G.O.P. Republicans are weighing options for new health bill

G.O.P. Republicans are weighing options in order to gain support for their proposed health bill including keeping a tax on high income people and providing more money to combat the opioid epidemic and a new incentive for people to establish tax-free savings accounts for medical expenses. Another proposal they are considering would allow insurers to sell cheaper less comprehensive health plans if they also offered health plans that complied with consumer protection standards like those in the Affordable Care Act. If the proposed bill passes, what is sure is that projected Medicaid spending would be reduced 35 percent after 20 Continue Reading

How will possible cuts to Medicaid affect you?

How will possible cuts to Medicaid affect you? It depends on which state you live in as different states have different budgets for Medicaid especially as their coverage of home-based and community-based care for older adults. What experts agree on is that states will compensate additional cuts in services if the proposed Federal cuts pass Congress. Follow our link to read the entire NYT article. Plan on Growing Old? Then the Medicaid Debate Affects You By Ron Lieber | New York Times These are the stories we tell ourselves: I will never be poor. I will never be disabled. My Continue Reading

Report Elder Abuse in Massachusetts – Call 1-800-922-2275

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs will centralize the Elder Protective Services abuse reporting system (elder abuse hotline) to a single phone number. The law office of Gosselin & Kyriakidis assists clients with elder care crisis situations. Report Elder Abuse by calling 1-800-922-2275. All calls (day or night, 7 days a week) will go directly to the Massachusetts-based call center at 1-800-922-2275, regardless of the location of the reporter or the elder. Elder-Abuse-hotline Continue Reading

Medicaid Covers 1.4 Million People in Nursing Homes

A combination of longer life spans and spiraling health care costs has left an estimated 64 percent of Americans in nursing homes dependent on Medicaid. Medicaid covers 20% of all Americans, 40% of poor adults and most of the 1.4 million people in nursing homes. On June 22,2017, Senate Republicans proposed steep cuts to Medicaid. Under federal law, state Medicaid programs are required to pay for nursing home care but cuts at the federal level could result in states decreasing the amount they are willing to pay or restrict eligibility for coverage. To read the complete NYT article, follow our Continue Reading

Two-thirds of Medicaid spending is dedicated to older or disabled adults

Medicaid is the largest safety net in the United States for low-income people; it accounts for 1/6 of all health care spending in the United States. Two-thirds of Medicaid spending is dedicated to older or disabled adults – this is mostly dedicated to paying for long-term care services like nursing homes. If the cuts to the American Health Care Act proposed by Congress pass in the Senate, it would cut Medicaid by over $800 billion, the largest single reduction in a social insurance program in the history of the United States. For more information about how these proposed Medicaid cuts Continue Reading

Adapting Your Home to Age in Place

A growing trend among seniors is adapting their homes to their needs as they age so that they may age in place instead of downsizing to a retirement community or assisted living facility. Accessibility and fall risks are what people should focus on as they evaluate their homes – installing ramps to exterior entrances and grab bars in bathrooms, widening doors to accommodate a wheelchair and adapting flooring to decrease falls are only some of the things people should improve in their homes if they want to age in place. Planning to Age in Place? Find a Contractor Now By Continue Reading

Downsizing to Smaller Residence

Are you downsizing to a smaller residence or moving to an assisted living community? Have you accumulated a lot of “stuff” that your grown children don’t want or need? Read this article from the Boston Globe concerning changing trends. Baby boomers are downsizing — and the kids won’t take the family heirlooms  By Beth Teitell | Boston Globe For 30 years, Pat Fryzel stored her children’s memorabilia, and her grandmother’s, too. But when she and her husband downsized, from a large Winchester home to a two-bedroom Boston town house, there was no room for the American Girl dolls or Nana’s Continue Reading

Bereavement policies in the workplace

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s husband, Dave Goldberg, died suddenly while they vacationed in Mexico. In her new book, Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy, San Beth writes of how she coped following her husband’s untimely death. In February, she announced changes to Facebook’s bereavement leave policy so that Facebook employees will have 20 days paid leave to grieve an immediate family member, up to 10 days paid leave to grieve an extended family member and will be able to take 6 weeks to care for a sick relative. Jim Santucci, Executive Director of Kara, a grief counseling Continue Reading

Outpatient rehabilitation suffer fewer post operative complications

Over one million knee and hip operations are performed annually in the United States contributing to rising health care costs. One study concluded that patients discharged to their home with outpatient rehabilitation suffered fewer post operative complications than patients transferred to a rehab facility postoperatively. An Australian study concluded that patients who performed a home exercise program recover just as well as those in rehab facilities. After Knee or Hip Replacement, No Place Like Home By JANE E. BRODY | Read Entire Article Growing numbers of Americans are outliving their joints. More than a million operations are done annually to Continue Reading

Vermont’s remote Northeast Kingdom

A reporter who calls Vermont home researched who owned the seemingly abandoned two acres next to his farm. He was surprised to learn it was owned by Russian exile and Nobel Laureate for Economics, Wassily Leontief then his daughter Svetlana Alpers, noted art historian. When the reporter interviewed his neighbor, Ms. Alpers shared memories of her idyllic childhood summers foraging for strawberries and mushrooms and stargazing. Ms. Alpers loves her land and has told her sons she wants her ashes scattered there. In Vermont’s remote Northeast Kingdom, two acres of mystery By Colin Nickerson | Read entire article On a Continue Reading