Great News for Illinoisans Looking for Health Coverage

Hey blog readers! This is Gerardo Cardenas with AARP Illinois’ Communications Team bringing you great news from our state Capitol in Springfield! For too long, thousands of Illinoisans have not had access to basic health and dental care even when employed. But on May 23rd, the State Senate passed a key legislative measure that will establish the state’s first Health Insurance Marketplace. House Bill 3227  passed the Senate by a vote of 39-19 and is on its way to the State House. We …

We Need More Nurses to Provide Primary Care

A recent survey of doctors and nurses has put the spotlight on a topic that is becoming more important every day — the shortage of primary care providers and the role for nurses in fixing it. According to an article in the New England Journal of Medicine, the doctors and nurses broadly agreed that, “Nurse practitioners should be able to practice to the full extent of their education and training.” Unfortunately, they held very different views on just what that …

Improving Care, Reducing Costs in Medicare

As a self-proclaimed sci-fi geek, I can’t help but begin this blog with a quote from one of my favorite writers: “The only constant is change, continuing change, inevitable change. That is the dominant factor in society today,” wrote author Isaac Asimov, “No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be.” That was indeed the central message of last week’s AARP Solution Forum …

4 States That Snubbed Health Law Gaining Jobs From It

By Phil Galewitz, Senior Correspondent, Kaiser Health News Four states that have snubbed the federal health law by defaulting to the federal government to build new online insurance marketplaces and not agreeing to expand Medicaid are getting new jobs at call centers that will help consumers understand their new coverage options this fall. Up to 9,000 jobs are expected to be created at call centers to support the new federally run marketplaces. A Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman said some of them …

Troubled Boy: What if He Were Your Grandson?

A heartfelt, searing blog post by a 40-year-old mother about her mentally ill son has made many parents and grandparents wonder how they would handle a child with frighteningly violent outbursts. Idaho mother Liza Long, who writes The Anarchist Soccer Mom blog, published her painfully honest post about her 13-year-old son soon after the horrific shooting of schoolchildren by Adam Lanza at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Her post – with the provocative phrase “I am Adam Lanza’s …

Latinos as Natural Caregivers

My mom is my hero. She has always been a happy and independent person, but now, as she faces new health challenges that are rapidly changing, and I can only imagine how much she is suffering. My dad is her primary caretaker; my brothers and I are helping as much as we can. For us, as Latinos, it is our duty to take care of our loved ones, and often this sense of responsibility leads us to do everything on …