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    1. California Slaps Surcharge On ACA Plans As Trump Remains Coy On Subsidies

      California Slaps Surcharge On ACA Plans As Trump Remains Coy On Subsidies

      California’s health exchange said Wednesday it has ordered insurers to add a surcharge to certain policies next year because the Trump administration has yet to commit to paying a key set of consumer subsidies under the Affordable Care Act. The decision to impose a 12.4 percent surcharge on silver-level health plans in 2018 means the total premium increase for them will average nearly 25 percent, according to Covered California.

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    2. AARP's Long-Term Care Scorecard for Elders’ Wellbeing

      AARP's Long-Term Care Scorecard for Elders’ Wellbeing

      Pallares is part of a rapidly growing aging population of people who will live well into their 80s—an age that comes with an increased demand for health care.
      In the United States, 10,000 people turn 65 every day and more of the nation’s population will live well into their 80s, an age at which there is considerable demand for long-term care services.

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    3. Medicaid is Essential to Our Health Care System

      Medicaid is Essential to Our Health Care System

      While it was a relief when the Senate failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the reprieve is only momentary. Unfortunately, the battle to protect health care as a right is far from over. As President and CEO of CaliforniaHealth+ Advocates, I represent more than 1,200 community health centers throughout California which serve the state’s most vulnerable populations.

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    4. The Threat of Zika Never Disappeared

      The Threat of Zika Never Disappeared

      On December 9, 2016, Florida Governor Rick Scott stood atop a Miami Beach hotel and announced that local transmission of the Zika virus was over, and the state was “open for business.”

      His announcement coincided with a change in how the U.S. Centers for Disease Control classified South Miami Beach. Prior to that day, the area was a “red” zone for Zika, meaning it was an area with confirmed local transmission between multiple people. On December 9, it joined the rest of the county as a “yellow,” or “cautionary,” zone, meaning it was a place in which at least one person had most likely contracted Zika; pregnant women in the area were at an “undetermined” risk.

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    5. The Mental and Physical Cost of Elder Financial Abuse

      The Mental and Physical Cost of Elder Financial Abuse

       Ideally, David Top would like to move his father, Gabriel Top, 88, of Manhattan, into a memory care facility – that is, if the money were available to do so. After suffering a stroke about a dozen years ago, Gabriel’s short-term memory was greatly diminished, and today he suffers from severe dementia. Memory care is specialized long-term care offered by some nursing homes for residents with dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease, and other memory issues.

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    6. Elderly Hospital Patients Need To Keep Moving

      Elderly Hospital Patients Need To Keep Moving

      Photo: Willie Mae Rich exercises with nurse Andres Viles, who helps keep elderly patients mentally and physically active at Birmingham hospital. (Hal Yeager/KHN) Part 2 of series. Read Part 1 here . BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Thelma Atkins ended up in the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Hospital-Highlands after a neighbor in her senior living center ran over her feet with a motorized scooter.

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    7. Happy Hearts: Study Shows Owning Pets Can Lower Seniors’ Blood Pressure

      Happy Hearts: Study Shows Owning Pets Can Lower Seniors’ Blood Pressure

      The benefits of animal companionship have been obvious to animal lovers for thousands of years – in fact an elderly human from 10,000 BC was found buried in northern Israel cuddling a puppy, the first find suggesting a close relationship between humans and dogs.

      According to the Humane Society of the United States, Americans own about 78.2 million dogs and 86.4 million cats.

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    8. Malnutrition: A Hidden Epidemic in Elders--Especially Latinos

      Malnutrition: A Hidden Epidemic in Elders--Especially Latinos

      Read in Spanish . ORLANDO, Fla.--In the summer of 2015, an unusual story emerged that caught the attention of millions of people in social media: A North Carolina man of 81 called 911 and said: “What I need is someone to get to the grocery and bring me some food because I need to eat something.” The man, who had arrived from the hospital after going through cancer treatment, could neither move nor stand. Overwhelmed with loneliness and

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    9. Elder Hunger: New Efforts To Combat Common Malnutrition Among Seniors

      Elder Hunger: New Efforts To Combat Common Malnutrition Among Seniors

      Photo: Experts say too few elders take advantage of healthful meals and social connections like those shown above at the Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center . ORLANDO, Fla.--After her stroke, a 95-year-old woman in New York State found she could no longer taste her food. She was also unable to feel hunger, so she didn’t know when she was supposed to eat. As a result, the woman began losing weight, grew weak and wasn’t getting the nutrients she needed.

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    10. Health Disparities Continue for California’s Latinos and African Americans

      Health Disparities Continue for California’s Latinos and African Americans

      Health disparities persist for California’s 9.8 million Latino adults, whose rates for obesity, fair or poor health, food insecurity and lack of insurance are higher than the state average, according to an updated race and ethnicity health profiles report published this week by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

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    11. Orange County Rolls Out CA Senior, Disability Care Pilot

      Orange County Rolls Out CA Senior, Disability Care Pilot

      Photo: Dao Nguyen, 78, shown left, described her hope for better-coordinated care through the OneCare Connect program. Tyree (TuYet) Ngo, right, Orange County HICAP's Vietnamese Outreach Coordinator, was her interpreter. IRVINE, Calif. – Dao Nguyen, 78, was relieved to learn her new health plan would not only coordinate her complicated coverage, but she’d be able to keep the doctor she’s relied on for the past 15 years.

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    12. Californians Favor Extending Health Care Coverage to All Residents

      Californians Favor Extending Health Care Coverage to All Residents

      SACRAMENTO -- California voters are embracing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in record numbers, and a growing majority now supports expanding health care coverage to undocumented residents, according to the latest Field Poll, released here in the Capitol August 26. The survey found that sixty-two percent of voters support the law, compared to 56% last year, while 33% oppose it.

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    13. California Latinos Closing Gap in Health Coverage

      After the end of the second open enrollment period in health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), enrollment rates between Latinos and whites are not that different, according to a study out this week. Eligible Latinos (74 percent) are now enrolling at similar rates to whites (79 percent), according to a study by the non-partisan Kaiser Family Foundation.

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    14. Family Eldercare: Survival in the Big Apple

      Family Eldercare: Survival in the Big Apple

      The profile of the family caregiver in the United States is changing. A new study from the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP finds that although the typical family caregiver is a woman, age 49, who takes care of a relative, caregivers are becoming as diverse as the American population.It is often assumed that “elders” and “family caregivers” are homogenous groups, but it only takes a walk down any urban block today to realize how far that is from the truth.New York City alone, for example, now has nearly 1.5 million older adults ...

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    15. Dementia Puts Elders at Risk of Financial Abuse

      Dementia Puts Elders at Risk of Financial Abuse

      Ways to Shield Seniors From Financial Abuse So how can you protect an elder from financial abuse? For starters, be active in their lives and aware of who’s in their circle. Be especially vigilant of sudden “friends.” “Run background checks on caregivers or financial advisers,” said Julie M. Krawczyk, director of the Elder Financial Safety Center at the Senior Source in Dallas.

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    16. Historic Vote Takes California’s Undocumented a Step Closer to Health Care

      Historic Vote Takes California’s Undocumented a Step Closer to Health Care

      A sweeping bill that will expand health care coverage to California’s undocumented population sailed through the State Senate today on a 28 to 11 vote. All 26 Democrats on the Senate, plus two Republicans – Assembly members Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) and Andy Vidak (R-Hanford) -- gave the bill their nod. “Today’s vote is a transformational and decisive step forward on the path to achieving health for all,” said the bill’s author Sen. Ricardo Lara, (D-Bell Gardens), in a statement.

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    17. CA Senate Committee Would Boost Medi-Cal, Including for Undocumented

      CA Senate Committee Would Boost Medi-Cal, Including for Undocumented

      The Senate Budget Subcommittee May 21, added $40 million to the state’s Medi-Cal budget to allow it to provide health care for all California residents regardless of their immigration status. The vote is an important step toward potential passage. “It’s a modest investment, but a big deal,” said Anthony Wright, executive director of Health Access California, the statewide health consumer advocacy coalition.

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    18. Calming Dementia Patients — Without Powerful Drugs

      Calming Dementia Patients — Without Powerful Drugs

      Problems With Nursing Homes, Assisted Living, Home Care A major advocates for new federal regulations leading to reduced use of antipsychotics is Tony Chicotel, staff attorney at California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform. He welcomes the guidelines, but says he has noticed a concerning unintended consequence.

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