For those who think Adult Day Health Care (ADHC) is just day care…think again! Read Russell D. Foster's featured article in MAZARS USA HEALTHCARE TRENDS,Sept 2017.
What's New . . . DECEMBER 7, 2018
CAADS Congratulates Newsom on Election to Governor
DEC 5, 2018 | CAADS
In a letter to Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, CAADS Executive Director Lydia Missaelides congratulated him on being elected the next Governor of California, and expressed appreciation for his hard work and commitment to serving seniors and adults with disabilities in our state.
In the letter Ms. Missaelides stated,
We are pleased that you have committed to producing a master plan on aging. It is our hope that the plan focus on moving towards a more coordinated and integrated system of long-term services and supports, that is founded on core principles and directed toward specified goals that provides and pays for the sustainability and further growth of adult day services as a foundational component of the system.
DEC 13 | CAADS WEBINAR
Is Medicare Contracting in Your Future? The New Medicare Supplemental Adult Day Services Benefit and YOU!
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM (Pacific) | HOST: CAADS | DETAILS
FEES: CAADS Members: $29 :: Non-members: $199
Registration includes access to all handouts and the webinar recording
REGISTER: Fill-in Form :: Write-on Form
Advance registration required by 5:00 PM Wednesday, DEC 12. Submit registration form with payment by email to: email@example.com or fax to: 1-866-725-3123.
WHAT WE'LL COVER
For the first time, Medicare Advantage (MA) Plans are allowed to offer Adult Day Care as a Supplemental Benefit for targeted members! This is a hugely important change in federal policy because it is a step forward in recognizing the need to address non-medical determinants of health as a means to more effectively improve health and avoid unnecessary system costs. MA plans are now permitted to offer selected benefits to some members and not to others. This is in recognition that one size does not fit all members in the MA plans. Find out which national health plan is making this benefit available in California in 2019 and what to do now to begin planning for the 2020 benefit year.
Explore with us what this means for Adult Day Health Care and Adult Day Program contracting opportunities, and what CAADS is doing now to advance this new policy and prepare for 2020.
This webinar will review materials presented by Lydia Missaelides, CAADS Executive Director, at the CAADS Annual Meeting in November, plus fresh updates and perspectives from CAADS managed care consultant Shawn Dunphy, Mazars USA, to explore what the future may hold, what you can do to prepare, and how together we can help create that future!
LAST CHANCE - A Call to Action!
Oppose Public Charge Rule Changes
DEC 5, 2018 | Justice in Aging
We only have a few days left to tell the Trump Administration not to finalize the proposed "public charge" immigration rule. The final day to submit a formal public comment is Monday, December 10th!
The response has been extraordinary with more than 100,000 public comments already submitted. But we still need your voice to send a loud and clear message to the Department of Homeland Security that these proposed changes to immigration policy will disproportionately harm seniors, people with disabilities, and their families!
By targeting low-income immigrant seniors and greatly expanding the types of benefits that would lead to someone being classified as a "public charge," the proposed changes to the public charge rule would make it harder for families to stay together and for the older adults in our families and communities to receive the care they need. Under the rule, seniors who ever used, sought help from, or were likely to seek help from such programs as Medicaid, the Medicare Part D Low-Income Subsidy ("Extra Help") or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) could be considered "public charges" and denied a visa or permanent residency. The proposed rule also weighs a person's older age, health condition, and Limited English Proficiency (LEP) status negatively in analyzing whether they would be a "public charge." Confusion about the proposed changes has already led some older adults to forgo needed services out of fear of potential immigration consequences.
Justice in Aging has the tools you need to submit your comment as an organization and as an individual by Monday, December 10, 2018:
- Our comment template provides guidance for organizations to build a unique comment that focuses on the older adults they serve.
- Individuals can speak out against this rule using this tool from our partners at the National Council on Aging or at OurAmericanStory.us.
Our Public Charge webpage houses all of our public charge resources, including our webinar on public charge, fact sheets, and social media toolkit, along with links to resources specific to the rule's impact on people with disabilities and older adults in California.
Take Action today to #ProtectFamilies and seniors! Submit a comment before Monday, December 10th.
Help Raise Awareness and #FightFlu This Season!
NOV 19, 2018 | CalDuals
Join the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for Flu Day of Action on December 5, 2018. Share the message that getting an annual flu vaccination is important for beneficiaries and their families, care providers, and community members. Amplify your organization's commitment to combating the flu this season by tweeting, blogging, and sending newsletters to your stakeholders.
You and your organization can help spread the word about the Flu Day of Action on December 5, 2018 by sharing this announcement and blog with your networks!
Visit CalDuals.org to find draft language for tweets, posts, newsletters, and blogs available for both provider audiences and advocacy audiences in multiple languages.
Help promote flu vaccinations using the hashtags #FightFlu and #CalMediConnect!
If your organization would like to partner, please contact Lydia Orth with the CMS Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office.
New SSA Phone Scam
OCT 31, 2018 | Justice in Aging
There's a new phone scam targeting Social Security beneficiaries that advocates for older adults should be aware of. The Federal Trade Commission is warning that scammers are engaging in a caller ID trick called "spoofing" to make it appear that they are calling from the Social Security Administration (SSA).
These phony callers claim to work for SSA and ask for personal information—such as the individual's Social Security Number—supposedly in order to process a benefit increase. These scam artists have also tried to get this information by claiming that the person's benefits will be cut off if the personal information isn't provided. Read the FTC's warning to learn more, including where to report such calls, and what people should do if they get one of these calls.
If you or your organization directly serve older adults, please make this information available widely in your community.
New Final Rule from VA Impacts Needs-Based Programs
OCT 24, 2018 | Justice in Aging | Fact Sheet
The Department of Veterans Affairs published a final rule that went into effect on October 18, 2018. These new regulations significantly affect the VA Pension, the Aid & Attendance benefit, and other needs-based benefit programs. Advocates serving veterans who might apply for needs based benefits should be aware of these new changes so they can properly advise their clients.
A Justice in Aging Fact Sheet provides statutory details. Advocates should be aware that the new rule impacts the following eligibility requirements:
- Net Worth
- Asset transfers
- Deductible Medical Expenses
- Income and Asset Exclusions
- Medicaid-covered Nursing Home Care
New Public Charge Resources for Older Adults
OCT 17, 2018 | Justice in Aging
The Trump Administration’s proposed “public charge” rule would make it harder for families to stay together and for the older adults in our families and communities to receive the care they need because it would put immigration status at risk if an immigrant accesses or is likely to access programs that support health, nutrition, and economic stability.
The rule targets low-income immigrant seniors by greatly expanding the types of benefits that would lead to someone being classified as a “public charge.” Under the rule, seniors who ever used, sought help from, or were likely to seek help from such programs as Medicaid, the Medicare Part D Low-Income Subsidy (“Extra Help”) or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) would be considered likely “public charges” and could be denied a visa or permanent residency. Confusion about the changes may lead to older adults forgoing needed services out of fear of potential immigration consequences.
The rule is published on the Federal Register and open for public comment until December 10, 2018. Justice in Aging has created a number of materials to help advocates fight back, counsel their older adult clients, and comment on the rule.
Our Public Charge webpage houses all of our public charge resources. You can:
- sign up for our [NOV 14] webinar on public charge
- get tools to comment on the rule
- read our fact sheets
- on social media, use the hashtag #ProtectFamilies and our social media graphics available on our Public Charge webpage
We have until December 10 to fight back! Learn more and take action now!
Millions of seniors pushed into poverty
JUN 28, 2018 | Capitol Weekly |
Shelley Lyford and Bruce A. Chernof | Article
It is no secret that Californians are living longer, but not necessarily better.
By 2030, the state’s senior population will increase by 4 million people, yet the state is woefully unprepared to care for this growing and financially unstable demographic. The lack of any strategy or organized master plan has pushed millions of seniors into poverty, unable to access high-quality, affordable healthcare, dental care, housing and supportive services.
Our lawmakers and next governor need to set aside partisan differences and collaborate on the creation of a state master plan for aging that recognizes three important pillars: the ability to age with independence; a healthcare system that responds to the individual not an institution; and affordable housing. MORE
Your Donations Help!
Three (3) great opportunities to further support Adult Day Services:
- CAADS | State Advocacy Fund
- CAADS | New Improved Website Fund
- ALE | Nina M. Nolcox Scholarship Fund
Learn more and DONATE today -- thank you!
California Association for Adult Day Services, a 501 (c) 6 non-profit grassroots-driven organization, advocates for the growth and development of adult day services in California and nationally. Centers in membership with CAADS provide innovative day programs that support individuals with physical or mental disabilities and older adults with Alzheimer's disease and their families.
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