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Learn about and keep up with the latest changes in Social Security, Medicare and other issues important to older Americans.
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Probe Reveals Substandard Care in Nursing Homes
Quality of medical care in US nursing homes decreasing, government probe shows.

Older US Women Could Face Financial Risk, GAO Reports
Changes in marriage and work patters could place some retired US women at financial risk, the GAO reports.

HHS to Assist Elder LGBT Community
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced plans to create the nation's first center dedicated to helping states and communities provide support and services for older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals.

Elder Justice Act Sees Congress Again
While the U.S. Congress has created laws addressing child abuse and crimes against women, not a single piece of legislation dealing directly with abuse of elderly persons has ever been passed. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) hopes to change that with passage of his bill S. 2010, the Elder Justice Act of 2005.

Wanted: Baby Boomers for National Service
How do you get America's 77 million baby boomers to volunteer for national service programs? For starters, it will take a "big commitment from nonprofit groups, business, and government," according to David Eisner, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Medicare Revises Obesity Coverage Policy
A simple revision to a government policy manual may at last make it possible for seniors and disabled Americans to have treatments for diseases related to obesity covered under Medicare.

Social Security Primer
Without Social Security, up to 50 percent of American senior citizens would live in poverty. Learn about the types of benefits Social Security provides and how to apply for them. From your About Guide.

Medicare Primer
Let’s see... is that Medicare, or Medicaid? Medicaid comes from your state. Medicare is the federal program currently providing health insurance to over 39 million people. Find out about Medicare benefits and qualifications.

About the EEOC's Retiree Health Benefit Rule
U.S. employers could reduce or eliminate health benefits for their retired employees who qualify for Medicare under a new federal rule proposed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Here are the background and facts surrounding this controversial action that could affect the health benefits of millions of American retirees.

Details of Medicare Prescription Drug Plan
This article presents the most current information regarding the Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003 that you will need to help you make the best decisions regarding your Medicare coverage.

About Medicare-approved Drug Discount Cards
As early as May 2004, almost anyone with Medicare will be eligible to enroll in the new Medicare-approved drug discount card program. The discount cards will be good until at least December 31, 2005, when Medicare’s new comprehensive prescription drug benefit starts.

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