Economy loses 33,000 jobs in September

Employment overview The economy lost 33,000 jobs in September largely reflecting the impact of hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Despite the overall job loss, the labor force participation rate for those ages 55 and older decreased only slightly to 40.1 percent. The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) September Employment Situation report showed the overall labor force participation rate edged up slightly to 63.1 percent.  The unemployment rate declined to 4.2 percent with 6.8 million persons remaining unemployed.  Much of the impact …

Moving Dementia Caregiver Support Services into the Mainstream

Many of you, like me, know that family caregiving for someone you love can be a source of deep satisfaction and meaning.  But caring for a person with dementia, known as dementia caregivers, can exact an especially high emotional, physical and financial toll on family members themselves. Dementia caregivers commonly experience more emotional upset, distress, isolation, and financial burdens than those caring for people with other illnesses who do not have dementia because daily care needs are progressive, complex, and …

Caregiving’s Global Idea Exchange

As I put the finishing touches on this post, I’m making final preparations to travel to Adelaide, the capital city of the Australian state of South Australia. There I’ll present at the 7th annual International Carers Conference. This year the theme of the conference is “Caring into the Future: the new world?” That theme is appropriate for a number of reasons, but as for the world reference, the event serves as a reminder that caregiving is a global topic of …

Not Out of the Woods: Low Density States Will Still Feel the Pain of Massive Medicaid Cuts

The latest attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act poses a major threat to the Medicaid program. The bill under consideration in the Senate, known as Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson, would fundamentally change how Medicaid is financed, shifting costs to states and to Medicaid enrollees. Recent reports suggest that the bill may exempt low density states—those that have less than 15 people per square mile, using data from the U.S. Census Bureau—from some of the cuts to their Medicaid programs during …

Graham-Cassidy Would Weaken Protections for Older Adults and People with Preexisting Conditions

A late-breaking attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) threatens to weaken critical federal consumer protections and raise costs for older Americans ages 50-64 who purchase health insurance coverage in the individual market. Tucked into the sweeping legislation known as the Graham-Cassidy bill are provisions allowing states to receive waivers from crucial consumer protections. Such waivers could allow insurance companies to increase costs for older consumers based on their health, preexisting conditions, and age–potentially putting health coverage …

Sounding the Alarm: The New Senate Health Care Bill Could Cut $3.2 Trillion from Medicaid by 2036

The latest Senate health reform bill, known as Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson, puts Medicaid back on the chopping block. The proposal would change the way the federal government currently funds Medicaid by limiting federal funding and shifting cost over time to both states and Medicaid enrollees, and their families.  New AARP Public Policy Institute projections find that the per enrollee cap proposal in Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson will cut between $1.2 trillion and $3.2 trillion from total (federal and state) Medicaid spending over the 20-year period between 2017 and …