Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #211--November 6, 2003

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CAAR (Current Awareness in Aging Research) is a weekly email report produced by the Center for Demography of Health and Aging at the University of Wisconsin-Madison that helps researchers keep up to date with the latest developments in the field. For more information, including an archive of back issues and subscription information see:

http://www.ssc.wisc.edu/cdha/caar.html

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I. Data:

1. PSID ERRATA: The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research Panel Study of Income Dynamics has announced the following errata to its 1996 PSID core family data: "Six cases were invalidated". For more information see:

http://psidonline.isr.umich.edu/Guide/DataNewsDet.aspx?&ID=34

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II. Reports and articles:

2. CENSUS BUREAU CENSUS 2000 GUIDE: "Guide to Data on the Older Population in Census 2000 Summary Files 1-4, Revised July 2003" (Census Bureau Age and Special Populations Branch, Population Division). "This document contains descriptions of all data tables (not imputation tables) for Census 2000 Summary Files 1, 2, 3, and 4, which contain data on the older population. Many of the tables provide data for people 60 years and over by age groups, and many of these tables also have data for younger age groups. Other select tables provide median age and data for the nursing home population."

http://www.census.gov/population/www/cen2000/c2kagesf1-4.html
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3. CMS DECISION MEMORANDUM:

A. "NCA Tracking Sheet for Serum Iron Studies (Expansion of the Chronic Renal Failure Covered Codes to Include Hypertensive Renal Disease) (CAG-00194N)," (US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, October 30, 2003).

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/mcd/viewtrackingsheet.asp?id=99

B. "NCA Tracking Sheet for Stem Cell Transplantation (Removal of Coding Information from NCD) (CAG-00193N)," (US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, October 30, 2003).

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/mcd/viewtrackingsheet.asp?id=98

C. "NCA Tracking Sheet for Screening Immunoassay Fecal-Occult Blood Test (CAG-00180N)," (US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, November 4, 2003).

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/mcd/viewtrackingsheet.asp?id=87

Note: The decision memos can be found linked at the bottom of each page (tracking sheet).
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4. CMS PRESS RELEASES, RULE ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A. "Medicare Announces 2004 Physician Fee Schedule and Payment Policy Changes," (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, October 30, 2003).

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/media/press/release.asp?Counter=889

B. "CMS Announces Payment Increase for Hospital Outpatient Services," (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, October 31, 2003).

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/media/press/release.asp?Counter=892

C. "CMS Finalizes Appeals Process for Medicare Coverage Decisions," (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, October 31, 2003, .pdf format, 172p.).

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/regulations/coverage/
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5. BLS ARTICLE: "What is a Pension Equity Plan?" by L. Bernard Green (US Bureau of Labor Statistics _Compensation and Working Conditions Online_, October 29, 2003).

http://www.bls.gov/opub/cwc/cm20031016ar01p1.htm
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6. _MLR_ ARTICLE: "Defining participation in defined-contribution pension plans," by John Turner, Leslie Muller, and Satyendra K. Verma (US Bureau of Labor Statistics _Monthly Labor Review_, Vol. 126, No. 8, August 2003, .pdf format, p. 36-43).

Abstract:

Traditional measures appear to overstate the number of participants in defined contribution pensions; using data from the Survey of Income and Program Participation and the Social Security Administrations Detailed Earnings Record may result in a more accurate measure.

http://www.bls.gov/opub/mlr/2003/08/art3abs.htm

Click on "Download full article in PDF" for full text.
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7. UK OFFICE OF NATIONAL STATISTICS SPREADSHEET: "Excess winter mortality-by age group and region," (UK Office of National Statistics, October 2003, Excel or .csv format).

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/statbase/ssdataset.asp?vlnk=7089&More=Y

Follow link to "View or Download" in your choice of format.

Press Release from UK Age Concern:

http://www.ageconcern.org.uk/AgeConcern/news_1542.htm
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8. UK DEPARTMENT OF WORK AND PENSIONS REPORT: "Work and Pensions Statistics, 2003," (UK Department of Work and Pensions, October 2003, .pdf format, 241p.). Note: You can download the complete report in a single file, or you can download individual chapters.

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd1/workandpens/workandpens2003.asp
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9. HELP AGE INTERNATIONAL REPORT: "Non-contributory pensions and poverty prevention: A comparative study of Brazil and South Africa," (Help Age International, September 2003, .pdf format, 25p.).

http://idpm.man.ac.uk/ncpps/Papers/report_english.pdf

For more information about the report:

http://idpm.man.ac.uk/ncpps/report.htm
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10. _SCIENCE_ REVIEW ABSTRACTS, BREVIA:

A. "Games Played by Rogue Proteins in Prion Disorders and Alzheimer's Disease," by Adriano Aguzzi and Christian Haass (_Science_, Vol. 302, No. 5646, October 31, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 814-818).

http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/302/5646/814

B. "Molecular Pathways of Neurodegeneration in Parkinson's Disease," by Ted M. Dawson and Valina L. Dawson (_Science_, Vol. 302, NO. 5646, October 31, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 819-822).

http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/302/5646/819

C. "Looking Backward to Move Forward: Early Detection of Neurodegenerative Disorders," by Steven T. DeKosky and Kenneth Marek (_Science_, Vol. 302, NO. 5646, October 31, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 830-834).

http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/302/5646/830

D. "Immunotherapeutic Approaches to Alzheimer's Disease," by Alon Monsonego and Howard L. Weiner (_Science_, Vol. 302, NO. 5646, October 31, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 834-838).

http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/302/5646/834

E. "{alpha}-Synuclein Locus Triplication Causes Parkinson's Disease," by A. B. Singleton, M. Farrer, J. Johnson, A. Singleton, S. Hague, J. Kachergus, M. Hulihan, T. Peuralinna, A. Dutra, R. Nussbaum, S. Lincoln, A. Crawley, M. Hanson, D. Maraganore, C. Adler, M. R. Cookson, M. Muenter, M. Baptista, D. Miller, J. Blancato, J. Hardy, and K. Gwinn-Hardy (_Science_, Vol. 302, NO. 5646, October 31, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 841).

http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/302/5646/841
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11. _NATURE MEDICINE_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "An animal model of age-related macular degeneration in senescent Ccl-2- or Ccr-2-deficient mice," by J. Ambati, A. Anand, S. Fernandez, E. Sakurai, B. C. Lynn, W. A. Kuziel, B. J. Rollins and B. K. Ambati (_Nature Medicine_, Vol. 9, No. 11, November 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1390-1397).

http://www.nature.com/cgi-taf/DynaPage.taf?file=/nm/journal/v9/n11/abs/nm950.html
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12. _BMJ_ PAPER, PRIMARY CARE:

A. "Adherence to advance directives in critical care decision making: vignette study," by Trevor Thompson, Rosaline Barbour, and Lisa Schwartz (_British Medical Journal_, Vol. 327, No. 7422, November 1, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1011-1013).

http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/full/327/7422/1011

B. "Screening older people for impaired vision in primary care: cluster randomised trial," by Liam Smeeth, Astrid E. Fletcher, Smita Hanciles, Jennifer Evans, and Richard Wormald (_British Medical Journal_, Vol. 327, No. 7422, November 1, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1027-1029).

http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/full/327/7422/1027
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13. _JAMA_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Association Between Estrogen Receptor {alpha} Gene Variation and Cardiovascular Disease," by Amanda M. Shearman, L. Adrienne Cupples, Serkalem Demissie, Inga Peter, Christopher H. Schmid, Richard H. Karas, Michael E. Mendelsohn, David E. Housman, and Daniel Levy (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 290, No. 17, November 5, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 2263-2270).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/290/17/2263
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14. _NEJM_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "A Randomized Trial of Letrozole in Postmenopausal Women after Five Years of Tamoxifen Therapy for Early-Stage Breast Cancer," by Paul E. Goss, James N. Ingle, Silvana Martino, Nicholas J. Robert, Hyman B. Muss, Martine J. Piccart, Monica Castiglione, Dongsheng Tu, Lois E. Shepherd, Kathleen I. Pritchard, Robert B. Livingston, Nancy E. Davidson, Larry Norton, Edith A. Perez, Jeffrey S. Abrams, Patrick Therasse, Michael J. Palmer, and Joseph L. Pater (_New England Journal of Medicine_, Vol. 349, No. 19, November 6, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1793-1802).

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/short/349/19/1793?query=TOC
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15. _MEDSCAPE_ ARTICLE: Note: Medscape requires free registration before providing articles.

A. "Effects of 3 Months of Continuous Subcutaneous Administration of Glucagon-Like Peptide 1 in Elderly Patients With Type 2 Diabetes," by Graydon S. Meneilly, Nigel Greig, Hugh Tildesley, Joel F. Habener, Josephine M. Egan, and Dariush Elahi, (_Diabetes Care_, Vol. 26, No. 10, 2003, p. 2835-2841, via Medscape).

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/462805

B. "The Course of Delirium in Older Medical Inpatients: A Prospective Study," by Jane McCusker, Martin Cole, Nandini Dendukuri, Ling Han, and ric Belzile (_ Journal of General Internal Medicine_, Vol. 18, No. 9, 2003, p. 696-704, via Medscape).

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/462190

C. "Longitudinal Driving Performance in Early-Stage Dementia of the Alzheimer Type," by Janet M. Duchek, David B. Carr, Linda Hunt, Catherine M. Roe, Chengjie Xiong, Kamini Shah, and John C. Morris (_ Journal of the American Geriatrics Society_, Vol. 51, No. 10, 2003, p. 1342-1347, via Medscape).

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/463297
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16. BOSTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH REPORT: "Sixty-one Percent of Medicare's New Prescription Drug Subsidy is Windfall Profit to Drug Makers," by Alan Sager and Deborah Socolar (Boston University School of Public Health, Health Reform Program, October 31, 2003, .pdf format, 21p.).

http://www.bumc.bu.edu/www/sph/hs/images/Health_Reform/Medicare_Rx_bill_windfallprofit.pdf
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17. NASI REPORT: "The Role of Private Health Plans in Medicare: Lessons from the Past, Looking to the Future," edited by Kathleen M. King and Mark Schlesinger (National Academy of Social Insurance, November 2003, .pdf format, 196p.). "The National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) convened a study panel in 2000 to consider the role of market-oriented reforms and private health plans in Medicare, as part of its broader project on the future of the Medicare program. The panel interpreted its charge broadly and set as its goal strengthening Medicare overall, including both the fee-for-service (FFS) system and private health plans. Members of the study panel were selected for their recognized expertise and knowledge of Medicare; they were also selected to represent different disciplines and diverse views on the role of private health plans in Medicare. The study panel met four times, convened several conference calls, and commissioned original research in pursuit of its mission. In its work, the panel strove to reach consensus on a wide range of challenging and complex issues. In most cases, the panel reached a common understanding and viewpoint, however, on some issues, there was a divergence of views among panel members, which is noted in the text."

http://www.nasi.org/publications2763/publications_show.htm?doc_id=197700

Press release:

http://www.nasi.org/publications2763/publications_show.htm?doc_id=197701
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18. _DEMOGRAPHIC RESEARCH_ ARTICLE: Note: "_DR_ is a free, expedited, peer-reviewed journal of the population sciences published by the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research." "Seasonal mortality in Denmark the role of sex and age," by Roland Rau and Gabriele Doblhammer (Vol. 9, Article 9, November 2003, .pdf format, 28p.).

Abstract:

Our paper addresses two questions on seasonal mortality: How do women and men differ with respect to seasonal fluctuations in mortality? How does seasonality in death change with age? The analysis is based on a sample of all Danes aged 50 and older on 1 April 1968 being followed for 30 years. In contrast to previous studies we found remarkable differences between women and men in their seasonal mortality patterns. Men showed larger seasonal fluctuations than women indicating a higher susceptibility to environmental stressful periods. We found that seasonality increases with age. However, we discovered again a sex difference: women's seasonality starts increasing at later ages than men's.

http://www.demographic-research.org

Click on "Enter".
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19. URBAN INSTITUTE REPORT: "Budget Crisis at the Door," by Rudolph G. Penner and C. Eugene Steuerle (Urban Institute, October 2003, .pdf and HTML format, 35p.).

http://www.urban.org/url.cfm?ID=310883
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20. AOA NEWSLETTER: "AoA e-News," (US Administration on Aging, October 2003, Microsoft Word and .pdf format, 10p.).

http://www.aoa.dhhs.gov/press/enewsletter/enewsletter.asp

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III. Working Papers:

21. NBER:

A. "Consequences and Predictors of New Health Events," by James P. Smith (National Bureau of Economic Research w10063, November 2003, .pdf format, 39p.).

Abstract:

Smith uses the HRS and AHEAD panels to examine the consequences of new health on a series of SES related outcomes- out-of-pocket labor supply, labor force activity, household income and wealth. For each of these outcomes, new severe health events have a significant effect although most of the impact on income and wealth takes place through labor supply and not not medical expenses. The paper also examines the ability of different measures of SES to predict the future onset of disease. The author finds no predictive effect of income or wealth but education does predict future onset even after controlling for current health status. The reasons for this continuing predictive effect of education are explored in the paper.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W10063

Click on "PDF" or submit your email address for full text.
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22. BOSTON COLLEGE CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH: "Aggregate Implications of Defined Benefit and Defined Contribution Systems," by Francisco Gomes and Alexander Michaelides (WP #2003-16, September 2003, .pdf format, 35p.).

Abstract:

We use a general equilibrium life-cycle model with incomplete markets and heterogeneous agents to evaluate the macroeconomic and welfare implications of Defined Benefit (DB) versus Defined Contribution (DC) systems, and to investigate the effects of incremental reform within a particular system. Extensive calibrations illustrate the trade-off between effciency and redistribution that a tax-financed, DB social security system generates. We find that social welfare is maximized for small but positive levels of DB because of the redistributive value associated with these systems. On the other hand, steady-state within-DC system comparisons reveal that a zero DC tax rate maximizes social welfare.

http://www.bc.edu/centers/crr/papers/wp_2003-16.pdf
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23. WHARTON SCHOOL [UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA] PENSION RESEARCH COUNCIL: "Lessons from Behavioral Finance for Retirement Plan Design," by Olivia S. Mitchell and Stephen P. Utkus (WP 2003-6, October 2003, .pdf format, 50p.).

Abstract

This paper evaluates some of the key lessons of behavioral economics and finance research over the last decade for pension plan design. We divide the discussion into the natural phases of the retirement saving life cycle: accumulation, investment, and decumulation. After reviewing the lessons of behavioral finance, we conclude by outlining plan design alternatives that would be of use to plan sponsors and policymakers seeking to design more cost-effective and efficient retirement plans for the future.

http://rider.wharton.upenn.edu/~prc/PRC/WP/WP2003-6.pdf
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24. POPULATION COUNCIL: "Determinants of old-age mortality in Taiwan," by Linda G. Martin and Hui-Sheng Lin (WP No. 81, 2003, .pdf format, 28p.).

Abstract:

Relationships among socio-demographic characteristics, general assessments of health, and old-age mortality are well established in developed countries. There is also an increasing focus on the connection between early-life experiences and late life health. This paper tests these and other associations using representative survey data from Taiwan on the population aged 60 and older in 1989, 1993, and 1996 that have been linked to data on deaths between 1989 and 1999 from a national death registry. The study also explores the possible influence of Taiwan's Universal Health Insurance Program, instituted in 1995, and whether or not the survival of some groups of older people may have been differentially enhanced. Mortality is modeled using Gompertz regression. Multiple survey waves are employed to construct time-varying covariates. Some results verify findings of past studies; others are new. Effects of education are attenuated after the introduction of some health indicators. Functional and global assessments of health have stronger associations with mortality than do self-reports of health behaviors or particular chronic conditions such as diabetes. Mainlanders have higher survival than others. The survival of older adults with the greatest number and severity of functional limitations improved over the 1990s, suggesting a possible beneficial influence of the insurance program.

http://www.popcouncil.org/publications/wp/prd/181.html

Click on "Download the full Working Paper in PDF format" for full text.

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IV. Journal Tables of Contents (check your library for availability):

25. Age and Aging (Vol. 32, No. 6, November 2003).

http://ageing.oupjournals.org/content/vol32/issue6/index.shtml?etoc

26. American Journal of Public Health (Vol. 93, No. 11, November 2003). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library and the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite Database. Check your library for the availability of these databases and this issue.

http://www.ajph.org/content/vol93/issue11/index.shtml

27. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics (Vol. 38, No. 1, January 2004).

http://www.elsevier.com/locate/archger

Follow the link to "Table of Contents and Abstracts".

28. European Journal of Palliative Care (Vol. 10, No. 5, 2003).

http://www.ejpc.co.uk/ejpc/ejpcIssue.asp?Z=807354&IssueID=38

29. Journal of Marriage and the Family (Vol. 65, No. 4, November 2003). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library and the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite Database. Check your library for the availability of these databases and this issue.

http://ncfr.allenpress.com/ncfronline/?request=get-toc&issn=0022-2445&volume=065&issue=04

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30. INGENTA Tables of Contents: INGENTA provides fee based document delivery services for selected journals.

A. Point your browser to:

http://www.ingenta.com/

B. click on "browse by publication"
C. Click the "fax/ariel" radio button, type the Journal Name in the "by words in the title" search box and click "search".
D. View the table of contents for the issue noted.

International Psychogeriatrics (Vol. 15, No. SUPP/1, 2003).

Journal of Aging and Health (Vol. 15, No. 4. 2003). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect (Vol. 13, No. 4, 2001).

Journal of Health and Social Behavior (Vol. 44, No. 3, 2003). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

Research on Aging (Vol. 25, No. 6, 2003). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library and the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite database. Check your library for the availability of these databases and this issue.
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31. AMEDEO MEDICAL LITERATURE: Note: "AMEDEO has been created to serve the needs of healthcare professionals, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, administrators, other members of the health professions, and patients and their friends. They can easily access timely, relevant information within their respective fields... All AMEDEO services are free of charge. This policy was made possible thanks to generous unrestricted educational grants provided by AMGEN, Berlex, Eisai, Glaxo Wellcome, Novartis, Pfizer, Roche, and Schering AG."

A. Osteoporosis: Literature for the week of November 2, 2003:

http://www.amedeo.com/medicine/ost.htm

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of November 2, 2003:

http://www.amedeo.com/medicine/ad.htm

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of November 2, 2003:

http://www.amedeo.com/medicine/pd.htm

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of November 2, 2003:

http://www.amedeo.com/medicine/prc.htm

AMADEO Literature Guide:

http://www.amedeo.com/index.htm

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V. Funding Opportunities:

32. NIH:

A. "Biology of Stem Cells in Aging," (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, RFA-AG-04-008, October 27, 2003).

http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AG-04-008.html

B. "Assays of Stem Cell Function in Clinical Aging Research," (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, RFA-AG-04-008, October 28, 2003).

http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AG-04-009.html

C. "Paul B. Beeson Career Development Awards in Aging," (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, RFA-AG-04-004, September 8, 2003).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AG-04-004.html

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VI. Conferences:

33. INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL ON ACTIVE AGING: "Active Aging 2003: Communicating the Message of Physical Activity to the Older Adult," a conference to be held Dec. 3-6, 2003, in Orlando, Florida. For more information see:

http://www.icaa.cc/convention.htm

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VII. Legislation Information Updates:

34. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING TESTIMONY: "Square Peg in a Round Hole? Disease Management in Traditional Medicare," a hearing held November 4, 2003.

Hearing testimony (.pdf format):

http://aging.senate.gov/index.cfm?Fuseaction=Hearings.Detail&HearingID=37
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35. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS HEARING PUBLICATIONS:

A. "Challenges Facing Pension Plan Funding," a hearing held April 30, 2003 (Serial No. 108-10, ASCII text and .pdf format, 93p.).

http://www.access.gpo.gov/congress/house/house19ch108.html

Scroll down to or "find in page" "108-10" (without the quotes).

B. "Expanding Coverage of Prescription Drugs in Medicare," a hearing held April 9, 2003 (Serial No. 108-7, ASCII text and .pdf format, 123p.).

http://www.access.gpo.gov/congress/house/house19ch108.html

Scroll down to or "find in page" "108-7" (without the quotes).
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36. US SENATE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS HEARING PUBLICATION: "Pension Plans Regarding US Airways," a hearing held January 14, 2003 (US Senate Serial Publication 108-153, ASCII text and .pdf format, p.).

http://www.access.gpo.gov/congress/senate/senate03sh108.html

Scroll down to or "find in page" "108-153" (without the quotes).
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37. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING PUBLICATION: "Ageism in the Health Care System: Short Shrifting Seniors?," a hearing held May 19, 2003 (US Senate Serial Publication 108-10, ASCII text and .pdf format, 68p.).

http://www.access.gpo.gov/congress/senate/senate22sh108.html

Scroll down to or "find in page" "108-10" (without the quotes).

Thanks,

Charlie

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Charlie Fiss
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Center for Demography and Ecology and
Center for Demography of Health and Aging
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Phone: (608) 265-9240
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Email: fiss@ssc.wisc.edu

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