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$800 for a pain patch?

A reader writes:

A hospice in Georgia has been charging $800 for a pain patch for dying patients. The hospice reports that Medicare does not pay for pain relief patches for dying patients.

The same patch can be bought in Krogers supermarket, 5 patches for $70.00.

Submitted by (@bill.dedman)
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Senior citizen scams

A reader writes that a California company has been scamming mostly senior citizens out of their life savings for nonexistent "business opportunities." The FTC has brought a case against it. Does this issue need more coverage?

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Unscrupulous dog rescue groups

A reader writes: Dog rescue organizations are wonderful if they operate properly. Some groups are only in it for the $$$. They get a tax exempt status & are free to cherry pick dogs from the shelters.This is even better than backyard breeding ! Most take cash only. They are Unregulated or licensed (at least here in Phoenix). Some of the unethical groups are money making scams dealing in sick animals. My experience ...more »

Submitted by (@gil.aegerter1)
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wrecked vehicles wi8th clean carfax

unscrupulous car dealers are importing vehicles into the U.S. from Canada. Problem is they have been wrecked and repaired in Canada, then sold at dealer auctions in that country. When the cars are imported into the U.S., the CarFax comes back clean and the consumer is left to deal with a vehicle that has been poorly repaired and may be unsafe.

Submitted by (@greggradisar)
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No Doctors Accepting Medicare

We live in Colorado and can not find any doctors that will accept new Medicare patients under the new laws. We both have serious medical problems and just moved here from Florida and every doctor in the Medicare book says they are not taking new patients. This needs to be fixed ASAP.

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Diamond settlement

A reader asks: Could you do an investigation on what happened with the DeBeers Diamond class action settlement from several years ago? I have been checking into it, and it appears to have been nothing more than a big scam for lawyers to make money. It appears that out of the 295 million dollar settlement, the only people to have been paid are the attorneys at an amount of over 70 million dollars for "fees". I know many ...more »

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Has your property been sold in the storage wars?

A reader in Harrisburg, Pa., asks:

Have you seen these TV shows where items in storage units are auctioned off? I'm appalled at these TV shows preying on other people's misfortunes. From what I understand of the Pennsylvania laws on storage auctions, any money over the fees owed is is supposed to go back to the unit's owner but they need to ask for it. People are not aware of their rights.

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Have you been disenrolled by a Native American tribe?

A reader in Illinois writes: I am one of 16 cousins who were disenrolled this week from the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians, without cause, due process or explanation of any kind. Over 154 members were banished this week. We had our homes, health care, income and rights taken away with the signing of pen. What we have discovered is pointing to corruption, greed and scandal. ... The Bureau of Indian Affairs has turned ...more »

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Federal Reserve's $85B Monthly "Gift" to Banks

What are the banks doing with the $85B the Federal Reserve effectively gives them every month as part of Quantitative Easing? Why doesn't the FR give that to the Treasury for just one month and solve the entire sequestration problem?

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Are you a Vietnam Vet with children in Asia?

Brian Hjort, who lives in Sweden, is reuniting Vietnam veterans with their children in Asia. Here's his story: For the last 20 years,I had been assisting Vietnam veterans and Amerasians in locating each other. Amerasians are children of American service men and Vietnamese women, born during the war and left behind after, in the mercy of the new goverment from the north. They were seen as children of enemy and treated ...more »

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The difference in health insurance premiums for rural and urban

Rural Americans are really getting a terrible, unaffordable deal under Obamacare. (And I supported the ACA). This would be an easy story to do since all you need to do is enter a few facts into esurance.com and then "edit" the zip code to see what the same family would pay in rural vs urban areas. These are my facts: Premium increase of $633 per month under Obamacare. Facts: Family of three in Colorado, zip code 81321. ...more »

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Student loan collections

Please research who the company is that does its private collections - The only name I've heard floating around was CollectCo, but I can find no information on it. I want to see who owns it, why they were awarded the contract and how much they are making "collecting" on defaulted student loans. I think you and I will be surprised at the outcome. Thx

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