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How To Get Long-Term Care Workers To Take The Covid-19 Vaccine

As of Monday, only about 22 percent of the covid-19 vaccine doses that have been distributed for use in long-term care facilities have made their way into the arms of residents and staff.  As has been well documented, these residents—nearly all with pre-existing medical conditions and functional and cognitive impairment-- are the most vulnerable to serious illness and death from [...]

By |2021-01-13T14:57:02-05:00January 13th, 2021|nursing homes|0 Comments

Congress Moves To Fix Medicare Enrollment, But Misses The Biggest Problem

In its massive end-of-year spending bill, Congress slipped in some important changes that may improve Medicare coverage for hundreds of thousands of older adults who don’t enroll when they first are eligible. Unfortunately, lawmakers only did half the job. The changes will help, but Congress chose to ignore the real cause of the problem. This is complicated, just like everything [...]

By |2021-01-08T11:15:08-05:00January 7th, 2021|Medicare|4 Comments

States Must Rapidly Deliver Coronavirus Vaccine To Frail Elders Living At Home

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has put residents and staff of nursing homes and assisted living facilities near the top of the list for receiving a covid-19 vaccine. That is the right call. But public health officials should not forget about the millions of frail older adults living at home who are at risk of dying from [...]

By |2020-12-17T11:15:33-05:00December 17th, 2020|aging in place|9 Comments

Covid-19 Cases Explode Again in Nursing Homes, But Some States Are Far Worse Than Others

As the Covid-19 pandemic explodes around the country, cases and deaths among nursing home residents increasing rapidly as well. A new analysis by AARP finds that the rate of facility-based cases doubled from mid-October to mid-November, from 2.8 cases per hundred residents to 5.7. Deaths also rose sharply--though at a lower rate than cases—from  0.48 deaths per 100 residents to [...]

By |2020-12-11T12:16:55-05:00December 11th, 2020|nursing homes|5 Comments

Covid-19 Has Killed 100,000 Long-term Care Residents, And Thousands More Will Die By Year-End

The statistics simply are staggering. More than 728,000 residents and staff of long-term care facilities have contracted covid-19 over the past nine months.  More than 100,000 have died—a number that has doubled since June. That is equal to roughly the entire population of San Mateo CA, or Green Bay WI. Four of every 10 covid-19 deaths in the US have [...]

By |2020-12-01T13:40:07-05:00December 1st, 2020|nursing homes|0 Comments

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