Harbage: Erroneous Cal MediConnect Notices to Medicare Plan Members

From our colleagues at Harbage Consulting: Approximately 10,000 beneficiaries in Medicare plan products erroneously received 90-day CMC notices due to a data timing issue for the January enrollment phase.  This issue only applied to beneficiaries in Medicare products operated by a plan that is also a Cal MediConnect (CMC) plan.  Beneficiaries who received the 90-day … Continue reading

NSCLC: Advocacy Steps for Consumers and Advocates Regarding the Home Care Rule: Update on Requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Olmstead

From our colleagues at NSCLC: Effective January 1, 2015, the Department of Labor’s new Home Care Rule, depending on how it is implemented, could result in unintended consequences such as cuts to services, dismantling of programs that allow consumers to control their own care, and loss of income for home health care workers. Disability and … Continue reading

NSCLC: CMS Seeks Comments on Proposed Rule to Support Equal Rights for Same Sex Spouses in Medicare and Medicaid Facilities

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released proposed regulations as part of CMS’ implementation of the Supreme Court decision in United States v. Windsor, 570 U.S. 12, 133 S. Ct. 2675 (2013).  Comments on the rule are due by February 10, 2015. In response to the Windsor decision, the Department of Health … Continue reading

NSCLC: New Issue Brief Unfinished Business: Designing Appeals Procedures in the Dual-Eligible Demonstrations

From our colleagues at NSCLC: Under the Affordable Care Act, a number of states are participating in financial alignment demonstrations that combine the delivery of Medicare and Medicaid services for dual eligible beneficiaries. Even though financial alignment demonstrations are already “live” in five states with tens of thousands receiving services through demonstration plans, the appeal … Continue reading

WHCoA: A Time for Family

by Nora Super, Executive Director  Many of us are already preparing for Thanksgiving celebrations. Turkey and football, and perhaps travelling to wherever we call home, will be on many of our menus for the day. But whatever your plans, Thanksgiving is, above all, a time for family—however you define it.  That’s why it’s fitting that … Continue reading

Huffington Post: Happy Birthday, SSI, Time for an Update

Kevin Prindiville  Last week an extremely important federal program that you have likely never heard of turned 43 years old. The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program provides modest, yet life-saving, cash assistance to 8 million seniors and people with disabilities with extremely limited income and resources. As important as the program is, as it grows … Continue reading

TSF: Perspectives – White House Conference on Aging

From our colleagues at The SCAN Foundation: Next year, America will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid, and the Older Americans Act, as well as the 80th anniversary of Social Security.  In conjunction with these milestones, the White House will host its 2015 Conference on Aging.  Please read Dr. Bruce Chernof’s latest Perspectives on … Continue reading

CA DHCS: CCI Update

From CA DHCS:  New DHCS Senior Staff Announced  DHCS is pleased to announce that Governor Brown appointed Claudia Crist as the Deputy Director, Health Care Delivery Systems and Hannah Katch as the Assistant Deputy Director, Health Care Delivery Systems.  As the Deputy and Assistant Deputy, Ms. Crist and Ms. Katch will have the responsibility for … Continue reading

NHCOA: STATUS OF HISPANIC OLDER ADULTS: STORIES FROM THE FIELD

3 of 9Adult Day Health Care dilemma Trinidad Contreras is a fixture at Gardner Family Health Network Adult Day Health Care facility in San Jose, Calif. on Wednesday, June 6, 2012. Due to budget cuts, the state declared Contreras no longer eligible for benefits, but Gardner Family Health Network Adult Day Health Care is continuing to let him participate in its programs without getting reimbursed while he appeals. He spends the hours between about 10 am and 2 pm playing dominos, walking the courtyard and tending the small garden boxes. (Dan Honda/Staff)

From our colleagues at NHCOA: EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Picture this: to keep from going hungry in straitened circumstances, you may one day need to eat cat food for dinner, or search for your lunch in a dumpster. This is not merely a worst-case scenario; it is reality for some seniors in the U.S. today. During regional … Continue reading

ACL: Request for Applications – Targeted Technical Assistance to Build the Business Capacity of Community-Based Aging and Disability Organizations for Integrated Services Partnerships

From the Administration for Community living:  Request for Applications – Targeted Technical Assistance to Build the Business Capacity of Community-Based Aging and Disability Organizations for Integrated Services Partnerships The Administration for Community Living (ACL) is announcing an opportunity for up to ten (10) networks of community-based aging and disability organizations to participate in a learning … Continue reading

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