Sr. Policy Advisor @AARPpolicy, work on Rx, live in St. Louis, cheer for the Nats, and strive to be better everyday. Views are my own.

St. Louis, MO, United States
Joined August 2010
James McSpadden retweeted
Watch @JaneSungDC talk about the problem of surprise medical bills. She and @jmcspadden12 wrote about how the federal No Surprises Act will help protect consumers from unexpected and unaffordable medical costs. aarp.org/surprisebilling
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Biased, but I think it is a good read!
Unexpected out-of-network medical costs can be devastating– 60% of Americans report worrying about them. The federal No Surprises Act will supplement existing state laws to protect consumers from #SurpriseBilling. spr.ly/6019Kt88l @jmcspadden12 @JaneSungDC
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The pandemic exposed many shortcomings in how we support an aging society, but it has also clarified the steps we need to take moving forward. Read more in my @AARPpolicy blog: blog.aarp.org/thinking-polic…
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Prices for most top Medicare Part D drugs have already increased in 2022: an average increase of 5.2% for 75 brand name drugs widely used by Medicare beneficiaries, including Eliquis, Januvia, and Symbicort. spr.ly/6015Kdbsf @leighdrugwonk #rxpricewatch
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Proud to call attention to the topic of medication literacy #AARPEmployee
Health literacy is widely understood as a quality measure of health care decision making. A related measure needs more attention, particularly regarding older adults: medication literacy. spr.ly/6010KBqWQ via @jmcspadden12
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SNAP keeps food on the table for older adults. Two key takeaways from our new fact sheet by @livi_dean and @capfigueiredo: almost half of #SNAP households have an older adult; most older SNAP households live below the poverty line. spr.ly/6012JSbsm #FoodInsecurity
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New post from @susanpolicy @BrendanJFlinn shows how the Build Back Better Act could ensure a stronger nurse presence in nursing homes & establish a path to evidence-based minimum staffing requirements in federal law. spr.ly/6014JWVaj
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Nursing facilities have a chance to leverage the success of #COVID19 immunization to improve other immunization programs. But first they must break historical trends. spr.ly/6012Jee3q via @susanpolicy @jmcspadden12 @arihouser
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Compared with those living in urban areas, white and Black adults ages 50 + living in rural areas had a higher prevalence of heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, obesity. #SDOH spr.ly/6018Jnt7e
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James McSpadden retweeted
Now is time for Congress to deliver for their constituents by passing a #BuildBackBetter Act that lowers prescription drug prices and improves the lives of older Americans. We will not stop until the President signs legislation that lowers drug prices. press.aarp.org/2021-11-2-AAR…
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#COVID19 has provided an opportunity for nursing homes to evaluate all of their #vaccine programs
The pandemic has a lot to teach us about improving immunization rates for pneumonia and influenza in nursing homes. @susanpolicy @jmcspadden12 explain in their new report. spr.ly/6019JuOHH
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James McSpadden retweeted
Another poll, another **strong** reason for Congress to allow Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices. Americans are sick and tired of paying the highest prices in the world – they agree on the solution, and they certainly aren’t falling for PhRMA’s lies.
Who favors gov’t drug price negotiations: ▪️ 91% of Democrats ▪️ 85% of independents ▪️ 76% of Republicans ▪️ 84% of seniors Hearing arguments for/against the idea doesn’t move opinion much, but share of GOP who "strongly favor" it dipped from 44%➡️28%. kff.org/health-costs/poll-fi…
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James McSpadden retweeted
#SNAP Benefits Helped Older Adults Avoid Food Insecurity During Pandemic: bit.ly/2ZJAgQZ @AARPpolicy @AARP @AARPFoundation
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James McSpadden retweeted
NEW REPORT: We looked at the prices of popular specialty drugs & found four commonly used Rx that cost $1,000+ per DAY. Specialty Rx prices are also increasing at more than 3X the rate of inflation - all the more reason for Congress to take action. NOW. spr.ly/6011JE1BD
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