“health care”

$241,080: The Cost to Raise a Kid

Posted on 08/16/2013 by |Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsDear Adult Children, If you don’t appreciate your parents by now, perhaps this will change your mind: Raising a kid today costs $241,080 — and that doesn’t even count spiraling higher education expenses, according to a new government report. (By the way, you’re welcome Bloomberg’s Zara Kessler.) That figure represents an increase from the $219,500 (inflation adjusted) that we boomer parents shelled out to raise your generation (born around 1990), says Mark Lino, an economist who did the calculations for …

Countdown to Care: Winners and Losers

Posted on 06/26/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsIn the mad rush to pass budgets for the fiscal year beginning July 1, the health care of hundreds of thousands of hard-working Americans is at stake – and time is running out.  As I write, only about half of the states have agreed to expand Medicaid, which will extend health coverage to residents who earn about $15,000 a year or less.  The closer we come to July 1, the greater the wins and harder the losses: Key Winners: 300,000 …

Your Role in “Choosing Wisely”

Posted on 06/12/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal Health | Public Policy InstituteHave you ever been prescribed an antibiotic to fight a cold or flu virus, even if you knew that such medicines are not designed to fight viruses?   What if your doctor recommends a treatment that you think is not necessary?  Today, thanks to the Choosing Wisely campaign, you can be better prepared for such challenging conversations, and together with your health team you can carefully weigh treatment choices. AARP is a partner in this campaign, which promotes thoughtful conversations between patients, caregivers …

What Can We Do to Help Veterans?

Posted on 05/24/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsAs we head into the long Memorial Day weekend, we honor those who sacrificed their lives for our country. Let’s also remember the veterans who fought alongside those who made the ultimate sacrifice. They made sacrifices of their own while fighting for our country, to secure our safety. They left their families, often for long periods of time. Many were injured and continue to have health care needs. Today, let’s think about helping those veterans — and their families — …

These Doctors Are Transforming Medicine. Is Yours Keeping Up?

Posted on 05/15/2013 by |Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy Ankita Rao, Kaiser Health News Dr. Thomas Bellavia transformed his traditional medical practice in Hasbrouck Heights, N.J., into a so-called medical home where patients are seen by teams of doctors and nurses.  He says it has paid off in better, more coordinated care for his patients and healthier income for the nurse practitioners and physicians in his group. Dr. Mark Holthouse took a different tack — limiting his El Dorado, Calif., clinic to 400 patients a year, and adding services such as …

5 Reasons to Care About Medicaid Expansion

Posted on 05/15/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsNine states have passed Medicaid expansion this year, with another 15 on the brink of extending health coverage to more hard-working citizens. Why is Medicaid expansion, which would extend Medicaid health coverage to people who earn about $15,000 a year (138% of the federal poverty level), so important? Here are the top 5 reasons: 1. 50- to 64-year olds: Medicaid expansion will provide health care coverage to tens of thousands of hard-working Americans between the ages of 50 to 64. Many …