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The HELP II Loan Program, administered by the California Health Facilities Financing Authority (CHFFA) within the State Treasurer’s Office, offers low cost loans to assist eligible health facilities wanting to expand and improve services to their clients and the greater community. Learn more at www.treasurer.ca.gov/chffa/programs/help.Block Grants
Fact Sheet: California
What's New . . . APRIL 28, 2017
Justice in Aging Statement on Amended AHCA
APR 28, 2017 | Justice in Aging
Below is a statement opposing the amended version of the American Health Care Act from Kevin Prindiville, Executive Director of Justice in Aging:
Cal Duals Update
Two of OC’s most prominent senior care organizations join forces to provide more support for the county’s at-risk seniors
Irvine, Calif., April 13, 2017- Alzheimer’s Orange County (“AOC”) and Acacia Adult Day Services (“Acacia”) announced the merger of the two organizations. The merger, currently in process, will bring Acacia under AOC’s programs, combining both organizations’ resources and allowing them to serve more individuals and families in need. Following a strategic split from a national association in 2015 that freed AOC from previous service restrictions, AOC embarked on a plan to provide more in-person care to families by expanding into the adult day services and respite care territory. AOC took over operations of South County Adult Day Services last year, moving it into a new 11,000-square-foot building in Laguna Woods, revamping the program’s standards, and increasing program census by 28 percent in 13 months. M O R E
CAADS Best Practices Webinar Series Recordings / Handouts Available
CAADS Best Practices Webinar Series recordings / handouts are now available to CAADS members via the Members Only page using the link to "Event / Webinar Handouts and Recordings." Others may order the following webinar recordings / handouts using this form:
GOP Healthcare Proposal Would Harm California Seniors
Although we fought back against recent efforts in Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with the American Health Care Act (AHCA), leaders in Congress say they will continue their efforts to pass a health care bill that would eliminate coverage for 24 million individuals and gut Medicaid funding to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations. This California-specific fact sheet spells out how older adults in California will be impacted by the harmful provisions of the AHCA.
The House Rules Committee issued an amendment to the AHCA intended to stabilize the individual insurance market. The amendment is only a minor tweak, however, leaving in place the provisions that would eliminate coverage for 24 million Americans.
Right now Congress is on a two-week recess, so you have the opportunity to tell members of Congress just how harmful these proposals are for older adults.
Older adults have a lot to lose if any one of the changes under the AHCA are successful, so let's make sure Congress knows just how bad this is for seniors.
CAADS Sets Advocacy Fund Raising Goal of $100,000 by May 30
In a letter to adult day services providers and colleagues, CAADS President Corinne Jan, CEO of Family Bridges, announced a $100,000 fund raising campaign to sustain a major advocacy effort to protect adult day services beneficiaries and programs from new threats, while looking for opportunities to strengthen our position at the state and national levels.
Ms. Jan kicked off the campaign with a generous donation of $8,000 from Family Bridges.
The President and Republican majority in Congress continue negotiations to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act. Legislative proposals to drastically reduce the federal share of Medicaid (Medi-Cal) funding under a new “per person” block grant formula threaten funding for continuation of CBAS as a Medi-Cal benefit! Changes to the Coordinated Care Initiative (CCI) continue to be negotiated through the state budget process. Low provider rates continue to threaten access to services.
Tell the Administration for Community Living What Person-Centered Means to You
APR 5, 2017 | Justice in Aging Health Network Alert
Every person should be able to make choices and to control their own decisions, regardless of their age, disability, or illness. The Administration for Community Living (ACL), in consultation with stakeholders from the aging and disability communities, has drafted a set of principles to guide their work in this area. ACL is seeking feedback on how to make a person-centered approach a reality for programs and services related to serious or advanced illness for older adults and people with disabilities.
Now it’s your turn to share your thoughts. ACL seeks input from older adults, people with dementia, people with all types of disabilities, and the families and caregivers who often support them. They also hope to hear from partners in the aging and disability networks.
The Draft Principles for a Person-Centered Approach to Serious or Advanced Illness are available here.
Send your comments on the Draft Principles to AdvancedIllness@acl.hhs.gov by May 12, 2017.
SSA Recently Finalized Two New Sets of Regulations
In the waning days of the Obama Administration, the Social Security Administration (SSA) finalized two new sets of regulations that will have significant impacts on the disability determination process for those applying for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits and those applying for Supplemental Security Income benefits on the basis of disability.
The first set of regulations, Ensuring Program Uniformity at the Hearing and Appeals Council Levels of the Administrative Review Process, was finalized on December 16, 2016 and published at 81 Federal Register 90987. Although the notice says that the rule goes into effect on January 17, 2017, it also states that “compliance is not required until May 1, 2017.”
The second set of regulations, Revisions to Rules Regarding the Evaluation of Medical Evidence, was published on January 18, 2017 at 82 Federal Register 5844. These regulations become effective on March 27, 2017, although many aspects will only apply to claims filed on or after that date. M O R E
Medicare Card Fraud Alert
MAR 15, 2017 | California Health Advocates
Due to Congress' passage of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) in 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is required to remove Social Security numbers from all Medicare cards, and will do so starting in April 2018. This change is to prevent fraud and protect people's identity. Yet with any new change, scammers take advantage of potential confusion.
We've received several reports of beneficiaries getting calls from such scammers claiming to be from Medicare and asking for payment to receive their new Medicare card, or asking them to verify their Medicare number. This is a scam, as there is no cost to the new cards, AND Medicare will never call to verify someone's number, as they already have it.
To help educate beneficiaries and their families on this matter, we've created a short fraud alert on the upcoming change in their Medicare card and to be aware of scams.
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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. CAADS was the first state association formed in the United States for the purpose of advancing adult day services. 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.
A nationally recognized leader in the field of aging, the Association is governed by the CAADS Board of Directors and provides timely information, analysis, advocacy, technical assistance, education, and networking opportunities for its members. CAADS members agree to abide by the Association's Bylaws, Code of Ethics, and Anti-trust Policy.
The CAADS Members Only page features information and technical assistance specific to Adult Day Services, as highlighted below. For membership information, click here.
The Alliance for Leadership and Education (A.L.E.) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) public benefit arm of CAADS. Its mission is to advance innovation and quality in Adult Day Service through research and analysis, education and training, and leadership for the benefit of consumers and their caregivers.
NATIONAL ADULT DAY SERVICES ASSOCIATION (NADSA)
CAADS is a proud member of the National Adult Day Services Association.
Three representatives from California currently serve on the NADSA Board of Directors:
CARING FOR A VETERAN?
For help, call the VA Caregiver Support Line (toll-free):
Mon - Fri 8 AM - 11 PM (EST) || Sat 10:30 AM - 6 PM (EST)
TO REPORT FRAUD AND ABUSE
Call DHCS Medi-Cal Fraud Hotline:
The call is free and you can remain anonymous.
FREE FRAUD PREVENTION EDUCATION
The California Senior Medicare Patrol offers free fraud prevention education throughout the state.
See the SMP/Medicare fraud section at www.cahealthadvocates.org, for more information on ways to protect yourself from healthcare fraud and how to detect it.
If you come across any suspicious activity,
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