
NEWS
By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | August 26, 2011
U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., toured a Con-way Freight facility in Greencastle on Friday, fielding questions from employees during the company's employee appreciation week. Before he addressed the 100 employees assembled in the break room, Shuster clarified his job description. "I'm the chief customer-service representative to the federal government. So, if you've got a problem with the government - that's what I do for those of you who live in Pennsylvania in the 9th (Congressional)
NEWS
April 6, 2001
Maryland to adopt county's drug plan By LAURA ERNDE laurae@herald-mail.com ANNAPOLIS - Washington County's prescription drug program will expand statewide under a stop-gap plan to help people with the soaring cost of prescription drugs. The Maryland General Assembly's $6.5 million plan ensures continuation of the program that links patients with free drugs offered by pharmaceutical companies. It also subsidizes drug costs for poor people for two years and may eventually lead to discounts for all Medicare eligible individuals without drug coverage.
OPINION
By GEORGE MICHAEL | June 28, 2013
A recent front-page story in The Herald-Mail reported that a Hagerstown pharmacist pleaded guilty to writing prescriptions for powerful narcotics for hundreds of clients who drove here by the “van loads” to do business.  This story is shocking on several levels. It's bad enough that people were coming to Hagerstown from out of state to get their needed fixes. But the worst part of this story is that the pharmacist was billing Medicare and Medicaid for some of these painkillers.
NEWS
October 12, 1999
By DON AINES / Staff Writer, Chambersburg photos: KEVIN G. GILBERT / staff photographer CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - In a dramatic turnaround from four years ago, the Falling Spring Nursing and Rehabilitation Center last week was named the top county-affiliated nursing home in Pennsylvania. In 1995, the 220-bed facility, then known as the Franklin County Nursing Home, was effectively placed on probation. That year the Pennsylvania Department of Health issued the home a provisional license for shortcomings in resident care and other areas.
NEWS
October 9, 2004
U.S. Rep. Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett, R-Md., will hold a public forum Oct. 18 in Hagerstown for senior citizens who have questions regarding the new drug card benefit. The forum will be at Robinwood Medical Center, 11110 Medical Campus Drive, Hagerstown, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Drug card providers will be available to provide specific plan information from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Bob Zimmerman, regional director of the Department of Health and Human Services, will attend the forums to provide an overview of the program and answer seniors' specific questions.
NEWS
July 8, 1997
Newspaper buries important stories like Medicare cuts To the editor: Congress has finally figured a way to cut Medicare and make it sound good. The story didn't make the headlines, especially in the Herald Mail, although it is important enough to touch every Medicare eligible individual in America. The Herald Mail put the story on page A2 and dressed it as though it were a gift to the elderly and the working poor. Herald Mail has a tendency to put important items out of sight while their front page covers such items role-playing wargames and winner's in a livability contest.
NEWS
September 18, 2009
"I'd like to thank the Potomac Fish and Game Club, the Humphreys, and all the volunteers who helped last Sunday to make it such a special day for the special needs people of Washington County. " - Washington County "I'm calling in about Patrick Swayze dying. I think it's a shame that when he died, it was put on the back section. When Michael Jackson died, he was smeared all over the place for days and days. ... Patrick Swayze did nothing but have a career and a loving wife for years, and did good where he could.
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