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. 

June 27, 2019
HHS-OIG Warns On DNA Testing Scam Targeting Seniors. Bloomberg (6/27, Brown) reports that the HHS-OIG has issued a fraud alert “warning about a scam that targets senior citizens by offering them free DNA tests,” then using information gathered “to steal identities or bill Medicare for unnecessary tests.” The fraudsters “are targeting victims through telemarketing
June 26, 2019
Trump Signs Law Calling To Create National Advisory Committee Focused On Disaster Planning For People With Disabilities. Disability Scoop (6/26, Diament) reports, “The federal government will be required to do more to consider the needs of people with disabilities when hurricanes, fires and other disasters strike under a new law signed by President Donald Trump.”
June 26, 2019
California Healthline (June 26) As the Economy Surges, a Dramatic Drop in Workers on Disability Tens of thousands of Californians have come off the Social Security disability payroll and gone back to work, part of a national trend that reflects a surging U.S. economy, a shift toward less conventional work and tighter supervision of what qualifies a worker for disability benefits.
June 26, 2019
EEG May Reveal “Covert Consciousness” In Some Patients Who Are Not Responsive, Study Indicates. The New York Times (6/26, Carey) reports researchers “have found a way to detect ‘covert consciousness’ that could aid the recovery of people with severe brain injuries.” The researchers used EEG to detect covert consciousness in patients who are unresponsive after suf
June 26, 2019
CBS News (June 26) Nursing home costs in the U.S. are rising even faster than health care The cost of nursing homes in the U.S. can easily top $70,000 a year and has risen even faster than that of overall medical care in some states, a Georgetown University Medical Center study found. New York nursing homes were the most expensive, averaging more than $300 a day, while Texas had the most affordable facilities.
June 26, 2019
Arizona Medicaid Will Offer Lyft As NEMT Option. Forbes (6/26, Japsen) reports Lyft announced its new role as an “enrolled Medicaid provider in Arizona” after the state changed its rules last month to allow rideshare companies to register as “non-emergency medical transportation [NEMT] providers.” Lyft’s Vice President of Healthcare said that “[t]oo many American
June 25, 2019
Tahlequah Daily Press (June 25) Ombudsman Program assists long-term care residents Many residents of nursing homes, assisted living, and residential care facilities struggle with the feeling that they have given up much of their ability to make choices for themselves and control their own lives, according to Scott Harding with the Ombudsman Program.
June 25, 2019
Politico (June 25) A new fix for long-term care After decades of stalemate in the nation’s capital, the other Washington might have an answer.
June 20, 2019
AHIP Announces New Project Focused On Social Determinants Of Health. FierceHealthcare (6/20, Minemyer) reports America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) announced a new initiative, Project Link, on Thursday, which aims to create an open dialogue about social determinants of health.
June 20, 2019
Wyoming Program Trains Volunteers To Support People With Chronic Conditions Living In Rural Areas. NPR (6/20, Mullen) reports on “a recent poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Harvard T.H.

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