Senior citizens

Seniors face a different kind of surprise medical bill

Hundreds of thousands of seniors may be about to get a bill for up to five months' premiums, which they didn't realize weren't paid, due to a Social Security Administration mistake, Kaiser Health News reports.

What's happening: The SSA made an error and didn't deduct the premiums from seniors' Social Security checks, and didn't pay seniors' insurance plans. About 250,000 seniors with private plans are affected. Some will be required to pay, while others may receive cancellation notices.

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The unpaid cost of long-term care

Family members, especially spouses, are providing an awful lot of end-of-life care right now, with little or no support, per Health Affairs.

By the numbers: Nearly 15 million Americans act as unpaid caregivers for older patients, often family — and spouses, especially, often have to go it alone.