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. 

October 27, 2018
Modern Healthcare (10/27, Livingston, Subscription Publication) reported that home healthcare programs are “proliferating as health plans and at-risk providers look for ways to keep patients out of the hospital or from returning after being discharged.” Medicare is making it easier for health plans to do this by removing some benefit restrictions.
October 27, 2018
Wall Street Journal (October 27)
October 26, 2018
Baltimore Sun / Disability Scoop (October 26) Parents Struggle to Find In-Home Nurses
October 26, 2018
Ann Norwich, Director of the Adult Gerontology Nursing Practitioner Program and an assistant professor of nursing at York College of Pennsylvania, wrote in an op-ed in the Washington Post (10/26) that the American healthcare system “is grossly unprepared to provide medical care” for the growing number of older patients with dementia, saying that the US spends “billions of dollars cycling such patients in and out of hospitals and rehabilitation facilities, only to have
October 26, 2018
The Washington Post (10/26, Bluth) reported that “laws meant to prohibit discrimination against the disabled fall short when it comes to visiting the doctor’s office.” As a result, patients with disabilities are left to “navigate a tricky obstacle course that not only leaves them feeling awkward but also jeopardizes their care.” The article added that the ACA “was set to update standards for accessible medical treatment within the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).
October 26, 2018
Forbes (10/26) contributor Robin Jefferson discussed a study published the Journal of General Internal Medicine which found that “despite years of warnings that older adults shouldn’t take benzodiazepines...primary care doctors are still prescribing them.” The study was partially-funded by the NIH, and indicated that “some primary care doctors prescribed sedatives at a rate more than six times that of their peers, and that those who were top prescribers tended to also
October 26, 2018
The Arizona Republic (10/26, Innes) reported that the federal government is warning seniors to “be on the alert for scams related to new Medicare cards.” The piece added that the cards are arriving by mail, and are red, white, and blue, according to CMS officials.
October 26, 2018
Reuters (10/26, Barlyn) reported, “Big U.S. life insurers are bracing for elevated payouts to owners of long-term care policies, which cover expenses like assisted living for infirmed and elderly customers.” Insurers that have long-term care businesses likely set aside more funds for claims on older policies during the third quarter, analysts said.
October 25, 2018
--About FY 2018 grant from ACL. Learn more about the 14 grants to state Adult Protective Services systems.
October 25, 2018
USA Today (October 25) The hidden side of dementia: Families fight over care, end-of-life decisions, finances, estates

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