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June 2015

Monthly Archive (Generations)

In July 2008, 68-year-old Mr. S appeared on the doorstep of his longtime friend, Virginia, carrying a garbage bag that contained everything he owned. Despite the fact that he lived just a few miles away, Virginia hadn’t seen him in well over a year. She invited him... Read More
By Amy S. Kelley and Diane E. Meier Palliative care is a relatively new interdisciplinary specialty focused on improving quality of life for persons with serious illness and their families. Palliative care teams, composed of physicians, nurses, social workers, and chaplains, provide an added... Read More
By Linda P. Fried Medicare was created to improve the health and well-being of older people, while protecting families. It was established to provide financial protection to individuals from the catastrophic costs of medical care, and to hospitals from losses accrued while caring for uninsured... Read More
Generations Guest Editors Tricia Neuman and John Rother devised and posed the questions in this discussion between Joseph Antos, Wilson H. Taylor Scholar in Health Care and Retirement Policy of the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., and Thomas Rice, Distinguished Professor of the... Read More
By Marilyn Moon Medicare is one of the most successful programs of the federal government. It has achieved nearly universal coverage of healthcare for the most difficult populations to serve—people ages 65 and older and those with permanent disabilities. It ranks well above private... Read More
Few issues have flummoxed policy makers more than how to address the need to improve coverage of long-term-care services and supports (LTSS). Two leading experts, Sheila Burke, adjunct lecturer and faculty research fellow at the Malcolm Weiner Center for Social Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School... Read More
By S. Jay Olshansky When Congress signed Medicare into law in 1965, the life expectancy of the U.S. population was 70.2 years, the probability of a baby born in 1965 reaching age 65 was 71.3 percent, and among those who had already celebrated their sixty-fifth birthday in the year Medicare was... Read More
This roundtable offers perspectives from two former Medicare administrators, Bruce Vladeck, who is currently a senior advisor for the healthcare consulting firm Nexera, Inc., in New York City, and Gail Wilensky, who is an economist and senior fellow at Project HOPE, an international health... Read More
By Mollyann Brodie, Elizabeth C. Hamel, and Mira Norton In the fifty years since Medicare’s passage, the public has been polled frequently on their opinions of the program and potential changes to it. A search of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research archives reveals more than 6,000... Read More
By Jacob S. Hacker Medicare was born of interest group politics. The hostility of the American Medical Association (AMA)—the fiercest lobby in Washington from the 1930s to the 1960s—convinced advocates of public health insurance to start with the most vulnerable and difficult-to-... Read More

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