Health Bill 2.0 Hits Older Hardest
A 64-year-old with annual income of $26,500 is now paying $1,700 in premiums. Under the proposed law, this rises to $13,600 in a state making “moderate” changes to their health exchange. In a state without waivers, this will rise to $16,100.
For the overall US population, premiums will fall because policies would offer fewer benefits. Sicker people would leave the market because they wouldn’t be able to afford insurance. This accounts for the reduction in total insurance costs. (NPR).
Tool Kit for Educating Against Elder Abuse
Next month is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Organizations can talk about elder abuse using the Frameworks Institute Toolkit.
In-Home Care: Data Show Reduced Hospital Readmissions
Doing more than one home visit in the first 7 days after leaving the hospital is a huge factor in reducing patient readmissions to hospitals.
1 home health visit in the first week led to 36.4% readmissions
2 home health visits in first week led to 15.5% readmissions
3 home health visits led to 11.4% readmissions (Home Health Care News)
Great Marketers Steal Ideas from Pharma
Pharma websites use this tried-and-true formula — if it works for them, can it work for your organization?
- Heavy reliance on patient anecdote videos
- Cherry-picked statistics
- A financial saving/support or “Co-Pay Calculator”
- Quizzes or FAQ sections which encourage you to self-diagnose
- A call to action = “ask your doctor” (Health News Review)
Medicare Advantage Marketers Solve Healthcare Worries
A survey by a Medicare Advantage seller shows 3 in 10 seniors feel less prepared to age-in-place than they did 1 year ago. But 7 in 10 feel just as prepared, or more prepared. For those feeling less-prepared, health care is their biggest concern. (Senior Housing News).
Men Dropping Out of Workforce
15% of men in their prime working years (between 25 and 54) had no job —5 % were unemployed and 10% were neither working nor looking for work.
50 years ago, only 5% of men in that age range had no job. American Prospect looks behind the numbers. (Link).