A Sign of Medicaid Improvements to Come?

In 2006, Massachusetts instituted a plan requiring its residents to have health-insurance coverage, whether from their employer or self-paid. This program is the model for the Affordable Care Act (ACA – also known as “Obamacare”). Two years earlier, the state began a program  to promote coordinated health care and social services for “dual eligibles” – those qualifying for both Medicare and MassHealth (what Medicaid is called in Massachusetts). Called Senior Care Options (SCO), the plan is free to participants – …

What Long-Term Care Costs (A Lot!)

If you’re considering long-term care, expect to pay more for nursing homes, assisted living communities and homemakers/companions, MetLife Mature Market Institute’s annual 2012 survey reveals. Good news: the study of average national long-term care costs shows they’ve stayed the same for adult day services and home health aides. Of course, rates and services vary by state and area; those differences are included in the survey. Take a look at national average costs: A private room in a nursing home is $248/day, …

The Takeaway: Lifestyle Choices Trump Pollutants As Breast Cancer Cause; Housing Crisis Affects Home Health Care

Substances women voluntarily expose themselves to””fatty food, alcohol, cigarettes, hormone replacement drugs””are upping breast cancer risk much more than additives or environmental pollutants. And the housing crisis has made it hard for many older adults to sell their homes, further driving up demand for in-home health care.

Elinor Ginzler on Good Morning America

Yesterday Elinor Ginzler, AARP’s Director of Livable Communities, talked to Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts about how to discuss assisted living options with your aging parents. The segment was part of a GMA series called “Mom and Dad, We Need to Talk.” Ginzler talks about the signs that your parents are in need of assistance, and your responsibilities as an adult child. She gives specific examples of language to use when you need to discuss your options, and discusses compromises …

“Chaos” in California

The Los Angeles Times is reporting today on the Schwarzenegger administration’s rush to begin background checks for home health workers for the elderly and disabled – the plan is for those checks to begin next week. But, as the Times reports, social service chiefs from around the state are not ready to begin the time-consuming application process. This delay could mean that some patients go without care. On another note… CNNMoney.com has a valuable piece today answering the question of …

"Chaos" in California

The Los Angeles Times is reporting today on the Schwarzenegger administration’s rush to begin background checks for home health workers for the elderly and disabled – the plan is for those checks to begin next week. But, as the Times reports, social service chiefs from around the state are not ready to begin the time-consuming application process. This delay could mean that some patients go without care. On another note… CNNMoney.com has a valuable piece today answering the question of …