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Recent evidence indicates a sharp increase in consumer complaints about the marketing and sales of health insurance plans under Medicare Advantage (MA), Medicare’s private-plan option.
Here's how the loss of millions of workers from the labor force over the last few years is influencing today's workplace.
Medicare just announced the first set of Part D drugs that will be subject to negotiation, and the resulting negotiated prices will become available in 2026.
Telehealth visits are medical care appointments conducted remotely by video or telephone rather than in-person in a doctor’s office or other traditional setting.
At the heart of proposed Medicaid regulations now under consideration at the federal level is the need to ease the cumbersome and confusing processes to both apply for program benefits and keep them. The changes would affect the millions of individuals already enrolled in Medicaid and Medicare Savings Programs (MSPs) as well as help more people qualify.
Medicare policies implemented in response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency helped improve access to telehealth services for millions of people with Medicare.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention endorsed the use of new vaccines for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) for adults 60 and older who have discussed it with their health care provider. The vaccines, which will be available this fall, could save thousands of older-adult lives each year.
The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released new guidelines on screening asymptomatic adults for depression, suicide risk and anxiety—marking the first time the Task Force issued a recommendation specifically on screening for anxiety disorders among adults.
This is the third blog in the ‘Savings and the Economy’ blog series which provides data-driven insights on implications of economic uncertainty for household savings and financial wellbeing.
To mark the start of the World Health Organization’s 76th World Health Assembly (May 21-May 30), AARP is releasing the results of a new, nationally representative survey of more than one thousand American adults ages 50-plus.
Small business trends influence the 50+ workforce, who represent a larger share of the workforce in small firms than in large ones
A new law in North Carolina paves the way for approximately 182,000 adults ages 50-64 to get Medicaid coverage, a recent analysis conducted for the AARP Public Policy Institute (PPI) shows.
Medicare spending growth rates in the decade before the pandemic were substantially lower than expected. These trends mean that people with Medicare, as well as the federal government, are seeing significantly lower costs for Medicare than had been expected.