A little over a year ago, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar joined the ranks of every other HHS Secretary in modern history opposing the idea of drug importation and referred to it as “a gimmick.” Unfortunately, we are now faced with a political gimmick after Secretary Azar announced an importation action plan that unfortunately will not lower out of pocket costs, and instead create great safety concerns for American patients.Read more
We would like to commend the Louisiana Legislature for staying focused on our financial challenges and approving a plan in the most recent special legislative session. Even though it took several attempts, our public officials didn't give up, but pressed onward toward doing what was right for Louisiana. We were thrilled with that progress.Read more
I read the recent opinion piece by Lynn Jurich about her solar “guarantee” of a brighter future for the Sunshine State and could only cringe for those senior citizens who may hurry out to purchase a solar system. I am all for a healthy, cleaner and safe environment, but when we see the word “guarantee,” as used in the headline, attached to products and services, it can cause us great concern.Read more
Every year during the month of June, the United States has the opportunity to bring awareness to Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month. Alzheimer's is a degenerative brain disease and the most common type of dementia. According to the Alzheimer's Association, 5 million Americans suffer from this horrible disease and with our population aging by the day, we have a difficult road ahead of us. Just in the state of Mississippi, Alzheimer's affects 53,000 residents and with 936,000 citizens over the age of 50, these numbers will grow.Read more
It appears that age 62 is the most popular age to receive Social Security, according to a June 19 News Sentinel article, but what what happens if our Social Security trust fund runs dry one day? With the recent news from the trustees of the Social Security and Medicare trust fund, let's just hope we have the luxury to choose in the future. The trustees have often said Social Security will be depleted by 2034 if we don't make changes, but for the first time in 36 years, costs will exceed income, forcing the program to dip into our reserves to cover benefits. This news is frightening for our seniors and future generations.Read more
Every year the crimes against our elderly population appear to be getting worse and worse. The dreadful numbers have been all across the board, but a 2015 study by Truelink Financial reported that our older American’s lose $36 billion annually from elder financial abuse with no relief in sight.Read more
Conwell Hooper, Executive Director of American Senior Alliance, wrote the following opinion piece for the Sun Sentinel.
Recent legislation filed by Florida Sen. Gary Farmer (SB 896) and Rep. Katie Edwards (HB 655) not only ignores nursing home residents’ rights to privacy, but also poses a safety risk for these seniors, as well as the staff who care for them.
We have all heard the horror stories of regulations killing business by creating a web of red tape that it makes it difficult to operate, much less turn a profit. In Mississippi, the federal government seems to be hindering growth, innovation and expansion by burdening some of our health care facilities.
American Senior Alliance Executive Director, Conwell Hooper, wrote the following opinion piece for The Natchez Democrat.
We have all heard the horror stories of regulations killing business by creating a web of red tape that it makes it difficult to operate, much less turn a profit. Just south of here in Adams County, MS, the federal government hinders growth, innovation, and expansion by burdening some of our favorite health care facilities.Read more