Supplemental Benefits in Medicare Advantage: What’s Changing in 2019 and What’s Not

Medicare Advantage (MA)—Medicare’s private plan option that now covers a third of all Medicare beneficiaries—has long offered extra benefits in addition to those covered by traditional Medicare. Known as supplemental benefits, these services have commonly included dental, vision, and hearing coverage. Now MA plans have new flexibility to offer more supplemental benefits in the coming years—a consequence of new rules and a recent law. The result? People shopping for Medicare coverage could see offers for a wider range of supplemental …

What’s At Stake? The Future of Medicaid

For decades Medicaid has served as a critical safety net for millions of people with limited income and resources. Nearly 70 million people, including millions of children and adults with disabilities and low-income older adults, rely on the Medicaid program for health care coverage and assistance with basic life functions such as eating, dressing, and bathing. Medicaid has never been a static program. Since its inception in 1965, the program has evolved to meet the changing needs of the people …

Taking it to the Next Level: Four People with Four Stories and Four Lessons

As Kathleen Ujvari and I were writing “Taking it to the Next Level: Using Innovative Strategies to Expand Options in Self-Direction,” we were privileged to speak to people in several states who were self-directing their services. Each unique story offered us different lessons. While we could only choose one story for the Innovative Strategies paper, we wanted to share what we learned from the other individuals we spoke to. Patricia is a Veteran who lives in Florida. From her, we …

New Report: Familiar Challenges for Older Jobseekers

The share of the workforce ages 65 and older is growing, but a new Public Policy Institute (PPI) report reveals that jobseekers in this age group continue to face challenges in their search for work. Among those challenges: Age discrimination. A recent AARP survey has found age discrimination to be widespread. Unemployed respondents were more likely to say they had seen or experienced age discrimination than those working, and 38 percent of unemployed respondents believe they had not been hired …

AARP’s Challenges for the FinTech Startup Community

AARP is partnering with MassChallenge FinTech, a zero-equity accelerator that matches later-stage startups with industry changemakers to transform financial services. Applications are open until October 12, 2018 for @MassChallengeFT’s inaugural cohort.  Half of American 10-year-olds are expected to live to see their 100th birthday. Living to 100 can be an exciting or a terrifying prospect depending on your financial situation. A critical challenge for our aging society is how to maintain financial security, when 43% of households are projected to run out of money in retirement. Anyone familiar with AARP knows that helping people save for …

Unemployment Falls to 3.7% in September

  Employment Overview Though the unemployment rate declined to 3.7 percent in September, job growth slowed compared with August, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) September Employment Situation Summary. Overall employment increased by 134,000 jobs compared with the 270,000 jobs added in August (revised up from 201,000). The professional and business services, health care, and transportation and warehousing industries all added jobs. The overall labor force participation rate remained at 62.7 percent but edged down slightly to 40.1 …