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By Howard Bedlin & Marci Phillips | 2.9.2021 Things are moving quickly in Congress on the next round of federal COVID-19 relief. In response to President Biden’s American Rescue Plan, House committees are writing legislation to provide additional stimulus checks, unemployment benefits, and rental, nutrition, and utility assistance—as well as important provisions that would support
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By Kathleen Cameron, BSPharm, MPH | 1.20.2021 Key Takeaways The approved COVID-19 vaccines require two doses to provide optimal protection against the virus. The vaccine is free for people with and without insurance—beware of scams asking you to pay for it. Check with your health department, pharmacy, or doctor about when and where to receive
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By Howard Bedlin | 1.11.2021 Key Takeaways Congress’ final bill of 2020 extends SNAP food benefits and boosts funding for senior nutrition programs. Package also features improvements to the Medicare enrollment process and Medicaid. NCOA continues to advocate for additional COVID-19 relief for older adults. Congress closed 2020 by passing a $2.3 trillion legislative package
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By Ramsey Alwin | 1.7.2021 Like millions of Americans, NCOA staff and I watched with shock the violence and destruction that unfolded yesterday at the U.S. Capitol. It was unreal. It was frightening. And it was unacceptable. NCOA’s vision of a just and caring society is built upon a strong, fair, and free democracy. As
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By Dan Reiner | 12.17.2020 Key Takeaways COVID-19 was a challenge, but people across the country made a difference in their communities New leadership and funding refueled our organization to reach new heights Plans for 2021 are well underway 2020 was a year for the history books. Despite the challenges we all faced, it’s worth
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By Kathleen Cameron, BSPharm, MPH | 11.19.2020 Key Takeaways: There’s promising news in the development of effective vaccines and treatments for the novel coronavirus, but challenges remain. The vaccine will be free, and the Food & Drug Administration has created guidelines to ensure its safety. The National Academies of Sciences has developed a 4-phase framework
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By Kathleen Cameron, BSPharm, MPH | 11.10.2020 Key Takeaways: With COVID-19 cases rising in almost all states, the holidays will require extra safety precautions this year. The best way to prevent the spread of coronavirus is to follow guidelines for safe holiday activities. If you’re considering hosting or attending a gathering, there are several important
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By Dorothea Vafiadis, MS | 10.26.2020 With wildfires in the west, the effects of poor air quality on people of all ages has been in the news. In fact, there are many sources of modern-day air pollution, including car exhaust, secondhand cigarette smoke, and dirty smokestacks. No matter what the source, it’s important for older
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By Brandy Bauer | 10.15.2020 As the leaves begin to change color, we are reminded that fall is also the time to considering changing our health care options for the coming year. Medicare’s annual open enrollment (October 15 through December 7) provides an opportunity to join, switch, or drop Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D
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By Howard Bedlin & Marci Phillips | 10.13.2020 Congress is in recess, and members are in their home states talking with constituents and, for many, campaigning for votes. This is your opportunity to advocate for older adults! Here are the key issues that Congress must act upon when they return to Washington. COVID-19 Relief Congress
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By 10.8.2020 It’s Hispanic Heritage Month, and NCOA has several Spanish-language resources to empower older Latinx individuals to improve their health and economic security. Please share! BuscaBeneficios.org Modeled on NCOA’s respected BenefitsCheckUp®, this free and confidential tool connects Spanish-speaking older adults to billions of dollars in federal, state, local, and private benefits to pay for
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