Georgia Residents Saved Over $270 Million on Prescription Drugs in 2013 Under the Affordable Care Act

Georgia Residents Saved Over $270 Million on Prescription Drugs in 2013 Under the Affordable Care Act

Posted on 03/24/2014 by | AARP GA | Comments

Health & Wellbeing The numbers are in, and they are impressive – Georgia residents on Medicare saved over $270 million on their prescription drugs in 2013, thanks to the closing of the “donut hole” for prescriptions under the Affordable Care Act – or an average discount per beneficiary of $894. Nationally, 7.9 million people who are on Medicare have saved over $9.927 billion on prescription drugs under the Affordable Care Act and its provision closing the “donut hole,” the gap in Medicare Part …

ACA Marketplace Enrollment Offered In Macon

ACA Marketplace Enrollment Offered In Macon

Posted on 03/13/2014 by | AARP GA | Comments

Health & Wellbeing March 31 is the last day to enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace, and there is assistance available. AARP Georgia is hosting a Health Insurance Marketplace to help Macon residents learn more and get assistance in enrollment. The free event will take place Thursday, March 20, 2014, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Wingate by Wyndham, (Between Cracker Barrel & Cheddar’s), 100 Northcrest Boulevard, (Riverside), Macon. Attendees are asked to prepare a list of health care providers that are used to ensure the …

Funding Lags for Older Adult Services

Funding Lags for Older Adult Services

Posted on 01/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing   By Ann Hardie For two hours a week, a respite worker comes to Nancy Downes’ home in Winder, 45 miles east of downtown Atlanta. While that isn’t a lot of time, it’s enough to let Downes run to the grocery store, take a hot shower—and even catch her breath. The rest of the time Downes, 61, is the sole caregiver for her mother, Mildred Tripp, 87, who has advanced Alzheimer’s disease and lives with Downes. “Even standing in the …

Video focuses on Senior Hunger in Georgia

Video focuses on Senior Hunger in Georgia

Posted on 10/22/2013 by | AARP Georgia | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Senior Hunger in Georgia is a video that documents stories of older Georgians who struggle with hunger every day and the support systems in place to help get them back on track.    Seen on public access stations throughout the state, the video is designed to also provide resources to those in need.  The film outlines the root causes of hunger in Georgia through interviews with staff working on the front lines of this silent epidemic.    “Hunger in Georgia …

Making it Easier for Hungry Elders to Get Help

Posted on 10/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Having a hard time buying groceries? In 2012 Georgia made it easier for residents age 60-plus with no earned income to apply for the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP). The state is working with AARP to help spread the word. Georgia ranks eighth in the nation for hunger among older residents, with 9 percent of those age 50-plus at risk of hunger. It is also one of only five states that have simplified the process for elderly households getting by …

Enrollment Begins Oct. 1 for Coverage of Basic Health Care

Enrollment Begins Oct. 1 for Coverage of Basic Health Care

Posted on 08/29/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Ann Hardie • Richard Quigley, 60, retired from his job with the city of Carrollton early last year to start his own landscaping business. He quickly found that he couldn’t afford health insurance. Both he and his wife, Naomi, have chronic health problems, and the premiums they were quoted were prohibitively expensive—when they were offered at all. A broker helped Quigley find one company that offered coverage. But with the $500 monthly premium and $20,000 deductible, “we may as …