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2018 Issues

  • eBulletin #46 2018 nov 21 

    Medicare Expands Access to In-Home Support for Seniors - Medicare is experimenting with a new direction in health care. Starting next year, seniors in many states will be able to get additional services such as help with chores and respite for caregi
  • eBulletin #45 2018 nov 14 

    New National Guidelines Seek to Improve Access to Palliative Care for People Living with Serious Illness - New national palliative care clinical practice guidelines seek to ensure the millions of people living with serious illness, such as heart fail
  • eBulletin #44 2018 nov 7 

    ACL Launches Redesigned Eldercare Locator Site - The Administration for Community Living has launched a newly redesigned Eldercare Locator website.
  • eBulletin #43 2018 oct 31 

    ACA Enrollment Unlikely to Increase in 2019 - Enrollment in ACA exchange plans is unlikely to increase next year as the Trump administration provides an escape hatch for people who say they have been priced out of coverage.
  • eBulletin #42 2018 oct 24 

    Trump Administration Loosens Restrictions on ACA Waivers - New guidance issued Monday by the Trump administration loosens restrictions states face to waive ACA requirements and will allow them to pursue conservative health policies that were previous
  • eBulletin #41 2018 oct 17 

    Guns and Dementia - As the number of Americans with dementia rises, health professionals are grappling with when and how to pose the question: “Do you have guns at home?”
  • eBulletin #40 2018 oct 10 

    WI Elder Abuse Task Force Proposes Legislation - A Wisconsin Department of Justice task force on Wednesday released draft legislation designed to protect senior citizens and vulnerable adults from exploitation, including bills that would define new c
  • eBulletin #39 2018 oct 3 

    Short-Term Insurance Policies May Have Big Coverage Gaps - If you're looking for cheaper health insurance, a whole host of new options will hit the market starting Tuesday.
  • eBulletin #38 2018 sept 26 

    Trump’s Proposed Immigration Rules Would Threaten Disabled Immigrants’ Health and Safety - In another wave of pointed attacks, the Trump administration has proposed a radical change in immigration policy that would have widespread negative consequenc
  • eBulletin #37 2018 sept 19 

    An Ancient Art May Work Best to Prevent Falls in Old Age - The ancient practice of tai chi may beat strength training and aerobics for preventing falls among seniors, a new trial shows.
  • eBulletin #36 2018 sept 12 

    Junk Insurance Plans Would Raise Premiums for Older Americans - A Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution of disapproval has been introduced in the Senate to overturn the Trump administration's expansion of "junk insurance" health care plans, which
  • eBulletin #35 2018 sept 5 

    Re-Review of Some Home Health Denials Now Available - In January, Vermont Legal Aid and the Center for Medicare Advocacy settled a case on behalf of Medicare beneficiaries in the six New England states and New York who had been denied coverage of hom
  • eBulletin #34 2018 aug 29 

    Ten Percent of Surveyed Seniors Say They’ll Fund Long-Term Care with Reverse Mortgages - A recent survey, sponsored by Seniorcare.com and conducted by University of Connecticut assistant professor Rupal Parekh and aging advocate Carol Marak, found th
  • eBulletin #33 2018 aug 22 

    California Legislature Bans Short-Term Health Insurance - The California Legislature has passed a bill banning the sale of short-term health insurance plans — a type of insurance the Trump administration is seeking to expand.
  • eBulletin #32 2018 aug 15 

    Bankruptcy Booms Among Older Americans - For a rapidly growing share of older Americans, traditional ideas about life in retirement are being upended by a dismal reality: bankruptcy.
  • eBulletin #31 2018 aug 8 

    Young Doctors Are Embracing Idea of Single-Payer Healthcare - When the American Medical Association — one of the nation’s most powerful health care groups — met in Chicago this June, its medical student caucus seized an opportunity for change.
  • eBulletin #30 2018 aug 1 

    OIG Says Hospice Program Needs Better Oversight - A report on hospice released Monday by a government watchdog agency called on federal regulators to ramp up oversight of a booming industry that served 1.4 million Americans in 2016.
  • eBulletin #29 2018 july 25 

    Retirement Bills in Congress Could Alter 401k Plans - Federal lawmakers are working on the biggest changes to U.S. retirement savings in more than a decade, exploring several proposals that could make it easier for small companies to offer 401(k) pla
  • eBulletin #28 2018 july 18 

    New Law Provides Free Security Freezes and Increased Fraud Alert Protection - The National Center on Law & Elder Rights has released information on a new law that allows consumers to implement a security freeze on their credit file free of charge.
  • eBulletin #27 2018 july 11 

    Medical Marijuana a Hit With Seniors - Seniors are giving rave reviews for medical marijuana. In a new survey, those who turned to it for treating chronic pain reported it reduced pain and decreased the need for opioid painkillers.
  • eBulletin #26 2018 june 27 

    ObamaCare Insurers See Boom Times Ahead - Health insurers are finding success in ObamaCare this year and are planning to expand their offerings in many states, defying expert’s predictions.
  • eBulletin #25 2018 june 20 

    Medicare Expands Offer to Reverse Late Enrollment Penalties - You sign up for an Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace exchange health policy sometime before you turn 65 - and then you mistakenly stay there past age 65, when by law you need to switch
  • eBulletin #24 2018 june 13 

    Families Strained By Caregiving Responsibilities, Survey Finds - A snapshot of thousands of caregivers across the country finds them overwhelmed by the demands of their loved ones with developmental disabilities and deeply concerned about the future.
  • eBulletin #23 2018 june 6 

    Seniors Slow to Embrace Online Access to Doctors - Many doctors have internet portals to help patients manage their care. But that doesn't mean older folks will use them.
  • eBulletin #22 2018 may 30 

    Why States Worry That 'Association Health Plans' Will Be Magnets for Scam Artists - Within weeks, the Trump administration will make it easier for small businesses to band together to buy health insurance for their workers.
  • eBulletin #21 2018 may 23 

    Local Judge Overturns California's Death with Dignity Law - A Riverside County judge overturned California's physician-assisted suicide law on Tuesday, giving the state attorney general five days to file an appeal to keep the law in place.
  • eBulletin #20 2018 may 16 

    CMS to Simplify Medicare Plan Selection - CMS is taking steps to make it easier to sort through Medicare coverage options, after a report said its current search options were badly presented and confusing and could lead some to make poor plan selecti
  • eBulletin #19 2018 may 9 

    Seniors Are the Health Care Industry's Gold Rush - Health care companies are rushing to buy or invest in areas that focus on the elderly population, as baby boomers are reaching an age when they require more health care services.
  • eBulletin #18 2018 may 2 

    ACL, EJCC Host Elder Justice Event - Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - The Elder Justice Coordinating Council invites members at the Securities and Exchange Commission building in Washington D.C. for a day of updates and discussion on the future of elder justi
  • eBulletin #17 2018 apr 25 

    U.S. Pension Fund Collapse Isn't a Distant Prospect - Warnings about looming public pension disasters have regularly cropped up since the 1950s, pointing to problems 25 years or more down the line.
  • eBulletin #16 2018 apr 18 

    Researchers Propose New Alzheimer's Definition Based on Biology - Alzheimer’s researchers have proposed a radical change in the way the disease is defined, focusing on biological changes in the body rather than clinical symptoms such as memory loss a
  • eBulletin #15 2018 apr 11 

    How States Are Changing Teacher Pension Plans - Starting next year, new teachers hired in Kentucky probably won't get a traditional pension. Neither will new teachers in Pennsylvania. Pensions are already a thing of the past for teachers in Michigan,
  • eBulletin #14 2018 apr 4 

    New Advance Directive Forms Would Let Dementia Patients Refuse Food - Treading into ethically and legally uncertain territory, a New York end-of-life agency has approved a new document that lets people stipulate in advance that they don’t want food o
  • eBulletin #13 2018 mar 28 

    As Trump Targets Immigrants, Elderly Brace to Lose Caregivers - People living with disabilities, serious illness, and the frailty of old age are bracing to lose their caregivers due to changes in federal immigration policy.
  • eBulletin #12 2018 mar 21 

    ACA Insurers Had Their Best Year Ever - After three years of financial bloodletting under the Affordable Care Act, and despite constant repeal threats and efforts by the Trump administration to dismantle it — many of the remaining insurers made mone
  • eBulletin #11 2018 mar 14 

    Meeting the Needs of Aging Native Americans - Today, American Indians and Alaska Natives are living longer, with more functional disabilities than the rest of the population, suggesting that the population needing long-term care will balloon in the c
  • eBulletin #10 2018 mar 7 

    N.H. Bill Takes Aim at Balance Billing - A practice known as “balance billing” has resulted in thousands of hospital patients across the country being charged hidden fees added by in-network hospitals quietly employing out-of-network specialists.
  • eBulletin #9 2018 feb 28 

    “Bucket Lists” Might Help with End-of-Life Discussions - A recent study published in the Journal of Palliative Medicine suggests that clinicians could use “bucket lists” as a vehicle for discussing end-of-life decision-making
  • eBulletin #8 2018 feb 21 

    Trump Administration Dismantles LGBT-Friendly Policies - The nation's health department is taking steps to dismantle LGBT health initiatives, as political appointees have halted or rolled back regulations intended to protect LGBT workers and patients
  • eBulletin #7 2018 feb 14 

    White House Releases White Paper Discussing Drug Prices - The White House has released a 30-page white paper that promotes easing government regulations and spurring innovation to lower drug prices, while roundly rejecting the idea of government pric
  • eBulletin #6 2018 feb 7 

    New GAO Report Finds Deficiencies in State Monitoring of Assisted Living Facilities - The number of individuals receiving long-term care services from Medicaid in community residential settings is expected to grow.
  • eBulletin #5 2018 feb 1 

    Idaho “Pushing Envelope” With Health Insurance Plan. Can It Do That? - For the past year, the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress have led a charge to roll back the Affordable Care Act, signaling an openness to state changes.
  • eBulletin #4 2018 jan 25 

    Self-Driving Fleets Could Keep Seniors Mobile - The coming mobility revolution with self-driving cars and ride-hailing fleets could be a godsend to the aging population. But they may need some convincing that robotic cars are safe.
  • eBulletin #3 2018 jan 17 

    NDI Webinar: Changes to ABLE in 2018 - In addition to the expected launch of several more ABLE programs across the country, there will also be other significant changes to ABLE that have either already taken place as of January 1, 2018, or that will
  • eBulletin #2 2018 jan 10 

    Falls Prevention Conversation Guide for Caregivers - The National Alliance for Caregiving is honored to partner with the National Coalition on Aging on a series of resources for family caregivers of older adults.
  • eBulletin #1 2018 jan 3 

    CMA Earns Preliminary Settlement re Medicare Home Health Appeals - On December 13, 2017, a federal court preliminarily approved a settlement agreement in Sherman v. Hargan, 3:15-cv-1468 (JAM) (D. Conn.).
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