A recent published report suggests that lowering the Medicare eligibility to age  50 might actually save money.  That argument might sound upside down:  Americans are living longer, so why not delay Medicare eligibility past age 65.  However, one of the country’s top experts on geriatric medicine actually thinks Medicare should start covering preventive health care at age 50.  Dr. Linda Fried, dean of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University in New York, says that could help people not just live longer, but enjoy more healthy years.  Meanwhile, Medicare would save money on treatment of chronic illnesses in seniors.  Much of Fried’s research is focused on promotion of healthy aging, and the latest evidence shows people who get to age 60 in relatively good health are likely to stay healthy.  Dr. Fried states, “It won’t cost Medicare or the country more money, but having people living not just longer but healthier is essential to being able to experience the benefits of longer lives.”

You can read more about Dr. Fried’s study at the below link.



About Jerry

Jerold E. Rothkoff, a practicing New Jersey and Pennsylvania attorney, is the Principal of the Rothkoff Law Group, an elder care law firm. Jerry dedicates his practice to serving clients in the areas of life care planning, long-term care planning, Medicaid & VA benefits, and advocacy for the elderly and disabled. He is past President of the NJ Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, former chair of the elder law section of the NJ State Bar Association, and past President of the Life Care Planning Law Firm Association. Jerry continues to be an outspoken advocate for the rights of the elderly and disabled. He writes for and gives presentations regularly to attorneys and other professionals about legal issues related to seniors and those with disabilities. Jerry’s community activities include the Twilight Wish Foundation, the Delaware Valley Stroke Council, the Alzheimer’s Association, as well as numerous other advocacy groups. When not in the office, Jerry spends time with his wife, Erica, and their five children, eighteen-year old identical twin girls, Liza and Julia, fifteen-year old fraternal twin boys, Evan and Gregory, and six-year old Aitan.

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