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Senior Times - March 2020
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Joanna Stelloh Phelps, Special to Senior Times
• 1⁄4 cup diced ham
• 1 tablespoon flour (or Wondra)
• 1⁄4 cup milk (prefer whole milk)
• 1⁄4 cup Gruyere cheese, shredded
• 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
• Pinch nutmeg
• Salt and pepper to taste
• 1⁄2 cup cooked rotisserie chicken
• 2 additional tablespoons Gruyere cheese
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line bak- ing sheet with foil; set aside. Make topping and prepare bread as above.
In sauce pan, melt one tablespoon but- ter; add onions and ham and sauté until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with flour and cook about 1-2 minutes. Whisk in milk and cook an addi- tional 1-2 minutes. Stir in shredded cheese, mustard, and seasonings, and continue to cook until thick and smooth. Stir in chick- en and remove from heat.
Put prepared bread on prepared baking sheet. Divide sandwich filling between the two breads, sprinkle each with a table- spoon of cheese and divide the topping between the two. Bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until hot and bubbly and lightly browned on top.
By: Russell Gloor, AMAC Certified Social Security Advisor
Since one of the issues for this Senior Times is about the ‘sandwich generation,’ I thought I’d provide a recipe in that spirit. The sandwich is said to have originated with John Montague, the fourth Earl of Sandwich who was gambling and did not want to interrupt his gaming by stopping for dinner. So the simple sandwich, meat between two slices of bread, was born. If we’re in a hurry, this may be what we grab but when we have some time, we can cre- ate something special, warm, and delicious.
Put 1 tablespoon of dry Italian bread crumbs in a small bowl, stir in 1 table- spoon melted butter; set aside.
Cut half loaf of French bread horizon- tally and toast cut side down in a frying pan until lightly brown. Brush with melted butter and set aside.
Sandwich Filling:
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• 1 tablespoon melted butter • 1⁄4 cup diced onion
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Giving voice to the majority of Americans who want price transparency in healthcare, the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC] has joined other patient advocacy groups to jointly submit an Amicus Brief to support the Department of Justice's motion for sum- mary judgment in American Hospital Association (AHA), et. al., v. Azar.
their “out of pocket” costs and rebut AHA claims that forcing disclosure violates the parties’ First Amendment rights. As amici notes, hospitals and insurance companies routinely disclose prices in their explana- tion of benefits statements. Their rates are not secret, just revealed after it’s too late for patients to choose more cost-effective care.
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At the heart of the case is a disagree- ment over whether the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) over- stepped its authority when it issued a reg- ulation last November that would compel hospitals and other health providers to disclose their cash and negotiated con- tract prices to patients in a clear, easy-to- access format. The AHA and a cohort of hospitals sued to block the requirement, which was set to go into effect January 2021.
According to a Harvard-Harris poll, a bipartisan 88 percent of Americans sup- port government mandates for hospitals and insurance companies to show their prices. (PRA) led the coalition of transparency sup- porters in filing the brief. In addition to AMAC, PRA is joined on the brief by Independent Women's Law Center, (IWLC), and the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF).
“America’s seniors are among the most vulnerable,” said AMAC Action Senior Vice President Andrew Mangione. “Although those over age 65 make up only 15 percent of the population they account for more than a third of health care spending. Opaque prices can be especially devastating to them. We hope to extend these transparency rules beyond hospitals to include prescription drug prices as well.”
Amici argue that many American workers have high-deductible plans, which make negotiated prices part of
If the Court sides with the amici and grants HHS's motion for summary judg- ment, the case will be dismissed, and the rule will stand. The Court is expected
to hand down a decision in the coming weeks.
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