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 28, 2021
Disability Scoop (10/28, Heasley) reports “a significant number of caregivers of children with special needs reduce their work hours or leave jobs altogether costing their families an average of $18,000 per year in lost earnings, researchers say.” Almost “15% of families with children who have chronic health conditions including autism, epilepsy and cerebral palsy have scaled back their participation in the workforce.” That percentage “jumps to more than 40% in famili
October 28, 2021
US DOE Asks Judge To Block Florida’s Mask Mandate Penalties. The AP (10/28, Izaguirre) reports, “The US Department of Education asked an administrative judge on Thursday to block the state of Florida from slashing federal aid money to two school districts over their coronavirus mask mandates.” The complaint was filed “a day after Alachua and Broward Counties said the state reduced their overall funding because they received federal grants meant to offset sta
October 28, 2021
CNBC (10/28, Dore) reports a Fidelity Investments study found that as many families grapple with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, “many at-home caregivers who also have outside jobs have reached a breaking point.” The study showed that, while “more than two-thirds of family caregivers looking after children and adults say they are ready for
October 27, 2021
Op-Ed: North Carolina Should Issue COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate For All Direct Care Staff. In an op-ed for the Raleigh (NC) News & Observer (10/27), Friends of Residents in Long Term Care Board Chair William Lamb writes, “On Aug. 25, the Biden administration announced COVID-19 vaccinations would be required for all nursing home workers or facilities would risk the loss of federal funds supporting care. ...
October 27, 2021
Commonwealth Fund (October 27) Community-Based Long-Term Services and Supports: Are the Needs of Older Adults and Their Caregivers Being Met?
October 27, 2021
The New York Times (10/27, Morris) reports “the Biden administration has said people with” long Covid “could qualify for federal disability protections and benefits, which can include health care, housing and unemployment benefits.” However, many people with long Covid have “had a hard time proving it.” In July, “President Biden promised ‘to make sure Americans with long Covid who have a disability have access to the rights and resources that are due under the’” Ameri
October 26, 2021
Colorado Public Radio (October 26) For one Colorado trans woman, long-term care was her only option for housing—but getting in was an eight-month struggle
October 26, 2021
Washington Post (10/26) managing editor Tracy Grant writes about the challenges she faced providing care for her premature son, dying husband, and mother suffering from dementia, suggesting that “you can fight only so hard to save a loved one.” Despite the “miracle” recovery of her premature son, Grant’s husband died of stage 4 cancer and her mother is in cognitive decline due to dementia.
October 25, 2021
Kaiser Health News (10/25, Jaffe) reports Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York “have set requirements for how much nursing homes must spend on residents’ direct care and imposed limits on what they can spend elsewhere” in hopes of improving care.
October 23, 2021
USA Today (10/23, Snider) reported “the cost of romance scams totaled at least $304 million in 2020,” with older adults bilked “out of more than $139 million,” according to new Federal Trade Commission data.

Last modified on 12/01/2021


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