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In 2023, for the first time ever, vaccines for the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) became available, offering protection against an infection that causes tens of thousands of hospitalizations and deaths among older adults every year. Two RSV vaccines were approved by the Food & Drug…
Medicare is the federal health insurance program that covers over 66 million older adults and people with disabilities, and accounts for over a fifth of the nation’s health care spending. Since about half of all people with Medicare are now in private Medicare Advantage (MA) plans, better…
This blog is part of a series focusing on changes to Medicare’s private plan option (known as Medicare Advantage) aimed at strengthening the program to better serve the more than 32 million individuals enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan today. A previous blog in this series focused on new…
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.