Healthy PA Comments

April 10, 2014

CARIE submitted comments on the Healthy Pennsylvania Plan draft 1115 Waiver application.  The draft plan proposes changes to Pennsylvania’s current Medicaid program and identifies a private plan option to expand Medicaid as offered to states through the Affordable Care Act.… READ MORE “Healthy PA Comments”

CARIE Testifies about Elder Abuse

November 20, 2013

On November 20, 2013, Diane Menio testified before the Pennsylvania House Aging & Older Adult Services Committee about Elder Abuse in Pennsylvania.  Here is a copy of the guardianship recommendations referenced in the testimony.… READ MORE “CARIE Testifies about Elder Abuse”

The State of Guardianship in Pennsylvania

November 19, 2013

The Pennsylvania Department of Aging posted the final results of the 2012 CARIE study of guardianship in Pennsylvania, CARIE-Guardianship-Study and CARIE Guardianship Report 2013 Appendix A-M.  CARIE wishes to acknowledge the support and thank Secretary Duke, the staff at the Department of Aging, and the many others who shared their time and expertise in completing the study. CARIE created a chart of guardianship recommendations that was not included in the final report.… READ MORE “The State of Guardianship in Pennsylvania”

CARIE Submits Comments for PA Alzheimer’s State Plan

September 23, 2013

On September 23, 2013, CARIE submitted comments for the Pennsylvania Alzheimer’s Disease State Planning Committee to consider.  The comments and recommendations cover five basic themes, the unbefriended elderly, financial abuse and exploitation, ethical issues, caregiver support, and education and training.… READ MORE “CARIE Submits Comments for PA Alzheimer’s State Plan”

Alzheimer’s White Paper

October 4, 2010

On October 4, 2010, CARIE’s Dorothy S. Washburn Legislative Committee released a new white paper, “Meeting the Needs of Persons with Alzheimer’s or Other Dementia When No Informal Support is Available.”  While there is an abundance of information about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia and support for caregivers, there is little, if any, information for those who do not have a caregiver.  The Committee hopes to shine a light on this population so that policymakers, researchers, planners and… READ MORE “Alzheimer’s White Paper”

Proposed Pennsylvania Integrated Care Initiative

July 6, 2010

The Pennsylvania Department of Aging and Office of Long Term Living was planning to implement a voluntary integrated care program in July 2010.  (It appears that any integrated care plan will be delayed until the next administration.)  Older adults currently in Special Needs Plans or those who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid would have been offered voluntary enrollment.  (Consumers receiving Aging Waiver services and nursing home residents would not be eligible to enroll.)  Click here for the website READ MORE “Proposed Pennsylvania Integrated Care Initiative”

CARIE Provides Testimony to PCA

May 26, 2010

On May 26, 2010, the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) held a pubic hearing entitled, “Meeting the Needs of Philadelphia’s Elderly” that related to its upcoming budget for fiscal year 2009/10.  CARIE submitted testimony.… READ MORE “CARIE Provides Testimony to PCA”

Medicare Advantage White Paper

May 6, 2010

Last fall, Medicare beneficiaries in Southeastern Pennsylvania were facing a loss of several Medicare Advantage plans impacting over 64,000 beneficiaries and overwhelming local SHIP/APPRISE programs.  CARIE’s Dorothy S. Washburn Legislative Committee wrote a Medicare Advantage White Paper that was sent to numerous officials at CMS and the Pennsylvania Department of Aging.  The paper includes recommendations based on the collective experience of the committee in working to assist these beneficiaries.… READ MORE “Medicare Advantage White Paper”

Nursing Facility Bed Hold Regulations

August 26, 2009

The Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare has submitted proposed regulations to the Independent Regulatory Review Commission to stop reserved bed day payments to nursing facilities with low occupancy rates.  CARIE submitted bed hold comments to IRRC in response to the proposal.… READ MORE “Nursing Facility Bed Hold Regulations”

Housing Advocacy in Pennsylvania

May 6, 2009

Leigh Howard from Diana T. Myers and Associates was a special guest speaker at CARIE’s May 2009 Legislative Committee meeting to discuss how housing issues impact older Pennsylvanians.  Leigh highlighted the following information. This spring, the Housing Advisory Committee to the Pennsylvania Office of Long Term Living (OLTL) and the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) issued a September 2008 report, A Five Year Plan for Integrating Affordable Housing and Long Term Supports in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  According to… READ MORE “Housing Advocacy in Pennsylvania”