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What We’re Reading at the Center for Long-Term Care Reform and Illinois Aging Together 

June 10, 2022

Health & Medicine Policy Research Group’s Center for Long-term Care Reform and Illinois Aging Together campaign are dedicated to advancing policies and structures that improve the conditions in which Illinoisans live, work, play, and age across the life course. Through our work, it is crucial for us to stay abreast of current events, developments, and stories in the aging and health sectors–and beyond.

Below are some of the recent articles and other resources that we’ve found recently that are pertinent to our work:


Federal Investigators Find Medicare Advantage Plans Too Often Deny, Delay Needed Care (Joan Stephenson, PhD, JAMA Health Forum) 

“Medicare Advantage plans that provide health insurance coverage to millions of US seniors deny some medically necessary care that should be covered, possibly unfairly rejecting tens of thousands of such requests annually, says a new report from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG). 

The report also found that Medicare Advantage plans often deny payments to physicians for services that met Medicare coverage rules.” 

Global Roadmap for Healthy Longevity (National Academy of Medicine and Commission for a Global Roadmap for Healthy Longevity) 

With unprecedented global aging, societies must undertake all-of-society efforts to maximize the benefits and minimize the burdens of aging populations. The Global Roadmap for Healthy Longevity (Global Roadmap) describes a realistic vision of healthy longevity that could be achieved by 2050. The vision includes full inclusion of people of all ages, regardless of health or functional status, in all aspects of society and societies characterized by social cohesion and equity.”

Information for Families During the Formula Shortage (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) 

Nearly 1 Billion People Globally Who Need Assistive Technologies Lack Access (Joan Stephenson, PhD, JAMA Health Forum) 

 Of the more than 2.5 billion people globally who need 1 or more assistive products, such as eyeglasses, hearing aids, wheelchairs, and software or apps that support communication, nearly 1 billion of them lack access to these products, according to a new report from United Nations agencies. 

Based on self-reported survey data collected by the World Health Organization (WHO), 31% of the global population (and about two-thirds of the global population aged 60 years or older) need assistive products, including eyeglasses. When eyeglasses are excluded, roughly 11% of people globally (900 million) need assistive products other than or in addition to eyeglasses.” 

Grandfluencers’ Are Sharing a New Vision of Old Age (Charley Locke, The New York Times) 

“Most of the TikTok influencers living in so-called collab houses — mansions where they film content together — are barely old enough to legally sign a lease. But the Old Gays and their fellow “grandfluencers” are proof that recording viral videos under one roof isn’t reserved for the young. And while these senior influencers may very much be performing for the camera, they’re also sharing a new vision for what it means to live meaningfully with age.”