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What the Election Could Mean for Older North Carolinians

What the Election Could Mean for Older North Carolinians

By Thomas Goldsmith A new president in Washington and new governor in North Carolina — either incumbent Pat McCrory or preliminary..

November 14, 2016
Lewy Body Dementia Finally Merits Attention, Research

Lewy Body Dementia Finally Merits Attention, Research

Most people are now familiar with Alzheimer’s disease, while few people know about Lewy Body Dementia. But that’s changing. By..

November 1, 2016
Medicare Suspends “Seamless Conversion” Practice, Allows For Re-enrollment

Medicare Suspends “Seamless Conversion” Practice, Allows For Re-enrollment

By Thomas Goldsmith The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is backing away from a controversial “seamless conversion”..

October 24, 2016
Drug Industry Lobbyists & Campaign Cash Stymie Bid to Restrain Medicare Drug Costs

Drug Industry Lobbyists & Campaign Cash Stymie Bid to Restrain Medicare Drug Costs

North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr is the top recipient of pharmaceutical industry lobbying contributions in Congress. By Stuart Silverstein..

October 18, 2016
Letter from Insurer Could Contain Unwanted Medicare “Conversion”

Letter from Insurer Could Contain Unwanted Medicare “Conversion”

When North Carolina health-insurance customers near 65, there’s one letter among the stream of Medicare-related mail that they really..

September 26, 2016
Exploring and Planning For Death At A New Kind of Festival

Exploring and Planning For Death At A New Kind of Festival

A “Before I Die” festival urges people to consider their own deaths, in order to make them better. By Jake Harper Side Effects..

August 30, 2016
Elderly Hospital Patients Arrive Sick, Often Leave Disabled

Elderly Hospital Patients Arrive Sick, Often Leave Disabled

By Anna Gorman Kaiser Health News Janet Prochazka was active and outspoken, living by herself and working as a special education tutor...

August 11, 2016
State Lends An Ear to Vulnerable Adults, Seniors

State Lends An Ear to Vulnerable Adults, Seniors

There are more seniors who have no one to look in on them when things go wrong. How should the state respond to them? By Thomas Goldsmith..

August 4, 2016
Most of NC’s Well-Known Hospitals Score Low In Medicare’s New Ratings

Most of NC’s Well-Known Hospitals Score Low In Medicare’s New Ratings

Only four North Carolina hospitals received the top rating in a new federal five-star hospital rating system released this week. By Jordan..

July 29, 2016
NC Advocates Fight Move to Cut Federal SHIIP Funding (UPDATED)

NC Advocates Fight Move to Cut Federal SHIIP Funding (UPDATED)

A federal proposal would gut a program that helps tens of thousands of North Carolina seniors. By Thomas Goldsmith North Carolinians who..

July 6, 2016
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