Thinking Policy

Job growth weakened in December but the overall unemployment rate was unchanged at 3.5 percent. Plus a look at older workers and the regional jobs divide.
November showed strong job growth, but the labor force participation rate remained unchanged for the 55+ for the fourth consecutive month. Plus, a look at how unemployment is measured.
Innovation in health care is happening all around us. Read our four main takeaways from HLTH 2019.
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Older adults who get a Medicare Annual Wellness Visit are more than four times as likely to be screened for depression as those who opt out of this free health benefit
September 2019 Employment Summary
The unemployment rate declines to a 50-year low but hiring slows in September. Plus, a look at international efforts to promote longer careers
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Minnesota has put a number of foundational strategies in place to meet the needs of older adults while managing the growth in our programs
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The International Day of Older Persons, October 1, marks the perfect time to celebrate the opportunity and challenges of an aging population
Older Hispanic woman holds her older Hispanic husband while they look over a medical bill together in a kitchen.
Evidence is emerging that Annual Wellness Visits, the preventive health benefit for Medicare enrollees created by the Affordable Care Act, are achieving their intended purpose—linking people with preventive services. But not all demographic groups are gaining the benefits equally
A proposed rule could harm older Americans' health and financial security
States are increasingly turning to reinsurance programs to improve their individual health insurance markets
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The latest edition of the AARP Bulletin profiles Susan Reinhard, RN, PhD, FAAN, chief strategist of the Center to Champion Nursing in America and senior vice president and director of the AARP Public Policy Institute
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Today 20 million family caregivers regularly perform complex medical and nursing tasks for family members or friends, often with little to no instruction. A new series of "how-to" videos can help
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Are State Innovation Waivers harmful or helpful? It depends how states use them