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Topic: Older Adults

While most seniors over 65 are covered by Medicare, some haven’t completed the work requirements for coverage. And people age 50-64, who are not yet eligible for Medicare, have often had limited access to public or private health insurance, especially if they were low income. And yet this age group has greater healthcare needs on average than younger individuals.

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Asking the Right Questions

Benefits counselors can use this September 2015 intake sheet from AgeOptions to obtain necessary information to counsel consumers on their Medicare options.

Cutting Services, Eliminating Independence

This August 2015 report from Health & Disability Advocates communicates the consequences of changing the minimum eligibility threshold for the Determination of Need screen. The report highlights the personal stories of people who would be directly impacted.

Medicaid Coordinate Care: Who to Call and What to Know

This July 2015 toolkit from the Make Medicare Work Coalition is intended for health providers and benefits counselors to assist consumers in using and navigating health insurance options under Medicaid Coordinated Care.

Partnerships for Healthy Aging

Healthcare and affordable housing providers learn collaboration strategies to better serve older adults in this December 2014 guide from LeadingAge.

Retiree Coverage Choices

This flowchart from In The Loop illustrates the insurance options for employees who retire before they are eligible for Medicare.

Health Education with Meals on Wheels

The University of Georgia created the Good Questions for Good Health tool kit to increase the health literacy of older adults in Meals on Wheels. Staff and volunteers learn strategies to integrate health topics into their interactions with older adults.

Avoiding Medicare Enrollment Troubles

Using information gleaned from its national helpline, the Medicare Rights Center released this November 2014 issue brief on the common enrollment challenges facing those newly Medicare eligible. The brief provides help on coordinating Medicare with other forms of health insurance, enrolling during specified times, and avoiding late enrollment fees.

Communicating Health Information to Older Adults

These CDC tools and resources help health professionals improve communication with older adults by focusing on health literacy issues. The materials detail specific challenges older adults may have and include a provider self-assessment tool to gauge the current level of communication.

Evaluating a Nursing Facility

Medicare beneficiaries often need further care in a nursing facility after discharge from the hospital, but patients and families are often unhappy with these placements. This in-depth guide to finding and choosing a facility was created by the Center for Medicare Advocacy to help families locate facilities in specific geographic areas, compare services and ratings, and consider alternatives to a nursing facility.

The ACA, Older Adults and People with Disabilities

This August 2013 presentation from AgeOptions covers the Affordable Care Act and Medicare, including provisions already in effect for people without Medicare and changes that would be in effect in 2014 for people without Medicare.

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