Don’t miss out on the latest Medicare and Social Security headlines. From Trump’s town hall to the coronavirus vaccine, here’s what you may have missed this week.
BY KATHRYN WATSON (CBS News): President Trump was in the spotlight Tuesday night for a rare town hall in Philadelphia with undecided voters, where he fielded questions on topics including the coronavirus pandemic and health care, which have been on the minds of many voters.
He made a variety of claims about the health care system, health care proposals and the scientific realities of COVID-19. Here are some of the highlights, as well as fact checking and context for his statements. (read more)
BY COURTNEY BILLIONS: A long-awaited new prescription drug order was released from President Trump on Sunday, September 13, but experts are questioning the impact and intentions of said order. Is this executive order more bait for the senior vote?
After two months of negotiating, the President’s new executive order expands coverage to those with Medicare to pay the same for their prescriptions as those in other developed countries. This is an act also known as, “the most favored-nation order”. (read more)
BY CRAIG JOHNSON (FOX13 Memphis): Here are two key findings from the report:
- More than half of U.S. households headed by someone over age 65 rely on Social Security benefits for most of their income.
- More than 70% of older Americans today claim Social Security before the age of 64, even though only 6.5% of them gain financially by doing so.
Keep reading to see what happens if you claim Social Security too early. (read more)
BY JOAN BIDDLE: The Trump administration has determined that the U.S. will go its own way with developing a vaccine for coronavirus. The U.S. will not participate in a collaborative global initiative of more than 170 countries to develop and distribute two billion doses of a coronavirus vaccine around the world. The initiative is called the COVAX Facility. President Trump does not want to participate because the World Health Organization (WHO) is one of the leaders of the effort. (read more)
BY UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA CIDRAP: Twice as many older adults—who are at high risk for serious COVID-19 outcomes—reported feeling lonely and isolated in the first months of the pandemic than in 2018, a new University of Michigan poll shows.
The university’s National Poll on Healthy Aging team asked a national sample of more than 2,000 adults aged 50 to 80 about changes in loneliness and the number of social interactions outside of their household from March to June. Chronic loneliness is associated with declines in memory, physical and mental health, and longevity. (read more)
BY JAMIE GUMBRECHT (CNN): The federal government released plans on Wednesday detailing how it will distribute Covid-19 vaccines once they’ve been okayed by the US Food and Drug Administration.
Operation Warp Speed aims to have Covid-19 vaccines moving to administration sites within 24 hours of an FDA license or emergency use authorization, an official said. And the aim is to make them free of charge. (read more)