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U.S. Senate Passes RAISE Family Caregivers Act

posted 01.09.2018

ASA cheers last night's passage in the U.S. Senate of the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act, which aims to examine new strategies for supporting family caregivers throughout the country, where they make it possible for older adults and people with disabilities to live independently. The U.S. House of Representatives passed its version in mid-December and the bill next goes to the president’s desk before becoming law.

Are You Ready for Solo Agers and Elder Orphans?

posted 12.27.2017

By Sara Zeff Geber

What will be different about the baby boom generation when they start to need aid and assistance in their daily activities? On the surface…not much. They are living longer and healthier, but will eventually encounter many of the same challenges previous generations have experienced: cancer, heart problems, falls, diabetes, etc. Many of these conditions can be treated at home or in a residential facility, with supplemental aid provided by a family member. 

Leadership Institute Grads Urge Members to Take Advantage of Unique Opportunity

posted 12.27.2017

The Leadership Institute (LI), which includes an annual five-day leadership development intensive held during the Aging in America (AiA) Conference, in 2017 graduated 52 participants—a   diverse group of new leaders in the field of aging. Aging Today recently spoke with three of these graduates—up-and-coming leaders who share characteristics that bode well for the future of the field of aging.


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Enhancing Collaboration and Communication Between Medical and Community Settings

posted 12.11.2017

By Anne Montgomery

As evidence accumulates on how community-based organizations (CBO) can cost effectively meet the medical and long-term care needs of older adults through supportive services, the importance of linking multiple data streams across settings becomes clear. But until recently, policy barriers hampered effective collaboration and communication between the healthcare sector and CBOs.

Statement from American Society on Aging on the 'Tax Cuts and Jobs Act'

posted 11.16.2017

The tax legislation passed today by a narrow partisan majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, the so-called “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” is the first step in passing tax reform legislation that ASA Chair Bob Blancato says “will only make some Americans great again.”

Medicare Beneficiaries Must Beware of Costly Observation Services

posted 11.08.2017

By Carol Levine

Hundreds of thousands of Medi­care beneficiaries who received “observation services as an out­patient” after January 1, 2009, may be eligible to participate in a class-action lawsuit to appeal those financially costly decisions. On July 31, 2017, in the case Alexander v. Price, Judge Michael P. Shea, of the U.S. District Court of Connecticut, ruled in their favor over the objections of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). 


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