How Elderly Caregivers Can Be Advocates for Seniors at Doctor Appointments

Professional elderly caregivers are invaluable to families with an aging loved one who needs assistance. From help with bathing to cooking to medication compliance, another important advantage of having an elderly caregiver is that she can be an advocate during doctor visits. Doctor appointments can be stressful for all of us, but they can be … Continue reading

Long Term Care Planning: Planning For The Future

Long term care planning can save you a lot of time and money. By planning in advance, you are taking care of the possibility that you or someone you love may no longer have the ability to take care of their own affairs. It is not something anyone wants to think about, but in some … Continue reading

LA Times: California regulators clear Obamacare rates, hold off on networks

Sophia Bracho gets enrollment information from Blue Shield of California last fall in Los Angeles. The insurer faces questions about its 2015 networks. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times) By CHAD TERHUNE  California regulators won’t challenge the next round of health insurance rate increases in the state exchange, but insurers’ narrow networks of doctors and … Continue reading

ASA: Advocates are Key Players in States’ Dual Eligible Roll Outs

By Fay Gordon and Amber Cutler Over the summer, for tens of thousands of low-income older adults and people with disabilities in California, the sight of a blue envelope in the mailbox signaled the beginning of a complete change in their healthcare services. Those envelopes contained a notice explaining how their enrollment in California’s dual … Continue reading

NSCLC: State Transition plans for New Medicaid HCBS Regulations: Four Tips for Consumer Advocates

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California Healthline: Advocates Want Duals Pilot Project Slowed

by Heather Mack, California Healthline Contributing Reporter As the Coordinated Care Initiative prepares to launch the largest enrollment of one of its major programs, advocates for dual eligibles are asking state and federal officials to suspend automatic enrollment. After repeatedly receiving reports that the enrollment process for Californians dually eligible for Medicare and Medi-Cal has caused … Continue reading

NSCLC: An Advocate’s Guide to New Consumer Rights in Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services

From our colleagues at NSCLC: New federal Medicaid rules, for the first time, set standards to ensure that Medicaid-funded home and community-based services (HCBS) are provided in settings that are non-institutional in nature.  These standards, which took effect in March 2014, apply to residential settings, such as houses, apartments, and residential care facilities like assisted … Continue reading

California Healthline: Advocates Surprised, Disappointed at What’s Missing From Brown’s Budget

Randall Benton / Gov. Jerry Brown walks through the Capitol to a news conference Thursday where he unveiled his proposed state budget for the year that begins July 1. Read more here:

by David Gorn Health care advocates were “surprised and upset” that so many recent cutbacks and program eliminations remained static in Gov. Jerry Brown’s (D) proposed budget released yesterday. “For this year, there’s very good news,” Brown said yesterday at a Sacramento press conference. “But by no means are we out of the wilderness. We must be very … Continue reading

California Healthline: California Advocates Eagerly Awaiting Federal Report on Long-Term Care Issues

by David Gorn   The federal Commission on Long-Term Care today is expected to release its comprehensive report on tactics and targets to improve care for the elderly, and that report could help focus attention on long-term care concerns in California. California has its own vision document for long-term care, developed by state officials two years ago. More … Continue reading

KHN: Advocates Head To Court To Overturn Medicare Rules For Observation Care

Photo: National Committee to Preserve Medicare and Social Security

By Susan Jaffe MAY 03, 2013  This KHN story was produced in collaboration with  After Lois Frarie, a 93-year-old retired teacher from Monterey, Calif., spent four days at a local hospital while being treated for a broken elbow and pelvis, she went to a nearby nursing home to build up her strength. But her family was stunned … Continue reading

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