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A Tool That Helps Family Caregivers Map Their Support Systems

You are caring for a loved one. On top of everything else, you feel absolutely alone—as if you are doing this tough work with no help. But maybe, just maybe, you have more support than you think. A creative tool called Atlas CareMaps is a deceptively simple but powerful way to identify all the connections in your life. It helps [...]

By |2019-04-22T11:10:08-04:00April 22nd, 2019|family caregivers|0 Comments

Washington State’s Public Long-Term Care Insurance Program Is On The Verge Of Becoming Law

A first-in-the-nation state long-term care insurance program is likely to become law within a few weeks. In Washington State, both houses of the legislature have approved the measure, though they must resolve relatively minor differences between the two bills. Gov. Jay Inslee has promised to sign it. Washington would be the first state in the US to enact a public [...]

Drugs Are Keeping Seniors Healthy, And Hurting Them

We are living in the age of prescription drugs. They can turn once-fatal diseases into manageable, chronic conditions. But especially for older adults, many of whom take five or more medications each day, they can cause illness or even death. A new study by Judith Garber and Shannon Brownlee of the Lown Institute, estimate that as many as 10 million [...]

By |2019-04-08T12:57:41-04:00April 8th, 2019|Health Care|0 Comments

Another Shock To The Long-Term Care Insurance Industry

Genworth, once the largest seller of long-term care insurance policies, has announced that it has stopped selling individual stand-alone coverage, as well as immediate annuities, through brokers and agents. Company officials say the decision is temporary, but for now it will sell only through direct-to-consumer channels or through employers or affinity groups--currently a very small market. Independent brokers fear the [...]

By |2019-04-01T11:49:26-04:00April 1st, 2019|long-term care insurance|0 Comments

Getting Post-Acute Care At Home Saves Money But May Not Better Than A Skilled Nursing Facility

Patient advocates really, really want to believe that people discharged from a hospital are better off getting additional medical care and rehab at home than in a skilled nursing facility (SNF). But an important new study of 17 million Medicare claims over seven years tells a more ambiguous story. The study found that post-acute care at home resulted in significantly [...]

By |2019-03-20T15:51:26-04:00March 20th, 2019|Medicare|0 Comments

Is President Trump Really Proposing To Cut Medicare Benefits By $845 Billion?

If you add up the proposed Medicare changes in President Trump’s 2020 budget, it looks like he would cut the program by $845 billion over the next decade. That’s generated outrage from Democrats, but a closer look suggests that the reductions are much smaller, most would affect providers rather than beneficiaries, and many recycle old ideas that have little chance of ever [...]

By |2019-03-14T18:47:37-04:00March 14th, 2019|Medicare|0 Comments

Is Washington State About To OK Public Long-Term Care Insurance?

Washington State may soon approve the nation’s first publicly-funded long-term care insurance program. The measure, called the Long-Term Care Trust Act, would provide a maximum benefit of $36,500 for people who need assistance with at least three activities of daily living (ADLs) such as bathing, toileting, transferring, dressing, or eating. It would be funded with a payroll tax (or what [...]

By |2019-03-03T17:27:04-04:00March 1st, 2019|long-term care insurance|0 Comments

What Really Is Happening To Medicare Spending?

A new report this week about future increases in Medicare spending set off wildly misleading headlines about the program’s future and what is might mean for efforts to expand it, as many prominent Democrats are proposing. As you wade through all this, there may be much less to the new forecast than meets the eye. Keep in mind three points: [...]

By |2019-02-22T14:15:11-04:00February 22nd, 2019|Medicare|0 Comments

Why Can’t We Expand Access To Transportation For Older Adults?

Why can’t we do a better job providing safe, cost-effective, and reliable transportation to older adults? For decades, we’ve known about the consequences of poor transportation. It is a major reason why people miss medical appointments, struggle to shop for food and medicine, and become more socially isolated. It can contribute to malnutrition and falls, result in more emergency department [...]

By |2019-02-18T14:57:42-04:00February 18th, 2019|transportation|0 Comments