California Budget & Policy Center: An Alternative to the “Medi-Cal as Pac-Man” Storyline

By Scott Graves Last week, we highlighted two storylines about the state budget that are holding back California from adequately investing in broadly shared prosperity. Just a few days ago, another common storyline about state spending surfaced in the news media. This third narrative places exaggerated emphasis on the state budget impacts of rising enrollment … Continue reading

California Healthline: Changes Afoot for Orange County Duals

by David Gorn, California Healthline Sacramento Bureau range County is slated to start enrollment this week in the Cal MediConnect duals demonstration project. The Cal MediConnect demonstration project is designed to enhance care and integrate coordination for duals by combining the financing and services of Medicare and Medi-Cal, California’s Medicaid program. It was launched with … Continue reading

National Journal: Big Social Security Bills in the Works With 2016 Cliff Approaching

Yes, it’s early, but Republicans in House and Senate want to lay the groundwork for action next year. BY DYLAN SCOTT Yes, it’s early, but Republicans in House and Senate want to lay the groundwork for action next year. BY DYLAN SCOTT July 26, 2015 Congress is working on legislation that would package together various … Continue reading

US Senate Passes Older American Act!

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The United States Senate approved to reauthorize the Older Americans Act (S. 192)! The Senate’s approval and forwarding of OAA reauthorization is an incredible validation for seniors, advocates,and advocacy groups like LAAAC who have made OAA reauthorization one of their top policy priorities. LAAAC commends the Senate for recognizing the importance and impact that the Older Americans … Continue reading

2015 White House Conference on Aging Recap

If you were not able to attend the White House Conference on Aging or a watch party for the Conference, here are links to video and information discussed during the event! Click here for: FACT SHEET: The White House Conference on Aging Click here for more WHCOA Videos and Discussion Guide!

California Healthline: Auditor’s Report Shows ‘Symbiotic Relationship’ in Medi-Cal Managed Care

by David Gorn The seeming reluctance by state officials to closely monitor Medi-Cal managed care plans is troubling, said Gerald Kominski, director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. Reacting to a June report from the California State Auditor’s office that criticized the Department of Health Care Services for lax oversight of Medi-Cal managed care plans, … Continue reading

NY Times: Medicare and Medicaid at 50

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD Medicare and Medicaid, the two mainstays of government health insurance, turn 50 this month, having made it possible for most Americans in poverty and old age to get medical care. While the Affordable Care Act fills the gap for people who don’t qualify for help from those two programs, there are … Continue reading

California Healthline: Supreme Court Ripples in California

The Supreme Court decision on Thursday upholding the legality of federal subsidies in health benefit exchanges in 34 states did not directly pertain to California. This state was one of 16 that established its own exchange, Covered California. But a ruling against the subsidies would have had a tremendous effect on California’s health care reform … Continue reading

Bloomberg View: Why Medicare Needs a Safety Net

By The Editors  It’s a little awkward to defend something that doesn’t yet exist. But the Independent Payment Advisory Board is in danger of being killed before it’s born, thanks to a vote in the House Tuesday, and that would be a mistake — an extremely costly one both for Medicare, the program it’s meant to … Continue reading

The Hill: Why the Older Americans Act matters to citizens of all ages

By Larry Minnix, president and CEO of LeadingAge  May was Older Americans Month, a time when many in the U.S. celebrate the contributions that older Americans continue to make in our communities. Though the month has come to a close, we turn our attention to important legislation that has a profound effect on our country’s … Continue reading

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