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In The Morning News

Posted By Dave Goldstein On March 31, 2008 @ 8:04 am In Bulletin Today | No Comments

US News And World Report [1]: AARP Survey Finds Older Americans Will Embrace Technology To Stay At Home
In its “On Medicine” blog, US News And World Report (3/28, Balduaf) reports, “According to a report released Friday by AARP, older people are willing to use devices — like those that regulate lights and temperature, detect when someone has fallen, or monitor blood pressure — if doing so will help them” live in their own home. AARP senior vice president for livable communities Elinor Ginzler said, “Here’s a population who did not grow up with this technology but is willing to use it to maintain independence, choice, and control.” According to Ginzler “the stakes are high.” But “adopting devices to make aging at home safer and easier also involves an awareness of what’s available. Finding that information, says Ginzler, can be pretty difficult, especially if you’re not accustomed to using technology to begin with.”
Bloomberg [2]: 1 In 5 College Students Lacks Health Coverage
“About one U.S. college student in five lacks health insurance, leaving the federal government and states to pay for their care,” according to a GAO report. The uninsured “were more likely part-time, older, or from families with lower incomes than those with coverage, according to the report.” The GAO said that, after treating uninsured patients, health care “providers ‘attempt to recover these costs from the insured population in the form of increased fees and insurance premiums, or from federal and state payers, such as Medicaid.’”
USA Today [3]: Large Debate Likely Over New Role For Fed
“Congressional response, though cautiously approving, signaled the likelihood of years of fierce debate.” Sen. Charles Schumer “said it doesn’t do enough to deal with unregulated investments even experts ‘don’t fully comprehend,’” while Rep. Barney Frank, who termed the plan “constructive,” also “said it ‘goes too far in diminishing the role of the states, and not far enough’ in new Fed power over non-bank institutions. Many financial groups offered preliminary support, though the American Bankers Association criticized what it called the crippling of state banking charters. The National Association of Mortgage Brokers said it would support a mortgage commission as long as it oversees all players.”


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[1] US News And World Report: http://www.usnews.com/blogs/on-medicine/2008/03/28/to-stay-at-home-seniors-will-embrace-technology.html

[2] Bloomberg: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601202&sid=a5BSRrs2yYiA&refer=healthcare

[3] USA Today: http://www.usatoday.com/printedition/money/20080331/paulsonplan.art.htm

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