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March 18, 2010

CBO: $940 billion health bill would help cut deficit over 10 years
The Washington Post
An emerging compromise on health care between House and Senate Democrats would cost $940 billion over the next decade and expand insurance coverage to an additional 32 million Americans, congressional budget analysts said Thursday. Their preliminary report suggests the two-part legislation would bring the nation closer to universal health coverage than at any time in its history.More

New federal subsidies for drug purchases
The New York Times
For about one million low-income Medicare recipients, some good news: it's just gotten easier to qualify for the federal Extra Help program, which provides more generous prescription drug benefits.More

Aging groups endorse report on needs of gay seniors
The Chicago Tribune
A national report being released Wednesday details the myriad social and financial stumbling blocks that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender senior citizens face and calls on lawmakers to make changes to Social Security and Medicaid to assist this growing population.More

CMS ends Medicare Part D contract with Fox Insurance Co.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Due to a series of violations, including improperly denying its enrollees coverage of certain medications, CMS has terminated its Part D plan with Fox Insurance Company. The mid-year termination will affect 123,000 beneficiaries in 21 states; CMS began notifying all affected beneficiaries last week.More

Drug prices rise for seniors who reach Medicare Part D coverage gap
Kaiser Health News
Seniors who hit the coverage gap in their Medicare prescription drug plans and must use their own money to buy drugs are facing price increases that are far outpacing inflation, a new study finds.More

Public Reverse Mortgages and Long-Term Care: Can they work together?
Kaiser Health News
Here's the problem: By the time we need long-term care services we often don't have readily available resources to pay for them. Only about seven million Americans have private long-term care insurance. And, on average, retirees have financial assets of less than $100,000.More

Housing webinar and toolkit release on March 24
Center for Housing Policy and AARP
Please join the Center for Housing Policy and AARP on Wednesday, March 24 from 1-2 p.m., EDT for a webinar presentation introducing a new HousingPolicy.org online toolkit, developed in collaboration with AARP, that focuses on meeting the housing needs of Americans age 50 and over. Register for the webinar!More

The National Alliance for Caregiving is seeking family caregivers of veterans for a new study
National Alliance for Caregiving
The National Alliance for Caregiving is seeking participants for a new study of family caregivers of Veterans. This study is intended to determine how caregivers of Veterans are coping and what community and VA services, resources, and programs would support and assist them with their caregiving activities. More

n4a urges passage of health reform in House
n4a
As the House heads toward a vote this weekend on critical health reform legislation previously passed by the Senate (H.R. 3590), it is essential that advocates contact Members of the House to urge them to support the bill. n4a has joined many other advocacy groups in urging Congress to continue to work on health care reform this year—and we encourage you to do the same. Without a firm commitment by Democrats to continue to move forward, comprehensive health reform could, once again, face a deadly derailment.More