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Faith-Based Family Foundation Provides Support to Nonprofits

Funding supports religious, scientific, literary, humanitarian or educational projects. The foundation supports general operating expenses as well as specific projects...

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SNAP Grant Replaces Leaky Roof for Elderly Homeowner

Twenty five years ago, Lula Hulett replaced her roof not thinking about the longevity of her new shingles. Year after year, the elements wore on the roof of her Houston, TX home. Then, in the aftermath of a recent rain storm, Hulett realized she could wait no longer to replace her leaky roof. "...

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LaFayette Parish Law Enforcement Sponsors 'Senior Survival Day'

The LaFayette (LA) Parish TRIAD and Seniors & Law Enforcement Together Council are partnering to provide area seniors with the skills they need to face some of today's emerging challenges.

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(CHINESE DRYWALL) Company Introduces New Treatment for Chinese Drywall

The AbShield fix comes at a time when tens of thousands of homeowners -- many of them retirees who purchased homes in or near Sun Belt retirement communities -- have been forced from their houses as a result of the odor-emitting Chinese drywall product.

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(CHINESE DRYWALL) HUD Eyes Remediation Plan for Homeowners Affected by Toxic Drywall

Guidelines that will allow use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) money to help homeowners pay for renovations of homes plagued with toxic Chinese drywall are on the drawing board at the Department of Housing & Urban Development. This intervention by HUD comes as welcome news to thousands of retirees whose Sun Belt retirement homes have been rendered virtually uninhabitable by the suspect drywall.

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(RETIREMENT HOMES) U.S. House of Representatives Reacts To Drywall Findings

Lawmakers in the House of Representatives have approves legislation aimed at addressing the growing toxic drywall problem, but the measure is only a prelude to possible rescue legislation that could emerge early next year.

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Deadline Approaches for Senior Medicare Patrol Grants

The deadline for grant applications for the 2009 Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) Program is fast approaching. March 13 is the closing date for this significant funding opportunity.

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Campgrounds, RV Resorts Catering to 'Snowbirds' Report 2009 Business Consistent with 2008

The continuing allure of private parks is good news for many Sunbelt cities, whose economies thrive on the annual influx of winter visitors, though some seniors have cut back on meals out and other expenses. With a volatile stock market and a daily barrage of negative economic reports, one might expect "snowbirds" -- i.e., retirees in northern states -- to forego their annual trek south to private campgrounds and RV resorts across the Sunbelt.

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Campgrounds, RV Resorts Catering to 'Snowbirds' Report 2009 Business Consistent with 2008

The continuing allure of private parks is good news for many Sunbelt cities, whose economies thrive on the annual influx of winter visitors, though some seniors have cut back on meals out and other expenses. With a volatile stock market and a daily barrag

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Hurricane Grant Guidelines Now Available

The Internal Revenue Service has just released a notice designed to help eligible homeowners who received federal reimbursement grants stemming from Hurricanes Katrina, Rita or Wilma take advantage of a new tax provision.

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No One Feels Great, But Elderly Are Safe in Wake of Gulf Hurricanes

Few if any of the approximately 5,000 elderly evacuated from the Houston-Galveston area before Hurricane Ike hit early Saturday morning are feeling comfortable, but there have been no reported deaths and the disaster plans have been implemented with no major foul-ups.

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Home Locators Respond To Crisis

Several independent house and apartment locators nationwide are pumping their data into the Department of Housing & Urban Development's National Housing Locator (NCL) to accelerate temporary housing opportunities for thousands of victims of Hurricane Ike. The locators offer their services to HUD whenever a state of emergency is declared, which in turn, eliminates duplications before the housing is posted on NCL.

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Early Successful Evacuations Result In Low Hurricane Death Toll

Early and successful evacuations appear to have led to the low death toll of eight people as of 8 p.m. EDT, Sept. 14, from Hurricane Ike in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas. "We’re looking like everything is in pretty good shape statewide," Cecilia Federov, press officer for the Texas Dept. of Aging & Disability Services (DADS), tells Aging News Alert. "We have not seen any further evacuations."

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McCormick Foundation, Partners Launch Hurricane Ike Disaster Relief Campaign

The Chicago-based McCormick Foundation has teamed up with the Chicago Tribune, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Colorado Rockies, CW11 New York (WPIX-TV), the Denver Newspaper Agency, Fox 61 Hartford (WTIC-TV), KTLA-TV Los Angeles, Newsday, North County Times, and WGN Radio 720 AM to raise money for victims of Hurricane Ike, which has battered the Texas coast and is working its way across the state.

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Rescue Operations Begin In Wake Of Hurricane Ike

Rescue teams have begun moving in and helping thousands of people in coastal regions of southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana who refused to evacuate in advance of Hurricane Ike’s landfall. The eye of the Category 2 storm roared ashore near the Galveston-Houston area early Saturday morning, bringing with it a storm surge generating a wall of water 20-25-feet high.

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Taxpayers In Area Threatened By Ike have Until Sept. 22 To File Corporate, Individual Estimated Taxes

Taxpayers and tax preparers affected in coming days by Hurricane Ike will have an extra seven days to file corporate tax returns and third-quarter estimated taxes otherwise due on Monday, Sept. 15, Internal Revenue Service officials said Friday (Sept. 12). Hurricane Ike is expected to make landfall on the Gulf Coast of Texas, not far from Houston, by early Saturday morning (Sept. 13).

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HHS Provides State Assistance To Prepare For Hurricane Ike

The Department of Health & Human Services has activated more than 1,600 agency personnel to assist Gulf states in preparing for and responding to Hurricane Ike, including support for medical evacuations which began late Wednesday night and continues today in Corpus Christi, TX. In preparation for Hurricane Ike, HHS has activated the National Disaster Medical System, a federally coordinated operation that can assist state and local officials in dealing with major disasters.

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Vitamin B12 May Protect The Brain In Old Age

Vitamin B12, a nutrient found in meat, fish and milk, may protect against brain volume loss in older people, according to a study published in the Sept. 9 issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. For the study, 107 people between the ages of 61 and 87 underwent brain scans, memory testing and physical exams. Researchers also collected blood samples to check vitamin B12 levels. Brain scans and memory tests were also performed again five years later.

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Gustav Evacuees Returning, But Officials Concerned About More Evacuations

State offices on aging in Gulf Coast states affected by Hurricane Gustav are evaluating the impact of evacuations as people return and are very concerned about continuing storm activity in the area. "If we have to evacuate again in a couple of days it will take a huge toll, especially on the elderly," Margaret McGarity, program monitor in the Louisiana Governor’s Officer of Elderly Affairs, tells Aging News Alert.

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Gustav Evacuees Returning to Unknown Conditions

Although Hurricane Gustav evacuees in Gulf Coast states, including the elderly who reside in nursing homes, are being allowed by authorities to return to their homes, there has been no comprehensive assessment of how much damage the storm did and the condition their residences. Meanwhile, the state officials are carefully analyzing weather information to assess whether another evacuation may be required.

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HHS Program To Improve Disaster Assistance

The Department of Health & Human Services is implementing the Disaster Case Management demonstration program to make it easier for disaster victims to obtain a wide range of assistance and socialcservices. The program will aid people from the Louisiana parishes covered under President Bush's disaster declaration related to Hurricane Gustav.

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President, HHS Secy. Respond To Hurricane Gustav With State of Emergency Declaration

Are you affected by Hurricane Gustav? Need information about applicable waivers and modifications? Here's what you need to know.

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United Way 2008 Hurricane Recovery Fund Established

United Way has launched the United Way 2008 Hurricane Recovery Fund to support long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts throughout the states that have been devastated by the intense 2008 hurricane season. Several Gulf Coast states have been severely affected by Hurricane Gustav, with thousands of people evacuated and untold destruction to homes and businesses. People throughout Florida and other Southeast states are now bracing for Hurricane Hanna, with other major storms immediately following.

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'Doughnut Hole' Has Serious Consequences, Study Finds

Kaiser Foundation CEO Drew Altman says the so-called "doughnut hole" coverage gap in the Medicare Part D prescription drug program "has consequences from some patients with serious health conditions," something a new president and Congress should keep in mind if they consider changes to the program....

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Part D Premiums to Rise 12% in 2009

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announce a 12% increase to $28 a month in Part D premiums for 2009 but the agency press release leads with the fact it is 37% lower than the $44.12 that was forecasted when the Medicare Modernization Act was passed in 2003.     &n...

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HUD Has Funds for Emergency Capital Repair

               Agency: Housing & Urban Development Dept. Program: Emergency Capital Repair. Eligibility: Private, nonprofit owners of Sec. 202 direct loan projects with or without Sec. 8 rental assistance; Sec. 202 capital adv...

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Bayou State Sees Establishment Of Second PACE Center

Louisiana's efforts to improve the quality of care for aging and elderly citizens took another step forward this month with the Aug. 1 opening of a second location offering PACE services. PACE, or Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, offers seniors a variety of services to address medical, social and personal care needs.

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Flu Vaccine May Not Protect Seniors All That Well, Study Finds

The flu vaccine might not protect seniors as much as previously thought, finds the authors of a study of more than 3,500 patients over age 65. The researchers found no link between flu vaccination and risk of pneumonia during three flu seasons.

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Group Takes CMS To Task Over DME Accreditation Cancellation

The American Association for Homecare is staunchly opposing a decision by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to cancel the accreditation deadline for durable medical equipment (DME) providers in the 70 metropolitan areas throughout the United States designated for Round Two of the Medicare competitive bidding program. CMS said last week that it was canceling its Jan. 14, 2009 accreditation deadline for DME or home medical equipment providers in the 70 metropolitan areas that were to be included in Round Two of the recently postponed bidding program.

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Seniors Considering Reverse Mortgages To Benefit From Housing Legislation

Landmark housing legislation (HR 3221) passed by Congress this weekend will make substantial improvements to the federally-insured reverse mortgage program and greatly benefit senior homeowners who may want to utilize home equity to help finance their retirement years.

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Thousands Struck Down By Summer Heat; Mostly Poor, Elderly

About 6,200 Americans are hospitalized each summer due to excessive heat, and those at highest risk are poor, uninsured and/or elderly, according to the latest numbers from the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality. About 180 people who were hospitalized for heat exposure died in 2005, the AHRQ analysis shows.

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Study Seeks Long-Lived Families for Answers

More and more people are living longer. But living to extreme old age is unusual and tends to run in some families. A new study, supported by the National Institute on Aging aims to learn more about the secrets to long healthy life, and investigators are seeking long-lived families to help study this important question.

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Breadwinning Boomers Responsible For Multi-Generational Brand Decisions, Study Finds

With 40 and 50-somethings at or near the peak of their earning potential and typically having several financial dependants ranging from small children to elderly parents, this prime adult demographic is making the majority of the household spending decisions, according to cable network TV Land's new study, "Generation BUY: A Close Look at the Boomer Consumer."

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Survey Finds Considerable Room For Workers Over 50

A new AARP national survey has found that workers age 50 and over are satisfied with employer-based training programs offered to them (79%), and they participate in those programs in large numbers. But while two-thirds (67% of workers questioned online said that they received all of the training th...

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Stark: GAO Finds MA Plans Earned Over $1 Billion In Additional Profits

Ways & Means health subcommittee Chairman Pete Stark (D-CA) has unveiled a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) showing that private Medicare Advantage (MA) plans spent less than they projected in their 2005 bids on medical care for beneficiaries, which in turn earned them $1.14 billion in additional profits over what was expected.

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Centers Will Focus on the Economics of Aging

Funds create research and development centers focusing on the areas of demography and economics of aging, including relevant interdisciplinary areas rooted in population-based social science research.

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Government Could Encourage More Employers To Offer IRAs, Says GAO

Several barriers may discourage employers from establishing employer-sponsored Individual Retirement Accounts and offering payroll-deduction IRAs to their employees, finds the Government Accountability Office in a new report.

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Senate OKs $3.1 Trillion Budget Resolution; No Proposed Medicare/Medicaid Cuts

The Senate on a 48-45 vote approves a $3.1 trillion FY 2009 budget resolution, which includes significant spending hikes for domestic programs and ignores the Bush administration's proposed funding reductions for Medicare and Medicaid.

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Details Of Senate GOP Medicare Package Begin To Emerge

The Senate Republican Medicare package will continue the 0.5% increase in the Medicare physician fee schedule through Dec. 31, and it will provide an additional 1.1% update for 2009, as recommended by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission.

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AoA Seeking Applications For Older Americans Act Projects

The Department of Health & Human Services' Administration on Aging is accepting applications for proposed projects that advance the purposes of Title IV of the Older Americans Act, the AoA strategic plan, and the AoA mission. The deadline for submitting applications is June 30.

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More Nonprofits Using Due Diligence In Board Member Selection Process

Heightened scrutiny and transparency requirements from the IRS and state agencies have raised the stakes for not-for-profit organizations when it comes to board member selection. A growing number of organizations are undertaking due diligence in assessing candidates for board memberships.

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National Ad Campaign Highlights Patient Ratings For Hospitals

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services is launching the first national print advertising campaign focusing on the quality of care available in the nation's hospitals.

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Research Funding To Study Rejuvenating The Aged Immune System

The National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) seek Research Project Grant applications from organizations that want to study the biology of thymic involution and the decline of naive T cell production, differentiation, and function in the aged population. The deadline for applications is June 18.

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CMS Zapped by GAO For Its Inability To Ensure Nursing Home Quality

The Government Accountability Office has just released report focusing on the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services' apparent inability to accurately monitor the effectiveness of states in ensuring nursing home quality of care.

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Senators Push Bill To House Gulf Coast Seniors

Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Thad Cochran (R-MS), and Roger Wicker (R-MS) have introduced a bill to address the shortage of housing for Gulf Coast low-income seniors and disabled people who were displaced as a result of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

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Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Program

HUD is making grant funding available for its Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Program. The deadline for applications is July 10, 2008. The award ceiling is $431.706 million.

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Senators Push Bill To Exempt Certain Rehab Services From CMS Bidding Program

Sens. Tim Johnson (D-SD), Olympia Snowe (R-ME), and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) are pushing proposed legislation that would exempt complex rehabilitative services from the new Medicare equipment bidding program.

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New Index Shows What It Takes To Age With Dignity

Wider Opportunities for Women, a Washington, DC-based organization working to build pathways to economic independence for America's families, women and girls, is poised to launch the Elder Economic Security Index, a geographically based measure of the income older Americans need to age with dignity.

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Martha Stewart Testimony Inspires Optimism at Hearing on Elder Care

Martha Stewart, founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, describes for lawmakers how caring for her aging mother led her to become deeply committed to easing the difficulties associated with caring for the elderly.

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Prior Determination Of Medicare Coverage Needed For Some Items, Services

In order for Medicare and Medicare contractors to cover medical services and items, the item or service must be medically necessary for the diagnosis or treatment of an illness or injury, say experts at the Center for Medicare Advocacy (CMA) in Washington, DC.

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Bill Would Protect Seniors' Investments

Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI), chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, and Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) have introduced a bill that would give states the resources necessary to protect seniors from unscrupulous financial advisors who prey on the retirement savings of the elderly by touting misleading or fraudulent "senior designations."

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Americans Living Longer, Greater Health & Prosperity But Disparities Remain

Average life expectancy continues to increase, and today's older Americans enjoy better health and financial security than any previous generation. However, rates of gain are inconsistent between the genders and across age brackets, income levels and racial and ethnic groups, find the authors of a new report.

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Calendar of Events - Spring, Summer 2008

Interested in attending aging-related events? Here's the 2008 Calendar of Events for Spring & Summer at a glance

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Aging Revolution Summit Slated for Sept. 25 in Philly

Wesley Enhanced Living, an innovative CCRC provider, will host the second-annual Aging Revolution Summit, a unique conference experience for the aging services industry.

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New Orleans Seniors To Get New Affordable Housing Community

Hundreds of elderly New Orleans residents displaced by Hurricane Katrina will soon be able to return home to the Crescent City thanks to the efforts of Volunteers of America.

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Stenting, Photodynamic Therapy Improves Survival in Late Stage Liver Cancer Patients

A combined therapeutic approach of stenting and photodynamic therapy may improve survival rates for patients suffering from advanced liver bile duct cancer, according to a new study.

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AFA Has $30,000 for Innovative Programs

The Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) seeks applications for the Brodsky Grant, a $30,000 award for an innovative program or service improving the lives of those affected by Alzheimer's.

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High Rates of Poverty Persist Among Older Women

Women are nearly twice as likely to be poor as men as they reach pre-retirement and retirement ages, and African-American women are nearly three times more likely than white women to be poor by pre-retirement and retirement ages, finds a new study from AARP's Public Policy Institute.

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Unique Social Network Targets 45+ Demographic

Bolder Broadcasting Inc., an Orlando, FL-based content provider specializing in the 45+ market, launches GrowingBolder.com, a unique online community for men and women (we daren't use the "O" word here) interested in living life to its fullest.

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Survey Finds Boomers Confused About Medicare

New research from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners shows many baby boomers -- the first wave of which turns 62 this year -- are confused about their post-retirement health insurance options, including their Medicare eligibility.

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Survey Shows States Embracing E-Health Initiatives

A new Commonwealth Fund report describes the range of state e-health activities, the challenges states are facing, and emerging best practices.

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White House Eyes Overhauling Healthcare In Response To Medicare 'Trigger'

The Bush White House is poised to propose legislation aimed at eliminating excessive Medicare spending, thus reducing reliance upon the so-called "Medicare funding warning" provision contained in the Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement & Modernization Act of 2003.

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FDA Approves Drug-Eluting Stent for Clogged Heart Arteries

The Food & Drug Admin. has approved the Endeavor Zotarolimus-Eluting Coronary Stent for use in treating patients with narrowed coronary arteries, the blood vessels supplying the heart.

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CDC Funds State Arthritis Efforts

The funding is designed to help build state arthritis programs that exponentially expand access and use of evidence-based interventions.

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CMS To Toughen Enrollment Rules for DMEPOS

CMS wants to toughen enrollment standards for suppliers of durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS).

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More Web-Based Resources on Aging

Here are two more handy Web-based resources designed to help seniors.

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CDC Issues Funding Opportunity for Arthritis Programs

CDC has issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement marking the beginning of a new phase for state arthritis programs.

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Proposals Sought for Programs to Strengthen Geriatrics Training

The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation has issued a Call for Proposals from U.S. medical schools for Comprehensive Programs to Strengthen the Training in Geriatrics of Medical Students, Residents, and/or Practicing Physicians.

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CMSA Unveils Online Senior Housing Locator

In an effort to meet the rapidly growing need for appropriate senior housing, the Case Management Society of America (CMSA) has launched the CMSA Senior Housing Locator, an online senior housing navigational tool developed by SNAPforSeniors.

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Treasury Dept. Addresses Social Security Reform

The Treasury Dept.'s latest brief focuses on ways to assess the fairness of potential reforms and the adequacy of benefits in a financially sustainable Social Security system.

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Rule Would Let Low-Income Rx Plan Beneficiaries Pay Zero Premiums

CMS has proposed a regulation that would allow Medicare drug benefit plans to offer reduced premiums to beneficiaries who qualify for the program's low-income subsidy. The eligible plans would be located in regions where there are fewer than five "zero-premium" plans available.

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Appropriate Use of Anti-Depressants by Nursing Home Residents

Nursing homes must ensure depressed residents get the medication they need while also guarding against the indiscriminate use of antidepressants to treat individual symptoms that may be unrelated to depression.

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Did Boomers Get What They Wanted from Santa?

What did big-spending baby boomers want Santa to leave in their stockings? Age Lessons, a boomer think tank, conducted an analysis of issues and trends impacting boomers in 2007 and compiled a top-10 list of most-wanted items.

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CMS Proposes Policy for CPAP Therapy

CMS is proposing to extend Medicare coverage for continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices to include beneficiaries who have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea as a result of a Type II, III, or IV home sleep test.

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Another Stopgap Spending Law Emerges

Unable to come to terms among themselves over an FY 2008 spending plan, lawmakers adopt a seven-day continuing resolution to keep the government operating through Dec. 21, the day Congress is set to adjourn for the year.

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Relatives as Parents Program

The Brookdale Foundation has announced a new funding opportunity for Relatives as Parents program, which is designed to encourage and promote the creation or expansion of services for grandparents and other relatives who have taken on the responsibility of surrogate parenting due to the absence of the parents.

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Committee Leadership Seeks SBA Intervention to Delay Bidding Program

The chairman and ranking member of the U.S. House Small Business Committee's subcommittee on Investigation & Oversight have sent a letter SBA Administrator Steven Preston asking SBA to "intervene with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to delay implementation of the final rule on competitive bidding for DMEPOS until the Office of Advocacy can sufficiently assess the economic impact of the rule on small businesses."

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Grassely Probes Evangelists' Nonprofit Status

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), ranking member of the Finance Committee, sent letters to six media-based ministries seeking information regarding expenses, executive compensation, amenities given to executives, and board governance.

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Survey Shows Growing Expenses, Stress Levels for Caregivers

A new survey shows respondents had an estimated annual out-of-pocket expense of $5,531 -- more than 10% of the median income of the group, which was $43,026.

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Elderly Most Affected by Hurricanes; Efforts Under Way to Protect Them

   Louisiana: The elderly were the most affected population by the Gulf Coast hurricanes of 2005 and strong efforts are under way to ensure that does not happen when the next emergency occurs.   A new report by a group of pathologists at Louisiana State U. found that 64% of 1,500...

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