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Medicare Enrollees Shouldn’t Expect Any Benefit From Trump’s Drug Pricing Rules

Late last week, President Trump announced two new rules that he said would save Medicare enrollees billions of dollars in drug costs. They are unlikely to save a nickel. While there is a lot less to these new rules than President Trump claims, the real question is what steps President-elect Joe Biden and a divided Congress will take to lower [...]

By |2020-11-23T14:06:30-05:00November 23rd, 2020|Medicare|0 Comments

Biden Proposed Raising Social Security Payroll Taxes By $740 Billion…And Still Got Elected President

An amazing thing happened in this year’s presidential election. A major party candidate proposed raising Social Security payroll taxes. And won.  More than that, it was never even an issue. What ever happened to Social Security being the third rail of American politics? The candidate, of course, was Joe Biden. He proposed a quite detailed plan for reforming Social Security [...]

By |2020-11-17T11:45:41-05:00November 17th, 2020|Social Security|0 Comments

What Will Biden Do For Seniors?

In his campaign, President-elect Joe Biden promised a wide range of policy changes aimed at supporting older adults, including paid leave and tax credits for families caring for older adults, significantly more funding for Medicaid community-based long-term services and supports, and significant reforms to Social Security The question will be how much can he get done, given other priorities and [...]

By |2020-11-10T11:06:46-05:00November 10th, 2020|Joe Biden|0 Comments

What Biden And Trump Would Mean For Older Voters

As with so many issues, there is a major gulf between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden when it comes to issues that directly affect older adults. Biden has proposed a long list of specific proposals. Trump has said remarkably little about what he’d do in a second term, and that silence extends to programs that affect seniors. [...]

By |2020-10-26T13:54:56-04:00October 26th, 2020|campaign 2020|0 Comments

Covid-19 Has Made Caregiving Harder, But Isn’t Making Americans More Likely To Plan For Their Old Age

The covid-19 pandemic has increased the burden on family caregivers and made Americans more insistent than ever on receiving their own care at home, rather than in a long-term care facility. Yet, they are in more denial than before the pandemic about the likelihood they or a loved one will need  personal assistance at some time in their lives. As [...]

By |2020-10-27T11:49:02-04:00October 14th, 2020|family caregivers|0 Comments

An Inside Look At How Covid-19 Is Driving An Epidemic of Loneliness in Nursing Homes

What has it been like to live in a nursing home during the covid-19 pandemic? Because access to facilities is so limited, it is hard to know. But, for the first time, a survey of residents tells a grim story of loneliness and isolation: 90 percent said they never left their campus, 60 percent said they never even went outside [...]

By |2020-10-08T12:01:49-04:00October 8th, 2020|nursing homes|0 Comments

A Stakeholder Commission Correctly Diagnoses The Problems With Nursing Homes and Covid-19, But Soft-Peddles The Solutions

A national Coronavirus Commission on Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes has identified more than two dozen major flaws in the response of government and the nursing home industry to the covid-19 pandemic. However, the panel, created by the Trump Administration, was relatively passive in its recommendations for how to fix those shortcomings. It feels a bit like reading the [...]

By |2020-09-18T14:36:49-04:00September 18th, 2020|nursing homes, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Moving More Medical And Long-Term Care To Seniors’ Homes

Changes in technology, new government payment models, managed care, and consumer preferences all are shifting services for frail older adults and younger people with disabilities from facilities to home. These models will create new options for consumers and threaten to disrupt the business models of hospitals, traditional nursing homes, and other long-term care facilities. These care models come with a [...]

By |2020-09-14T11:27:40-04:00September 14th, 2020|aging in place|0 Comments

A “Herd Immunity” Strategy To Combat COVID-19 Could Be A Disaster For Older Adults

President Trump’s newest White House pandemic adviser, Scott Atlas, reportedly is advocating for the strategy of building “herd immunity” to stop the spread of coronavirus. Atlas, who is a neuroradiologist and fellow at the Hoover Institution, would allow the virus to spread as widely and quickly as possible to build immunity in the overall population. Think of it as the [...]

By |2020-09-03T10:59:50-04:00September 3rd, 2020|Health Care, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Hundreds of Thousands Of Nursing Home Residents Don’t Need To Be There

Hundreds of thousands of older adults and younger people with disabilities are living in nursing homes only because that is where Medicaid drives them. They have no clinical need for skilled nursing care, and, if better options were available, many could be living in other settings, including their own homes. Medicaid—the joint state/federal health care program for the very poor—sends [...]

By |2020-08-28T12:42:22-04:00August 28th, 2020|nursing homes|0 Comments