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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Ambitious timetable for electronic medical records

The Obama administration rolled out an ambitious five-year plan for moving doctors and hospitals to computerized medical records, promising greater safety for patients and lower costs.

Don’t wait for federal benefit checks in the mail

By Stephen Ohlemacher WASHINGTON — Starting next year, the check will no longer be in the mail for millions of people who receive Social Security and...

Elder Abuse is a social pandemic, according to lawmakers

ctor Mickey Rooney told Congress, March 2, that he was left powerless by a family member who took and misused his money. “I felt trapped, scared, used and frustrated,” Rooney told a special Senate committee considering legislation to curb abuses of senior citizens. “But above all, when a man feels helpless, it’s terrible.”

Social Security commissioner to leave in February

WASHINGTON — Social Security Commissioner Michael J. Astrue says he will step down in February after completing his six-year term. Astrue’s departure gives President Barack...

Americans of all ages plan to rely on Social Security

AARP released a new survey report that shows that three in four (75 percent) adults age 18+ rely on or plan to rely on Social Security for their retirement income, including a large majority (62 percent) of younger adults age 18-29.

Possible outcomes in pivotal health care law case

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Mark Sherman
 WASHINGTON — Some are already anticipating the Supreme Court’s ruling on President Barack Obama’s health care law as the “decision...

Trade-offs in raising Medicare eligibility age

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
 WASHINGTON — Americans are living longer, and Republicans want to raise the Medicare eligibility age as part of any deal to reduce the...

Brown won’t say if he supports Medicare overhaul

WASHINGTON — Sen. Scott Brown is refusing to say if he supports turning Medicare into a voucher system, a key part of a House GOP...

Loss of fed. $ means Bay State seniors, caregivers will suffer

“Our vulnerable residents should not be bearing the brunt of budget cut after cut – especially in tough economic times.” — Jessica Costantino, AARP Massachusetts

Aging and mental health conferences to be presented

The Massachusetts Association of Older Americans (MAOA) and the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health are once again partnering for two aging and mental health conferences to be held in Westport and Worcester. It has been a longtime, successful partnership between the organizations as they continue to present four conferences annually, noted MAOA Executive Director Chet Jakubiak.