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. 

November 5, 2021
The Washington Post (11/5, Jaffe) urges Medicare beneficiaries to beware of misleading sales tactics and scams during this year’s open enrollment. Iowa resident Linda Heimer fell victim to one such scam, giving her Medicare number to a scammer saying they needed to verify it was correct for her new Medicare card.
November 5, 2021
The Washington Post (11/5, Meyer) reported “Medicare’s annual open-enrollment season is here and millions of beneficiaries – prompted by a massive advertising campaign and aided by a detailed federal website – will probably choose a private Medicare Advantage plan.” However, “those who have instead opted for traditional Medicare face a critical decision about private insurance.” According to the Post, “if beneficiaries decide to use traditional Medicare when they firs
November 4, 2021
Biden Administration Says Large Companies Must Mandate COVID-19 Vaccines For Workers By January 4. On its front page, the New York Times (11/4, A1, Hirsch) reports on Thursday, the Biden Administration “set Jan.
November 4, 2021
U.S. News & World Report (November 4) Nearly 3 in 10 U.S. Adults Say They Have a Disability A growing number of American adults say they have a physical or mental disability, a new study finds.
November 4, 2021
CMS Says Medicare, Medicaid Healthcare Facilities Must Ensure Employees Are Vaccinated Against COVID-19 By January 4. USA Today (11/4, Alltucker) reports on Thursday, the Biden Administration “unveiled a sweeping new COVID-19 vaccination rule that would require about 17 million health care workers across 76,000 hospitals, nursing homes and other health care facilities to get fully immunized by Jan.
November 3, 2021
The Log Cabin (AR) Democrat (11/3) reports that “the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) has announced the Arkansas Lifespan Respite Voucher Program to help caregivers pay for temporary, short-term respite care.” Now, funding is “available to eligible Arkansas caregivers of children or adults who reside in the same household as the person receiving care.
November 2, 2021
USA Today (11/2, Luterman) reports “multiple senators are pushing for an end to the use of electric shock devices on people with disabilities, a tool that is now used by only one school in the United States, where most of the students are Black and Latino boys and men.” At Judge Rotenberg Center in “Massachusetts, some students at the school wear devices at all times, while staff members monitor them for infractions.” Students who behave undesirably “may receive a pai
November 2, 2021
Modern Healthcare (11/2, Kacik, Subscription Publication) reports the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published a “trio of final rules” on Tuesday that boosted “payment for hospital outpatient services and home health” while “reducing reimbursement for physicians next year.” The agency “expects to increase payments by $465 million,” while reducing “the physician fee schedule conversation factor by $1.30 to $33.59 as the temporary reimbursement boost provi
November 2, 2021
USA Today (11/2, Wingate) reports same-sex partners and spouses are now eligible to receive Social Security survivor’s benefits after the US Department of Justice and Social Security Administration “dismissed appeals filed under the Trump administration in two nationwide class-action lawsuits” filed by Lambda Legal.
November 1, 2021
The New York Times (11/1, Abelson) reports some “800,000 people are on waiting lists to receive subsidized home care.

Last modified on 12/01/2021


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