Should Elder Abusers Be Able to Inherit From Their Victims?

Say theres an older adult lets call her Judy who has difficulty caring for herself. Judy’s son, Charles, is her primary caretaker, but he abuses her, pinching her and refusing to give her dinner if she doesn’t stay quiet during his favorite TV show. Judys doctor notices that she has bruises on her arms and is rapidly losing weight; she reports Charles to family services, and Charles is eventually convicted of felony abuse. After several months, Judy dies of unrelated …

States Step Up for Retirement Security

Are you saving (enough) for retirement? The numbers paint a worrisome picture for Americans, our families and the nation. Three-quarters of Americans age 55-64 had less than $30,000 in their retirement accounts as of 2010. And, more than 70 million American workers do not have any type of employer-sponsored retirement plan. Clearly, we need some help to get on the road to retirement savings and more effective ways to save money for our future. This is where the …

Those Left Out of Medicaid Expansion Wont Be Penalized … Or Insured

By Alvin Tran, Kaiser Health News Low-income Americans who live in states that have decided not to expand Medicaid eligibility will not face penalties if they fail to buy insurance next year. Discussion:78 million consumers saved $3.4 billion on ACA-provisioned health insurance Thats according to a final rule on exemptions to the health laws individual mandate the laws controversial requirement that most Americans have health coverage or pay a penalty in 2014. That rule was published Wednesday. The health …

Countdown to Care: Winners and Losers

In 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 …

Who Pays Some of the Highest Gas and Electric Bills?

Meet Paula Wood from Alabama. Retired, once married now single, supporting herself on Social Security alone, Paula must make sacrifices to make ends meet. But, her electric bills have skyrocketed from $50 to $300 a month in six years. Paula has cut her budget in every possible way. She says, I also have bronchial asthma, so I have to use power to be able to maintain breathing If I didnt have to eat and I didnt have to breathe, …

Taxes on Social Security, Prescription Drugs, Food?

Tax reform proposals are bubbling up in a number of states across the country as elected officials look for ways to stimulate the states economy or revamp outdated tax codes. Sometimes, however, a key element gets lost in the debate: whats fair. Right now, in North Carolina, state leaders are working on a variety of proposals that would force North Carolinians to pay new taxes on the things they count on most, including the basics of everyday living. One Senate …