Court Challenge to Health Care Law a Major Threat for Older Adults and People with Preexisting Health Conditions

Efforts to repeal the new health law continue. A new threat has emerged in the form of a court challenge, Texas v. United States, asserting the law is unconstitutional and should be struck down. With support from a recent brief filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ), this challenge pierces the heart of the law’s core protections that were put in place to ensure older adults and people with preexisting conditions have access to comprehensive and affordable health care. The …

Working Toward More Livable Communities

Will the community in which you live now continue to meet your needs in the years ahead? The AARP Public Policy Institute (PPI) has a powerful tool to help you answer that question, and even become a catalyst for local change. At AARP and within PPI, we’re working to ensure more livable communities for everyone. That’s more important than ever, given that people are living longer than at any time in history, and that by 2035 older adults will outnumber …

This Father’s Day, Celebrate Male Family Caregivers Rising to the Challenge

Most people think of family caregivers as women taking care of their aging parents or children. What many don’t know is that 40 percent of the 40 million family caregivers in this country are men. These men range in age from 20-something to 60-something and up. Some step into the role suddenly after a family member or friend is injured or falls ill; for others, the role increases gradually as parents age or someone close is diagnosed with a fatal …

When a Father Becomes a Caregiver for His Wife

When telling the story of my caregiving journey, listeners regularly react in some mix of amazement and pity at my need to juggle the responsibilities of being caregiver to my wife, Kim, and raising my young daughter, Reagan. I often just smile and tell them that I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. Caregiving can be a dreadful and isolating experience. I certainly throw my fair share of pity parties for myself, and at times it is overwhelmingly difficult …

No, Medicare is Not Going Broke: Understanding the 2018 Medicare Trustees Report

The June 5 release of the Medicare Trustees Report has triggered alarm bell-style media headlines. Dozens of news reports about Medicare’s worsening financial outlook have painted a bleak picture—some bleaker than others, with one boldface headline announcing, “Medicare will go broke three years earlier than expected.” The “go broke” headline was referring to the report’s projection that the trust fund that pays for hospital services, called the Hospital Insurance (or Part A) trust fund, will be depleted in 2026, three …

Unemployment Rate Falls to an 18-Year Low in May

  Employment Overview The unemployment rate reached an 18-year low of 3.8 percent in May according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) May Employment Situation Summary. Total nonfarm payroll grew by 223,000 jobs, up from 159,000 jobs (revised down from 164,000) in April. The labor force participation rate decreased slightly to 62.7 percent and the number of unemployed persons decreased from 6.3 million in April to 6.1 million in May. The unemployment rate for people ages 55 and older …