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Caregiver Coalition

If you are a male, providing care to or concerned about the well-being of an adult family member or friend, then we invite you to join other male caregivers at this FREE event, created just for YOU! Caregiver Coalition- FREE Conference for Male Family Caregivers – Sept 20th (Mission...

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Got Medicare Part B? Are You Covered?

When a Medicare Beneficiary arrives at a healthcare provider’s point of service there may be certain written notices that must be provided to them explaining their coverage under Medicare.  Often, due to confusion about the requirements, or the patient’s state of mind, a transparent description of coverage, or the lack of it, results, later, in costly out of pocket charges to beneficiaries. The most common notice is the Advanced Beneficiary Notice (ABN) issued for Part B service under Fee for Service, Original Medicare, Hospice, and Religious Non-healthcare Institutions.  There is a separate form for Home Health and Skilled Nursing Facility services and items. If a provider believes Medicare may not pay for a service or item an ABN must be issued.  Reasons for issuing the ABN include the provider believing that the service or item may not be medically necessary.  The ABN allows a beneficiary to make an informed decision on whether to obtain the service or item and to accept possible financial responsibility if Medicare does not pay...

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National Senior Citizens Law Center Webinar: The Demise of the Defense Of Marriage Act

The National Senior Citizens Law Center (NSCLC) presents a free webinar on issues confronting same sex couples in light of the Supreme Court’s decision overturning the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The presenters will answer the following questions and more during this one-hour long presentation. Who is eligible for Social Security spousal and survivor benefits? Is it OK if I’m in a registered domestic partnership or civil union? Where do I have to live to be eligible? When should I apply for spousal or survivor benefits? How does Windsor affect the Medicare Part B premium and Part D low-income subsidy? What is the impact on Medicaid & SSI financial eligibility? What is the impact on Medicaid spousal impoverishment and estate recovery? Presenters: Gerald McIntyre, NSCLC Directing Attorney Georgia Burke, NSCLC Directing Attorney DATE:   August 20, 2013 Click here for the PowerPoint Presentation and here for the Video...

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The Wall Street Journal: Don’t Confuse Medicare With Obamacare

October is an important medical-insurance sign-up month for millions of Americans, both under and over 65 years old. The annual Medicare open-enrollment period, which runs from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7, overlaps this year with the initial registration for the Health Insurance Marketplace, a cornerstone of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). But don’t confuse the two. They serve different populations. If you’re already covered by Medicare, you needn’t give the Marketplace another thought. That’s for people under the age of 65 who don’t have any health insurance. Enrollment starts Oct. 1 and runs through March 31. “We want to reassure Medicare beneficiaries that they are already covered, that their benefits aren’t changing and that the Marketplace doesn’t require them to do anything different,” says Richard Olague, spokesman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. “Specifically, they do not have to change their Medicare coverage or enroll in any Marketplace plan.” The Medicare open-enrollment period is the window for the 50 million covered to review their policies for...

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Deal will avoid deep cuts in home care for elderly, disabled

Gov. Brown, unions and social service advocates agree to an 8% cut in service hours rather than the 20% the state sought last year. March 19, 2013|By Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown will no longer seek steep cuts in home care for the elderly and the disabled, ending a prolonged court battle spawned by the state’s persistent budget crisis. The Brown administration reached an agreement with unions and social service advocates to allow an 8% cut in service hours, less than half the 20% reduction the state tried to enact last year. State funding for workers’ salaries will not be reduced, and Sacramento will not further restrict qualifications for receiving the services under the settlement — two changes originally sought by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2009. Over the years, courts have blocked these cuts in the program, known as In-Home Supportive Services, which pays for 350,000 workers to provide hygienic and other personal care, housecleaning, grocery shopping and other forms of aid to 448,000 Californians...

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