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HUD’s Embrace Of RAD Begins To Crumble


HUD officials are rushing frantically to get as much of the Rental Assistance Demonstration program into place as possible before lawmakers fully understand the program’s potential pitfalls. The program has been especially helpful to low-income elderly Americans.

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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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Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS), chairman of the Agriculture Committee is pushing for a Senate floor vote this coming week on a compromise farm. He told reporters that a deal reached by congressional negotiators treats the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), a program of high importance to low- and moderate-income seniors, in much the same way as the bipartisan Senate bill's status quo approach.
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Older patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) often aren’t healthy enough to receive intensive chemotherapy, and gentler treatments aren’t very effective in treating this aggressive blood cancer. But a new option – a combination of a standard drug and the novel agent venetoclax – has been granted accelerated approval by the Food and Drug Administration for such patients after a large, multicenter phase 1 clinical trial showed the combination had “promising efficacy” and was well tolerated in older AML patients.
Congressional Democrats are preparing to descend hard on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Both Senate and House lawmakers are signaling their interest in at least halting the Trump administration’s dismantling of the agency’s prerogatives, if not reversing them.
As Baby Boomers enter the over 65 age bracket at an alarming rate (10,000 each day), the concern for older drivers’ safety and independence is greater now than at any time in our history. Adults 65 and older make up more than 16% of all licensed drivers nationwide.
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With lawmakers spinning their wheels in the first week back to work following the mid-term elections, little was accomplished other than ousted and retiring lawmakers readying their swan-song speeches, newcomers jockeying for position on the sidelines, and members figuring out what to do in the three weeks left of the lame-duck session following the week-long Thanksgiving respite.

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