Gerontology & Geriatrics

As COVID rises, a vexing hunt for nursing home vaccine stats

With COVID-19 on the rise again and many nursing home staffers unvaccinated, families still lack easy access to crucial Medicare immunization data that will help them pick the right facility for their loved one.

Alzheimer's disease & dementia

Medicare mulls coverage for controversial Alzheimer's drug

(Healthday)—Medicare launched a formal process on Monday that will determine whether the agency will cover Aduhelm, the newly approved Alzheimer's drug whose high price tag and unproven benefits have prompted widespread ...

Medical economics

33 million persons of all ages uninsured in 2019

In 2019, 33.0 million (10.2 percent) persons of all ages were uninsured, according to a study published online June 29 in the National Health Statistics Reports, a publication from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and ...

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Medicare (United States)

Medicare is a social insurance program administered by the United States government, providing health insurance coverage to people who are aged 65 and over, or who meet other special criteria. Medicare operates as a single-payer health care system. The Social Security Act of 1965 was passed by Congress in late-spring of 1965 and signed into law on July 30, 1965, by President Lyndon B. Johnson as amendments to Social Security legislation. At the bill-signing ceremony President Johnson enrolled former President Harry S. Truman as the first Medicare beneficiary and presented him with the first Medicare card.

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