FTC Raises Concerns About Hampering Drug Competition

FTC Raises Concerns About Hampering Drug Competition

Posted on 04/11/2014 by | AARP Utah | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Biologic drugs are often used to treat health conditions that affect older populations, such as cancer, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. Derived from living organisms, biologics have an estimated average cost of $35,000 a year — far more than traditional, chemically derived drugs. Congress recently granted the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authority to approve less expensive generic versions of biologic drugs, known as biosimilars or follow-on biologics. But while FDA continues to work on the approval process, policymakers are …

The Last Boomers Turn 50 This Year, but the Beatles are Timeless

The Last Boomers Turn 50 This Year, but the Beatles are Timeless

Posted on 02/5/2014 by | AARP Utah | Comments

Health & Wellbeing When America Fell for the Beatles   Springsteen, Dylan and other musical greats recall how the Fab Four’s arrival 50 years ago kicked off a new era of rock ’n’ roll   by Penelope Rowlands, AARP The Magazine, February/March 2014  The author is pictured at center (her face is behind the outstretched arm), standing among screaming girls in a crowd at the dawn of Beatlemania. — Redux Pictures In late 1963, the Atlantic seemed impossibly vast. News from Europe arrived …

Court Decision Makes it Harder for Medicare Plans to Drop Doctors

Court Decision Makes it Harder for Medicare Plans to Drop Doctors

Posted on 12/9/2013 by | AARP Utah | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Susan Jaffe, Kaiser Health News In a decision that could have national implications, a federal judge in Connecticut temporarily blocked UnitedHealthcare late Thursday from dropping an estimated 2,200 physicians from its Medicare Advantage plan in that state. While the judge’s decision affects only the physicians in Fairfield and Hartford Counties who brought suit, several other medical groups are considering filing similar actions. “This is very good news from Connecticut,” said Dr. Sam L. Unterricht, president of the Medical Society …

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AARP Introduces New Retirement Calculator

Posted on 11/19/2013 by | AARP Utah | Comments

Health & Wellbeing From the November 2013 AARP Bulletin It could be a costly mistake if you aren’t considering health care costs in your retirement plan, financial advisers tell us. According to the latest estimate by Boston-based Fidelity Investments, premiums, deductibles and other out-of-pocket expenses could cost a 65-year-old couple retiring today a hair-raising $220,000 — and that’s after Medicare coverage kicks in. >> Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter Yet we seem to be a little short-sighted. In a recent Fidelity poll …

AARP Wants Communities to be "Livable"

AARP Wants Communities to be “Livable”

Posted on 11/14/2013 by | AARP Utah | Comments

Health & Wellbeing AARP Utah Supports Livable Communities AARP Utah advocates for livable communities, a vision that would improve the quality of life for all of our residents.  We believe many things make a community livable, but key elements of a more livable community include clean air, safe and walkable neighborhoods, numerous transportation options, housing for a variety of income levels, and access to affordable health care. While all of these elements are part of what makes a community livable, one of the …

Working to Expand Medicaid

Working to Expand Medicaid

Posted on 11/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing AARP Utah is working to win support for Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. Supporters aim to persuade Gov. Gary Herbert (R) and legislators that the move would bring more federal dollars into state coffers, improve health care delivery and provide coverage for Utahns who cannot afford insurance. If the state accepts federal funding for this purpose, the money would go toward extending Medicaid services to a larger pool of people who currently are uninsured—including adults without children and …