Aging & Disabilities in New Hampshire

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AGING & DISABILITIES IN NEW HAMPSHIRE

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The Institute on Disability (IOD) at the University of New Hampshire released its annual Disability Types and Statistics for Those Over the Age of 65

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Hearing Disabilities: 48.5% Vision Disabilities: 16.9% Cognition: 22.6% Ambulatory Concerns: 59.2% Unable to Provide Self-Care: 18.5% Inability to Live Independently: 35.8% The numbers include:

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But how well is its senior care?

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Snapshot of Senior Care In a U.S. Today report in August, 2013, New Hampshire was ranked number three in its quality of health care for seniors and the elderly

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34 measures of senior health were used to define the healthcare statistics

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Among them were physical activity, poverty, drug coverage, hospital re-admissions and flu vaccinations

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From a national perspective: 1 in 8 Americans (13% or 40.3 million) are 65 or older By 2030, projections are for this segment of the population to grow to 19.3% or 72 million By then, the collective baby boomer generation will have reached the age of 65

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The Bureau of Census states that by 2050, seniors will make up 25% of the population

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Further, those 85 and older are projected to increase from 5.8 million in 2010 to 8.7 million in 2030

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Higher Ranking States

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Those states that scored well reflect a number of factors, including a large number of seniors who report being in very good or excellent health, high rates of creditable drug coverage, easier access to home health care workers and a low rate of seniors at risk of going hungry

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Those states in the top three also have lower hospitalization rates for fractures

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By contrast, the lower ranking states (Mississippi ranked lowest), a high percentage of seniors live in poverty and are at risk of going hungry

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Premature deaths are high and a troubling low percentage of seniors say they are in GOOD HEALTH

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These seniors are less likely to see a dentist or ENT

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Other Tax Factors and Benefits for Seniors in New Hampshire

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New Hampshire is one of just 9 states that has no income taxes, though federal taxes may still apply

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Social Security benefits are not taxed by New Hampshire but again, federal taxes may still apply

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Retirement income is not taxed at the state level and there is also a $1,200 exemption residents 65 or older for taxable dividends and interest

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There are no inheritance taxes or estate taxes at the state level

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New Hampshire also offers a number of programs designed exclusively for its aging population, including a seamless state agency group that focuses on getting seniors the best options for their needs

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The Office of Medicaid Business and Policy (OMBP)

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The Office of Medicaid Business and Policy (OMBP) oversees the New Hampshire Medical Assistance program (Medicaid), along with other health planning, reporting, data and research OMBP is responsible for the administration of the Medical Assistance Program, called New Hampshire Medicaid, for low-income NH adults and children, including persons with mental illness, developmental disabilities, and those residing in long term care facilities

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OMBP's development and facilitation of program policy and financial management for Medicaid services assists other DHHS program areas Manages specialized Medicaid programs for children, seniors, the blind or disabled, including persons with mental illness, developmental disabilities, and those residing in long term care facilities

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