Senior Issues

CT Golden Years: Medicaid, Medicare Coordination Could Save Tax Dollars In Connecticut

June 13, 2012
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CT Golden Years: Medicaid, Medicare Coordination Could Save Tax Dollars In Connecticut

In the world of government health care they are called “duals,” elderly or disabled people who have dual eligibility for Medicaid and Medicare coverage. In Connecticut, spending on “duals” or MMEs (Medicaid Medicare Eligible) as they also are known is the second highest in the nation. The 57,569 Connecticut MMEs represent less than ten...

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CT Golden Years: Burden of Home Care Falls on Females

June 6, 2012
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CT Golden Years: Burden of Home Care Falls on Females

Maybe this was just something we knew all along, but now it is official – women take on most of the burden not just of bearing children in their early years, but more of the physical and mental toll of taking care of aging spouses and other relatives in later years too. Part of...

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CT Golden Years: Disabled? Elderly? Got a Plan?

May 30, 2012
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CT Golden Years: Disabled? Elderly? Got a Plan?

The aging of the population brings its own set of medical problems and foremost among these is the increased likelihood of disability due to diseases or other causes. Although care for the elderly and care for the disabled can be distinct disciplines they also can overlap, as was the case with a friend of...

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CT Golden Years: Hospice Facilities Bill Approved by Legislature, to Provide Alternative Care for Terminally Ill

May 16, 2012
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CT Golden Years: Hospice Facilities Bill Approved by Legislature, to Provide Alternative Care for Terminally Ill

The state Legislature has approved a bill that would provide terminally ill people with the option of receiving hospice care in a special facility. It awaits the signature of Gov. Dannel Malloy. Proponents of the bill envision providing 24-hour care in facilities around the state similar to the care that hospice organizations provide for...

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