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News by Topic: Elderly population

Health Risks To Farmworkers Increase As Workforce Ages
Dec 7, 2017 - Discusses the aging farm workforce and factors that may be contributing to this reality. Declining health due to age and years of labor take a toll on farm workers, many of whom do not have private insurance and cannot access Medicaid.
Source: Kaiser Health News
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Paiute Tribe Elders Navigate a Faltering Health Care System
Nov 23, 2017 - Details the difficulties in accessing healthcare faced by elders on the Fort McDermitt Paiute and Shoshone Reservation on the Nevada-Oregon border. Because of the remoteness of the location, tribal members are often faced with long drives to access services. But with 46% of the residents living in poverty, this challenge can seem insurmountable, especially as they age and have greater need for services.
Source: High Country News
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CMS: Medicare Program; CY 2018 Part A Premiums for the Uninsured Aged and for Certain Disabled Individuals Who Have Exhausted Other Entitlement Federal Register
Nov 21, 2017 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing the calendar year (CY) 2018 Medicare Hospital Insurance (Part A) premium for uninsured enrollees who are not otherwise eligible and for certain individuals who have exhausted other entitlement. Effective January 1, 2018, the CY 2018 monthly premium for the uninsured aged and certain disabled individuals is $422, and the reduced premium for certain eligible individuals is $232.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Medicare Program; Medicare Part B Monthly Actuarial Rates, Premium Rates, and Annual Deductible Beginning January 1, 2018 Federal Register
Nov 21, 2017 - Presents the calendar year 2018 monthly actuarial rates for aged and disabled beneficiaries enrolled in part B of the Medicare Supplementary Medical Insurance (SMI) program. Also announces the monthly premium for aged and disabled beneficiaries, the deductible for 2018, and the income-related monthly adjustment amounts to be paid by beneficiaries with modified adjusted gross income above certain threshold amounts. Rates become effective on January 1, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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Senior Suicides Spike, Especially for White Men
Oct 20, 2017 - Highlights the high rates of suicide for older white men in North Carolina, especially those over 85, and discusses some of the possible causes, including social isolation. Also explores a program built to reduce that isolation in one rural community and links to a depression management program for seniors.
Source: North Carolina Health News
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