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News by Topic: Elderly population

Nov 24, 2023 - Highlights disparities in cost of health insurance for rural and urban residents. Discusses contributors to the disparity such as rural healthcare reimbursement rates, patient volume, employment benefits, and age.
Source: Nevada Current
Nov 22, 2023 - Discusses rural food insecurity for elderly Arkansas residents. The Good Food Rx initiative offers qualifying seniors free food, food delivery, cooking classes, and more. Highlights both transportation barriers and isolation for elderly residents.
Source: Rural Health Voices
Nov 8, 2023 - The Census Bureau is seeking nominations to serve on the National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations (NAC). The NAC provides advice to the Director of the Census Bureau on the economic, housing, demographic, socioeconomic, linguistic, technological, methodological, geographic, behavioral, and operational variables affecting the cost, accuracy, and implementation of Census Bureau programs and surveys, including the decennial census. The committee aims to have balanced representation among its members in terms of geography, age, sex, race, ethnicity, technical expertise, community involvement, and knowledge of Census Bureau programs. Nominations are due by January 10, 2024.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 31, 2023 - Highlights the shortage of professional caregivers in Washington, particularly in rural areas. Discusses the role informal caregivers play in filling that gap along with the costs associated with caregiving.
Source: KUOW, NPR
Oct 12, 2023 - Announcement of bipartisan legislation to increase the charitable mileage tax deduction rate for volunteer drivers. Notes the role volunteer drivers play in supporting access to meals and healthcare in rural areas, particularly for the elderly, people with disabilities, veterans, and others.
Source: Office of Senator Amy Klobuchar
Oct 8, 2023 - Describes challenges with aging in place in rural Kansas and Missouri. Discusses access to healthcare due to workforce shortages, informal caregiving, availability of human services, and access to long-term care facilities.
Source: KCUR, Flatland
Oct 5, 2023 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is seeking scientific information submissions to inform its review on Evidence Map on Home and Community Based Services. Includes background information and key questions related to the review. The full research protocol is available for review on the AHRQ website. Submissions are due by November 6, 2023.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 2, 2023 - Describes the impact of a rural labor and delivery department closure on a hospital in nearby urban North Carolina. Notes that the regional population is both growing and aging so an increase in healthcare services is expected in the coming years. Discusses understaffed facilities that would be stretched by a required increase in services.
Source: ABC 11