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Mandatory health insurance now law's central villain
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With a court ruling in Virginia this week that the government cannot require Americans to buy health insurance, President Obama has landed in the position of defender-in-chief of an idea he once opposed. As a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, Obama insisted that the health-care reform plans of his rivals were misguided, because they envisioned forcing Americans to buy health insurance or risk a fine. Over and over, he said on the campaign trail that such a mandate was unnecessary. More

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Payroll tax cut worries Social Security advocates
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President Barack Obama's plan to cut payroll taxes for a year would provide big savings for many workers, but makes Social Security advocates nervous that it could jeopardize the retirement program's finances. The plan is part of a package of tax cuts and extended unemployment benefits that Obama negotiated with Senate Republican leaders. More

Report: Boomers will benefit from reform law
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Baby boomers, who have some of the highest unemployment rates and have difficulty affording healthcare, will especially benefit from the new healthcare reform law, according to a new report from a pro-reform group. The Commonwealth Fund report released recently depicts a baby-boomer generation faced with financial challenges that often prevent it from seeking and receiving much-needed medical care. More

Few seniors have long-term care insurance
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People don't like to think about what will happen if they become too ill or infirm to manage on their own. Experts say that partly explains why sales of long-term-care insurance policies are so anemic; only about 10 percent of seniors have such coverage. Given the complexity of these policies, experts agree it's tough to decide whether they're right for you. More

HHS establishes first Secretary's Tribal Advisory Committee
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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius recently announced the individuals who will serve on the Secretary’s Tribal Advisory Committee, the first tribal advisory committee established to advise the Secretary in the history of HHS. The Committee is comprised of one primary representative from each of the twelve areas of the Indian Health Service, as well as five at-large national representatives. The Secretary's Tribal Advisory Committee is one of several Tribal initiatives this year and will make significant progress towards reshaping the way that the Department works with Tribes. More

Research & Trends

Aging Network to embark on new level of volunteerism
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Volunteers in the Aging Network have been delivering for over 40 years—meals to homebound seniors, rides to doctor's appointments, counseling to seniors on benefits, and more. With the rapidly aging population, the demand for volunteers to deliver these services and others continues to grow. Based on this impending need, the U.S. Administration on Aging recently awarded a grant of nearly $1 million to create a National Resource Center to further develop and support the work of volunteers providing services to older Americans and their family caregivers. The "Engaging Volunteers in the Aging Network: A National Resource Center" is a collaborative led by n4a that will deliver the assistance and expertise volunteers need to bring their efforts to a new level in the Aging Network. More

New national report examines readiness of AAAs to meet the needs of LGBT adults
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"Ready to Serve? The Aging Network and LGB and T Older Adults," provides a snapshot of the National Aging Network's readiness to meet the specific needs of the growing numbers of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults in this country. The report, the first of its kind in terms of scope, presents findings from a nationwide survey of AAAs and their current work with LGBT older adults. Among the findings is that more than a third of agencies had offered or funded some type of LGBT aging training to staff and four out of five agencies were willing to offer training in the future. More

Seniors surge on social networks
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Eldercare Locator, a service of the U.S. Administration on Aging, is releasing a guide today to help older people learn about life online, from joining social networks to hooking up to Skype and exploring Google. "We're hearing that more older people are interested," says Sandy Markwood, CEO of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, which oversees the program. "We're hoping during the holidays when families get together, the grandchildren can help older family members." More

Update on Silver Alert initiatives in the states: Protecting seniors with cognitive impairments
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The National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD) has released an update to its 2009 report that identified states that have a Silver Alert program, how they fund it and how each administers the program. The report 2009 revealed that 18 states have a Silver Alert program, 14 states had pending legislation and 18 states did not have legislation. Since the last report, several states have implemented Silver Alert programs. A new chart is now available that reflects the updated status of states across the country. More

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