Medicare and Medicaid: keeping us healthy for 50 years

Posted on 07/29/2015 by | AARP North Caroliina | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Special guest column from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services It’s easy to forget that before 1966, roughly half of all seniors were uninsured, living in fear that the high cost of health care could propel not only them, but their families, into poverty. Few of us remember that not that long ago, far too many disabled people, families with children, pregnant women and low-income working Americans were unable to afford the medical care they needed to stay healthy …

America’s Bedrock Programs

Posted on 07/27/2015 by | AARP North Caroliina | Comments

About AARP | Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing By Jo Ann Jenkins, CEO — Where We Stand Your AARP This summer we celebrate the 80th anniversary of Social Security and the 50th anniversary of Medicare. These two essential programs are the bedrock of financial and health security for all Americans as they get older. We pay tribute to the long-term success of these programs because they have kept millions of older people and their families out of poverty, and they help all people age with independence and dignity. …

AARP Chief Medical Officer to NC health care leaders “improved health outcomes rely on coordinated care”

Posted on 07/24/2015 by | AARP North Caroliina | Comments

Advocacy | Caregiving | Health & Wellbeing DURHAM — AARP Chief Medical Officer Dr. Charlotte Yeh met with NC health care leaders, and the state’s Alzheimer’s Task Force, explaining some promising pilot programs that improve health care outcomes while reducing overall costs. Dr. Yeh works with the independent carriers that make health-related products and services available to AARP members, by identifying programs and initiatives that will lead to enhanced care for older adults. She directs AARP Services’ efforts to meet expanding member expectations in healthcare, and leads …

AARP backs Labor Department proposal that boosts chance of secure retirement

Posted on 07/22/2015 by | AARP North Caroliina | Comments

About AARP | Advocacy Measure Would Protect Retirement Investors and Savers from Conflicts of Interest The U.S. Department of Labor’s proposed rule to protect 401(k) and IRA investors against conflicts of interest in the financial services industry would better ensure that American families have adequate income in retirement, according to comments filed with the agency yesterday by AARP. The rule, proposed in April, would require financial advisers to provide advice in their clients’ best interest, rather than meeting an inadequate standard currently applicable to some …

Making caregiving across state lines easier

Posted on 07/21/2015 by | AARP North Caroliina | Comments

Advocacy | Caregiving by Elaine Ryan | Imagine you’re a caregiver for your mom, who lives in Oregon. You, however, live in North Carolina. As your mother’s health declines, you become her legal guardian in Oregon, making decisions about her property, medical care and living arrangements. The process of becoming your mom’s legal guardian was not only time consuming but costly. Now your mother wants to move to North Carolina to be closer to you. North Carolina won’t recognize a guardianship order from …

Valuing the Invaluable — NC caregivers contribute $13.4 billion in uncompensated care

Posted on 07/17/2015 by | AARP North Caroliina | Comments

About AARP | Advocacy | Caregiving This week AARP released an important survey on the economic value of family caregivers. Family caregivers in North Carolina provided 1.19 billion hours of care—worth an estimated $13.4 billion—to their parents, spouses, partners, and other adult loved ones in 2013, according to AARP Public Policy Institute’s new report, Valuing the Invaluable: 2015 Update. The findings underscore the need for greater support for family caregivers who contribute not only to patient health, but to lowering the overall cost of care. “With …