Insurance Refund: The Check Might Be In The Mail

Almost a third of people who bought their own insurance last year will get refunds averaging $127 under a provision of the new health care law, according to a new analysis of state data from the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit research group. The checks are due consumers and businesses by Aug. 1, but the percentage of those who can expect the rebates varies widely by state, the foundation said. In some states, like Vermont, Rhode Island, Iowa and Hawaii, less than …

Strange Math: More Seniors But Fewer Nursing Homes

Let’s look at the numbers: By 2030, 20 percent of the U.S. population will be at least 65, up from 13 percent today. The number of 85-year-olds will increase more than 50 percent. But the number of nursing homes dropped almost 9 percent from 2000 to 2009 and the number of under-construction nursing home units declined by a third from 20007 to 2011. What’s wrong with this picture? An in-depth analysis of the coming nursing home shortage by The Fiscal …