California Healthline: Assembly Hearing Examines Latinos’ Unpreparedness for Long-Term Care

by David Gorn An Assembly committee hearing yesterday highlighted the lack of preparedness in the Latino community for long-term care of family members  and the large number of families who likely will need help paying for it.   “Inadequate funding disproportionately affects low-income, minority and rural populations,” said Alicia Hernández Sánchez, associate director of the Central … 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

California Healthcare Foundation: Long Term Care in California: Ready for Tomorrow’s Seniors?

Charlene Harrington, Edwina Newsom, and Leslie Ross, University of California, San Francisco The number of elderly residents in California is expected to balloon in the next 30 years. Will the long term care system be able to care for the state’s aging population? The leading edge of the baby-boom generation is beginning to flood California’s … Continue reading

California Healthline: Long-Term Insurance Coverage Out of Reach for Many Americans

The long-term care insurance industry is rapidly shrinking and premiums are increasing, making it harder for U.S. residents to obtain such coverage, the Wall Street Journal reports. Underestimated Growth Rates Raises Premiums According to the Journal, many long-term care insurers underestimated the growth rate for health care costs and the increase in the number of individuals who would … Continue reading

California Healthline: Committee OKs ‘Culture Change’ Spending

by David Gorn A new bill aimed at changing the culture of long-term care in part by redirecting nursing home penalty fees passed a surprisingly controversial hearing yesterday before the Assembly Committee on Health. AB 973 by Assembly member Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton) would direct roughly $150,000 a year in state penalty funds collected from long-term … Continue reading

NY Times: Day Centers Sprout Up, Luring Fit Elders and Costing Medicaid

By NINA BERNSTEIN Published: April 22, 2013 Scores of elderly Russian immigrants played bingo under the chandeliers of a former funeral parlor in Brooklyn on a recent Monday, with a free dinner and door-to-door transportation from anywhere in the city. Nearby, older people speaking Chinese filled a supermarket-size storefront with vigorous games of table tennis, billiards … Continue reading

SacBee: The State Worker: Did CalPERS lie about long-term care insurance policies?

By Jon Ortiz jortiz@sacbee.com Published: Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A Last Modified: Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 – 11:00 am Did CalPERS lie? Some longtime policyholders who bought CalPERS’ most costly long-term care insurance think so after the fund’s board recently approved a huge premium hike. About 148,000 members of the California Public … Continue reading

Kaiser Family Foundation: Medicaid’s Role in Meeting the Long-Term Care Needs of America’s Seniors

This brief examines Medicaid’s key role in meeting the long-term care needs of seniors in the United States, particularly those with limited incomes. Medicaid is the nation’s primary payer of long-term services and supports, and state Medicaid programs provide a range of long-term care services. The brief includes state-by-state data on Medicaid enrollment and expenditures … Continue reading

LA Times: CalPERS plans 85% rate hike for long-term-care insurance

More than 110,000 CalPERS policyholders are being warned about the hefty increase, which won’t take effect until 2015. By Chad Terhune, Los Angeles TimesFebruary 21, 2013, 4:54 p.m.  Dailey Mayo received some stunning news in the mail last week: an 85% rate increase for the long-term-care insurance he has had for 15 years from the California Public … Continue reading

California Healthline: Settlement Proposed for Medicare Coverage of Home Health Care

he Obama administration has proposed a settlement in a nationwide class-action lawsuit that would allow thousands of U.S. residents with chronic conditions or disabilities to qualify for Medicare coverage of home health care services, the New York Times reports (Pear, New York Times, 10/22). Background on Lawsuit In January 2011, the Center for Medicare Advocacy — which filed the … Continue reading

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