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Advocacy Groups Sue Florida Over Alleged ADA Violations

A class-action lawsuit filed against Florida's Agency for Health Care Administration asserts the state's management of its Medicaid long-term care system violates Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. By perpetuating the institutionalization and segregation of older adults and p...

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Transportation Issues Frustrate Growing Elderly, Disabled Population

A newly released national poll finds that older adults and people with disabilities are facing significant transportation-related challenges once they no longer drive. They feel there is a lack of accessible and reliable transportation alternatives, which prevents them from doing the things they need and want to do and leaves them feeling frustrated, isolated and trapped.

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Biases Found In Widely Used Dementia Identification Tests

Quick tests used in primary care settings to identify whether people are likely to have dementia may often be wrong, according to a newly published study. The tests, called brief cognitive assessments, evaluate thinking and memory skills. They help doctors decide who may benefit from a full diagnostic assessment for dementia.

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Senate Committee on Aging Tackles Guardianship Issues

The Senate Aging Committee has been alerted of appalling stories from Americans across the country regarding abusive guardianships that take advantage of vulnerable individuals.

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Majority Of Chronic Pulmonary Patients Unaware Of Rehab

Sixty-two percent of people diagnosed with chronic pulmonary disorders have never heard of pulmonary rehabilitation -- an effective non-pharmacological treatment option covered by Medicare and private insurance -- according to a new survey by the American Thoracic Society (ATS).

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Price Controls Seen Harming Drug Discovery and Innovation

So you agree with President Trump that price controls could be a good way to lower the cost of prescription drugs? A new report from one of the world’s foremost science and technology think tanks says otherwise.

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Preexisting Conditions Coverage Threatened By GOP Actions

If insurance companies are permitted to exclude preexisting conditions from health insurance coverage, beneficiaries could end up paying thousands of dollars in increased out-of-pocket fees -- especially those people suffering from asthma, arthritis, cancer, diabetes, and high blood pressure, according to a startling new report.

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New International Collaboration Supports Caregivers

Embracing Carers, an international initiative designed to increase awareness and action about the often-overlooked needs of caregivers, unveils a new collaboration with Can Do Multiple Sclerosis to fill the shortage of resources focused on the unique needs, concerns, and unmet challenges of MS care partners.

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Few MA Plan Members Know About CMS Star-Rating System

In response to a recent survey, only 22% of Medicare Advantage plan members with chronic conditions said they were familiar with the Star rating system used by CMS.

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How Important For Seniors Is Election Day, Nov. 6?

If you want to know how high the stakes are on Election Day, just check out the views of three Republican congressional candidates ... Rep. Steve Knight (R- CA), Rep. Eddie Edwards (R-NH), and Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ) .

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