In the wake of the ongoing legal battle that has suspended President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, workers and labor leaders have gathered in Miami over the weekend to build immigrant worker power by mobilizing workers to apply and fight for deferred action. At an event today, workers and labor leaders sent a strong message… Keep reading →

Americans express strong views when asked about the care that they want to receive when they are dying. In general, they prefer to die at home and to remain in charge of decisions about their care. However, evidence suggests these wishes are not likely to be fulfilled. Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual… Keep reading →

The Insured Retirement Institute (IRI) today released a new report showing that Baby Boomers’ confidence in their retirement plans continues to decline, a trend dating back to 2011, when IRI first began tracking Boomers’ retirement expectations. During that time, the percentage of Boomers showing high levels of confidence in their financial preparations for retirement dropped… Keep reading →

The nation appears to be shifting away from the traditional model of health care, in which doctors have most of the decisionmaking authority. According to a newly released study, 9 out of 10 people want to have a say in important decisions regarding their health care. One-third would like to make a shared decision with… Keep reading →

Well-designed nutrition education programs can lead to healthier food choices among low-income families who participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), according to a study conducted by Altarum Institute and RTI International. The study SNAP Education and Evaluation Study (Wave II) was funded by the Food and Nutrition Service of the U.S. Department of… Keep reading →

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) will release its analysis of the latest quality results in its State of Health Care Quality Report 2013. Findings include: Overuse of antibiotics still a problem In findings that echo and corroborate recent CDC warnings about overuse of antibiotics leading to antibiotic resistance, we see no progress on… Keep reading →

Today is the first day of Medicare’s annual Open Enrollment season, which runs until Dec. 7. The National Council on Aging (NCOA) encourages all people with Medicare to review their plan options and make an informed decision about their 2014 coverage. This year’s Open Enrollment coincides with two other events that may be confusing to… Keep reading →

This week marked the historic launch of the health insurance marketplaces (also known as “public insurance exchanges”). The Healthcare Trends Institute, an educational platform for employers, consumers and other healthcare benefits stakeholders, has developed two tools for understanding public exchanges: ReformWatch interactive map, and an infographic titled The State of the Exchanges. The ReformWatch interactive… Keep reading →