AARP Media Relations Manager - Health

Greg Phillips is Media Relations Manager - Health. Before joining AARP, he was the director of media relations & communications at The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He has 20-plus years of health care and medical communications experience.

Landlords Can’t Ignore LGBT Discrimination in Senior Housing, Says Court

After her partner of 30 years died, Marsha Wetzel, at age 67, suddenly found herself evicted from her home by her partner’s family. Luckily, she found a new place to live at Glen St. Andrew Living Facility in Niles, Illinois. All was going well until word spread that Marsha was lesbian. Soon, some of the Glen St. Andrew’s residents began harassing her with terrible name calling and physically attacking her. Even though Marsha reported these incidents to the facility administrators …

Q&A with Nii-Quartelai Quartey, AARP National LGBT Liaison, on Landmark LGBT Survey

Why did AARP do this Survey? In 2016, we conducted a member opinion survey that for the first time asked people about their sexual identity and gender identity. Based on that survey, we estimated that 900,000 of our nearly 38 million members identify as LGBT. This insight has inspired us to learn more about LGBT communities and find out how AARP can help to address the unmet needs of older LGBT adults. Through this study, we discovered that that we …

AARP Report Finds Sky-High Drug Prices

Escalating drug prices have been making the news in recent months. In particular, the exorbitant price tags of two brand-name drugs used to treat Hepatitis C — Solvaldi and Harvoni — have ignited intense controversy. I talked with Leigh Purvis, director of health services research, AARP Public Policy Institute, and coauthor of AARP’s Rx Price Watch Report: Trends in Retail Prices of Brand Name Prescription Drugs Widely Used by Older Americans, 2006-2013 about the trend in rising drug prices and what …

Medicare Open Enrollment: 3 Things to Know

Don’t miss the once-a-year opportunity to make changes to your Medicare plan. It’s that time of year again: Medicare Open Enrollment runs from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. By now you should have received your Annual Notice of Change packet of information in the mail. It’s so important to take the time to sit down and review this information to see if you need to make any changes for next year. “Whether you have original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage plan, …