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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Silver Alert response for lost elders signed into law

Modeled after the highly successful AMBER Alert program run by the Massachusetts State Police, Silver Alert will ensure that the critical communications infrastructure is utilized to coordinate and focus search efforts of numerous state and local agencies, as well as civilian organizations, when responding to an incident involving an adult with serious memory impairment.

Gov. Patrick signs 10-day interim budget

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick has signed a $1.25 billion stopgap budget to keep state government operating while lawmakers complete work on a final spending...

Labor Secy. Solis on National Employ Older Workers Week

“This week we celebrate the continued contributions of America’s older workers. It is also a time to get word to every employer about the importance and benefits of hiring these seasoned professionals. After all, experience — coupled with a solid work ethic and strong decision making skills — makes for excellent job candidates.”

Study finds raising Medicare age would shift costs

By Mary Agnes Carey Raising Medicare’s eligibility age by two years would save the federal government $7.6 billion but those costs —and more — would...

Fiscal cliff hurts vulnerable Massachusetts seniors

BOSTON – At a time when many older people in Massachusetts are struggling to pay their grocery bills, the Fiscal Cliff automatic cuts — -if...

Congress puts off cuts to doctor Medicare payments

The House, in approving by voice vote the bill passed by the Senate earlier this month, postponed a 23 percent cut in doctors’ pay scheduled to take effect Dec. 1. That gives lawmakers a month to come up with a longer-term plan to overhaul a system that in recent years has bedeviled Congress, angered doctors and jeopardized health care for 46 million elderly and disabled.

Massachusetts elders face worst “independence gap” in nation

By Al Norman March roared in like a lion with the release of a report by a national group called Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW),...

Massachusetts ranked as healthiest state in the nation for older adults

Boston - Massachusetts is the healthiest state in the nation for older adults, according to the recently released 2016 America’s Health Rankings Senior Report. This is the fourth year the comprehensive analysis of senior population health was published by the United Health Foundation. Last year Massachusetts was ranked sixth.

Resources available to help Bay State residents afford prescriptions

BOSTON — Bay State residents age 50 and older continue to be affected by prescription drug sticker shock, with the majority reporting major problems paying...

Walmart drug plan for seniors may not be best deal

But experts say if you can’t get to a Walmart easily and need costly, cutting-edge medications, it could be a disappointment. You could face copayments as high as 50 percent for drugs purchased at local independent drugstores, “non-preferred” pharmacies as far as the plan goes.