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    Telephone Scams

    Witnesses testified at a Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing on efforts to combat the proliferation of telephone scams targeting senior citizens. The committee, which was was…

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    Sports Brain Injuries and Aging

    The Senate Special Committee on Aging held a hearing on the link between sports-related brain injuries and developing neurological diseases, such as Alzheimer’s Disease, later in…

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    Senior Entrepreneurship

    Two Senate committees held a hearing on the growing trend of older Americans starting their own businesses. Witnesses testified on ways to reduce barriers for senior-citizen…

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    Future of Long-Term Health Care Policy

    Witnesses testified on the Federal Commission on Long Term Care’s recommended changes to U.S. long-term care financing and delivery system. They focused on the importance of…

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    Senior Citizen Transportation Challenges

    Witnesses testified on transportation challenges facing senior citizens, especially those living in rural areas. Both the witnesses and committee members focused on the retiring baby boom…

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    Current Retirement Outlook

    Witnesses testified on the status of personal savings and pension funds of “baby boom” workers, many of whom cannot retire due to the recession and collapse of the housing…

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    Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program

    Witnesses testified on the quality of information available to participants in the Medicare Part D prescription drug program.

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    Powered Wheel Chairs and Medicare Fraud

    Witnesses testified on prior authorization requirements for power mobility devices (PMD), such as wheel chairs, in Medicare. A 2011 inspector general’s report found that 80…

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    Unemployment Among Older Workers

    Witnesses testified about the findings of a new report on the employment status of older workers since the recession, older workers' financial risks from long-term unemployment, and…

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    Long-Term Health Care Savings

    Witnesses testified on the current long-term care (LTC) system and near-term opportunities for making progress in implementing more cost-effective policy solutions in both the public and…

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    Antipsychotic Drug Prescriptions in Nursing Homes

    Government and private sector officials testified on the use of antipsychotic drugs on dementia patients in nursing homes and long term care facilities. The Food and Drug…

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    Medicare Drug Costs

    Witnesses testified about Medicare prescription drug costs and strategies to lower costs through collective bargaining power. In his remarks, Jonathan Blum said that the Congress must…

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    401(k) and Retirement Security

    The Senate Special Committee on Aging and the Senate Health and Pensions Committees hosted a discussion on 401k accounts and retirement savings. Speakers talked about two new studies,…

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    Federal Assistance to Older Americans

    Witnesses testified about ways to reshape and modernize aging services, including meals, rides and care-giving programs, through the re-authorization of the Older Americans Act.

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    Quality of Care for Alzheimer's Patients

    The Senate Special Committee on Aging held a forum on the current quality of care for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and the impact on their families. They talked…

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    Sustainability of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation

    The Senate Special Aging Committee held a hearing on the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC), the government agency that provides retirement benefits when employers' default on…

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    Alzheimer's Study Group Report

    Members of the Alzheimer’s Study Group (ASG) spoke about their final report which they had just delivered to the Senate Special Aging Committee. The National Alzheimer’s…

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    National Alzheimer's Strategic Plan

    The Alzheimer’s Study Group (ASG) released their final report, the National Alzheimer’s Strategic Plan, to assess the adequacy of current efforts to combat Alzheimer’s…

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    Medicare Call Center Issues

    A hearing was held about persistent customer problems at 1-800-Medicare call centers, including long wait times, disconnected calls and incorrect information dispensed by 1-800-Medicare…

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    Saving for Retirement

    The Senate Special Aging Committee held a hearing on improving the ways Americans can save for their retirement. The hearing focused on the need to protect and strengthen 401(k)…

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