Capsules: Aggressive Care Still The Norm For Dying Seniors; Long-Term Care Protection May Be Toothless

Now on Kaiser Health News' blog, Alvin Tran writes about a new study finding that many seniors get aggressive care at the end of their lives: "Although federal data show that fewer Medicare beneficiaries are dying in hospitals, new research suggests that doesn't mean they're getting less aggressive care in their final days" (Tran, 2/5).

Also on the blog, KHN's consumer columnist Michelle Andrews writes about long-term care protection: "There aren't many investments people make to protect themselves against something that may happen 20 or 30 years down the road. Yet that's exactly what long-term care insurance purchasers do. But a provision in those policies that people rely on to help ensure their coverage will meet their needs decades hence may do nothing of the kind" (Andrews, 2/5). Check out what else is on the blog.

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