SHINE’s Light Will Burn Bright for Another Year!

elderly phoneThank you to all of you who advocated to Congress about the importance of SHINE.  Congress has approved funding for the SHINE / SHIP program for 2018.

This means we can continue to light the way for Medicare beneficiaries to pick the best plans and answer their questions about Medicare throughout 2018.

Click here for a message from Charlotte McHenry, SCC’s President and CEO.

Senior Connection Center’s April Newsletter

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CMS Officially Adds Non-Skilled In-Home Care as Medicare Advantage Benefit

From https://homehealthcarenews.com/2018/04/cms-officially-adds-non-skilled-in-home-care-as-medicare-advantage-benefit/

NOTE from Assisted Living Navigator:  This is very early days and there is much more to story and process of adding personal care to Medicare Advantage plans.  This story will evolve over time – stay tuned and informed.

Non-skilled in-home care services will be allowed as a supplemental benefit for Medicare Advantage (MA) plans in 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced in a final rule issued Monday.

The benefit marks the first time CMS has allowed supplemental benefits that include daily maintenance in Medicare Advantage.

“CMS is expanding the definition of ‘primarily health related,” the agency stated in its announcement. “Under the new definition, the agency will allow supplemental benefits if they compensate for physical impairments, diminish the impact of injuries or health conditions, and/or reduce avoidable emergency room utilization.”

The rule was originally proposed in February and was met with enthusiasm  from the home health and private duty home care industries. Home health care providers have already made great strides as partners in MA contracts, and adding non-skilled services opens the door to the growing MA population even further.

In 2015, 35% of Medicare beneficiaries were participants in MA, according to CMS data. And that figure is expected to grow quickly over the next several years.

Free Medicare Counselling in Jeopardy

Underwood TyprewriterPlease Help Support SHIP/SHINE – Free Medicare Counselling.  The link below will help you contact your representatives in Congress, and help them understand how critically important these programs are to seniors.  Medicare is complicated and seniors rely on SHIP/SHINE to get FREE, unbiased help on Medicare questions and concerns.

PLEASE WRITE TODAY!

Contact your Representatives in Congress

Thank You!

Another Vote for Pet Therapy

A new meta-analysis of 17 academic papers finds evidence that having a pet benefits people with mental health problems. The research also reviews the pet owners’ testimonials, laying out the various ways that pets offer them much-needed solace. Pets provide invaluable support for people with mental health problems. An increasing amount of research is pointing […]

via It’s Official: Pets Benefit Our Mental Health — Good Witches Homestead

PS:  How could you not feel safe, protected and at ease with those two beautiful German Shepherds nearby?

Many Thanks!!

 

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Thank you to those who were kind enough to contribute to our On-Line Food Drive to benefit the local chapter of St Vincent de Paul, here in Tampa.

Through your generosity we were able to donate close to 200 food items ranging from ten large bags of spaghetti to sixty cans of tuna, and over forty cans of mixed vegetables.

VA Pension Plus Aid and Attendance Rates 2018

from our good friends at Center for Elder Veterans Rights

Maximum Pension Benefit Plus Aid & Attendance

* Surviving Spouse      $1,176
* Single Veteran           $1,830
* Married Veteran       $2,169
* Veteran Couple         $2,903

Qualifying Pension Service Dates:

12/07/1941 – 12/31/1946:     WWII
06/27/1950 – 01/31/1955:     Korea
02/28/1961 – 08/04/1964:     Vietnam I (in country)
08/05/1964 ‐ 05/07/1975:      Vietnam II
08/20/1990 – Present:          Mideast Conflicts

In the Spirit of Giving …

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Please support our on-line  Holiday food drive

“When you find yourself in the position to help someone, be happy and feel blessed because God is answering that person’s prayer through you.

Remember: Our purpose on earth is not to get lost in the dark but to be a light to others, so that they may find their way through us.”

By Alberto Casing

Help Cancel Hunger in the Community!

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At Always Best Care we’re delighted, again, to be a part of the solution by supporting this easy-to-use, on-line food drive from, http://www.YouGiveGoods.com, to help our devoted volunteers at the  local St. Vincent de Paul conference at St Paul Catholic Church in Tampa, FL.

Please consider helping us reach our goal with your thoughtful, and greatly appreciated, food donation at https://www.yougivegoods.com/abc-tampa-2017 

Items start at just $4.99 and range up to $25.

Every little bit helps put food on the tables of those in need.

Thanks!

Easiest Food Drives, Ever!

Two sherpa porters carrying heavy sacks in the Himalaya at EvereThe beauty of this on-line food drive, from http://www.YouGiveGoods.com, is the ability for anyone, anywhere to contribute to the effort.  There is no need to personally purchase and physically transport cans or boxes   Your donation is added to the mix with a few simple key strokes.  On delivery day, one (hopefully, very large) cumulative donation will arrive at the location of your choosing.

Please consider supporting our drive to benefit the St. Vincent de Paul Society’s conference here in Tampa, FL at https://yougivegoods.com/abc-tampa-2017.  

Every donation will help feed families this holiday season and in the New Year.

Thank you!