Monthly Archives: April 2018

As school shooter stalks, texts between a father and son | Opinion

April 3, 2018

Source: ELA news

It is 2:38 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. I am at work when I receive a text from my son, Noah, a ninth-grader at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

“Dad, I think there is a shooter at the school I’m in.” “I think it’s real.”

“How do you know it’s real?” I ask, not knowing whether now is really the time for discerning inquiry with my 15-year-old. Do I just accept this information as true and react? I figure I’ll wait — let’s see what he says.

“I hear gunshots, right outside my classroom.” Continue reading

Dems Seek Reversal of Nursing Home Regulatory Rollback

April 3, 2018

Source: NAELA news

A group of Democratic senators want the Trump administration to reverse its steady rollback of regulations on nursing homes.

In a letter sent to Alex Azar, the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, as well as Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Democrats allege that the regulatory rollback “will inevitably weaken the safety of our nation’s nursing homes and put patients, many of whom are elderly and wholly reliant on this care, at greater risk.” Continue reading

Sustainable Home Care

April 3, 2018

Source: NAELA news

Help your clients comply with wage and hour laws, taxes, and insurance requirements.

If you have a client who is facing a dementia or Alzheimer’s’ diagnosis, be prepared if the family wants to talk about caring for their loved one at home. If their plan includes hired caregivers, you’ll need to understand:

  1. Your state’s wage and hour laws and the regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Labor;
  2. IRS and your state’s income tax reporting and withholding requirements; and
  3. Reasons why they must protect themselves and their caregiver with unemployment insurance and workers compensation coverage.

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Trump Administration Pulls Back from Key Medicare Goals

April 3, 2018

Source: NAELA news

The Trump administration is putting the brakes on a key set of goals created by the Obama administration to dramatically reduce the cost of the clunky and overpriced U.S. health-care system.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says it’s no longer operating on the aggressive timeline laid out by the Obama administration that increasingly seeks to tie more Medicare payments to the quality of care received by the program’s beneficiaries. The previous administration’s goal was revamping the way Medicare, the nation’s largest health program, pays doctors and hospitals so that providers were encouraged to reduce unnecessary or duplicative services and better coordinate patient care. That would be a major shift for the U.S. health-care system in which providers make more money the more treatments they offer, even if such services are unnecessary or even harmful. Continue reading

Social Security Underpays Thousands of Widows and Widowers

April 3, 2018

Source: NAELA news

A vast majority (82 percent) of beneficiaries entitled to receive survivor benefits and their own benefits weren’t informed of an option to claim a larger benefit. That’s according to a recent audit report issued by the Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General. The audit estimated that the Social Security Administration (SSA) underpaid about $131.8 million to 9,224 widows and widowers who were age 70 and older. Continue reading

One State’s Quest to Introduce Long-Term Care Benefits

April 3, 2018

Source: ELA news

OLYMPIA, Wash. — For a few weeks this year, the rarest of things seemed like it was about to occur. A state, in this case Washington, was working to pass a bill that would institute a new payroll tax to help cover the cost of a much-needed service: long-term care in a nursing home, in a personal residence or elsewhere in the local community. Continue reading

U.S. Appeals Court Voids Obama-Era ‘Fiduciary Rule’

April 3, 2018

Source: NAELA news

(Reuters) – A federal appeals court on Thursday voided the U.S. Department of Labor’s “fiduciary rule,” an Obama administration measure adopted in 2016 meant to curb conflicts of interest among providers of financial advice to Americans planning for retirement.

The 2-1 decision by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is the second major victory for financial services groups under President Donald Trump’s administration. Last year, Congress killed a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau rule that had restricted financial institutions from forcing clients to sign mandatory arbitration agreements. Continue reading

Lifting Therapy Caps Is a Load Off Medicare Patients’ Shoulders

April 3, 2018

Source: ELA news

Leon Beers, a retired railroad engineer who lives near Sacramento, Calif., has a form of Parkinson’s disease. Caregiver Timothy Wehe helps him get outside using a walker. (Bert Johnson for KHN)

Physical therapy helps Leon Beers, 73, get out of bed in the morning and maneuver around his home using his walker. Other treatment strengthens his throat muscles so that he can communicate and swallow food, said his sister Karen Morse. But in mid-January, his home health care agency told Morse it could no longer provide these services because he had used all his therapy benefits allowed under Medicare for the year. Continue reading

Airbnb Rolls Out New Features for Those With Disabilities

April 3, 2018

Source: NAELA news

A new study suggests that Airbnb hosts are more likely to reject prospective guests who identify themselves as having a disability. (Flickr)

Following accusations of discrimination against travelers with disabilities, Airbnb said it is implementing changes aimed at making its platform friendlier to those with various needs. Continue reading

Aging Groups Speak Out on Bill That Undermines the ADA

April 3, 2018

Source: NAELA news

Leadership Council of Aging Organizations
James Firman, Chair

March 19, 2018

The Honorable Mitch McConnell
Senate Majority Leader
Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Chuck Schumer
Senate Minority Leader
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Leaders McConnell and Schumer:

The undersigned members of the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO) believe that the ADA Education and Reform Act (H.R. 620), recently passed by the House of Representatives, would significantly undermine the civil rights of individuals with disabilities, including many older adults. We urge you to vote against H.R. 620 or any companion legislation introduced in the Senate. Continue reading