NSCLC: New House Amendment Pits Older Americans against People with Disabilities

From our colleagues at NSCLC:  The National Senior Citizens Law Center (NSCLC) has serious concerns about a last minute amendment to HR 5, the House Rules Package for the 114th Congress, which limits potential options to protect benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) Program. The rule prohibits transfers of funds between the Social … 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

KPCC: LA among worst cities for people with disabilities, report says

Los Angeles is among the worst cities in the U.S. for people with disabilities, according to a new report from the personal finance social network WalletHub. Launched in February 2012, WalletHub aims to help consumers and small business owners to make better financial decisions by providing them with information and tools, including one to search and … Continue reading

TSF: Summary of the Enacted 2014-2015 Budget: Impact on California’s Older Adults and People with Disabilities

This fact sheet addresses budget items impacting older adults and people with disabilities included in the 2014-2015 budget.  Click here for summary: http://www.thescanfoundation.org/summary-enacted-2014-2015-budget-impact-californias-older-adults-and-people-disabilities?utm_source=7-9-14+%28PBS+Newshour%2C+Perspectives%2C+Summary+of+CA%27s+Enacted+2014-15+Budget%29&utm_campaign=7-8-14&utm_medium=email  

California Health Care Foundation: In Transition: Seniors and Persons with Disabilities Reflect on Their Move to Medi-Cal Managed Care

Carrie Graham, Health Research for Action at UC Berkeley Beginning in 2011, seniors and persons with disabilities (SPDs) in 16 counties with Medi-Cal fee-for-service were required to choose a managed care plan or be assigned to one. After one year, approximately 240,000 SPDs had made the transition to managed care.   Advocates for the affected … Continue reading

From our colleagues at The SCAN Foundation:  On January 9, 2014, California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. released his proposed budget, outlining his spending plan for the fiscal year beginning on July 1, 2014 and ending June 30, 2015. The SCAN Foundation fact sheet, 2014-2015 Proposed Budget: Impact on California’s Seniors and People with Disabilities, … Continue reading

California Healthline: Attorney: Decision Overdue In Suit Challenging Medi-Cal Disabled Cuts

by David Gorn A federal judge is “about to decide” a case with large ramifications for the developmentally disabled community. William McLaughlin, an attorney representing The Arc of California, a national disabled-rights group, said a final ruling from U.S. District Court judge Morrison England is coming “any time now.” In a Jan. 24 hearing, McLaughlin … Continue reading

California Healthline: 5.3M Californians Drew Government Assistance in 2011, Report Finds

About 5.3 million California residents in 2011 received income-based government assistance — including health insurance benefits through Medi-Cal — according to a Census Bureau report, the Sacramento Bee‘s “Capitol Alert” reports (Walters, “Capitol Alert,” Sacramento Bee, 2/26). Medi-Cal is California’s Medicaid program. National Findings The report found that about 46 million U.S. residents received income-based government assistance in … Continue reading

NCPSSM: Here they go again: the Latest Bowles Simpson Proposal tells Seniors “Pay More and Get Less”

John William Springs, a retiree who gets nearly $12,000 a year in Social Security and disability checks, is $1,300 above the poverty threshold: officially, not poor.

“The latest Bowles-Simpson plan to tackle the nation’s debt offers nothing more than a repackaged proposal to cut to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid through measures such as the chained CPI, means testing Medicare and raising the eligibility age. Yet, America’s seniors, the disabled, veterans and their families have already rejected these proposals through hundreds of … Continue reading

California Healthline: Community-Based Care Reduces Readmissions, Cuts Costs, Study Finds

A CMS pilot program aimed at leveraging community-based health care successfully lowered 30-day readmission rates and all-cause hospitalizations among Medicare beneficiaries over a two-year period, according to a study published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Kaiser Health News‘ “Capsules” reports. Study Details For the project, health care providers, social service workers and other community members … Continue reading

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