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“Biden Seeks $400 Billion to Buttress Long-Term Care. A Look at What’s at Stake.” – Kaiser Health Network

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Female doctor doing medical exam of a senior woman at her home.

by Judith Graham

“There’s widespread agreement that it’s important to help older adults and people with disabilities remain independent as long as possible. But are we prepared to do what’s necessary, as a nation, to make this possible?

“That’s the challenge President Joe Biden has put forward with his bold proposal to spend $400 billion over eight years on home and community-based services, a major part of his $2 trillion infrastructure plan.

“It’s a ‘historic and profound’ opportunity to build a stronger framework of services surrounding vulnerable people who need considerable ongoing assistance, said Ai-jen Poo, director of Caring Across Generations, a national group advocating for older adults, individuals with disabilities, families and caregivers.

“It comes as the coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and group homes, killing more than 174,000 people and triggering awareness of the need for more long-term care options.”

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

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“Medicare Beneficiaries Strongly Satisfied with Coverage in 2019” – Health Payer Intelligence

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“In the year preceding the coronavirus pandemic, Medicare beneficiaries were in good health and were satisfied with their healthcare coverage and spending.”

by Kelsey Waddill

“In 2019, Medicare beneficiaries who were living in the community were in good health and reported satisfaction with their Medicare coverage, including Medicare costs, quality of care, and access to care, according to the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey’s (MCBS) preliminary report.

“The report pulled data from a CMS survey of Medicare beneficiaries who were living in the community—in other words, not living in a long-term care facility. It presents an early depiction of the state of the Medicare population before the coronavirus pandemic struck the US.

“The population was composed primarily of white, non-Hispanic beneficiaries (74.9 percent). The study’s demographics racially and ethnically were similar to the overall Medicare beneficiary population’s demographics at the time.

“The majority of respondents were between 65 and 85 years of age (76.4 percent), with 14 percent of the population reporting that they were less than 65 years old and 9.3 percent stating that they were over 85 years old. A little less than one in five beneficiaries were veterans (18.5 percent).

“’The MCBS is the most comprehensive and complete survey available on the Medicare population and is essential in capturing data not otherwise collected through operations and administration of the Medicare program,’ the report explained.”

Continue reading this article at Health Payer Intelligence.

Department of Aging Announces Federal Funding Formula Changes for Area Agencies on Aging, Opens Public Comment Period


Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Aging (PDA) today announced that in compliance with federal requirements, it will be updating its formula for how Pennsylvania distributes federal funds authorized by the Older Americans Act, among the 52 Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) that serve the commonwealth.

“In the 10 years since this formula has been updated, Pennsylvania’s older adult population has experienced growth and demographic changes. These changes need to be incorporated in how the department calculates the distribution of federal funds for aging services to the AAAs,” said Aging Sec. Robert Torres. “We undertook a thoughtful, months-long process, during which we looked not only at age as a factor of need, but also considered other factors such as older adults in minority populations, rural populations, living in poverty and living alone.”

The Intrastate Funding Formula, or IFF, is what PDA uses to distribute federal funding to the AAA network for administering aging programs and services. PDA collaborated with the AAA network during the planning and development of the proposed IFF.

The updated IFF is anticipated to shift about $8.8 million in federal funding among the AAAs.  Most AAAs will experience a federal funding increase as a result of the revised formula. A phased-in implementation over multiple years will be used to help AAAs who see a decrease in funding adjust their programming budgets and consider alternative funding sources to minimize impacts, and will also allow AAAs receiving increased funding to plan and build their capacity to use the anticipated increased funding efficiently. 

The public may review and comment on the IFF plan by clicking here. Comments will be accepted until April 27, 2021.

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“US workers who risked their lives to care for elderly demand change” – The Guardian

“Nursing home and home care workers worked long days with inadequate protection during the pandemic – now they want better pay and conditions”

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“An LED display at a protest calling on Congress to invest in care jobs in Washington DC last month. Photograph: Jemal Countess/Getty Images for National Domestic Workers Alliance & Service Employees International Union”

by Michael Sainato

“During the coronavirus pandemic, Shantonia Jackson, a certified nursing assistant at a nursing home in Cicero, Illinois, worked through Covid-19 outbreaks in which more than 250 residents tested positive for the virus, and one of her co-workers and friends passed away along with several residents.

“Jackson described working 16-hour days, seven days a week, as dozens of employees were often out sick or in quarantine. Caring for 70 residents at once, she still made time for those she cared for to use her cellphone to make video calls to loved ones they were no longer able to see. Adequate personal protective equipment was a constant issue and concern. At home, Jackson quarantined herself from the rest of her family, only interacting with her daughter through video calls even though they live in the same house.”

“In November 2020, Jackson and her co-workers went on strike for 12 days during new contract negotiations between management and her union, SEIU, for better pay and improved working conditions.

“It took until March 2021 for Jackson, her co-workers, and residents to begin receiving vaccines.

“’This industry is broken. Nobody cares about the elderly any more,’ said Jackson.”

Continue reading this article at The Guardian, click here. 

“Landlords Say Tenants Are Not Tapping Rent Relief” – Stateline


by Kristian Hernández

“FORT WORTH, Texas — On the morning of April 8, landlord Margarita Palacios went before a Tarrant County, Texas, judge via Zoom and tried to explain why she wanted to evict a tenant who owed $4,350 in back rent.

“Palacios, representing The Palace apartments, began to explain, “We sent her links to rental assistance programs and offered to help fill out the applications in our office, but—”

“’I don’t really need to know,’ said Justice of the Peace Mary Tom Curnutt, interrupting Palacios midsentence. ‘I don’t really have a dog in the fight, I will just tell you that if there’s still any chance of you getting your money then don’t take the judgment, but if you want to get them out of there, let’s get them out of there.’

“Even as states and the federal government have allocated billions of dollars in assistance, a year into the coronavirus pandemic, more than 14.5 million Americans don’t know whether they can pay their rent, according to a recent U.S. Census Bureau survey.”

Click here to continue reading this article at Stateline.

“John Oliver’s Deep Dive into the Long-Term Care Industry” – ADvancing States

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“The April 11th episode of John Oliver’s program, Last Week Tonight, spent almost half an hour on the state of long-term services and supports (LTSS), nursing facility and assisted living facility regulation, and home and community-based services (HCBS). The segment highlighted the difficulties of family caregiving as well as some of the challenges care facilities have faced during the pandemic. Overall, the program painted a fairly grim picture of facility care and emphasized the need for a more comprehensive and connected LTSS support system.
“One highlight of the program was discussion around the state of Washington for their rebalancing efforts and percent of budget spent on HCBS. ADvancing States would like to recognize the efforts and leadership of Bea Rector, Director of the Home & Community Services Division at Washington’s Aging and Long-Term Support Administration and Board Member At Large. We are grateful for your vision and dedication to HCBS!” – SOURCE: ADvancing States, April 16 Friday Update

Click here to watch the segment.

Note: Use of strong language throughout

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FEMA’s COVID-19 Funeral Reimbursement Program Opens Today

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Watch this video (Providing Financial Assistance for COVID-19-Related Funeral Expenses) click here:

Has someone in your family died from COVID-19? Or do you know someone that is in this position? FEMA’s COVID-19 Funeral Reimbursement program opens for applications today. Click here to get more information on how to apply and be sure to share it with your networks to make sure everyone entitled to reimbursement has the information.