Can You Afford the Health Care You Need?

Imagine this: You’ve been unemployed for a year and, as a result, don’t have health insurance. You have type 2 diabetes. You need blood tests, but they cost $600 and you can’t afford that. You have a broken tooth that you can’t get fixed. You want to work, but no matter how hard you try, you haven’t been able to find a job. Unfortunately, nearly 3 million hardworking Americans may face scenarios like this. When the decision to expand affordable …

States Simplify Medicaid Sign-Ups

Getting on Medicaid has never been so easy. In the past two years, 31 states and the District of Columbia have expanded eligibility for Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, but even more have simplified sign-ups and renewals, according to a 50-state survey released Jan. 21. For example, 49 states this year take applications for Medicaid by telephone, up from 15 in 2013, reports the Kaiser Family Foundation. (KHN is an editorially independent program of the foundation.) All but one state …

Measuring Quality in Long-Term Services and Supports: National Core Indicators — Aging and Disabilities

Millions of older people and adults with disabilities receive services in their own homes and communities, but little is known about their quality of care or quality of life. However, an exciting and relatively new assessment called the National Core Indicators — Aging and Disabilities (NCI-AD) is emerging that could begin to fill this data void. The Consumer Experience NCI-AD is a consumer-experience survey that includes a background survey, which gathers data about the consumer from agency records. It also contains …

Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Financial Access to Dental Care among Medicare Beneficiaries: Something to Chew On

Good oral health is a vital part of general health and overall well-being. However, it requires the regular use of dental services. Yet many older adults are unable to afford the care they need to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Moreover, there are significant disparities in financial access to dental services among older adults. In 2014, twice as many older adults of color were unable to afford dental care in the past 12 months than their white counterparts (Chart). Multiple …

Medicare cumple 50 años

Este 30 de julio Medicare y Medicaid, programas que tienen como objetivo proveer asistencia médica a personas de la tercera edad y de bajos recursos respectivamente, celebran su 50 aniversario. El presidente Lyndon B. Johnson, el 30 de julio de 1965, firmó una ley mediante la cual se establecieron ambos programas. Fotos: Medicare 101 —cuándo inscribirte, cuánto cuesta… Pero mucho ha cambiado Medicare desde su inicio. En un principio estaba compuesto solo de dos partes: el seguro hospitalario de la …

El invaluable valor de los cuidadores familiares

La labor de asistencia que cumplen los cuidadores familiares en EE.UU. representa un asombroso valor anual, no remunerado, de $470 mil millones, según un nuevo estudio de AARP Public Policy Institute. Gráfico: Cómo valuar lo invaluable, el precio del cuidado familiar. El informe, titulado ‘Valuing the Invaluable: 2015 Update’ (Valorar lo invaluable, Actualización del 2015 – en inglés), revela además que los cuidadores familiares en EE.UU. ofrecieron 37.000 millones de horas de atención a sus padres, cónyuges, parejas y otros …