Dually Noted from around the web
December 5, 2014 § Leave a comment
Articles, commentary, research, and more from the past week
Duals programs have trouble locating beneficiaries
As we’ve learned from the Massachusetts One Care experience, locating auto-assigned beneficiaries is a major problem for dual eligible demonstration programs. Across the country, plans can’t find enrollees because of bad contact and demographic information, making it hard to provide needed care and services. CMS says it is working to provide better data so that plans can locate patients and address their healthcare needs.
House approves tax-free accounts to help the disabled
The House of Representatives has approved a bill that would allow individuals with disabilities to set up tax-free accounts to pay for expenses such as housing, education, transportation, and health care. If signed into law, the new bill would let individuals deposit up to $14,000 each year for long-term needs.
Studies say life gets better with age
New research suggests that life actually improves as people get older. A scientist at the National Institutes of Health says that, contrary to popular belief, only 10% of seniors are depressed and irritable. Other research finds that a sense of well-being improves with age, and certain types of intelligence can continue to develop as individuals grow older.