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Since we all know it’s the little things that make us crazy, yet at the same time it’s the little things that keep us sane, why not make an exchange. Because with the holidays coming, it’s the little things that will be both our demise and our salvation.

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On January 23, 2013, the United States District Court of Vermont approved a settlement (Jimmo v. Sebelius) requiring the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to confirm that Medicare beneficiaries receiving care in a skilled care facility, home health, or outpatient services are to receive continued care based upon the need for skilled care, and not based upon the potential (or lack thereof) of improvement. In other words, a Medicare beneficiary who otherwise qualifies for care under their Medicare benefit cannot be denied continued coverage because they failed to improve or have “plateaued.” This applies to all Medicare beneficiaries across care settings, whether or not they have Original Medicare or an Advantage plan. The Center for Medicare Advocacy (the Center), the plaintiffs’ attorney in Jimmo, has published a recent article on their website detailing the disturbing lack of compliance with the terms of the settlement and how to file an expedited/fast track appeal. (www.medicareadvocacy.org).

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What does the number 1,667 mean to you? Well, if you’re a writer participating in National Novel Writing Month, that figure represents the amount of words you are going to try to write each day throughout November.

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It is open enrollment time again for Medicare beneficiaries (October 15 to December 7). This is the time of year to review your current Medicare plans such as Medigap, Medicare Advantage and Part D prescription plans. Even if you or your loved one does not make any changes, it is worth the review.

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SKIPPACK — In a 15th century medieval kingdom, the royal family is as dysfunctional as it gets. "Once Upon a Mattress" — the popular Tony Award nominated classic — is Playcrafters’ last installment for the 2019 season and ends on a high note with this delightful musical comedy.

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Most people have heard the terms “Will” and “Trust,” but often are unfamiliar with their exact meaning. Frequently, I am asked whether it would be better to have a Trust than a Will. That depends upon the individual circumstances; however, in most instances, for Pennsylvania residents, a Will is the better answer.

Living with another person is about as easy as, well, living with yourself, although when it comes to yourself, at least the odd quirks and assorted annoyances of being you are to be expected.

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Bubbling with field-trip excitement, a group of third graders entered Swarthmore Co-op eager for a tour. Passing bins of local apples, they peppered their guide with questions, wondering what makes a co-op a co-op?

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In the spectrum of jazz artists today, Hiromi Uehara is a talent that is unequivocally unrivaled. The Japanese pianist, and Berklee College of Music alumnus, has been pushing the boundary of what defines jazz and piano composition in modern music since her debut in 2003.

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UPPER MERION — In his 20 years of teaching at Upper Merion Area High School, Choir Director Brian Horoho has never taught a student as musically accomplished as Joe Galfi.

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The year 2020 means different things to different people, such as a graduation year, wedding year, birth of a child, or celebration of leap year. But 2020 should be important to all of us for one overriding reason, the U.S. Census. Every 10 years, by mandate of the U.S. Constitution, a census must be conducted of all persons living in the United States, regardless of immigration status, color, age, income status and location within the U.S. The results of the census are vitally important to all of us, both to ensure adequate representation in Congress, and so that we can receive our share of the $883 billion in federal funds distributed each year to 55 large census-guided programs, per the George Washington University Institute of Public Policy. (See www.KeystoneCounts.org).

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Chances are you have grown accustomed to robots and automation in your day-to-day life, from the googly-eyed bot roaming the aisles of local grocery stores to the automated answering service that greets you when you call your bank. For the sake of efficiency and convenience, most of us have automated more and more of our daily lives.

ROXBOROUGH — Fall fun is brewing at the seventh annual “Roxtoberfest," the Roxborough neighborhood’s uniquely Philly spin on the world-renowned German Oktoberfest celebration. The popular, family-friendly event, presented this year by Roxborough Memorial Hospital, will take place on Saturday…

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Last Wednesday evening, the city’s beloved conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, energetically bound onto the stage of Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts sporting his new blonde hair. It was enough of a change to spark excitement from the audie…

The Historical Society of Montgomery County will hold a series of classes on the history of World War II in Europe taught by Pottstown historian and writer Michael Snyder, who writes the First Sunday History features for MediaNews Group. The World War II series will be 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesdays, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, and November 6, in the Meeting Room of the Historical Society of Montgomery County, 1654 DeKalb St., Norristown.

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All hands hoay, me hearties. Sail ho! Raise th’ Jolly Roger and grab yer cutlass for t’morrow’s th’ day when even a right landlubber doth change ’e’s tongue. ’Tis Talk Like a Pirate Day, so best be spending ye doubloons on a wee bit o’ local rum. Savvy?

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Welcome to ‘Seven in Seven,’ where each Friday we’ll be taking a look at shows coming to the region over the next week. Whether your musical tastes are rock and roll, jazz, heavy metal, singer-songwriter or indie, there’ll always be something to check out in the coming days.

The Roxborough Male Chorus will hold an open house on Monday, Sept. 16 at 7:30 pm at Leverington Presbyterian Church, 6301 Ridge Avenue at Hermitage Street, Philadelphia. There is free parking in the church parking lot and on the street.