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Health Network Alert - Health Network Alert – Person Centered Service Planning in Managed LTSS: What’s Needed

(08/26/2014)  Person-centered planning is critical to the well-being of consumers of long-term services and supports. It works by identifying the strengths preferences, needs, and desired outcomes of the individual. In order for person-centeredness to be more than an empty slogan, …

Health Network Alert - Health Network Alert – Majority of Seniors Will Need Long-Term Care

(08/25/2014)  We need to address the nation’s current and future long term care financial crisis. Few seniors who are not considered poor are prepared to pay for the costs of long-term care. No one should have to become poor to …

Health Network Alert - Health Network Alert – Understanding the Duals Special Needs Plan Policy

(08/20/2014)  The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) recently released a new Duals Special Needs Plan (D-SNP) policy impacting beneficiaries residing in counties implementing the Coordinated Care Initiative (CCI). The new policy is complicated and affects beneficiaries enrolled in …

Income Network Alert - Income Network Alert – Extreme Poverty for Older Women and Men Increasing

(08/20/2014)  Nearly half of all seniors or about 19.9 million are considered economically vulnerable, meaning they live on income less than two times the supplemental poverty threshold. Other facts about seniors in poverty are just as bleak with extreme poverty …

Income Network Alert - Income Network Alert – Poverty Among Seniors Disproportionately Affects Women

(08/19/2014)  Today, of the 15 percent of seniors living in poverty according to the Supplemental Poverty Measure, a disproportionate number are women and people of color. The Supplemental Poverty Measure more accurately accounts for the cost of living for seniors; …

Income Network Alert - Income Network Alert – Social Security Lifts Seniors Out of Poverty

(08/15/2014)  Without Social Security, celebrating its 79th birthday this week, more than half of all seniors would be poor today. Social Security and other government programs combine to keep many seniors out of extreme poverty.  However, a significant number of …

Health Network Alert - Health Network Alert – Protecting Medi-Cal Beneficiaries from Balance Billing: Resources for Advocates

(08/08/2014)  Advocates continue to report attempts by providers, particularly physicians, to ”balance bill” dual eligible beneficiaries (those who qualify for both Medicare and Medi-Cal) for charges not covered by Medicare or Medi-Cal.

Health Network Alert - Health Network Alert – HHS Issues New Guidance on Implementing Person-Centered Planning and Self-Direction

(07/24/2014)  On June 6, 2014, the Secretary of Health and Human Services issued guidance on person-centered planning and self-direction for implementing Section 2402(a) of the Affordable Care Act.

Health Network Alert - Health Network Alert – State Transition Plans for New Medicaid HCBS Regulations: Four Tips for Consumer Advocates

(07/22/2014)  States now are beginning to release their transition plans to bring their Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS) systems into compliance with the new federal regulations on community-based settings. It is essential that consumers and their representatives be prepared …

CCI Advocates Alert – July 18, 2014 (PDF)

The CCI Advocates Alert is a biweekly summary of changes, on-the-ground reports, advocacy tips, and resources regarding California’s Coordinated Care Initiative.