Fitness for Seniors Has a Whole New Meaning Today

It was believed that seniors couldn’t increase muscle mass or strength if they wanted to. Studies at Harvard and elsewhere have now firmly put that myth to rest. In generations past, exercise was believed to be mostly for the younger set. It was even believed that seniors couldn’t increase muscle mass or strength if they … Continue reading

California Healthline: State ‘A Few Weeks’ From Waiver Draft

by David Gorn The state is weeks away from finishing the first draft of a new 1115 federal Medicaid waiver, according to Jennifer Kent, director of the Department of Health Care Services. In her first legislative hearing since being appointed director last month, Kent told the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services about … Continue reading

California Healthline: One Waiver Down, One More To Go?

by David Gorn With its current waiver, California successfully expanded Medi-Cal, its Medicaid program, and launched the dual eligibles demonstration project. That federal-state agreement — known as a Section 1115 waiver — is due to expire in October 2015, but that doesn’t mean the state is done with it. State health officials have formulated a … Continue reading

California Healthline: Governor Rejects Adult Day Health Bill; Future of Senior Program Now Up in Air

by David Gorn On Monday, Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoed a bill to codify Community Based Adult Services as a Medi-Cal benefit and continue offering it as a benefit into the future. The state has attempted to eliminate adult day health care in the past. The CBAS program, serving some of the oldest, most frail Californians … Continue reading

California Healthline: Bill To Extend Adult Day Program OK’d

by David Gorn A state Senate committee this week unanimously approved a measure to extend the end date of the adult day health care program as a Medi-Cal benefit in California. Adult day care is offered through the Community Based Adult Services program as a Medi-Cal benefit. Created as part of a settlement of a lawsuit, … Continue reading

CAADS: Call to Action – 10% RATE RESTORATION ADVOCACY UPDATE

From our colleagues from CAADS: We need every friend of CBAS to contact the Assembly and Senate Budget Sub-Committees and Committee Chairs Skinner and Leno along with new Speaker Toni Atkins (San Diego) and incoming Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León (Los Angeles) to convey the urgent need to restore the CBAS rate to keep … Continue reading

California Healthline: Duals Demonstration Project Begins

by David Gorn The duals demonstration project launched last week in five counties, according to officials from the Department of Health Care Services, which is overseeing the project. Only one county has launched the automatic process — known as passive enrollment — that moves beneficiaries into new coverage. In San Mateo County, residents who are dually … Continue reading

California Healthline: Adult Day Centers Still Struggling

by David Gorn, California Healthline Sacramento Bureau   It has been a tough couple of years for Moli Steinert, executive director of Stepping Stone, a collection of four facilities in San Francisco that tends to some of the most frail and elderly people in the city. Many of her clients are monolingual Chinese speakers or … Continue reading

California Healthline: Legislators Hope To Restore Medi-Cal Provider Cut, Boost Access to Care

In a California Healthline report by Deirdre Kennedy, experts discussed the impacts of a large Medi-Cal provider rate cut, and the legislative attempt to reverse it. California has some of the lowest Medicaid provider rates in the nation, and that was true even before lawmakers ordered another 10% reduction in 2011. That low reimbursement rate could affect access … Continue reading

California Healthline: San Francisco Adult Day Centers Get Reprieve From 10% Medi-Cal Rate Cut

St. Barnabas Senior Services Adult Day Center

by David Gorn The state Department of Health Care Services has granted an exemption from a Medi-Cal reduction to nine San Francisco adult day health care facilities catering to a frail and elderly patient population. Officials hope the move will help all nine Community-Based Adult Services centers stay in business — particularly four of them that … Continue reading

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