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With the support of the Governor and the Colorado legislature, the increase in the older adult population was identified as needing additional funding to meet the growing demand for services. In just seven years, or by 2021, Colorado’s senior population age 60 and over is expected to top 1,350,000, more than double the number of individuals in 2011.
The Colorado House recently passed a House Bill 1121, which will allow patients across our state — many seniors among them — to obtain sophisticated medicines known as “biosimilars.” This legislation focuses on patient safety, and the patient-doctor relationship. While important for all, these two things are critical when it comes to the health of our seniors.
New biological treatments, which are made from living organisms, are often very beneficial for chronically ill patients, especially older adults whose condition has not responded to traditional chemical-based drugs. Thus, the benefit of developing biosimilars can be both humanitarian as well as a cost-saver to the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
Patients may want access to biosimilars because these drugs are generally less expensive than their brand name counterparts. Colorado senators are now considering the legislation that would establish access to biosimilars while also including some patient protections.
The Social Security Administration has recently launched an expanded tool to help Americans manage their Social Security benefits. The 'my Social Security' system allows both current beneficiaries and future Social Security recipients to create accounts that will track their Social Security contributions, payouts (including expected payouts) and eligibility. This service is also available to individuals receiving Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Insurance.
The 2013 Second Quarter Assisted Living Owner/Operator Training will be held on June 25, 26, 27 and 28, 2013 Denver Human Services, East Office, 3815 Steele St, Denver CO 80205. Classes will begin at 8:00 am and end at 5:00 pm daily. Attendees must register by Friday June 21, 2013 to guarantee a space and materials for the course.
Registration for this class is open now. Interested individuals may register online for the next offered course.