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Group Wants Medicare Unlinked From Social Security

Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF), a conservative organization based in St. Paul, MN, is urging President Donald Trump to allow senior citizens to voluntarily opt out of Medicare -- without losing their Social Security benefits.

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Opioids Legislation Seen Coming Up Short Of Real Needs

House and Senate leaders have completed negotiations on bipartisan, bicameral opioids legislation -- HR 6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act. The final bill contains many helpful reforms and negotiators wisely avoided providing a last-minute bailout to the pharmaceutical industry. Congress did not, however, authorize the significant federal resources -- particularly through Medicaid -- that are truly needed to end the unprecedented epidemic of substance use disorder (SUD) across the country.

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AARP to SEC: Clean Up Your Act, Protect Investors

When the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) opened the comment period for its proposed Regulation Best Interest Rules this past April, it probably was unaware that it was stirring the proverbial hornets' nest at the nation’s largest advocacy organization for older Americans. After all, ...

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Opposition to Latest ACA Repeal Effort Grows Louder

Two more organizations advocating for older Americans are joining the growing chorus of voices opposed to the latest Republican-led effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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Groups Object to Inaccuracies in 2019 Medicare Guide

Three major advocacy groups representing the interests of seniors are taking strong exception to what they describe as “serious inaccuracies” in the draft version of the government-produced guidebook for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries.

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Here’s Help on How to Navigate the Complexities of SSI

Why do some people receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits only receive $500 a month instead of $750? In many cases, the reason is “in-kind support and maintenance."

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Advocacy Groups Launch Watchdog Website to Monitor Mulvaney

The site is supposed to serve as a “one-stop” educational resource for consumers, media, advocacy organizations, and decision-makers about the purported undermining of consumer financial protections by political appointees to the CFPB.

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New Guidebook Helps Explain Intricacies of SSI

As more seniors struggle to make ends meet in today’s economy, getting access to SSI can help low-income seniors escape deep poverty and avoid or move out of homelessness.

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Brief Discusses Issues with LTC Third-Party Payees

A representative payee is a third party who is authorized to receive and manage Social Security payments for a beneficiary who isn’t able to do so for themselves. Often, a creditor, such as a nursing facility or other residential facility can be appointed by the Social Security Administration (SSA) to act as a representative payee.

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Advocacy Organizations Opposed to Congressional Tax Plan

More than 50 organizations concerned about access to affordable, high-quality health care and long-term services and supports for older adults, people with disabilities, and their families, have sent letters to congressional leaders in both the House and the Senate in opposition to the tax bill that is likely to be voted on in the coming week.

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