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Reuters: HMOs will be mainstay in Medicare for years

“The overpayment issue is a big one and I’m certain it won’t go away,” said David Certner, legislative policy director at AARP, formerly the American Association of Retired Persons.

Newhouse: Digital TV Transition May Take Seniors By Surprise

There are education efforts, said Jo Reed, Washington-based AARP’s national coordinator for livable communities and consumer issues, but without considerable financial backing, such endeavors are unlikely to provide vital personalized and technical help.

USA Today: Older baby boomers caught all the breaks

In a generation as sprawling as the baby boomers, you’re bound to notice some big differences. And the main difference is probably this: The older boomers, exemplified by the 62-year-olds who will start retiring this year, occupy a demographic sweet spot that most younger boomers can’t match.

New York Times: A Promising Way of Containing Out-of-Control Medical Spending

The conventional wisdom, however, is wrong. The aging of the population has relatively little effect on the tremendous projected rise in federal spending on health care, as the graph below (from the cover of a recent report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office) shows.