Category Archives: News and Updates

Issue Brief – Medicare and Telehealth: Coverage and Use During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Options for the Future

An issue brief published by Kaiser Family Foundation dives into the rapid expansion of telehealth during the pandemic. For example, among the vast majority of Medicare beneficiaries with a usual source of care (95%), such as a doctor or other health professional, or a clinic, nearly two-thirds (64% or 33.6 million) say that their provider currently offers telehealth appointments, up from 18% who said their provider offered telehealth before the pandemic.

But nearly a quarter of Medicare beneficiaries (23%) say they don’t know if their provider offers telehealth appointments, and this percentage is larger among beneficiaries who live in rural areas (30%). Continue reading

Equity in Aging – News, Notes and Events

With the launch of Equity in Aging from the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative, AARP Massachusetts and the Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts, we will be periodically sharing news, resources and upcoming events on the topic that may be of interest to our network of partners and stakeholders.

The Equity in Aging Committee will be helping to drive the content of these updates as well as our ongoing webinar series, but we welcome submissions from others, which can be emailed to James Fuccione at MHAC. Continue reading

MAPC Seeks Feedback on MetroCommon2050, the Greater Boston Region’s Long Term Plan

MetroCommon2050 is Greater Boston’s next long-range regional plan. It’s a plan for all of the 101 cities and towns and countless neighborhoods of the region of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC).

Through research and community engagement, MAPC gathered opinions from thousands throughout the region, including people of different ages, backgroundsracial and ethnic backgrounds, walks of life, and perspectives. This allowed us tconfirm that the goals in MetroCommon reflect Greater Boston’s hopes and dreams and that our view of the problems that need to be solved is correct.   Continue reading

AARP and Congress for the New Urbanism Release ‘A Handbook for Improved Neighborhoods’

A new toolkit developed by  AARP Livable Communities and the Congress for the New Urbanism called  Enabling Better Places: A Handbook for Improved Neighborhoods provides options for communities to consider as they identify and select small-scale, incremental policy changes that can be made without overhauling entire zoning codes and land use policies.

This toolkit could be especially useful in the relatively new context of the Housing Choice Law, which reduced the number of votes required to enact certain kinds of zoning ordinances and bylaws from a ⅔ supermajority to a simple majority, among other changes. Continue reading

US Census Bureau Hosting Data Summit on ‘Persons with Disabilities and Aging Populations’

You are Invited to join the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2021 Data Summit Series. Designed for the novice data user, the series will present a high-level overview of several data products and demonstrate how they can be used to assist organizations and businesses identify data-driven solutions to challenges. 

This Summit, taking place on July 13th, is on Data About Persons with Disabilities and Aging Populationsand is a FREE Virtual Webinar which will explore these tabulations and how to access these statistics at local geographic levels. The webinar has limited spots, so be sure to register early. At the conclusion of this session, you will: Continue reading