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May 20, 2016 § Leave a comment

Articles, commentary, research, and more from the past week

Caregivers are fighting “family responsibilities” discrimination
New research shows there has been “a 269 percent increase in lawsuits alleging family responsibilities discrimination in the last decade, compared to the previous decade.” What’s behind the increase? Researchers point to “a rising number of households in which all adults work, a rising number of adults over the age of 65 who require care, and a rising number of family members with disabilities.”

Mental disorder spending hits $201 billion
A new study on estimated health spending by medical condition for the U.S. population found that $201 billion was spent on mental disorders in 2013, making it the most costly medical condition. The study also found a low rate of increase in spending on heart conditions and cerebrovascular disease. Researchers say “reductions in deaths from heart conditions and cerebrovascular disease are likely to drive spending on mental disorders even higher, as more people survive to older ages — when mental disorders, such as dementia, become more prevalent.”

Editorial: MA needs to prepare for its aging population
An editorial in the Lawrence Eagle Tribune calls for Massachusetts to take steps to help its increasingly aging population. The piece cites a Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA Foundation report claiming that, by 2040, those 65 and older will account for almost a third of the population. To address these changing demographics, the editorial says companies will need to accommodate a workforce that needs to care for aging parents, and the state will need to address long-term services and supports and streamline access to MassHealth and other services.

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