House Republicans make cross-party pitch to embolden debt 'supercommittee'
The Washington Post Share
A group of 40 House Republicans for the first time November 2, encouraged Congress's deficit reduction committee to explore new revenue as part of a broad deal that would make a major dent in the nation's debt, joining 60 Democrats in a rare bipartisan effort to urge the "supercommittee" to reach a big deal that could also include entitlement cuts. The letter they sent represents a rare cross-party effort for the rancorous House, and its organizers said they hoped it would help nudge the 12-member panel to reach a deal that would far exceed the committee's $1.5 trillion mandate. More
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Rise in Medicare premium is lower than predicted
The New York Times Share
Monthly Medicare premiums for most beneficiaries will rise next year by $3.50, to $99.90, a much smaller increase than had been expected, the Obama administration said. In May, the administration predicted that most beneficiaries would be paying premiums of $106.60 a month in 2012. More
Health expert urges states to slow the move to Medicaid managed care
Kaiser Health News Share
As more states turn to managed care to reduce Medicaid costs, Judy Feder is urging caution. Feder, a professor and former dean of the Georgetown University's Public Policy Institute, is worried that officials' enthusiasm for managed care in Medicaid "might get out of hand," and she is urging them to move slowly when it comes to caring for the nearly 9 million "dual eligibles," Medicaid enrollees who also qualify for Medicare. More
How to plan for health care costs in retirement
The Wall Street Journal Share
One of the biggest and most challenging issues in retirement is how to plan and pay for health care expenses. Medical bills can mushroom in later life and crush nest eggs a risk that raises a slew of questions: How much money will I need for health costs? What are the best ways to budget? How can I shield myself and my family against the steep price of long-term care? More
November is National Family Caregiver Month
Read the message from Assistant Secretary for Aging Kathy Greenlee.
Read the Presidential Proclamation.
Share your expertise!
Come share your innovative strategies and replicable best practices with your Aging Network colleagues at the 2012 n4a Conference and Tradeshow, July 7-11 in Denver, Colorado. Take action now to join us as a presenter. Submit your proposals today. The conference call for presentations deadline is November 16. More
New resource available for the Area Agency on Aging Boards and Advisory Councils
You Make a Difference: A Guide for Area Agency on Aging Boards and Advisory Councils is now updated and available on the n4a website to download in word and PDF formats. This guide is both a reference and a resource to new and experienced AAA board and advisory council members. More
HHS announces refined survey standards to examine and help eliminate differences in care based on race, ethnicity, sex, primary language, disability
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Share
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently released final standards to more consistently measure race, ethnicity, sex, primary language and disability status, thereby improving the ability to highlight disparities in health status and target interventions to reduce these disparities. "It is our job to get a better understanding of why disparities occur and how to eliminate them. Improving the breadth and quality of our data collection and analysis on key areas like race, ethnicity, sex, primary language and disability status, is critical to better understanding who we are serving," said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. More
HHS provides more than $1.7 billion to states to help low-income households with energy costs
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Share
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius recently announced the release of more than $1.7 billion to help low income citizens with their heating and home energy costs. These funds will go to states, tribes and territories under the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program block grant. More
Webinar: Successful Collaboration Between Aging and Transit
National Center on Senior Transportation Share
On November 15 at 2 p.m., the National Center on Senior Transportation and the U.S. Administration on Aging will sponsor a webinar, Successful Collaboration Between Aging and Transit: The Experience of Kent County. The webinar will feature the experience of Ridelink, a person-centered transportation system for seniors in Kent County, Mich., and will help participants identify opportunities for collaboration between aging and human services transportation services and public transit agencies. In addition, participants will learn how person-centered mobility management can be used to address the mobility needs of older adults. More