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Understanding Medicare Observation Status

No issue generates more anger and confusion among Medicare recipients than observation status—that hospital stay that really isn’t a hospital stay. Over the holidays, I got an earful from three people who had been treated at a hospital by hospital staff yet not admitted to the hospital. A typical case goes like this: A person comes to a hospital emergency [...]

By |2019-01-02T11:32:42-04:00January 2nd, 2019|Medicare|0 Comments

The Changing Demographics of Family Caregivers

Are family caregivers—and care recipients--getting younger? Are men more likely to care for parents and other relatives than in the past? Perhaps, according to a recent survey by the long-term care insurance company Genworth. The survey found that about half of family caregivers now are men. That’s significantly higher than the 40 percent in other studies. At the same time, [...]

By |2019-01-09T20:14:11-04:00December 26th, 2018|family caregivers|0 Comments

What Striking Down The Affordable Care Act Would Mean For Seniors

US District Judge Reed O’Connor’s Friday night decision to strike down the entire Affordable Care Act would damage the well-being of older adults, those 50-64 nearing Medicare, and frail elders and younger people with disabilities who are receiving long-term care benefits under Medicaid. Many lawyers believe the ruling is poorly reasoned and likely would be reversed on appeal. However, it [...]

By |2018-12-17T14:09:45-04:00December 17th, 2018|Health reform|0 Comments

Minnesota Considers Two New Ways To Pay For Long-Term Care

Would you buy a term life insurance policy that automatically converts to long-term care coverage once you reach retirement age?  How about paying a modest additional premium to add some home care benefits to your Medicare Supplemental (Medigap) insurance or your Medicare Advantage plan? Minnesota, a state that has been a leader in long-term care delivery reform, may soon experiment [...]

There Are Not Enough Personal Care Aides To Care For Frail Seniors. What Will We Do?

The long-predicted shortage of personal care aides is here. And it is creating enormous challenges for frail older adults and people with disabilities living at home as well as for operators and residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities. This shortage inevitably will drive up costs for services that already are unaffordable for many consumers. They will increase financial [...]

By |2018-12-06T11:18:31-04:00December 6th, 2018|long-term care workers|0 Comments

What The New Congress Will Mean For Medicare And Other Issues For Older Adults

After the new Congress is sworn in next January it may address several issues that directly affect the well-being of older adults as well as younger people with disabilities. The House, which will be controlled by Democrats, and the Senate, still run by Republicans, will have very different perspectives on these issues but both chambers are likely to confront the [...]

By |2018-11-26T13:00:07-04:00November 26th, 2018|long term care reform, Medicare|0 Comments

Is Maine Ready For A Universal Home Care Benefit For Seniors And People With Disabilities?

On Tuesday, voters in Maine will decide whether to create the nation’s first universal public home care benefit for older adults and younger people with disabilities. The hotly debated referendum, Ballot Question 1, would be funded through a surtax on high-income households. The measure was introduced by the Main People’s Alliance and is supported by many progressive and consumer groups. [...]

By |2018-10-31T10:58:54-04:00October 31st, 2018|aging in place, long term care reform|0 Comments

Trump’s Latest Plan To Cut Medicare Drug Prices Would Benefit Few Seniors

With great fanfare, and just two weeks before the congressional elections, President Trump announced a new initiative aimed at reducing Medicare drug prices. It is an issue he has been promising to address since his presidential campaign. But a close look shows that the package announced yesterday is quite modest. The plan, which the Department of Health & Human Services [...]

By |2018-10-26T12:35:41-04:00October 26th, 2018|Medicare|0 Comments