Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #597 -- July 21, 2011

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. BOSTON COLLEGE CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH PUBLIC PLANS DATABASE: "The Public Plans Database (PPD) contains comprehensive financial, governance, and plan design information for 126 state and local defined benefit plans. At the state level, the PPD covers 107 plans, which represent more than 90 percent of all state government pension assets and members. At the local level, the PPD covers 19 plans, which represent more than 20 percent of all local government pension assets and members. On a combined basis, the PPD represents more than 85 percent of total state and local government pension assets and members." The database has been updated through 2010. Various extraction/download options are available at the site.

http://pubplans.bc.edu/

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II. Reports and articles:

2. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORTS:

A. "Payments for Medicare Part B Services During Non-Part A Nursing Home Stays in 2008" (OEI-06-07-00580, July 2011, .pdf format, 19p.).

http://oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-06-07-00580.asp

B. "Medicare Hospices That Focus on Nursing Facility Residents (OEI-02-10-00070, July 2011, .pdf format, 23p.).

http://oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-02-10-00070.asp

C. "OIG Advisory Opinion No. 11-09 ("advisory opinion regarding the use of a 'preferred hospital' network as part of Medicare Supplemental Health Insurance ('Medigap') policies, whereby [names redacted] would indirectly contract with hospitals for discounts on the otherwise applicable Medicare inpatient deductibles for their policyholders and in turn would provide a $100 premium credit to policyholders who utilize a network hospital for an inpatient stay (the 'Proposed Arrangement')" (July 2011, .pdf format, 7p.).

http://oig.hhs.gov/fraud/docs/advisoryopinions/2011/AdvOpn11-09.pdf

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3. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH NEWS RELEASE: "NIH tips for older adults to combat heat-related illnesses" (Jul. 18, 2011).

http://www.nih.gov/news/health/jul2011/nia-18.htm

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4. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, OFFICE OF RETIREMENT AND DISABILITY POLICY, VARIOUS:

A. "SSI Recipients by State and County, 2010" (July 2011, .pdf format, 103p., with tables in HTML, Microsoft Excel, and .pdf format).

http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/ssi_sc/2010/index.html

B. "SSI Monthly Statistics, June 2011" (July 2011, HTML and .pdf format).

http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/ssi_monthly/2011-06/index.html

C. "Monthly Statistical Snapshot, June 2011" (July 2011).

http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/quickfacts/stat_snapshot/index.html

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5. STATISTICS CANADA/STATISTIQUE CANADA REPORTS, PERIODICAL ARTICLE:

A. "Age and sex structure: Canada, provinces and territories, 2010," by Anne Milan (July 2011, HTML and .pdf format, 5p.).

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/91-209-x/2011001/article/11511-eng.htm

B. "Age and sex structure: Subprovincial, 2010," by Patrick Charbonneau, Genevieve Ouellet and Anne Milan (July 2011, HTML and .pdf format, 3p.).

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/91-209-x/2011001/article/11512-eng.htm

C. "Bone health: Osteoporosis, calcium and vitamin D," by Didier Garriguet (in Health Reports, Vol. 22, No. 3, July 2011, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1-8).

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-003-x/82-003-x2011003-eng.htm

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6. STATISTICS NETHERLANDS WEB MAGAZINE ARTICLE: "Retirement age employees further up," by Koos Arts and Ferdy Otten (Jul. 14, 2011).

http://www.cbs.nl/en-GB/menu/themas/arbeid-sociale-zekerheid/publicaties/artikelen/archief/2011/2011-3430-wm.htm

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7. STATE STATISTICS SERVICE OF UKRAINE DATA UPDATE: "Monthly average pensions and amount of pensioners: 1991-2011" (July 2011).

http://www.ukrstat.gov.ua/operativ/operativ2007/sz/sz_e/srp_07rik_e.html

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8. UK PARLIAMENT BRIEFING PAPERS:

A. "State Pension age," by Djuna Thurley (July 2011, .pdf format, 33p.).

http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/SN02234

B. "Civil Service Pension Scheme," by Djuna Thurley (July 2011, .pdf format, 41p.).

http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/SN03224

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9. AARP, VARIOUS:

A. "Valuing the Invaluable: 2011 Update - The Economic Value of Family Caregiving in 2009," by Lynn Feinberg, Susan C. Reinhard, Ari Houser, and Rita Choula (July 2011, .pdf format, 28p.).

http://www.aarp.org/relationships/caregiving/info-07-2011/valuing-fs.html

B. "The Employment Situation, June 2011: Dismal Job News for Older Workers," by Sara E. Rix (Fact Sheet, July 2011, .pdf format, 9p.).

http://www.aarp.org/work/job-hunting/info-07-2011/fs231-employment.html

C. "Nursing Home Care: Cost--annual median rate--of a semi-private room in a nursing home in each state and D.C." (_AARP Bulletin_, Jul. 21, 2011).

http://www.aarp.org/relationships/caregiving/info-07-2011/nursing-home-care-cost.html

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10. BOSTON COLLEGE CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH ISSUE BRIEF: "Unions and Public Pension Benefits," by Alicia H. Munnell, Jean-Pierre Aubry, Josh Hurwitz, and Laura Quinby (SLP#19, July 2011, .pdf format, 18p.).

http://crr.bc.edu/briefs/unions_and_public_pension_benefits.html

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11. BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY [WALTHAM, MASSACHUSETTS] INSTITUTE ON ASSETS AND SOCIAL POLICY BRIEF REPORT: "From Bad to Worse: Senior Economic Insecurity on the Rise," by Tatjana Meschede, Laura Sullivan, and Thomas Shapiro (July 2011, .pdf format, 5p.).

http://iasp.brandeis.edu/pdfs/FromBadtoWorse.pdf

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12. CENTER FOR AGING RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IN IRELAND (CARDI) E-LIBRARY UPDATE: CARDI e-library has updated its links to relevant papers from Jul. 15-21, 2011).

http://www.cardi.ie/directory

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13. CENTURY FOUNDATION ARTICLE: "Raising the Eligibility Age for Medicare: Is the President Serious?" by Maggie Mahar (July 2011).

http://takingnote.tcf.org/2011/07/raising-the-eligibility-age-for-medicare-is-the-president-serious.html

More information about TCF:

http://tcf.org/about

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14. COMMONWEALTH FUND ISSUE BRIEF: "England's Approach to Improving End-of-Life Care: A Strategy for Honoring Patients' Choices," by Bradford H. Gray (July 2011, .pdf format, 15p.).

http://www.commonwealthfund.org/Content/Publications/Issue-Briefs/2011/Jul/Englands-Approach-to-Improving-End-of-Life-Care.aspx

More information about CF:

http://www.commonwealthfund.org/About-Us.aspx

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15. DEMOGRAPHIC RESEARCH ARTICLES:

A. "Point and interval forecasts of mortality rates and life expectancy: A comparison of ten principal component methods," by Han Lin Shang, Rob Hyndman, and Heather Booth (Vol. 25, Article 5, July 2011, .pdf format, p. 173-214).

http://www.demographic-research.org/volumes/vol25/5/

B. "Exceptional Longevity in Okinawa: A Plea for In-depth Validation," by Michel Poulain (Article 25, No. 7, July 2011, .pdf format, p. 245-284).

http://www.demographic-research.org/volumes/vol25/7/

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16. ECONOMIST ARTICLE: "The cost of ageing: The (UK) government paints a clearer picture" (Jul. 14, 2011).

http://www.economist.com/node/18959074

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17. EUROPEAN CENTRE FOR SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY AND RESEARCH [VIENNA, AUSTRIA] ISSUE BRIEF: "Exclusion from Material Resources among Older People in EU Countries: New Evidence on Poverty and Capability Deprivation," by Asghar Zaidi (Issue Brief 2, July 2011, .pdf format, 17p.).

http://www.euro.centre.org/detail.php?xml_id=1939

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18. FAMILY CAREGIVER ALLIANCE PERIODICAL: Caregiving Policy Digest (Vol. 11, No. 13, Jul. 20, 2011).

http://www.caregiver.org/caregiver/jsp/content_node.jsp?nodeid=467

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19. HARVARD UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH PRESS RELEASE: "International Survey Highlights Great Public Desire to Seek Early Diagnosis of Alzheimer's" (Jul. 20, 2011).

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/press-releases/2011-releases/alzheimers-international-survey.html

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20. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION REPORT: "Medigap Reforms: Potential Effects of Benefit Restrictions on Medicare Spending and Beneficiary Costs," by Mark Merlis (July 2011, .pdf format, 21p.).

http://www.kff.org/medicare/8208.cfm

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21. NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SOCIAL INSURANCE POLICY BRIEF, ARTICLE:

A. "Medicare Finances: Findings of the 2011 Trustees Report," by Sabiha Zainulbhai and Lee Goldberg (May 2011, .pdf format, 8p.).

http://www.nasi.org/research/2011/medicare-finances-findings-2011-trustees-report

B. "Quick Answers to Common Questions about Social Security" (May 2011, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).

http://www.nasi.org/research/2011/quick-answers-common-questions-about-social-security

More information about NASI:

http://www.nasi.org/about

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22. POPULATION REFERENCE BUREAU ARTICLE: "More of Us on Track to Reach Age 100: Genes, Habits, Baboons Examined for Longevity Clues," by Paola Scommegna (July 2011).

http://www.prb.org/Articles/2011/biodemography.aspx

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23. NATURE ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Molecular chaperones in protein folding and proteostasis," by F. Ulrich Hartl, Andreas Bracher, and Manajit Hayer-Hartl (Vol. 475, No. 7356, Jul. 21, 2011, p. 324-332).

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v475/n7356/abs/nature10317.html

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24. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Targeting the regulation of androgen receptor signaling by the heat shock protein 90 cochaperone FKBP52 in prostate cancer cells," by Johanny Tonos De Leon, Aki Iwai, Clementine Feau, Yenni Garcia, Heather A. Balsiger, Cheryl L. Storer, Raquel M. Suro, Kristine M. Garza, Sunmin Lee, Yeong Sang Kim, Yu Chen, Yang-Min Ning, Daniel L. Riggs, Robert J. Fletterick, R. Kiplin Guy, Jane B. Trepel, Leonard M. Neckers, and Marc B. Cox (Vol. 108, No. 29, Jul. 18, 2011, p. 11878-11883).

http://www.pnas.org/content/108/29/11878.abstract?etoc

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25. PUBLIC LIBRARY OF SCIENCE (PLoS) ONE ARTICLES:

A. "14-3-3theta Protects against Neurotoxicity in a Cellular Parkinson's Disease Model through Inhibition of the Apoptotic Factor Bax," by Sunny R. Slone, Mathieu Lesort, and Talene A. Yacoubian (PLoS ONE 6(7): e21720. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0021720, Vol. 6, No. 7, July 2011, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 9p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0021720

B. "Expression and Localization of Mitochondrial Ferritin mRNA in Alzheimer's Disease Cerebral Cortex," by Ligang Wang, Hongkuan Yang, Shiguang Zhao, Haruhisa Sato, Yoshihiro Konishi, Thomas G. Beach, Essam Mohamed Abdelalim, Naomi J. Bisem, and Ikuo Tooyama (PLoS ONE 6(7): e22325. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0022325, Vol. 6, No. 7, July 2011, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 8p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0022325

C. "Intracellular Trafficking of the Amyloid {Beta}-Protein Precursor (APP) Regulated by Novel Function of X11-Like," by Yuhki Saito, Mayu Akiyama, Yoichi Araki, Akio Sumioka, Maki Shiono, Hidenori Taru, Tadashi Nakaya, Tohru Yamamoto, and Toshiharu Suzuki (PLoS ONE 6(7): e22108. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0022108, Vol. 6, No. 7, July 2011, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 11p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0022108

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26. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION BOOK REVIEW EXTRACTS:

A. Is God Still at the Bedside? The Medical, Ethical, and Pastoral Issues of Death and Dying, by Abigail Rian Evans, reviewed by Pat Fosarelli (JAMA. 2011;306(3):319, Jul. 20, 2011. doi: 10.1001/jama.2011.1005).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/content/306/3/319.1.extract

B. Fractures in the Elderly: A Guide to Practical Management, edited by Robert J. Pignolo, Mary Ann Keenan, and Nader M. Hebela, reviewed by David A. Ontjes 2011;306(3):319-320, Jul. 20, 2011. doi: 10.1001/jama.2011.1006).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/content/306/3/319.2.extract

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27. BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL ARTICLE: "Performance of stroke risk scores in older people with atrial fibrillation not taking warfarin: comparative cohort study from BAFTA trial," by F.D.R. Hobbs, A.K. Roalfe, G.Y.H. Lip, K. Fletcher, D.A. Fitzmaurice, and J. Mant BMJ 2011; 342:d3653, Vol. 343, No. 7815, Jul. 16, 2011, HTML and .pdf format, 13p.). This article is available free of charge.

http://www.bmj.com/content/342/bmj.d3653.full

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III. Working Papers:

28. HARVARD UNIVERSITY PROGRAM ON THE GLOBAL DEMOGRAPHY OF AGING: "Population aging and endogenous economic growth," by Klaus Prettner (WP 72, July 2011, .pdf format, 29p.).

Abstract:

This article investigates the consequences of population aging for long-run economic growth perspectives. We introduce age specific heterogeneity of households into a model of research and development (R&D) based technological change. We show that the framework incorporates two standard specifications as special cases: endogenous growth models with scale effects and semi-endogenous growth models without scale effects. The introduction of an age structured population implies that aggregate laws of motion for capital and consumption have to be obtained by integrating over different cohorts. It is analytically shown that these laws of motion depend on the underlying demographic assumptions. Our results are that (i) increases in longevity have positive effects on per capita output growth, (ii) decreases in fertility have negative effects on per capita output growth, (iii) the longevity effect dominates the fertility effect in case of endogenous growth models and (iv) population aging fosters long-run growth in endogenous growth models, while the converse holds true in semiendogenous growth frameworks.

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/pgda/WorkingPapers/2011/PGDA_WP_72.pdf

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29. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH:

A. "Future Skill Shortages in the U.S. Economy?" by David Neumark, Hans P. Johnson, and Marisol Cuellar Mejia (w17213, July 2011, .pdf format, 59p.).

Abstract:

The impending retirement of the baby boom cohort represents the first time in the history of the United States that such a large and well-educated group of workers will exit the labor force. This could imply skill shortages in the U.S. economy. We develop medium-term labor force projections of the educational demands on the workforce and the supply of workers by education to assess the potential for skill imbalances to emerge. Based on our formal projections, we see little likelihood of skill shortages emerging by the end of this decade. More tentatively, though, skill shortages are more likely as all of the baby boomers retire in later years, and skill shortages are more likely in the medium-term in states with large and growing immigrant populations. We discuss conflicting evidence on skill shortages based on alternative projections as well as criticisms of the definition of skill requirements, concluding that our projections are likely the most reasonable.

http://www.nber.org/papers/w17213

B. "The Effects of Health Shocks on Employment and Health Insurance: The Role of Employer-Provided Health Insurance," by Cathy J. Bradley, David Neumark, and Meryl I. Motika (W17223, July 2011, .pdf format, 23p.).

Abstract:

We study how mens dependence on their own employer for health insurance affects labor supply responses and loss of health insurance coverage when faced with a serious health shock. Men with employment-contingent health insurance (ECHI) are more likely to remain working following some kinds of adverse health shocks, and are more likely to lose insurance. With the passage of health care reform, the tendency of men with ECHI as opposed to other sources of insurance to remain employed following a health shock may be diminished, along with the likelihood of losing health insurance.

http://www.nber.org/papers/w17223

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30. PENSION RESEARCH COUNCIL, WHARTON SCHOOL, UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA: Note: PRC requires free registration before providing working papers. "Beyond Age and Sex: Enhancing Annuity Pricing," by Joelle HY. Fong (WP2011-07, June 2011, .pdf format, 52p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.pensionresearchcouncil.org/publications/document.php?file=975

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31. NEP-AGE: Working papers in the Economics of Aging are available through the bibliographic database provided by Research Papers in Economics (RePEc). The latest compilation is for Jul. 13, 2011.

http://ideas.repec.org/n/nep-age/

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

32. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology (Vol. 26, No. 3, September 2011).

http://www.springerlink.com/content/0169-3816/26/3/

33. Journal of Women and Aging (Vol. 23, No. 3, 2011).

http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~content=t792306920

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34. 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 Jul. 18, 2011:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Jul. 18, 2011:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Jul. 18, 2011:

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

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Jul. 18, 2011:

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

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of Jul. 18, 2011:

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

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of Jul. 18, 2011:

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

AMEDEO Literature Guide:

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

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V. Funding Opportunities/Employment Opportunities:

35. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH:

A. "Social and Behavioral Research on the Elderly in Disasters (R01)" (PA-11-263, National Institute on Aging, with companion FOAs PA-11-264--Social and Behavioral Research on the Elderly in Disasters (R03), and PA 11-265--Social and Behavioral Research on the Elderly in Disasters (R21), multiple application deadlines). For more information, as well as links to the companion FOAs, see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-11-263.html

B. "Network Infrastructure Support for Emerging Areas of Research in the Basic Biology of Aging (R24)" (PAR-11-266, National Institute on Aging, multiple application deadlines). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-11-266.html

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36. AGEWORK.COM: AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through July 21, 2011.

http://agework.geron.org/c/search_results.cfm?site_id=312

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VI. Conferences:

37. CONFERENCEALERTS.COM PALLIATIVE CARE CONFERENCES:

Oct. 26, 2011: Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care--San Francisco, California:

Dec. 11, 2011: 1st International Interdisciplinary palliative care Conference 2011--Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

May 2, 2011: VNAA (Visiting Nurse Associations of America) 30th Annual Meeting--Phoenix, Arizona

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

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VII. Legislation Information Updates:

38. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITEE ON AGING HEARING TESTIMONY: "A Prescription for Savings: Reducing Drug Costs to Medicare, a hearing held Jul. 21, 2011 (.pdf format). In addition to the print testimony, a video transcript of the hearing (running time: 2 hours, 10 minutes, 30 seconds) is available at the site.

http://aging.senate.gov/hearing_detail.cfm?id=333574&

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VIII. Websites of Interest:

39. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION STATEHEALTHFACTS.ORG UPDATE: "State Action Towards Creating a Health Insurance Exchange, as of July 18, 2011."

http://statehealthfacts.kff.org/comparemaptable.jsp?ind=962&cat=17

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It is not by muscle, speed, or physical dexterity that great things are achieved, but by reflection, force of character, and judgement; and in these qualities old age is usually not only not poorer, but is even richer

Cicero--106-43 B.C.

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