AARP wants to know what you think about Medicare, Social Security

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BOSTON — AARP leaders across the country, and in Springfield, today announced the launch of You’ve Earned a Say, a national conversation about strengthening health...

SHINE helps seniors, disabled with Medicare issues and questions

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The SHINE Program (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone) is a Massachusetts health insurance assistance program providing health insurance information, counseling and assistance to Massachusetts residents with Medicare and their caregivers. It is administered by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs along with elder service agencies, social service and community based agencies, and Councils on Aging. The program is partially funded by the federal agency Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Governor Baker’s annual speech and budget reveals strong aging agenda for Massachusetts

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Boston – Governor Charlie Baker delivered his State of the Commonwealth speech in January, and the next day filed his annual budget with the Legislature. Both actions contained good news for older people in Massachusetts.

Fiscal cliff hurts vulnerable Massachusetts seniors

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

Health overhaul confusing Medicare beneficiaries

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By Kelli Kennedy MIAMI — Dear seniors, your Medicare benefits aren’t changing under the Affordable Care Act. That’s the message federal health officials are trying to...

Pre-existing conditions covered under new law

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Insurance companies will no longer be able to drop someone’s health coverage because he or she has a pre-existing condition or requires medical care.

New Medicaid rule could challenge state shift from nursing homes

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For more than 30 years, states have been finding new ways to care for aged and disabled Medicaid beneficiaries without confining them to nursing...

Timeline shows when major changes take place in health law

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“By finding out about what’s in the new law and when the various provisions go into effect, you can make the best decisions for yourself and your family,” said Deborah Banda.

Federal funding finally frees up Home Care wait list

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The funding released was half of what the home care program lost in the early summer, when the supplemental federal funds were delayed by Republican members in the House of Representatives.

Sens. propose spending cap affecting Soc. Sec., Medicare

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Social Security, Medicare and virtually every other federal program would face the budget ax under legislation unveiled Tuesday aimed at forcing Congress to dramatically cut spending over the coming decade.