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Vitamin D insufficiency contributes to increased 10-year fracture risk in elderly women

A study presented today at the World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases shows that long-term low levels of vitamin D intake are associated with higher 10-year fracture risk in elderly women. [More]

Viewpoints: 'Pent-up demand' for health care; too early for that White House victory lap; the fight over Medicare advantage

More than seven million people have signed up for insurance on the new federal and state health exchanges, President Obama said this week. Millions more could be added to that total once insurers tally up the people who bought policies directly from them and when those who tried to apply on balky websites are able to complete the process. [More]

Medicare will release billing data from doctors

The information will include data on what services doctors used, the average amount they charged Medicare and what they were paid. Doctors have fought such disclosures in the past. [More]

Ryan plan would repeal health law, offer private option Medicare

The budget proposal by Rep. Paul Ryan, House Budget chairman and a possible Republican contender for the White House in 2016, would repeal the health law but maintain its savings and taxes. Beginning with those who turn 65 in 2024, it would offer seniors a fixed amount to purchase a private plan or traditional fee for service Medicare. [More]

Michigan Rep. Dave Camp won't seek re-election

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich, announced on Monday that he will retire in 2014, ending a 12-term congressional career. Camp was a powerful voice in federal health, welfare , trade policy and tax reform. [More]
First Edition: April 1, 2014

First Edition: April 1, 2014

Today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations, including an array of stories as the health law's enrollment period comes to a close [More]
Coventry First commends passage of Kentucky Legislation

Coventry First commends passage of Kentucky Legislation

The Kentucky legislature unanimously passed landmark legislation to help seniors pay for long term care. The legislation enables seniors to pay for their long term care by selling their life insurance policies for as much as 10 times more than the cash surrender value and applying those proceeds toward their long term care. [More]

Viewpoints: Nothing 'magical' about 6 million enrollees; the high cost of hep C medicine

Big news this afternoon on the Affordable Care Act: The ACA exchange signups have reached the 6 million mark. With a few more days to go before the open sign-up period closes (well, sort of) it looks like the original 7 million estimate -- which the Congressional Budget Office had revised downward after the botched October roll-out of the federal exchange -- is going to be pretty close to the mark. [More]
Roundup: Texas Medicaid fraud settlement; Texas abortion law upheld; Va. mental health tragedy details

Roundup: Texas Medicaid fraud settlement; Texas abortion law upheld; Va. mental health tragedy details

A selection of health policy stories from Texas, Virginia, California, Michigan and Massachusetts. [More]

In new Hampshire, Medicaid expansion becomes law

Gov. Maggie Hassan signed a bill setting up a 2 and 1/2 year pilot program to provide health insurance to 50,000 low-income adults. The program will use federal Medicaid funds to pay private insurers. [More]

Viewpoints: Be careful what you pray for; health law 'freakouts;' concerns about imported drugs

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will consider a proposition that will strike many Americans as bizarre: that large, for-profit businesses can refuse on religious grounds to comply with a federal mandate that they include contraception in their employee health plans (3/25). [More]
Viewpoints: Mcconnell, Wasserman Schultz, Barasso on Obamacare's 4th anniversary; defending surgeon general nominee

Viewpoints: Mcconnell, Wasserman Schultz, Barasso on Obamacare's 4th anniversary; defending surgeon general nominee

The promises that were made to sell Obamacare -; that it wouldn't disrupt people's previous health care arrangements and that premiums would go down -; are now being exposed for the cheap and deceptive sales pitch they were. It may be tempting for some to brush all this aside as standard politics. [More]

Effort to fix SGR formula snagged over cost

Prospects are growing dim that Congress will permanently fix Medicare's outdated payment formula this year because lawmakers have been unable to agree on a way to pay for it. [More]
First Edition: March 24, 2013

First Edition: March 24, 2013

Today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations examine the final week for health law enrollment, the Supreme Court case this week about the law's contraceptive mandate and the fourth anniversary of the enactment of the controversial overhaul. [More]

Formation Capital, Safanad agree to sell $1.05 billion of healthcare buildings to NorthStar Realty Finance

Formation Capital and Safanad Limited today announced that they have entered into an agreement to sell a $1.05 billion healthcare real estate portfolio comprised of 43 primarily private-pay senior housing facilities and 37 skilled nursing facilities (the "Portfolio") to NorthStar Realty Finance Corp. [More]
Building muscle mass important in decreasing metabolic risk

Building muscle mass important in decreasing metabolic risk

New UCLA research suggests that the more muscle mass older Americans have, the less likely they are to die prematurely. The findings add to the growing evidence that overall body composition - and not the widely used body mass index, or BMI - is a better predictor of all-cause mortality. [More]

Research may help develop senior-friendly exercise recommendations for improved physical function

Keeping strong and physically fit is crucial to maintaining independence among the elderly. Exercise has repeatedly been shown to reduce or slow age-related declines in physical function and is a widely recommended for seniors, but the way that older people respond to exercise varies widely. [More]

Incidence of colon cancer have dropped sharply in older adults

​Colon cancer incidence rates have dropped 30 percent in the U.S. in the last 10 years among adults 50 and older due to the widespread uptake of colonoscopy, with the largest decrease in people over age 65. [More]
Improving self-esteem provides real health benefits in seniors, says researcher

Improving self-esteem provides real health benefits in seniors, says researcher

The importance of boosting self-esteem is normally associated with the trials and tribulations of adolescence. But new research from Concordia University shows that it's even more important for older adults to maintain and improve upon those confidence levels as they enter their twilight years. [More]
Education improves cognitive performance decades after school completion

Education improves cognitive performance decades after school completion

European populations are growing older on average, a trend that could pose serious challenges to health care, budgets, and economic growth. As a greater proportion of a country's population grows into old age, average cognition levels and national productivity tend to decline, and the incidence of dementia increases. [More]