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A Record 60.6 Million Americans Live in Multigenerational Households

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Twenty-one percent of adults age 65 and older live in a multigenerational household.

Twenty-one percent of adults age 65 and older live in a multigenerational household.

Pew Research Center: A Record 60.6 Million Americans Live in Multigenerational Households

The number and share of Americans living in multigenerational family households has continued to rise, even though the Great Recession is now in the rear-view mirror. In 2014, a record 60.6 million people, or 19% of the U.S. population, lived with multiple generations under one roof, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of census data.

Multigenerational family living – defined as a household that includes two or more adult generations, or one that includes grandparents and grandchildren – is growing among nearly all U.S. racial groups as well as Hispanics, among all age groups and among both men and women.  The share of the population living in this type of household declined from 21% in 1950 to a low of 12% in 1980. Since then, multigenerational living has rebounded, increasing sharply during and immediately after the Great Recession of 2007-09. (D’Vera Cohn and Jeffrey S. Passel, 8/11)

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KHN: Medicare Beneficiaries May Face ‘Treatment Gap’ For Painkiller Abuse, Misuse

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Medicare beneficiaries had the highest and most rapidly growing rate of “opioid use disorder,” according to research article published in JAMA Psychiatry.

Medicare beneficiaries had the highest and most rapidly growing rate of “opioid use disorder,” according to research article published in JAMA Psychiatry.

Kaiser Health News: Study: Medicare Beneficiaries May Face ‘Treatment Gap’ For Painkiller Abuse, Misuse 

Carmen Heredia Rodriguez, for Kaiser Health News, reports: “When most people think of the victims of the nation’s opioid abuse epidemic, they seldom picture members of the Medicare set. But a research letter published Wednesday in JAMA Psychiatry found Medicare beneficiaries had the highest and most rapidly growing rate of “opioid use disorder.” Six of every 1,000 recipients struggle with the condition, compared with one out of every 1,000 patients covered through commercial insurance plans. (Heredia Rodriguez, 7/20)

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KHN: When Medicare Advantage Drops Doctors, Some Members Can Switch Plans

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After insurers dropped hundreds of providers in 2013, CMS issued rules giving people a “special enrollment period” to change plans or join regular Medicare if there was a “significant” change in their provider network.

After insurers dropped hundreds of providers in 2013, CMS issued rules giving people a “special enrollment period” to change plans or join regular Medicare if there was a “significant” change in their provider network.

Susan Jaffe, for Kaiser Health News, reports: “Medicare Advantage plans sold by private insurers are an alternative to traditional Medicare, but they cover services only from doctors, hospitals and other providers that are in the insurer’s network.

Although providers are allowed to drop out of the plans any time, members can usually change only during the annual sign-up period in the fall. There are exceptions, but until recently losing a provider was not among them. After insurers dropped hundreds of providers in 2013, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued rules giving people a “special enrollment period” to change plans or join regular Medicare if there was a “significant” change in their provider network. The policy took effect last year and applies only to Medicare Advantage members, not to the plans CMS oversees in the health law’s marketplaces.” (Jaffe, 3/29)

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