Monthly Archives: March 2018

Nursing home study raises questions on Medicare managed care networks

March 6, 2018

Source: ELA news

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Managed care is the hot trend in Medicare, with the number of seniors enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans projected to soar over the coming decade.

These plans offer simplicity by combining all the different parts of Medicare into a single buying decision – and they can save you money. Continue reading

What Medicaid’s Work Requirement Means for Frail Seniors, People With Disabilities, And Their Caregivers?

March 6, 2018

Source: ELA news

The Trump Administration announced last week that it will allow states to require Medicaid recipients to work, take job training, or do community service to stay eligible for the program, which provides both medical and long-term care services for people with low incomes. Ten states have asked to make this change, and the administration has given the greenlight to the first—Kentucky. Continue reading

Stunning Rate Increases Likely to Continue for Owners of Long-Care Insurance Policies

March 6, 2018

Source: ELA news

The Wall Street Journal has an update article this week on the financial health of the long-term care insurance industry, detailing recent rate increases and reminding us that even with contraction of this specialized market for sellers of new policies, there are still more than 7 million policies affected by the inadequate pricing structure issues. Continue reading

Long-Term Care Insurance Company Breached Policyholder’s Contract by Raising Premiums

March 6, 2018

Source: ELA news

A U.S. court of appeals rules that a long-term care insurance company breached its contract with a policyholder who purchased a “Reduced-Pay at 65” policy when it raised her premiums after age 65. Newman v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (U.S. Ct. App., 7th Cir., No. 17-1844, Feb. 6, 2018). Continue reading

Bipartisan Senate Budget Deal Boosts Health Programs

March 6, 2018

Source: NAELA news

WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 07: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (L) walks towards the Senate chamber at the Capitol February 7, 2018 in Washington, DC. Sen. McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced that they have reached agreement on a two-year budget deal. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

In a rare show of bipartisanship for the mostly polarized 115th Congress, Republican and Democratic Senate leaders announced a two-year budget deal that would increase federal spending for defense as well as key domestic priorities, including many health programs. Continue reading

Aging workforce highlights workplace safety

March 6, 2018

Source: NAELA news

Brittney Wychor, a physical therapist at St. Luke’s Denfeld Clinic, works with Mary Lee Mickolajak, who performs leg stretches to help strengthen her knee Friday. Mickolajak comes in twice a week for work on her knee replacement. Retired now, she worked for many years as a bookkeeper. Bob King / rking@duluthnews.com

The wave of baby boomers leaving the workforce is cresting as the largest generation of American workers continues to reach retirement age. Yet while the number of employees between ages 55 and 65 will peak over the next decade, many will remain in the workforce past the traditional retirement age, by choice or necessity. Continue reading

Trump administration dismantles LGBT-friendly policies

March 6, 2018

Source: NAELA news

Despite Trump’s promise to defend LGBT rights, his health agency has blocked efforts to combat discrimination.

Then-candidate Donald Trump returns an LGBT rainbow flag given to him by a supporter to an aide during a campaign rally in Colorado in October 2016. The president repeatedly pledged during his campaign to support LGBT causes. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The nation’s health department is taking steps to dismantle LGBT health initiatives, as political appointees have halted or rolled back regulations intended to protect LGBT workers and patients, removed LGBT-friendly language from documents and reassigned the senior adviser dedicated to LGBT health. Continue reading

FDA Head Vows To Tackle High Drug Prices And Drugmakers ‘Gaming The System’

March 6, 2018

Source: NAELA news

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb speaks with Kaiser Health News senior correspondent Sarah Jane Tribble on Feb. 15. In an exclusive interview, Gottlieb described what he’s doing to spur competition and bring down drug prices. (Francis Ying/KHN)

Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said he will do everything “within my lane” to combat high drug prices and that he sees drug companies “gaming the system to try to block competition” in a multitude of ways in the marketplace. Continue reading