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August 2019
Leslie Goes Boom

Senior Living 101

Continuing care: There is usually a substantial entrance fee plus a monthly charge. Requirements vary from state to state: financial ability to pay for a specific time frame is required to be accepted into such a facility as well as medical criteria. However, you can move seamlessly from a low level of care to the highest level without ever needing to leave.

Tunnel Visions

When and How We Grow Old: Public Opinion About the Aging Process

In 2019, Baby Boomers/Silent Generation (loosely defined as pre-1945 and 1946-54) were far less likely to perceive people to be “old” by their 70s, while Millennials and Gen Xers (born 1955 to 1980) are significantly more inclined than their older counterparts to perceive people to be “old” by their 70s.

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Well over a majority of Americans felt 80 is not too old to engage in spirited activities that involve risk-taking, including falling in love (88%), running a marathon (72%), starting a business (69%), getting a tattoo (68%), even riding a motorcycle (62%)!

Washington Watch

Surprise! We Kept You Alive But Killed Your Finances

Studies show that two-thirds of Americans say they are "very worried" or "somewhat worried" that they or a family member will receive a surprise bill. These worries are so profound that they are the most-cited concern related to health care costs and other household expenses in dozens of surveys.

July 2019
Washington Watch

I’m on Social Security – Why Can Debt Collectors Garnish My Benefits for Student Loans?

But the worst part is that many seniors are now having their Social Security benefits garnished to pay off these student debts. Student debt experts say that these seniors are the fastest growing segment of student loan borrowers.

May 2019

Poppies Still a Way to Honor Veterans

Poppy sales are based on a simple premise: Honoring the dead by helping the living. Proceeds go to veteran assistance programs, especially for vets who have been maimed and disabled fighting for our country.

Washington Watch

Old Appears to be the New Young on Capitol Hill

More than 20% of the new lawmakers are millennials, making this a particularly fresh-faced freshman class. But many lawmakers are already seniors. As of October 2018, the average age of the 115th Congress was 57.8 years for the House and 61.8 for the Senate ...What's unusual is that the average American is about 20 years younger than their representative in Congress.

April 2019
Washington Watch

Weighing the Differences Between Social Security Policies and Politics

Larson's bill would change benefits, update the cost of living adjustments and fix those long-term funding issues. It would i

Increase benefits for those who have paid into the system almost across the board. It would apply about 25 percent of the money raised to increase benefits, and the rest would cover projected deficits in the Social Security trust over the next 75 years.

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Conservative lawmakers want benefits cut by raising the retirement age and imposing stingier cost of living adjustments. Still another group of conservative Republicans have long advocated privatizing Social Security completely.

March 2019
Washington Watch

Swallowing High Pill Prices Hard to Take, But Determined Legislators and Hopeful Candidates Desperately Seeking Solutions

Everyone understands the urgency of some action – except the pharmaceutical industry. Drug price reform is far more complicated than the rhetoric about it. Getting a handle on the real costs to patients is even more difficult to assess, buried under a complicated web of manufacturer rebates and insurance cost sharing.

February 2019
Washington Watch

Texas, Trump, the Constitution and Seniors – All Still in Play in the ACA Fra

If the Trump administration reverses course and refuses to enforce the ACA because of the Texas ruling, seniors could immediately be on the hook for thousands of dollars in additional drug spending. Millions more Americans would lose Medicaid coverage, which is the largest payer of addiction treatment in the United States.

January 2019
Washington Watch

New Congress: Ambitious Health Care Agenda – But Can They Accomplish Anything?

Serious medical conditions like cancer, diabetes, heart disease, HIV/AIDS and asthma are often the kinds of illnesses that some health insurance companies try to avoid covering. More than 25 percent of Americans under age 65 – about 52 million people – have a pre-existing condition that would have prevented them from buying individual health insurance before the ACA became law in 2010. More than 75 percent of Americans, polls show, favor keeping these protections in place.

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Finding a workable solution to skyrocketing drug prices is where the issue really gets sticky. On this issue and the discussion of Medicare for All – the real purpose of most drug pricing legislation in the new Congress will be to set an agenda for the 2020 presidential elections, more than to actually fix the problem.

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