HealthCare Action Team (HAT)

HEALTH CARE ACTION TEAM

The Health Care Action Team (HAT) meets on the 2nd Wednesday of every month, from 11 am to 1 pm. We meet at the Bayanihan Center, 1010 Mission Street (at 6th Street). Free lunch. Call us to say if you can come. 415-546-1333

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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.

* In January 2014, the IRS issued a new rule (Notice 2014-7) stating that IHSS providers do NOT owe income tax on IHSS wages IF they live full-time in the same home as the person getting care. The rule applies whether or not the caregiver and the person getting support are related or not. More information is available here:
http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Certain-Medicaid-Waiver-Payments-May-Be-Excludable-From-Income

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FORUM ON AGING & RETIREMENT SECURITY

More than 50 seniors and allies attended the Forum on Aging and Retirement Security at SEIU 1021 in Potrero Hill on Thursday, April 2. Timed to coincide with the west coast regional sessions of the White House Conference on Aging, the event was put on by California Alliance of Retired Americans, the Long Term Care Coordinating Council, Senior & Disability Action, and SEIU 1021 Retirees. This year is the first time in ten years that the White House Conference on Aging has taken place, as well as the 50th anniversaries of Medicare and Medicaid. It is an important moment for San Francisco’s seniors to weigh in on what Congress and the President need to do on aging issues.

At the Forum, participants watched a segment of the White House Conference on Aging Regional Session in Seattle, Washington, and then heard a presentation by Michael Lyon, of CARA and SDA, about how federal policies threaten our ability to age safely and securely. With wages too low to save for retirement, and public and private pensions being cut, more people depend on Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid as they get older. It is critical that we preserve and expand these programs. Forum participants discussed these issues and came up with a list of concerns to send to the White House. In addition, at interactive sessions around the room, attendees wrote letters to send to Congress and the White House, made comments on the website of the White House Conference on Aging, and took pictures holding signs with messages such as “Hands Off Our Social Security” or “My Medicaid Matters!” Thanks to all those who helped put on the event and who participated in making it a success!

To view the White House Conference on Aging Regional Sessions, visit:
http://www.whitehouseconferenceonaging.gov/happening/index.html

Share your thoughts or story with the White House Conference on Aging:
http://www.whitehouseconferenceonaging.gov/submissions/register.aspx

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IHSS overtime

IHSS providers are still not eligible to be paid overtime for working more than 40 hours per week. The Department of Labor had issues regulations saying that all home care workers WOULD need to be paid overtime, but this regulation is currently held up in the courts. We will keep this website updated if that changes.

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Click here to read the SDA Position Paper on mandatory training for IHSS workers.

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AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

Senior and Disability Action has held community forums and put together informational resources on the impact of the Affordable Care Act and Medi-Cal Expansion on seniors and people with disabilities! Click here for resources.

Participants at the Health Care Forum

Participants at the Health Care Forum

 

 

State Assemblymember Tom Ammiano speaking at the Health Care Forum

State Assemblymember Tom Ammiano speaking at the Health Care Forum

Health Care Forum Panel

Health Care Forum Panel

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For more information about HAT, please call SDA at 415-546-1333.