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October 17, 2014 § 1 Comment
Articles, commentary, research, and more from the past week
A look at the U.S. News Medicare plan rankings
As reported earlier today in Dually Noted, U.S. News and World Report has awarded the Commonwealth Care Alliance Senior Care Options plan a “Best” rating in its annual review of Medicare Advantage plans. Each year, the publication uses the CMS star rating to build its list; to be included, an insurer’s plans had to earn an average rating of at least 4.5 out of 5 stars, and all its plans in the state had to earn at least 3 stars. Check out this year’s U.S. News rankings.
Fitness and aging
Norwegian researchers have developed the concept of “fitness age,” based on measuring cardiovascular endurance. Unlike chronological age, which keeps moving up, a person can reduce their fitness age through exercise. Although the researchers are working to determine clear links between fitness ages and mortality, they concede that there is “a huge benefit” in increasing fitness levels relative to aging.
Few “boomers” preparing for senior health costs
A study released this week by Ameriprise Financial found that 53% of baby boomers are “very concerned” about health-care costs in their senior years, but only 19% are taking steps to address those concerns. Still, health costs for retirees have fallen in recent years, and, the study shows, more boomers are aware of how lifestyle choices affect their health and finances.