Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #513 -- November 19, 2009

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

Note: Due to the Thanksgiving Holiday, next week's report will be sent out on November 25, 2009 (Wednesday).

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I. Reports and articles:

1. PENSION BENEFIT GUARANTY CORPORATION REPORT: "2009 PBGC Annual Management Report," (November 2009, .pdf format, 98p.).

http://www.pbgc.gov/docs/2009amr.pdf

Related Brookings Institute Blog ("The PBGC's $22 Billion Deficit," by Douglas J. Elliot) can be found at:.

http://www.brookings.edu/opinions/2009/1113_pbgc_elliott.aspx

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2. US CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE REPORTS:

A. "Medicare Physician Payment Updates and the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) System," by Jim Hahn (R40907, November 2009, .pdf format, 12p.).

http://opencrs.com/document/R40907/

B. "Medicare Program Changes in H.R. 3962, Affordable Health Care for America Act," by Patricia A. Davis (R40898, November 2009, .pdf format, 63p.).

http://opencrs.com/document/R40898/

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3. US GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE REPORT: "Private Pensions: Sponsors of 10 Underfunded Plans Paid Executives Approximately $350 Million in Compensation Shortly Before Termination," (GAO-10-77, October 2009, .pdf format, 26p.).

http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-10-77

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4. US CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL REPORT: "Promoting Preventive Services for Adults 50-64: Community and Clinical Partnerships," (November 2009, .pdf format, 74p.).

http://www.cdc.gov/aging/pdf/promoting-preventive-services.pdf

Related tables:

http://www.cdc.gov/aging/pdf/promoting_report_tables.pdf

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5. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, OFFICE OF POLICY REPORT: "International Update, November 2009" (HTML and .pdf format, 3p.).

http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/progdesc/intl_update/2009-11/index.html

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6. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT: "Review of Medicare Contractor Information Security Program Evaluations for Fiscal Year 2006," (A-18-07-30290, November 2009, .pdf format, 37p.).

Summary

The Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 requires that each Medicare contractor must have its information security program evaluated annually by an independent entity. To comply with this provision, CMS contracted with PricewaterhouseCoopers to evaluate information security programs at the Medicare administrative contractors, fiscal intermediaries, and carriers. CMS also contracted with JANUS Associates, Inc. (JANUS), to perform technical assessments at Medicare data centers.

PricewaterhouseCoopers' reviews of the Medicare contractor information security program evaluations were adequate in scope and sufficiency. We could not determine the extent and sufficiency of the JANUS work for the data center technical assessments because of several issues with their working papers.

We recommended that CMS review all contractor documentation related to future data center technical assessments and ensure that the work performed complies with CMS contractual requirements. At a minimum, this should include a review of test plans to ensure that the contractor has completed all required testing procedures and a review of contractor working papers to verify that reported gaps have been adequately supported, identified, and included in the technical assessment reports. In written comments on our draft report, CMS concurred with our recommendation.

http://www.oig.hhs.gov/oas/reports/region1/180730290.pdf

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7. CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE PRESENTATION: "Aging and Health: The Challenges of Entitlement Growth," (November 2009, .pdf format, 15p.).

http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/107xx/doc10707/11-06-09-CBO_Presenation-AgingAndHealth-TheChallengesOfEntitlementGrowth.pdf

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8. US NATIONAL CENTER ON HEALTH STATISTICS REPORTS: "The National Center for Health Statistics has released a set of historic reports from the Public Health Service dating from the late 1950s and early 1960s. These reports varied widely in content and were published in four different series." Two reports that may be of interest to aging researchers are:

- "Hospital Utilization in the Last Year of Life," (Series D, No. 3 January 1961, .pdf format, 37p.).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/public_health/SeriesD_03.pdf

- "Older Persons Selected Health Characteristics United States July 1957-June 1959," (Series C, No. 4, September 1960, .pdf format, 81p.).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/public_health/SeriesC_04.pdf

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9. US CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES PRESS RELEASE: "Medicare Paid Over $92 Million In Incentives For 2008 Under The Physician Quality Reporting Initiative," (November 13, 2009).

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/apps/media/press/release.asp?Counter=3546

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10. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH PRESS RELEASES:

A. "Researchers Identify Gene Mutations Underlying Risk for Most Common Form of Parkinson's Disease," (November 16, 2009).

http://www.nih.gov/news/health/nov2009/nia-16.htm

B. "NIAID Announces New Award to Study the Effects of Radiation and Aging on the Human Immune System," (November 12, 2009).

http://www.nih.gov/news/health/nov2009/niaid-12.htm

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11. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS [REPUBLICAN WEB SITE] REPORT: "Estimated Financial Effects of the 'Amercia's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009' (H.R. 3962), as passed by the House on November 7, 2009," by Richard S. Foster (November 2009, .pdf format, 31p.).

http://republicans.waysandmeans.house.gov/UploadedFiles/OACT_Memorandum_on_Financial_Impact_of_H_R__3962__11-13-09_.pdf

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12. WELSH ASSEMBLY GOVERNMENT/LLYWODRAETH CYNULLIAD CYMRU REPORT: "Paying for Care in Wales: creating a fair and sustainable system," (November 2009, .pdf format, 50p.).

http://www.payingforcareinwales.net/

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13. GOVERNMENT EQUALITIES OFFICE [UK] REPORT: "Voice of Older People Annual Report 2008/09," (November 2009, .pdf format, 31p.).

http://www.equalities.gov.uk/news/voice_of_older_people-_annual.aspx

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14. AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF HEALTH AND WELFARE REPORT: "Australia's welfare 2009" (November 2009, compressed and uncompressed rich text [.rtf] and uncompressed .pdf format, 352p.). Note: Chapters 3 and 5 focus on aging related topics.

http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/index.cfm/title/10872

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15. ALZHEIMER'S SOCIETY [UK] REPORT: "Counting the cost: Caring for people with dementia on hospital wards," by Louise Lakey (November 2009, .pdf format, 54p.).

http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/download_info.php?fileID=787

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16. JOSEPH ROWNTREE FOUNDATION [UK] REPORT: "Older people's vision for long term care," by Helen Bowers, Helen Bowers, Angela Clark, Gilly Crosby, Lorna Easterbrook, Alison Macadam, Rosemary MacDonald, Ann Macfarlane, Mairi Maclean, Meena Patel, Dorothy Runnicles, Tim Oshinaike and Cathy Smith (November 2009, .pdf format, 58p.).

http://www.jrf.org.uk/publications/older-people-vision-long-term-care

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17. POPULATION REFERENCE BUREAU REPORT: "The NIA Demography Centers 2009," (November 2009, .pdf format, 8p.).

http://www.prb.org/Reports/2009/NIAdemographycenters.aspx

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18. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION REPORT: "Summary of Key Medicare Provisions in H.R. 3962, Affordable Health Care for America Act," (November 2009, .pdf format, 2p. (summary) and 11p. (detailed summary).

http://www.kff.org/healthreform/7948.cfm

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19. CENTER ON BUDGET AND POLICY PRIORITIES REPORT: "Increasing Medicare Tax on High-Wage Earners Could Help Pay for Health Reform and Strengthen Medicare’s Finances," by Paul N. Van de Water (November 2009, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).

http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=2996

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20. ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION BRIEF: "The Impact of Medicare Home Health Policy Changes on Medicare Beneficiaries: Part II," by Joann Ahern (Policy Brief No. 19, 2005, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.rwjf.org/pr/product.jsp?id=19451&topicid=1049

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21. PARAPROFESSIONAL HEALTHCARE INSTITUTE (PHI) REPORT: "Coverage for Caregivers: Lessons from Massachusetts Health Reform," by Carol Regan and Amy Robins, with Amy Lischko (October 2009, .pdf format, 30p.).

http://directcareclearinghouse.org/download/MA_CoverageForCaregivers.pdf

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22. SCIENCE ARTICLE, REPORT ABSTRACTS:

A. "Starvation Protects Germline Stem Cells and Extends Reproductive Longevity in C. elegans," by Giana Angelo and Marc R. Van Gilst (Vol. 326, No. 5955, November 13, 2009, p. 954-958).

http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/326/5955/954

B. "Amyloid-{beta} Dynamics Are Regulated by Orexin and the Sleep-Wake Cycle," by Jae-Eun Kang, Miranda M. Lim, Randall J. Bateman, James J. Lee, Liam P. Smyth, John R. Cirrito, Nobuhiro Fujiki, Seiji Nishino, and David M. Holtzman (Vol. 326, No. 5955, November 13, 2009, p. 1005-1007).

http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/326/5955/1005

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23. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES ARTICLE ABSTRACT:

A. "Age-related hearing loss in C57BL/6J mice is mediated by Bak-dependent mitochondrial apoptosis," by Shinichi Someya, Jinze Xu, Kenji Kondo, Dalian Ding, Richard J. Salvi, Tatsuya Yamasoba, Peter S. Rabinovitch, Richard Weindruch, Christiaan Leeuwenburgh, Masaru Tanokura, and Tomas A. Prolla (Vol. 106, No. 46, November 17, 2009, p. 19432-19437).

http://www.pnas.org/content/106/46/19432.abstract

B. "Alpha 1,3 fucosyltransferases are master regulators of prostate cancer cell trafficking," by Steven R. Barthel, Georg K. Wiese, Jaehyung Cho, Matthew J. Opperman, Danielle L. Hays, Javed Siddiqui, Kenneth J. Pienta, Bruce Furie, and Charles J. Dimitroff (Vol. 106, No. 46, November 17, 2009, p. 19491-19496).

http://www.pnas.org/content/106/46/19491.abstract

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24. LANCET NEUROLOGY REVIEW ABSTRACTS:

A. "Initial clinical manifestations of Parkinson's disease: features and pathophysiological mechanisms," by Maria C. Rodriguez-Oroz, Marjan Jahanshahi, Paul Krack, Irene Litvan, Raul Macias, Erwan Bezard, Jose A. Obeso (Vol. 8, No. 12, December 2009, p. 1128-1139).

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/laneur/article/PIIS1474-4422%2809%2970293-5/abstract

B. "Chronic dopaminergic stimulation in Parkinson's disease: from dyskinesias to impulse control disorders," by Valerie Voon, Pierre-Olivier Fernagut, Jeff Wickens, Christelle Baunez, Manuel Rodriguez, Nancy Pavon, Jorge L. Juncos, Jose A. Obeso, and Erwan Bezard (Vol. 8, No. 12, December 2009, p. 1140-1149).

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/laneur/article/PIIS1474-4422%2809%2970287-X/abstract

C. "Neuropathological assessment of Parkinson's disease: refining the diagnostic criteria," by Dennis W. Dickson, Heiko Braak, John E. Duda, Charles Duyckaerts, Thomas Gasser, Glenda M. Halliday, John Hardy, James B. Leverenz, Kelly Del Tredici, Zbigniew K. Wszolek, and Irene Litvan (Vol. 8, No. 12, December 2009, p. 1150-1157).

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/laneur/article/PIIS1474-4422%2809%2970238-8/abstract

D. "Progression of Parkinson's disease in the clinical phase: potential markers," by Walter Maetzler, Inga Liepelt, and Daniela Berg (Vol. 8, No. 12, December 2009, p. 1158-1171).

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/laneur/article/PIIS1474-4422%2809%2970291-1/abstract

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25. PUBLIC LIBRARY OF SCIENCE (PLOS) ARTICLE:

A. "Allosteric Modulation of PS1/{gamma}-Secretase Conformation Correlates with Amyloid {beta}42/40 Ratio," by Kengo Uemura, Christina M. Lill, Xuejing Li, Jessica A. Peters, Alexander Ivanov, Zhanyun Fan, Bart DeStrooper, Brian J. Bacskai, Bradley T. Hyman, and Oksana Berezovska (PLoS ONE 4(11): e7893. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0007893, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 9p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0007893

B. "Stereotaxical Infusion of Rotenone: A Reliable Rodent Model for Parkinson's Disease," by Nian Xiong, Jinsha Huang, Zhentao Zhang, Zhaowen Zhang, Jing Xiong, Xingyuan Liu, Min Jia, Fang Wang, Chunnuan Chen, Xuebing Cao, Zhihou Liang, Shenggang Sun, Zhicheng Lin, and Tao Wang (PLoS ONE 4(11): e7878. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0007878, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 11p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0007878

C. "Experimental Diabetes Mellitus Exacerbates Tau Pathology in a Transgenic Mouse Model of Alzheimer's Disease," by Yazi D. Ke, Fabien Delerue, Amadeus Gladbach, Jurgen Gotz, and Lars M. Ittner (PLoS ONE 4(11): e7917. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0007917, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 7p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0007917

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26. FORBES ARTICLE: "Fixing Your 401(k)," by Emily Lambert (November 30, 2009).

http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2009/1130/investing-retirement-plans-employment-fix-your-401k.html

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II. Working Papers:

27. RAND CORPORATION LABOR AND POPULATION PROGRAM WORKING PAPER: "Mental Retirement," by Susann Rohwedder and Robert J. Willis (WR-711, October 2009, .pdf format, 26p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.rand.org/pubs/working_papers/WR711/

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28. DE NEDERLANDSCHE BANK: "Pension funds' asset allocation and participant age: a test of the life-cycle model," by Jacob A. Bikker, Dirk W.G.A. Broeders, David A. Hollanders and Eduard H.M. Ponds (No. 223, October 2009, .pdf format, 19p.).

Abstract:

This paper examines the impact of participants’ age distribution on the asset allocation of Dutch pension funds, using a unique data set of pension fund investment plans for 2007. Theory predicts a negative effect of age on (strategic) equity exposures. We observe that pension funds do indeed take the average age of their participants into account. However, the average age of active participants has been incorporated much more strongly in investment behaviour than the average ages of retired or dormant participants. This suggests that both employers and employees, who dominate pension fund boards, tend to show more interest in active participants. A one-year higher average age in active participants leads to a significant and robust reduction in the strategic equity exposure by around 0.5 percentage point. Larger pension funds show a stronger age-equity exposure effect than smaller pension funds. This age-dependent asset allocation of pension funds aligns with the original life-cycle model by which young workers should invest more in equity than older workers because of their larger human capital. Other factors, viz. fund size, funding ratio, and average pension wealth of participants, influence equity exposure positively and significantly, in line with theory. Pension plan type and pension fund type have no significant impact.

http://www.dnb.nl/en/binaries/Pension%20funds%20asset%20allocation_tcm47-224135.pdf

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

29. American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias (Vol. 24, No. 6, December 2009/January 2010).

http://aja.sagepub.com/content/vol24/issue6/

30. American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 170, No. 11, Dec. 2009).

http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/vol170/issue11/index.dtl?etoc

31. European Review of Aging and Physical Activity (Vol. 6, No. 2, October 2009).

http://www.springerlink.com/content/q6j546x7313p/?p=abb71d9ab28443f28d54542542e07861&pi=0

32. Journal of Applied Gerontology (Vol. 28, No. 6, Dec. 1, 2009).

http://jag.sagepub.com/content/vol28/issue6/?etoc

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33. 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 16, 2009:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of November 16, 2009:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of November 16, 2009:

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

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of November 16, 2009:

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

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of November 16, 2009:

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

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of November 16, 2009:

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

AMEDEO Literature Guide:

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

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IV. Books:

34. NATIONAL ACADEMIES PRESS MONOGRAPH: Improving the Measurement of Late-Life Disability in Population Surveys: Beyond ADLs and IADLs: Summary of a Workshop, by Gooloo S. Wunderlich (2009, ISBN-10: 0-309-14371-3, 180p.).

http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12740

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V. Funding Opportunities:

35. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH: "National Centers for Biomedical Computing (U54)," (RFA-RM-09-002, a reissue of RFA-RM-04-022, Nov. 10, 2009, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-09-002.html

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36. NATIONAL CENTER ON SENIOR TRANSPORTATION: "University Student Scholars Program," (deadline for application is December 17, 2009). "The NCST is once again pleased to announce an opportunity for currently enrolled university students to conduct a project that relates to older adult transportation. Through this program, the National Center on Senior Transportation anticipates awarding a number of post-baccalaureate students with awards up to $2,000 per award to expand upon current transportation/mobility-related projects to benefit older adults and transportation service delivery networks. Funding need not be used for new initiatives and can expand upon a project that is already underway."

http://seniortransportation.easterseals.com/site/PageServer?pagename=NCST2_about_projects_student_projects&autologin=true

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VI. Conferences:

37. CONFERENCEALERTS.COM PALLIATIVE CARE CONFERENCES:

"Bringing Modern Medicine into Homes," to be held Jan. 26, 2010 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates). A call for abstracts is now available. For more information see:

http://www.conferencealerts.com/seeconf.mv?q=ca1mix8m

"The International Conference of 4th Asian Congress of Health Psychology," to be held Aug. 27, 2010 in Taipei, Taiwan. A call for abstracts is now available. For more information see:

http://www.conferencealerts.com/seeconf.mv?q=ca1mi6hs

Conferencealerts.com Gerontology Conferences:

http://www.conferencealerts.com/hospice.htm

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38. LIFE PLANNING NETWORK: "National Conference on Positive Aging," (December 7-9, 2009, St. Petersburg, Florida). For more information about the conference and registration:

http://www.lifeplanningnetwork.org/conference_09.htm

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VII. Websites of Interest:

39. MEDICARE.GOV WEBSITE UPDATES: The "Supplier Directory" page was updated on Nov. 17, 2009. The "Medicare Options Compare" and "Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Finder" page were updated on Nov. 19, 2009. For all of Medicare.gov's suite of interactive web databases see:

http://www.medicare.gov/Updates.asp

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40. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION STATEHEALTHFACTS.ORG UPDATE: "Kaiser's statehealthfacts.org has added and updated tables dated from Nov. 17-18, 2009 that may be of interest researchers in aging. See particularly under "Medicaid" and "Medicare."

http://www.statehealthfacts.org/whatsnew.jsp

Thanks,

Charlie

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