White House has no ‘fresh’ health care proposal – WFMZ Allentown

Joe Raedle/Getty Images 2. Health care reform law stymied? — Oh, the irony. Republicans want to defund health care reform in exchange for funding the government. But the health care act at the center of this storm would continue its implementation process during a shutdown. That’s because its funds aren’t dependent on the congressional budget process. Joe Raedle/Getty Images 2. Health care reform law stymied? — Oh, the irony. Republicans want to defund health care reform in exchange for funding the government. But the health care act at the center of this storm would continue its implementation process during a shutdown.…
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House Democrats make new push for 10 years of Trump’s financial records – POLITICO

The House Oversight and Reform Committee is seeking 10 years of President Donald Trump’s financial records from an accounting firm, according to a letter obtained by POLITICO. The Democrat-led committee asked Mazars USA, a tax and accounting firm, for documents this month related to Trump’s personal finances, with a particular focus on his failed bid to purchase the Buffalo Bills before he became president. Story Continued Below It reflects an effort by the committee, under Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), to corroborate aspects of former Trump attorney and fixer Michael Cohen’s testimony before the panel last month. Cohen told lawmakers that Trump inflated his personal net worth as he sought to buy the NFL team.…
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Advice from UW pharmacists on senior use of marijuana – UW Today

Marijuana use among older adults has soared in recent years despite little being known about the effectiveness and safety of the drug in people 65 and older. That’s resulted in more seniors asking health care providers about marijuana use: Is it safe? How much to use? Where to buy? Now, a group of University of Washington professors has gone on the record to recommend ways to answer some of these questions and reduce the potential harm from marijuana use in this vulnerable population. “Start low, go slow,” said Zach Marcum, assistant director of research for the Plein Center for Geriatric Pharmacy at the UW School of Pharmacy.…
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5 money moves to make if you win the Powerball jackpot – Bankrate.com

Boofoto/Shutterstock After Saturday’s multi-state drawing came back with no winners, the Powerball jackpot has reached a monstrous $750 million, making it the fourth-largest lottery prize in U.S. history. That number will continue to climb if no one wins in Wednesday night’s drawing. If someone does win though, the first thing that will come to mind is: What in the world does someone do with $750 million, or even a smaller, but potentially life-changing prize such as $2 million? While it might be tempting to splurge, a winner should remember that they won’t be receiving the entire jackpot. For a winner who chooses the cash option (what most winners have chosen since 2003), their winnings would immediately be reduced to $465.5…
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Will Trump administration suspend GSE housing trust funds? – American Banker

WASHINGTON — A nearly monthlong delay in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s regular contribution to two affordable housing funds is prompting fears by housing advocates that the Trump administration wants to suspend the funding stream. Since 2015, the two government-sponsored enterprises transferred funds annually to the National Housing Trust Fund and the Capital Magnet Fund at the beginning of every March. They were instructed to make the contributions yearly in a formal memo from Mel Watt, the former director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, who stepped down in January. But with March nearly over, acting FHFA Director Joseph Otting has sent no such memo, leaving Fannie and Freddie’s 2019 contribution in limbo even though the two mortgage giants already set aside a total of $376 million for the two funds.…
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Senior Living Providers Target Better Blend of Hospitality, Health Care – Senior Housing News

In recent years, senior living providers have debated whether a health care model or a hospitality focus makes more sense for the future — but this debate is shifting. Providers must inevitably offer more health care, yet they must do so without compromising the fundamental value propositions of the industry, which is rooted in a private-pay model focused on hospitality, executives said at the recent Senior Living 100 conference in Laguna Niguel, California. To increase their clinical capabilities, some senior living providers are forging closer collaborations with health care providers, while others are creating vertically integrated businesses that own larger portions of the senior care continuum.…
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CDC report updates profile of assisted living residents – News – McKnight’s Senior Living

Bathing is the most common activity of daily living with which residents of assisted living or similar residential communities need help, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics. The report sheds light on the characteristics of the 28,900 residents in such communities who were provided long-term care services as of 2016. “Findings on differences and similarities in supply, provision and use, and the characteristics of providers and users of long-term care services, can inform policy and planning to meet the needs of an aging population,” according to the report, titled “Long-Term Care Providers and Services Users in the United States: 2015-2016”(PDF).…
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Housing boom? There’s a senior-living housing boom as well – KY3

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. For years you’ve heard talk about a home-building boom in the area. But there’s also a building-boom of another kind. Senior-living housing is popping up everywhere. “I think it’s because the baby-boomers are saturating the market,” said Debbie Morrissey with the Senior Age Area Agency on Aging. Debbie needs only to look out her office window to see an example of that growth as just across the street from the agency on aging near Fort and Sunshine is the excavation going on for an addition to the senior living-oriented housing at Elfindale. It’s a $13 million assisted living center that’s being added where there’s already a sizeable retirement community.…
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Editor’s Take: Senior Living Providers Whiff After Holiday Inn vs. Nursing Homes Post Goes Viral – Senior Housing News

There’s no accounting for why certain internet content goes viral. Who’s to say why Chewbacca Mom racked up more than 145 million Facebook views? But last week, a Facebook post about the possibility of retirement living at a Holiday Inn went viral — and senior housing providers should consider why it struck a nerve with so many people and whether this has been a squandered opportunity to connect with consumers. “No nursing home for us. We’ll be checking into a Holiday Inn!” began the post from Terry Robison, a 64-year-old who lives in Texas. In the rest of the post, Robison laid out several potential advantages to retirement living at a Holiday Inn, including that they offer free breakfast, family members (especially with pool-loving kids) will be glad to visit, and it’s more affordable than other options.…
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‘Point person’ for questions leads to improved health, quality of life for senior living residents – News – McKnight’s Senior Living

Noah Marco, M.D. A key to improved health and quality of life for senior living residents — including fewer hospitalizations, fewer emergency department and clinic visits, and an ability to stay at the same level of care — is having one accessible “point person” for them to contact for help with their medical and nonmedical requests, when needed. That’s according to the results a small two-year pilot study of a medical home care program (which evolved into a concierge medical model) conducted by the Los Angeles Jewish Home through its Brandman Research Institute. Additional benefits of the approach, said Noah Marco, M.D.,…
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