The Health Care Action Team (HAT) meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every month, from 11 am to 1 pm. We meet at the Independent Living Resource Center at 825 Howard Street. Free lunch. Call Ligia to say if you can come. 415-546-1333
Watch Out for Medicare and Medicaid Dual-Eligible Look-Alike Plans
People who have both Medicare and Medicaid – also known as “dual eligibles” – are being targeted for a harmful Medicare Advantage plan and should watch out. These plans are called Dual Eligible Special Needs Plan (D-SNP) Look-Alikes. They are not subject to the same regulations as D-SNPs and fail to coordinate Medicare and Medicaid benefits. This puts the burden on the consumer to navigate these two complicated systems and will potentially keep people from getting the care they need.
Justice in Aging has created this issue brief to help educate advocates and individuals about these dangerous plans.
CONSERVATORSHIP / SB 1045
SB 1045 is a bill that passed at the state level to expand conservatorship law to include substance abuse and to expand the criteria for losing one’s civil liberties through conservatorships. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has voted to implement this new program. There is concern that it will take away the rights of people with mental health disabilities and substance abuse WITHOUT providing voluntary services. Drug treatment, mental health services, and housing must be available when people ask for them!
Check out a fact sheet on the issue.
To find out more, please call Raia at (415) 546-1333 or email email@example.com.
IHSS Task Force News
The IHSS Task Force is a place for up-to-date conversations about how IHSS and home care in San Francisco is changing, and what needs to be done to ensure that the needs of seniors and people with disabilities are met. The group brings together leaders of government agencies and non-profit organizations involved in IHSS, along with consumers and providers, recognizing the need to hear the voices of those directly affected by the program.
Sign up for Support at Home!
Support at Home is a voucher program to help seniors and people with disabilities pay for home care so they can live safely in their homes. If your income or savings is just barely too high for Medi-Cal and IHSS, but you can’t afford the out-of-pocket costs, this program is for you. To be eligible, you must be 18 or older, need assistance with 2 or more Activities of Daily Living, have less than $40,000 in assets (excluding a home and car) and less than $80,000 in income (for a single person). Please help spread the word!
To sign up, call Institute on Aging / IOA Connect at (415) 750-4111. Click here for more information.
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For more information about HAT, please call SDA at 415-546-1333.