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Link Webinar | Wednesday, September 11 – “Eligibility for Payment of Long-Term Care and Home and Community-Based Services”

Link Webinar

The next PA Link Webinar will be held on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. This webinar is entitled: “Eligibility for Payment of Long-Term Care and Home and Community-Based Services”. The presentation will outline Long-Term Care eligibility requirements with a focus on financial eligibility; the application process; fair consideration and spousal impoverishment criteria; and common reasons why an individual is determined ineligible the first time they apply as well as the actions needed to become eligible.

Our presenter will be Marcia Mikos. Marcia is the Welfare Program Executive for the Department of Human Services’ (DHS) Office of Income Maintenance. She has been working for DHS for 15 years, with 14 years of Long-Term Care experience.

Register here.

“New culture war: The meaning of white privilege” – Axios

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by Erica Pandey

“‘White privilege’ has become a common phrase in Americans’ conversations about race — and that’s unsettling many white Americans because they think it undervalues their struggles or questions the legitimacy of their successes.

“Why it matters: The term is a new weapon — and fault line — in American culture and politics. It’s one of a growing list of phrases different sides view very differently.

“The big picture: The dynamics of “white privilege” were first popularized by Wellesley College professor Peggy McIntosh in a 1988 paper, but interest in the term has recently exploded. Google searches for white privilege have been steadily rising for about a decade — and they’re surging right now.”

Click here to continue reading this article at Axios.


“What if calling a suicide hotline were as easy as dialing 911?”


“Federal officials want to change the 10-digit number people now dial when they are having suicidal thoughts to 988, modeled on 911 for emergencies and 311 for city services. It would replace the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s current number, 800-273-TALK (8255), which routes callers to one of 163 crisis centers. Those centers fielded 2.2 million calls last year, a number that’s expected to rise with climbing suicide rates and the shorter phone number. Already strapped, those centers would need an extra $50 million, the FCC recommended in a new report. The new number and funding request follow a law passed last year to assign a three-digit number. ‘988 makes it much easier to remember,’ said Dr. Lynn Bufka of the American Psychological Association told the Associated Press.”

SOURCE: STAT: Morning Rounds


“What Different-Looking People Would Like You to Know Before You Stare” – The New York Times

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by David Pogue

“A little boy sees a bald man in the store. ‘Mommy, look! That man has no hair!’ he says.

“His mother grabs his arm and whispers urgently: ‘Be quiet! He might hear you!’

“The boy looks at his mother, puzzled. ‘Doesn’t he know?’

There’s a lot going on in that old joke — about children and novelty, about unusual looks, about parenting and tact.

“At the end of the previous ‘Crowdwise,’ I invited people who describe themselves as looking different — people who are very large or small, who are visibly disabled, who have distinctive features — to share their thoughts with the public. How should strangers react? Look away? Smile? Is it O.K. to ask questions?”

Read this article in its entirety at The New York Times.

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Here’s another article related to the differences and embracing them: “Body Image: Don’t Believe Everything You Think.” 



“Confronting the High Cost of Hospital Prices” – UnitedHealth Group

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“Health care spending in the United States is expected to reach $6 trillion by 2027, up from $3.5 trillion in 2017, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. However, there are three areas where major savings are achievable:

  • Avoidable hospital emergency department visits
  • High-value physicians
  • Hospital prices.

Click here to read more.

Community HealthChoices (CHC) Participant Information Sessions

chc updatesClick on the above graphic to download the complete Community Meetings file as a .pdf. 

Beginning January 2020, Community HealthChoices (CHC) will be the mandatory managed care program for Pennsylvanians residing in the Lehigh/Capital, Northeast, and Northwest CHC zones* who are dually eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid (Medical Assistance), enrolled in Medicaid waivers for physical disabilities, and Medicaid-eligible consumers who reside in a nursing facility. As a managed care program, CHC gives individuals the choice of health plans to best match all their health care and long-term care needs.

You are invited to a community meeting to learn about the CHC program and have an opportunity to ask questions. If you wish to attend one of these community meetings, a list of dates and locations has been provided below. Most locations have two sessions — a morning session and an afternoon session. Each session will run for approximately two hours. Space is limited. If you are not planning to attend alone, please be sure that each additional person(s) register as well.

You can view the invitation that was sent to CHC participants here.

* The Lehigh/Capital Zone includes Adams, Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Northampton, Perry, and York counties.

Click here to see the dates, times and locations and for Community HealthChoices (CHC) Event Registration.

Understanding Medicaid Buy-in: A Tool to Advance Employment for People with Disabilities

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The Administration for Community Living (ACL), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) have released a new question and answer [JS1] document to help grantees, stakeholders, and self-advocates better understand the Medicaid buy-in program. The Medicaid buy-in program includes Medicaid eligibility groups that serve workers with disabilities who are earning income and whom states may charge premiums as a condition of Medicaid eligibility.
The Q&A has been released as the country celebrates the 29th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) this week.

“The science of regrettable decisions | A doctor explains how our brains can trick us into making bad choices — and how to fight back.” – VOX

by Robert Pearl

“As Full House actress Lori Loughlin and her husband await their next court date, they stand accused of paying a $500,000 bribe to get their daughters into the University of Southern California as crew team recruits. Their defense is said to rest on the belief that they were making a perfectly legal donation to the university and its athletic teams (their children never rowed a competitive race in their lives).

“Legal strategies and moral considerations aside, this strange behavior has left many observers wondering, ‘What were they thinking?’ Surely, Loughlin and her family must have considered someone at the university would audit the admissions records or realize the coach’s high-profile recruits had never rowed a boat.

“We may never know exactly what Loughlin and her family were thinking. But as a physician who has studied how perception alters behavior, I believe that to understand what compelled them to do something so foolish, a more relevant question would be, ‘What were they perceiving?’”

Read this article at VOX in its entirety, click here.

“Do You Wish Your Doctor Understood Trauma? (Help Me Inform Medicine About ACEs With Your Vote + Free ACE Fact Sheet)” – ACEs Connection


by Veronica Mead, M.D.

“The most common reactions I get when I mention the word ‘trauma’ to other people with chronic illness are shame, fear or rage that stem from having been told – by our society, by a doctor, by a family member or friend or coworker – that it means symptoms are all in their heads.

“I still regularly read or hear from people with chronic diseases of all kinds that their physicians, nursing staff or other health care professionals have disbelieved or belittled them, or whispered behind their backs that they were faking their symptoms or their need for help with basics like walking, eating or getting to the bathroom.

“This culture of judgement is especially common for people with difficult-to-diagnose, invisible or mysterious illnesses such as my own disease, which is chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS).

“Yet it happens to people with well-established, respected and objectively diagnosable conditions all the time too.”

Read this article in its entirety, click here.

“The United States of Elder Fraud – How Prevalent is Elder Financial Abuse in Each State?” – comparitech


by Paul Bischoff

“The vast majority of elder fraud cases in the US go unreported. Our research team set out to uncover the true cost of elder fraud in the US by analyzing and extrapolating data from government reports and registries.

“Comparitech estimates 5 million cases of elder fraud occur in the US annually resulting in $27.4 billion in losses.

“Elder fraud, also called elder financial abuse or elder financial exploitation, is defined as the misappropriation or abuse of financial control in a relationship where there is an expectation of trust, resulting in harm to the elderly victim.

“More than 200,000 scams and financial abuse cases targeting the elderly are reported to authorities every year, and most experts agree that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Our estimates show $1.17 billion in damages are reported to authorities, but the real figure likely dwarfs that amount when factoring in unreported elder fraud.

“To calculate the full scope of the problem, Comparitech aggregated data from multiple studies on elder fraud in every US state, including the number of reports to authorities and average loss per case. We then used those numbers to estimate the total number of cases and total damages in each state, adjusted for the proportion of unreported cases.”

Click here to read the report and read this article at comparitech in its entirety here.