The New Health Care Law: It’s Personal!

The following is a guest post by Charlotte Whittaker, AARP Kentucky volunteer Watch AARP Live September 19th, 10pm ET, 9pm CT For me, the Affordable Care Act could not be more personal.  You see, my grandson Mason suffers from an acute form of asthma.  His medications typically cost $8,000 per month. Without access to quality health care, I’m certain he wouldn’t be with us today. But because of the Affordable Care Act, Mason’s future is more secure. We can rest …

Midlife Adults Not Getting Recommended Preventive Services

Midlife Adults Not Getting Recommended Preventive Services   Midlife adults who receive recommended preventive services and engage in healthy behaviors are more likely to remain healthy and function independently in old age. Yet, according to a new AARP Public Policy Institute report, two-thirds of Americans aged 50-64 are not up-to-date with certain recommended preventive services.   Underuse of Preventive Services Tied to Determinants of Health   The report highlights that underuse of preventive services among midlife adults is an even …

Many Older Americans Not Getting Recommended Preventive Services

The following is a guest post by Yolanda Taylor, integrated communication director at AARP. It takes more than an apple a day to keep the doctor away. If you want to age well, maintaining a healthy lifestyle - along with having routine recommended screenings and immunizations - is critical. However, fewer than a third of the 60 million Americans between the ages of 50 and 64 are up-to-date with many recommended preventive services; 44 percent have high blood pressure; and 33 percent are …

New Health Care Coverage Gap

Meet Lorna, a 59-year-old who has been unemployed for a year and, as a result, doesn’t have health insurance. She has Type-2 Diabetes.  Recently she had to have some blood tests done, costing $600 that she can’t afford.  She has a broken tooth that she’s not able to get fixed.  She wants to work, but can’t find a job in the area. Meet a 60-year-old woman whose husband retired in 2010 and, as a result, she lost her health insurance coverage. The …

Health Homes: Who Knew?

A new model of care called “health homes” is quietly spreading through many states, as Medicaid programs work to improve care for people with chronic conditions. The problem: Few people know what health homes are – or worse, they confuse them with home health services. What are health homes? Health homes are not a place (even though “home” is in the term). They represent an approach in which providers or health teams coordinate care across settings for people with chronic …

What’s Up With Medicare These Days?

Let’s face it, even though Medicare provides health coverage for 49 million Americans, the program itself isn’t all that easy to understand. That’s why AARP Illinois State President Merri Dee and AARP Illinois staff member and Medicare expert Courtney Hedderman got together this week for a question-and-answer session with about 1,500 of our members through a tele-town hall. Here are some of the questions asked during the call and the answers. Q: I’ve heard that the new health care law …