In the News

In the News is a collection of news stories about aging and disability issues, as well as news stories about ACL and ACL programs.

All of these links ultimately take you to external news websites. The information in the articles does not necessarily reflect the positions of ACL or the federal government, and ACL does not endorse the content of the articles or the publishing organizations. 

February 6, 2019
Health IT Analytics (2/6, Kent) reports that in order to lower “healthcare costs for Medicare beneficiaries, CMS is expanding policies to reduce prescription drug prices, increase community partnerships, and foster technological innovations that will address poverty and other social determinants of health among the elderly.” The article says, “These advancements are necess
February 6, 2019
USA Today (2/6, Brooks) reports African Americans “are more likely than whites to suffer medical conditions that lead to more severe health problems and higher health care and insurance costs as they grow older.” What’s more, “their health problems are exacerbated by financial troubles that include lower savings, homeownership rates and Social Security income than whites,”
February 6, 2019
The AP (2/6, Cooper) reports that “Arizona may boost state oversight of long-term care facilities like the one in Phoenix where an incapacitated woman was raped and later gave birth, reversing a decision more than 20 years ago to drop state regulation.” The legislation lawmakers are currently considering “would require intermediate care facilities...to apply for a state li
February 6, 2019
The Minneapolis Star Tribune (2/6, Serres) reports that “after years of deliberation,” legislators in Minnesota “are moving to protect the rights of family members to use cameras to monitor the care” of nursing home residents, and supporters of the proposal hope it “could serve as a deterrent to maltreatment at a time when allegations of abuse against vulnerable adults are
February 6, 2019
In a 2,500-word story, the Wall Street Journal (2/6, Landro, Subscription Publication) discusses the medical advancements that give physicians a greater understanding of their patients’ chronic pain, such as research developed at Stanford using brain scans to visualize painful and non-painful stimuli.
February 5, 2019
News & Observer (February 5) Hurricane Florence evacuees with disabilities endured unsafe, ‘disrespectful’ conditions, report says Disability Rights’ report on how the state, FEMA, and Red Cross staff and volunteers treated people with disabilities seeking shelter during Hurricane Florence said that overall, emergency help for people with disabilities has improved since 2016, when rain from Hurricane Matthew flooded eastern counties.
February 5, 2019
Disability Scoop (2/5, Diament) reports that “there is a new effort underway in Congress to do away with rules that allow employers to pay people with disabilities less than minimum wage.” The new bill introduced in the Senate and the House “would put an end to what’s known as subminimum wage,” and “would require the Labor Department to stop issuing 14(c) certificates.” Th
February 4, 2019
Public News Service (2/4) reports Washington state residents are “in Olympia to urge lawmakers to pass legislation designed to help folks save for their care when they need it.” AARP volunteers “delivered more than 5,200 petitions Monday to legislators” in support of the Long-Term Care Trust Act, which would “fund long-term services through a payroll fee of just over half
February 4, 2019
In an op-ed for USA Today (2/4), Stanford professor of medicine Robert M. Kaplan writes about the declining life expectancy trend in the United States.
February 3, 2019
Susannah Meyer, Community Engagement Director at Meals on Wheels Diablo Region, writes in an op-ed in the San Jose (CA) Mercury News (2/3) that California’s “rapidly aging population” requires a plan to “identify and address the social factors that place seniors at risk for malnutrition and other diseases.” Meyer adds that although it is “often not identified or treated, m

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