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Family turns up the volume to fight MS

Family turns up the volume to fight MS

first_imgWhat: Benefit for Team Road Kill, Ron Haye’s MS Society fundraising bike team.Who: The Shivas and The Gunnar Roads Band.When: 7 p.m. Wednesday.Where: Kiggins Theater, 1011 Main St., Vancouver.Cost: $10 donation at the door.As Ron Haye undertook the fight of his life, the rock ’n’ roll music in his ear buds provided the soundtrack that spurred him on.The Beatles. Springsteen. Johnny Cash. Dave Matthews. They pounded his ears while he pounded the treadmill at the gym — trying to lose weight and get in shape so multiple sclerosis couldn’t press its advantage.“Music was something that helped get me through it. I could listen and I could focus on that,” Ron said. His symptoms would be raging — numbness, fatigue, overheating — but he could focus on the electricity, the harmony, the beat, and keep on going.All the while, Ron’s son, D.J., was serving in the Coast Guard — living at stations across the nation and overseas. He was just on his way out of the area, about two years ago, when his father got his diagnosis. Since then, D.J. hasn’t been able to participate as the tight-knit Haye family and its supportive community of friends pulled even closer together on Ron’s behalf.“It’s tough because it happened right when I was leaving,” D.J. said. “When I got back, I knew I wanted to spearhead something for my dad, myself.”last_img read more

New Analysis Finds More Seniors Living In Poverty

New Analysis Finds More Seniors Living In Poverty

first_imgNew Analysis Finds More Seniors Living In Poverty The estimate, which takes health spending and other factors into account, concluded that 1 in 7 seniors lives in poverty. Projections indicate that number could go up if certain Medicare reforms took effect. Politico: Report: More Seniors Are Living In PovertyAn alternative census estimate shows that more of America’s seniors than originally thought are living in poverty — and that means the poverty rate could spike under certain Medicare reforms, a new analysis finds. The estimate, which takes into account health spending and regional cost of living, finds 1 in 7 seniors lives in poverty. It was previously thought that just 1 in 10 did (Smith, 5/21).The Washington Post: Senior Poverty Is Much Worse Than You ThinkBut under the [supplemental poverty measure], you’d count as poor as $15,000 – $10,000 = $5,000, which is below the relevant SPM threshold. And despite having Medicare, many seniors struggle with out-of-pocket medical bills. As my colleague Michelle Singletary pointed out over the weekend, the Employee Benefit Research Institute has found Medicare only pays for about 60 percent of seniors’ total health costs. Sarah has written about how out-of-pocket costs tend to pile up particularly at the end of seniors’ lives. Due in part to such burdens, a new Kaiser Family Foundation report finds that the SPM poverty rate for senior citizens is actually higher than the official rate: 15 percent vs. 9 percent. And when you include people living within 200 percent of the poverty line, the picture under SPM looks even worse (Matthews, 5/20). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more