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. 

September 5, 2019
Public News Service (9/5) reports the AARP Foundation “is encouraging all Americans to make a point to say hello and connect with adults age 50 and older in their communities.” AARP Foundation President Lisa Marsh Ryerson said loneliness and social isolation “have very serious health outcomes,” and adds that “increased social isolation over time is the health equivalent of
September 5, 2019
NPR (9/5, Hersher) reports emergency officials in the path of Hurricane Dorian are grappling with the challenges of evacuating older adults, who may not have the financial flexibility to pay for transportation or lodging.
September 4, 2019
The American Prospect (September 4) The Bipartisan Failure to Address Long-Term Home-Based Care for Disabled Americans The debate over a public option must address the lifelong care needs of a group that currently relied on Medicaid programs to support independent living.
September 4, 2019
The AP (9/4, Selsky) reports “the state of Oregon has brought back dozens of children with special needs from out-of-state facilities where they were sometimes subjected to deplorable conditions.” Oregon “Gov.
September 3, 2019
McKnight’s Long-Term Care News (September 3) Senators probe Medicaid managed care, LTSS programs The leaders of the Senate Finance Committee are seeking answers about access and quality of states’ long-term services and support (LTSS) programs following a shift in care to non-institutional based services.
September 3, 2019
USA Today (9/3, Rivers) reports the American prison population “is graying in large numbers” due to mandatory life sentences given amid the war on drugs in the 1990s.
September 3, 2019
Kaiser Health News (9/3, Ungar, Lieberman) reports that millions of seniors across the US “quietly go hungry as the safety net designed to catch them frays.” Kaiser Health News adds, “Nearly 8% of Americans 60 and older were ‘food insecure’ in 2017, according to” a recent
September 3, 2019
PBS Newshour (September 3) Stay or go? Why hurricane evacuation of nursing homes remains an unsolved challenge
September 3, 2019
Disability Scoop (9/3, Bernhard) reports, “The Commission on Dental Accreditation approved new standards this summer requiring all US dental schools to train students in the assessment and management of patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities, among other special needs populations.” The National Council on Disability, according to the article, “helped pus
September 3, 2019
California Healthline (September 3) A Young Woman, a Wheelchair and the Fight to Take Her Place at Stanford

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