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WashPost: 1 million jobs on the line as Senate votes on health care

posted Tue, Jul 25, 2017   by The Washington Post Wonkblog

America could lose more than a million jobs if the Senate votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the Washington Post's Wonkblog reports, drawing on a report from George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health and the Commonwealth Fund. “This legislation could single-handedly put a big dent in health care job growth,” said Leighton Ku, the lead author of the report and the director of the Center for Health Policy Research at George Washington University.

Prepare for Your Care website jump-starts advance care planning: Kaiser Health News

posted Tue, Jul 25, 2017   by Kaiser Health News

Most Americans avoid making important end-of-life decisions, called Advance Care Planning, because the conversations can be uncomfortable and the paperwork can be confusing, Kaiser Health News reports. Rebecca Sudore, a geriatrician at the University of California-San Francisco, created prepareforyourcare.org, which provides step-by-step instructions and video stories to help people navigate the care they want at the end of their lives. She built the site in 2013 for families unsure how to broach sensitive questions. In a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine in May, she and other researchers found that the website — combined with the use of an “advance directive” form — prompted participants to plan ahead. Funding from Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, California Health Care Foundation, Stupski Foundation, as well as the American Cancer Society, California Health Care Foundation, The Donaghue Foundation, John and Wauna Harman Foundation, National Institute on Aging, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, UCSF, and Veterans Health Services Research & Development.

Journey of a giving family: profile of Bader Philanthropies

posted Wed, Jul 5, 2017   by Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle

Bader Philanthropies got into “impact investing” before it became fashionable, Dan Bader said. He explained impact investing with this rhetorical question: “How do you use your resources as a Foundation to have a bigger impact beyond just traditional grant making?”

NY Times: Plan on Growing Old? Then the Medicaid Debate Affects You

posted Wed, Jul 5, 2017   by The New York Times

While the haggling over the calculations continues, it is hard to predict or quantify how painful the proposed Medicaid cuts will be for seniors compared with children and adults who are poor or have disabilities. Each state will have some discretion over which of its populations bear the brunt of any cuts. The Congressional Budget Office did suggest on Thursday that Medicaid’s budget could be 35 percent lower by 2036 if the Senate’s most recent proposal were to take effect, rather than if the status quo remained. So if anything like the proposed cuts come to pass, the impact will be meaningful. In addition to nursing homes, Medicaid may also pay for home- and community-based care for older adults.


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