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Long-term care financing is especially hard for older people who rent their homes, and that number is rising: Harvard/AARP report

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Younger baby boomers might have particularly difficult problems paying for long-term care because they have lower rates of homeownership than previous generations, according to a report released Monday by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies and the AARP.

It's time to stop long-term care state rankings

It's time to stop long-term care state rankings

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Minnesota routinely is named best state for long-term care, as it was last week in AARP's 2014 scorecard. AARP held a panel discussion to unveil the rankings, and of course an official from Minnesota was on hand to share his state's secret sauce. But the panel also featured a speaker from Mississippi, one of the lowest-ranking states. I came away thinking that Minnesota actually might not have much to teach Mississippi — and questioning what these types of state rankings accomplish.

Don't demonize nursing homes if you want to improve long-term services and supports, officials say at unveiling of AARP rankings

Don't demonize nursing homes if you want to improve long-term services and supports, officials say at unveiling of AARP rankings

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States with the best long-term care systems tend to favor home- and community-based options but do not view nursing homes as the enemy, officials said at the unveiling of new rankings Thursday. Minnesota again topped the scorecard produced by the AARP Public Policy Institute with support from The SCAN Foundation and The Commonwealth Fund.

Hospital observation stays increased more than 100%, AARP study finds

Hospital observation stays increased more than 100%, AARP study finds

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The frequency of hospital observation stays skyrocketed and long stays became much more common between 2001 and 2009, according to a new report from the AARP Public Policy Institute.

The Sales Manager in Chief

The Sales Manager in Chief

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I recently watched the presidential inauguration from the comfort of a fake leather couch at a car dealership. Over the din of overhead pages for the service department, Sales Manager in Chief Barack Obama was making an aggressive pitch, and I half expected him to finish his speech by asking, "So, America, what can I do to get you into this brand new future today?"

AARP, business group offer competing views of Medicare reform

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The eligibility age for Medicare should be raised from 65 to 70 years, and the program should include private plans competing with the current fee-for-service model, the Business Roundtable proposed Wednesday.

Caregiving in the ER - Part 2

Caregiving in the ER - Part 2

Family caregivers and family members needing emergency care are growing in number, and their combined impact is becoming evident to long term care professionals. Here are tips to help them in their time of crisis.

Caregiving in the ER - Part 1

Caregiving in the ER - Part 1

America's emergency rooms are full of families going through crisis situations. When an accident or illness requires a visit to the ER, many families are likely to enter the scene overwhelmed and unsure of what to do next for their loved one.

The heart of what we believe

The heart of what we believe

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If the AARP convention last week was any indication, some seniors aren't buying what Paul Ryan is selling. The question is, are you?

States should have strong oversight over Medicaid managed care programs, report asserts

States should have strong oversight over Medicaid managed care programs, report asserts

Effective oversight is the key to ensuring access to care for states using managed care organizations for elderly and disabled Medicaid enrollees, a new report suggests.

Lawmakers want all direct caregivers to be licensed

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Iowa lawmakers are considering legislation that would require direct care workers in nursing homes to be licensed and meet training standards.

Affordable Care Act provides help for nursing homes, brief says

The Affordable Care Act benefits nursing homes and other residential care facilities, according to an amicus curiae brief filed in the Supreme Court by six aging groups.

Republicans lobby for CLASS repeal; aging groups push back

Republicans lobby for CLASS repeal; aging groups push back

Senate Republicans are continuing to push for repeal of the CLASS Act.

Provider groups lobby for Medicare observation stay fix

Long-term care provider groups said at a congressional briefing Thursday that they want a Medicare policy on observation stays in hospitals to be changed.

New report shows states struggling to provide affordable high-quality long-term care

New report shows states struggling to provide affordable high-quality long-term care

Even states that are doing well with offering reasonably priced, high-quality long-term care support services could do better, according to a new report released by three aging advocacy groups.

Economic impact of family caregivers is substantial, report suggests

Well over 40 million Americans provided care for an adult family member in 2009, representing an unpaid economic impact of approximately $450 billion, according to a new report from the AARP Public Policy Institute.

He's seen the light on name change

He's seen the light on name change

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When the news release opened up on my computer screen, I had come to the realization: I've converted.

Direct-care workers to be focus of summit examining best practices, research and policy

It's said approximately 90% of direct long-term care is performed by aides, and it is that category of worker that will be highlighted at a daylong summit Thursday in the nation's capital. The invitation-only event will feature a keynote address by Gerri Fiala, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Employment & Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor. Stakeholders involved in eldercare, research and policy will conduct panel sessions focusing on current and future conditions.

New report shows how the recession continues to affect long-term care services

Thirty-one states cut non-Medicaid aging and disability service programs in fiscal year 2010, while 28 states are planning such cuts in 2011 because of the recession. While state tax revenues have fallen to pre-recession levels, demand for such services have grown.

AARP expected to endorse House healthcare reform bill

AARP, the powerful national seniors' group, today is expected to express its support for the House Democratic healthcare reform bill, according to news reports Wednesday.

AARP loses about 60,000 members over its healthcare reform stance

As many as 60,000 seniors have cancelled their AARP memberships since July 1, news outlets have reported.

AARP clarifies that it has not officially endorsed healthcare bills

AARP on Tuesday issued a correction to a statement made by President Barack Obama at his town hall meeting earlier that day. It clarified that the seniors advocacy group has not officially backed any healthcare reform legislation drafts.

Obama talks healthcare reform with seniors at AARP town hall meeting

Obama talks healthcare reform with seniors at AARP town hall meeting

President Barack Obama Tuesday fielded questions about healthcare reform at a tele-town hall meeting sponsored by AARP, a powerful seniors advocacy group. He discussed living wills, Medicare Part D, and when he can expect his own AARP card.

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