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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about states that would benefit from healthcare reform, improving opioid treatment access, expanding SNAP to Social Security recipients, and how smart cities are using technology to help elderly residents.

1. States that would benefit the most from healthcare reform 

Healthcare access, cost, and quality vary from location to location. Smart Asset compares states on nine key metrics related to health insurance, cost, etc. and then ranks them by how likely they would be to benefit from healthcare reform. New Mexico leads the list, although most states in the top 10 are in the Southeast. Hawaii comes in with the best overall score, but there is room for improvement in all states.

2. AMA urges states to improve opioid abuse treatment access 

The American Medical Association (AMA) released a new report encouraging states to improve opioid treatment access. Modern Healthcare summarizes the report, which focuses on four states with innovative strategies and recommends states use their enforcement authority, implement long-term funding, and explore strategies that increase access. 

3. Food stamp expansion for low-income elderly and disabled Californians off to rapid start 

Approximately 250,000 Social Security recipients have registered for food stamp benefits in California as of the end of July, according to the Modesto Bee. In June, California opened access to the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to low-income and disabled residents without decreasing their SSI benefits. By the end of the year, the state expects 400,000 residents to have registered for the expanded benefits.

4. Artificial intelligence (AI) stats news: 120 million workers need to be retrained because of AI 

Forbes published statistics from recent studies about the impact of artificial intelligence. These include the need to retrain millions of workers, the business impact of AI, rate of adoption, consumer attitudes, and predictions for the future, among others.

5. Aging in the city: How smart cities are improving accessibility 

Technology may be able to help senior citizens stay in their homes longer. IoT for All reports on what “smart cities” are doing to help elderly residents access the benefits of city living. Innovations include an app that helps the visually impaired navigate the city, telehealth services, an app to combat social isolation, and more. To reach more of the population, planners must consider the experience of the elderly when designing cities and make technology easy to use and understand.