Why Medicaid Matters for the Aging Community

Want to know what proposed changes to Medicaid would mean for older adults and the State of CA? These changes could drastically affect LTSS, long-term services and supports, which supports the most vulnerable older adults. Please see the link below from our national partner, NCOA. If you’re not sure what Medicaid is or who it … Continue reading

California Healthline: Legislators Question Duals Program Implementation at Oversight Hearing

In Washington, it's called the Affordable Care Act. In Sacramento, it could be become known as another budget buster. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times / July 9, 2012)

by David Gorn State legislators yesterday expressed concerns about the state’s readiness for an April 1 rollout of the duals demonstration program, the central component of the Coordinated Care Initiative. During a joint hearing of the Senate Committee on Health and the Senate Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review, legislators asked pointed questions of state health … Continue reading

NCOA: Aging Program Funding From our colleagues at NCOA:  CMS to pass the baton to ACL! The FY14 budget signed by the President earlier this year officially transferred the State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIPs) from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to the Administration for Community Living (ACL). About two-thirds of the 54 … Continue reading

California Healthline: Study: Dual Eligibles Worried About April Transition to Managed Care

by David Gorn UCLA researchers yesterday released a study that shows heightened concern and confusion among California seniors and the disabled over the state’s plan to move dual eligibles — Californians eligible for both Medi-Cal and Medicare — into managed care plans. The duals demonstration project scheduled to start Apr. 1 is a central piece of the state’s … Continue reading

NCOA: 7 Top Trends Affecting Benefits Programs for 2013

Many key benefits programs witnessed changes in 2013—both good and bad. Here, we summarize the major developments, and how you can help your clients to maximize their benefits. 1. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) faces uncertain future SNAP recipients saw a decrease in their monthly benefits beginning in November due to the expiration of stimulus … Continue reading

CDCAN: “DE-LINKING” AND OTHER CHANGES TO “COORDINATED CARE INITIATIVE”

SENATE PASSES BUDGET TRAILER BILL PROPOSED BY BROWN ADMINISTRATION THAT “DE-LINKS” 3 PARTS OF “COORDINATED CARE INITIATIVE” – BILL HEADS TO GOVERNOR ·     Brown Administration Proposed Changes To Coordinated Care Initiative Including “De-Linking” the 3 Parts of the Project That Impacts IHSS, MSSP and Other Long Term Services and Supports in the 8 “Coordinated Care Initiative” … Continue reading

Reuters: Healthcare costs to negate state, local budget improvements: outlook

WASHINGTON | Mon Apr 29, 2013 6:37pm EDT (Reuters) – State and local governments can expect ever-widening budget gaps through 2060, as rising healthcare costs for both citizens and public employees surpass recent improvements in their revenue, the Government Accountability Office said on Monday. Closing the gap may require drastic action. If state and local governments were … 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

NY Times: Obama Budget Opens Rift for Democrats on Social Benefits

By JACKIE CALMES Published: April 10, 2013 WASHINGTON — President Obama’s new budget has opened a debate over what it means to be a progressive Democrat in an age of austerity and defines him as a president willing to take on the two pillars of his party — Medicare and Social Security — created by Democratic presidents. By his gamble on … Continue reading

Sacramento Business Journal: Medi-Cal cuts in skilled nursing blasted by advocates

Apr 10, 2013, 2:46pm PDT Kathy RobertsonSenior Staff Writer-Sacramento Business Journal A nonpartisan group of legislators joined union and health care leaders at the State Capitol on Wednesday in support of legislation to stop a retroactive 10 percent cut in Medi-Cal funding for hospital-based skilled nursing services they say will hurt patients, workers and hospitals. The cuts, … Continue reading

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