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Family and Friends are the Invisible Workforce in Long-term Care

Informal caregiving continues in nursing homes, assisted living.

If You’re Still Working When You Turn 65, Be Sure to Avoid Costly Mistakes with Medicare

Workers who are nearing age 65 and have health insurance through their job may want to consider how Medicare could factor into their medical coverage. While not everyone must sign up for Medicare at that age of eligibility, many are required to enroll — or otherwise face lifelong late-enrollment penalties.

Historic Increase in Food Stamps Benefits is on the Way

Benefits will jump more than 25% above pre-pandemic levels, on average, starting in October — the largest increase in the program’s history, the Biden administration announced.

Where Long-Term Care Reform Goes Now

Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-NY) is about to introduce a bill to create a public, catastrophic long-term care insurance program. It is likely to be similar to a 2018 measure proposed by House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and a 2016 proposal by the Long-Term Care Financing Collaborative.

Better Care Better Jobs Act (S. 2210)

The vast majority of Americans would prefer to receive services and supports at home. Today, over 3.5 million older adults and people with disabilities receive Medicaid HCBS. Though all states provide coverage for some HCBS services, eligibility and benefit standards vary, leading to significant variation and gaps in coverage.