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Health care coverage as we age

An aging expert explains the importance of planning for growing older

Posted: Feb 23, 2021 9:53 AM
Updated: Feb 23, 2021 10:18 AM

CHICO, Calif. – Health care coverage is a hot issue for many Americans. The new Biden administration has announced a special extended "open enrollment period" for people to sign up for coverage through the Affordable Care Act.

Action News Now Morning Anchor Julia recently talked with an aging expert about how the pandemic is putting the need for early planning for aging and sufficient healthcare in the spotlight.

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, health care coverage has taken a leading role especially for many of our nation's elders. Experts in the field of aging said the impacts of the virus have led to greater awareness of issues impacting elders and their families.

"What the past year has done is pulled back the blinders on how unprepared many people are," explained Joy Loverde. "In fact, that is really what Covid-19 has done for us."

Loverde is a nationally recognized aging consultant. In her book, ‘Who Will Take Care of Me When I’m Old?’ Loverde said people must value having good health coverage. And she urges people to consider the issue and make sure to have an aging plan in place, long before a crisis occurs. She said the biggest issue most people face involves money.

“I would say money! Money and planning for your finances is the number one thing people need to think about. And plan to have a longer life and how you are going to finance that,” said Loverde.

Loverde said she is hopeful lawmakers on both sides of the aisle and those at both the federal and state levels will focus more on healthcare, aging and quality of life issues as our population becomes increasingly older.

The extended open enrollment period for coverage through the Affordable Care Act began Feb. 15, 2021, and runs through May 15, 2021.

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