In a time when politicians and deficit hawks are advocating raising the eligibility age for Medicare, we should actually be pressing to do the exact opposite.
United, the Post War Generation can prove ourselves a great generation, not just a great big generation.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released results from a pilot study showing that Green House project homes save Medicare $1,300 to $2,300 per home resident annually.
Medicare expenditures rose much faster than overall health-care spending in 2011, the government reports.
A report by federal health care inspectors in November said the U.S. nursing home industry overbills Medicare $1.5 billion a year for treatments patients don’t need or never receive.
A study shows tensions over paying for entitlements–but also some respect-your-elders sentiment.
Raising the eligibility age from 65 to 67 may be off the table for now, but the idea will resurface as budget pressures grow.
Medicare’s open-enrollment period, when the 49 million Americans who use the program can make changes to their 2013 coverage, is about to come to a close – for most beneficiaries and their families, the deadline for alterations is midnight on Friday, Dec. 7.
The “Catch Me If You Can” guy on protecting yourself and your parents from financial scams.
Challenges await on Social Security, Medicare and elder-care, and retiree savings
With the election behind him, Barack Obama’s first item of business will be dealing with the fiscal cliff–that toxic combination of tax increases and automatic spending cuts that are due to kick in on Jan 2, unless Congress acts to delay or replace them with a long-term deficit reduction plan. Going over the cliff would mean deep cuts in a [...]
On Tuesday, the Obama administration announced a proposed settlement agreement that would make it easier for people with disabilities and chronic conditions to qualify for home care.
Until now, Medicare beneficiaries have been required to show they were likely to improve (the “improvement standard”) for Medicare to cover skilled nursing care and therapy services at home.
Did you watch the third and last debate Monday evening between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney?
I thought assigning foreign policy as the topic was a bad idea. More so than in elections past when the nation had not been going through such hard economic times, what voters most care about now are pocketbook and social issues.
The two candidates apparently agreed as they veered into domestic policy no matter what questions moderator Bob Sheiffer asked. For us – elders – what has most been missing from the debates was a good and thorough discussion of Social Security and Medicare and I’m ticked off about that.
It is important to establish that these issues aren’t just relevant for today’s older adults. All Americans should ask: What will a compromised Social Security or Medicare program or the absence of a meaningful pension mean for me when I wish to retire?
It’s every patient’s worst nightmare: You undergo a complicated, expensive medical procedure, only to have your insurer deny your claim and refuse to pay, leaving you stuck with the bill. (Every patient’s second worst nightmare, by the way, is the one in which NBC decides not to cancel “Animal Practice.”)
This is the last part of the TGB Medicare Enrollment Information series. I had no idea when I committed myself to breaking down Medicare enrollment rules into simple, understandable language how difficult it would be – what a long learning curve it was.
Last week, I wrote about an important new survey of family caregivers that shows nearly half are performing work that is often done by nurses, such as managing medications, caring for wounds, and operating medical equipment. The report, by AARP and United Hospital Fund, sheds important light on the often unrecognized role of these family caregivers. And [...]
The pundit world was buzzing after the VP debate on thursday, but there is one aspect that went largely unnoticed. There is a blatant generational gap between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan.
Talking Points Memo has an excellent photo gallery of each running mate that really illustrates the age gap between these two men. Joe Biden and Paul Ryan.
Encore: Obama’s favored over Romney on the issue, but the gap narrows among seniors.
Encore: Lifestyle changes and the aging process can threaten baby boomer waistlines.