California Healthline: New Reports Shine Light on Long-Term Care Problems

by George Lauer For a couple decades now, advocates for seniors and aging Californians have warned that long-term care problems will get larger and more numerous if government and health industry officials don’t make some policy changes. Three new reports are turning up the pressure on policymakers: A report titled, “A Shattered System: Reforming Long-Term … Continue reading

LAO: The Universal Assessment Tool: Improving Care for Recipients of Home- and Community-Based Services

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From our colleagues at LAO: In 2012, the Legislature authorized the development and pilot implementation of a universal assessment tool (UAT) to streamline eligibility and level-of-need determinations for three home- and community-based services (HCBS) programs that provide care to seniors and people with disabilities. Our analysis finds that the benefits of a UAT likely outweigh … Continue reading

Capital Public Radio: Senate Report: Overhaul California’s Long-Term Care System

Ben Adler State Sen. Carol Liu (D-La Cañada Flintridge) holds up a chart that shows California’s system that provides long-term care to the elderly. Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio California uses 112 programs spread across 20 state departments and agencies to provide long-term care for its nearly five million elderly residents. A new state … Continue reading

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Senate Select Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care: A Shattered System: Reforming Long-Term Care in California

[Robinson Chavez, Michael -- - Sierra Foothills, Ca. November 16, 2011 Kate Hamon, 78, had it made when she moved to Pine Grove just north of Jackson. She owns two homes, one, a 17 acre property is all paid for. Then the bubble burst and Hamon was upside down on one of her homes, which is being purchased in a short sale for a song. Hamon, a deeply religious woman, packs up a statue of the Virgin Mary. The elderly are dealing with tough financial conditions and aborted retirements in the foothills of the Sierras. (Photo by Michael Robinson Chavez/Los Angeles Times)] *** []

A Shattered System: Reforming Long-Term Care in California  Envisioning and Implementing an IDEAL Long-Term Care System in California FINAL REPORT Our most cruel failure in how we treat [the aged] is the failure to recognize that they have priorities beyond merely being safe and living longer; that the chance to shape one’s story is essential to sustaining meaning in … Continue reading

NASUAD: Community Based Organizations and MLTSS: An Issue Brief to Assess CBO readiness

Click here for report: http://www.nasuad.org/sites/nasuad/files/CBO%20Readiness%20for%20MLTSS%20Dec.%202014.pdf?utm_source=1-14-15+%28NASUAD%2C+NewsHour+%29&utm_campaign=1-14-15&utm_medium=email

White House Conference On Aging: Regional Forums to Provide Input and Ideas for 2015 White House Conference on Aging

by Cecilia Muñoz  Today, I am delighted to announce the launch of a series of regional forums to engage older Americans, their families, caregivers, advocates, community leaders, and experts on aging on the key issues affecting older Americans. These forums are designed to help provide input and ideas for the upcoming 2015 White House Conference … Continue reading

NSCLC: State Officials, Providers, and Disability and Aging Groups Praise CMS Guidance on HCBS Rule

From our colleagues at NSCLC:  Since Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) release of final regulations regarding the settings of Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) rule in January 2014, there has been some confusion among providers, families, advocates, people with disabilities and their families over whether people will lose services on March 17, … Continue reading

Forbes: New Federal Budget Freezes Most Spending for Senior Services — Again

Allen Stross returns to his home after lunch at the North Berkeley Senior Center and some grocery shopping. Photo: Lea Suzuki, The Chronicle

By Howard Gleckman Congress has again frozen funding for most senior services programs, from Meals on Wheels and other nutrition programs to falls prevention and state health insurance assistance programs (SHIPs). This has been the trend throughout most of the Obama Administration. But it may be about to come to an end, as we near … 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

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