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May 11, 2019

The State of Medicare and Medicaid
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Millions of Americans are counting on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid for support in their golden years. But these programs are facing serious financial challenges in the years ahead. Then, teens that spend countless hours unsupervised on the internet may later become targets of adult sexual predators.
Episode Segments:
The Stability of the Social Safety Net
Most Americans are aware that the Social Security program will soon run short of money. William G. Gale, PhD, Arjay and Frances Miller Chair in Federal Economic Policy, Senior Fellow in the Economic Studies Program at the Brookings Institution discussed the even shakier financial situations of Medicare and Medicaid. He said the Medicare trust fund will run out of money in 2026. He stressed the importance for Congress to either reduce costs, raise taxes or make other major policy changes soon.
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Online Targets of Predators
Teens spend hours every day on internet-connected devices, often with little or no supervision. Megan Maas, PhD, Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Michigan State University, certified sexuality educator led a study that found that online sexual experiences can predict a teenís likelihood of becoming a victim of sexual assault one year later. She outlined the specific patterns of behaviors that can put teenagers at risk. She said she believes teens need to receive much better education to learn how online activities can affect their real life.
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Veterans and Mental Health
Veterans face a wide array of mental health and stress-related challenges when they return to civilian life. Christopher Loftis, PhD, National Director for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs/U.S. Department of Defense Mental Health Collaboration discussed the various forms of help available at Veterans Administration facilities and via community-based mental health resources where veterans live. He offered ideas to help family members and friends start the conversation about mental health.
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