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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Seniors in America Today: "Not a Pretty Picture"

Earlier this week, I was privileged to be a part of Volunteers of America's third annual discussion on aging issues. I was on a panel with Arianna Huffington, Huffington Post co-founder and editor-in-chief; Mike King, National President and CEO of Volunteers of America, Inc.; and Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez, AARP Executive Vice President of Multicultural Markets and Engagement. Our topic: How our nation's public policies affect older Americans, especially women.

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Judith L. Lichtman, Senior Advisor

From the desk of ... Judith L. Lichtman

The Affordable Care Act at One

This week is the first anniversary of the Affordable Care Act - the greatest advance for women's health in a generation.

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Lynn Feinberg, Campaign Director

From the desk of ... Lynn Feinberg

Honoring our Families During National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month

Imagine living with someone you are crazy about who gradually turns into a stranger. Alzheimer's disease is a heartbreaking disease, not just because it takes a loved one in death, but because first, it takes that person's mind, personality, memory and character - the things that made us love them in the first place.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Six Months After Health Reform There is Much to Celebrate...And Lots of Work Ahead

Six months ago today, President Obama signed the health care bill into law. And with his signature, our health care system was opened up for renovation. But, like any remodeling job, we've got a long way to go before the final product will be ready for a ribbon cutting ceremony.

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Portia Wu, Vice President

From the desk of ... Portia Wu

Five ways to show your grandparents you care

Sunday was National Grandparents Day - and this year, we can do more for our grandparents than send candy or flowers. Let's take action to improve the health and economic security of our grandparents — and all of America's grandparents.

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Kirsten Sloan, Vice President

From the desk of ... Kirsten Sloan

Beaches, burgers, and bringing up better care…

The Labor Day weekend is upon us, and many of you will be able to enjoy a much-needed holiday.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

BREAKING NEWS: Dr. Berwick is Appointed!

Today, President Obama appointed Dr. Donald Berwick to serve as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). I truly believe that Dr. Berwick is the best man for the job - he is a highly qualified candidate with extraordinary skill, vast experience and a deep dedication to improving America's health care system.

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Kirsten Sloan, Vice President

From the desk of ... Kirsten Sloan

HealthCare.gov: Your Health Care, Explained!

For many American families, women are the ones who gather information, compare plans, and make the decision about which plan best suits their needs and budget. Today, your job got a little easier.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Dr. Berwick... Just What the Doctor Ordered

Enough is enough. Dr. Berwick - nominee for Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) - has been the victim of partisan and baseless attacks, and at the Campaign for Better Care, we think it's time to set the record straight.

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Lynn Feinberg, Campaign Director

From the desk of ... Lynn Feinberg

It's Older Americans Month and My Family Needs Better Care! Does Yours?

My two sisters and I are a team. For several years, as we each juggled our own work and family responsibilities, we willingly took on the role of "advocate" and "coordinator" of health care across settings (home, hospital, nursing home) for my father, who died last year at the age of 94. It wasn't easy. At times it sapped our energy and our spirits. But we took on the role out of love and a deep respect for our father.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness, Health IT

Now the Hard Work Begins…

That's right. Health reform may officially be law, but now the hard work of fixing our health care system begins.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

It's Official. Campaign for Better Care Launched Today!

That's right. Health reform may officially be law, but now the hard work of fixing our health care system begins.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

New Beginning: Fixing Our Broken Health Care System Starts Now

It's done. Health reform is now the law of the land. Your hard work has paid off, and you should feel proud.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Health Care Reform Matters to Older Women

Let's be clear. As both caregivers and patients, women bear the brunt of shortcomings in our health care system - high costs, poor quality, and fragmented, uncoordinated care.

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Christine Bechtel, Vice President

From the desk of ... Christine Bechtel

The Evidence is There: Better Coordinated Care Makes Sense and Saves Money. Duh.

This just in. What health care experts have suspected for some time has been demonstrated by a new study published in the American Journal of Managed Care: patients who can rely on a coordinated system where their providers talk to each other, their medical information is available electronically, and they have improved access to doctors and nurses - have better health outcomes.

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Lynn Feinberg, Campaign Director

From the desk of ... Lynn Feinberg

The Costs of Family Caregiving in an Aging Society: What Is Your Experience?

Everyone I know has at least one personal story about the overwhelming stress and frustration in trying to arrange, coordinate or provide the best possible care for an aging parent, spouse, grandparent, other older relative or friend, not to mention the spiraling costs of health care.

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