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Greetings! Our Save HUD 202 advocates in San Bernardino were covered by the Spanish news channel Univision this week, highlighting the efforts of communities all over California and what’s at risk for older adults in the state if these proposed cuts were to take effect. From the community rallies to sending letters, postcards, and making phone calls, the importance of maintaining this Housing for the Elderly program is being broadcast and heard thanks to your involvement! A great thank you to all that have participated in this campaign thus far, watch this video (in Spanish) to see our seniors and administrators from Southern California in action! Growing ...
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As follow up to the Action Alert: Tell Congress to Protect Medicaid Coverage for Americas Seniors that I sent our earlier today, I wanted to provide additional information regarding the importance of your calls and outreach this week. We have participated in several discussions with LeadingAge national related to the impact of block grants, and in particular how this structural change might impact California. I am also participating in discussions with fellow-CEOs of other major CA provider organizations (AMA, AHA, etc), and this has been a major topic of discussion. While we do not know what the current Administration will decide, ...
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EXPERT DESIGN TIPS FOR AGE-FRIENDLY LIVING At SGPA, we make it our mission to enhance everyday life through our designs. The design choices we make in our homes and for our neighborhoods support the betterment of our lives, strengthen our livable communities, and foster healthy environments in which residents of all ages can thrive. Age-friendly living starts at home. In our latest blog post, SGPA's experts weigh in on how to achieve age-friendly living through design. For ideas on how to make your home more age-friendly, visit our blo g here
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One of this year's most highly polarizing and anticipated bills was the "End of Life Option Act," commonly referred to as the Assisted Suicide Bill. While this issue has been debated for a decade in the California Legislature, the proponents finally claimed victory as Governor Jerry Brown signed ABX2 15 (Eggman, D-Stockton). The bill was passed in a Special Session of the Legislature and would permit certain individuals with a terminal disease to receive a prescription from their attending physician for an "aid-in-dying drug." The issue received national attention when Brittany Maynard, a California resident with a terminal diagnosis of brain caner moved ...
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Included in AB 1751 (Bloom) last year, was a provision requiring continuing care providers to post the Annual Report on the providers website within 10 days of submitting it to the Department. The Continuing Care Contracts Branch has noticed some providers are not complying with the new law and sent a reminder letter on September 15, 2015. This provision may have been overlooked as providers were focusing on implementing the bill's main requirement: to establish procedures for the resident council to elect a voting resident member to the provider's governing body. A copy of the DSS letter can be found here .
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SB 475 (Monning, D-Monterey) was one of the 133 bills that received vetoes this year. This bill, originally opposed by LeadingAge California, would have made substantial changes to the way repayments are made on continuing care contracts that are contingent on resale. When LeadingAge California removed its opposition in the final hours of session, the bill was seen as a significant compromise by providers and many industry experts continued to see deep flaws in the bill's overall approach to ensuring prompt repayments. However, SB 475's undoing came at its stop on the governor's desk where it caught his ire due to the untenable position it would have placed ...
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This morning, Senator Bill Monning (D-Monterey), agreed to accept all of LeadingAge California's remaining amendments on SB 475 . This bill makes changes to the lump sum payment provisions of repayable continuing care contracts. The last remaining amendments accepted today were to: 1) provide an exemption for CCRCs already in development and coming online in 2016 and 2) revert back to the simple interest calculation (rather than compounding every 30 days) for the calculation for delayed repayments. With these amendments, LeadingAge California is "neutral" on the bill. LeadingAge California wishes to extend its appreciation for the hard work of the SB 475 ...
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Aging expert Dr. Bill Thomas, author of "Second Wind" and "What Are Old People For" is coming to Sacramento on May 19 to the Jean Runyon Little Theater inside the Memorial Auditorium. His 2015 "Age of Disruption Tour" is covering 30 cities and offers a "non-fiction theater experience" blending myth, science, music and visuals. Dr. Thomas, a Harvard educated physician, believes that society has created a diminished and demeaning picture of age and aging. His evening performance of “Aging: Life’s Most Dangerous Game,” seeks to show audiences how to approach aging with the skill and enthusiasm it requires. “Aging is better now than it has ever been in ...
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On February 10, during LeadingAge California’s 2015 Policy & Leadership Summit , participants in legislative visits will spend the afternoon at the Capitol in Sacramento to inform policymakers about the needs of a rapidly increasing senior population. A personal visit to state Capitol offices has a tremendous effect on decision-making, and participating in the legislative process is an important civic endeavor. The legislative visits provide an opportunity to influence policy by identifying our legislative priorities and encouraging policymakers to act on our behalf. Your shared personal experiences can make a significant difference in helping policymakers ...
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