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Need to Know, March 8, 2013: The long-term care challenge


(This episode was originally broadcast on January 4, 2013)

This week's host, Scott Simon. Photo: Will O’Leary

On this week’s Need to Know, Karla Murthy reports from California about one family dealing with the emotional and financial stresses of caring for a chronically ill parent.

Anchor Scott Simon interviews Robyn Stone, former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Disability, Aging & Long-Term Care Policy under President Clinton, about the broader societal impacts of long-term care in the United States.

Hannah Yi reports from Rhode Island on an innovative program that is paying family members, friends and neighbors to care for their loved ones.

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What’s on this week:

Caring for the chronically ill

Karla Murthy reports from California about one family dealing with the emotional and financial stresses of caring for a chronically ill parent.

Interview: Robyn Stone

Anchor Scott Simon interviews Robyn Stone, former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Disability, Aging & Long-Term Care Policy under President Clinton, about the broader societal impacts of long-term care in the United States.

Report from Rhode Island

Hannah Yi reports from Rhode Island on an innovative program that is paying family members, friends and neighbors to care for their loved ones.

Money & Medicine

This hour-long documentary investigates the dangers the nation faces from runaway health care spending, as well as the dangers patients face from over-diagnosis and over-treatment.

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