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


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.


Contact your Representatives in Congress

Thank You!

Many Thanks!!



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.

2017 Cost of Care Data

An additional view of the 2017 Cost of Care data from Genworth Financial, showing local, Tampa-area costs versus state of Florida median.

GNW 2017 Tampa vs FL

Home Care/Assisted Living Cross-over … 2017 Update

Senior Care costs continue to rise, but most are within reason:

  • Home Health Aide, up 2.8%
  • Adult Day Care, up 3.1%
  • Assisted Living, up 1.8%
  • Nursing Home, up 6.2%

GNW 2017

Assisted Living Navigator's Blog

Cost of LTCRecently updated figures (emphasis, sadly, on “up”) from the annual Genworth Cost of Care Survey.

While every situation is unique and based on its own set of circumstances, note the potential cross-over point around $3,000 per month, where Assisted Living starts to make sense economically.  Certainly an aspect to weigh, but equally important are other medical, emotional and social considerations.  Always consider the complete scope of needs when making this important decision.

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Find More Articles on our Facebook Page

Our ‘sister’ page on Facebook has even more information on a variety of senior care and assisted living topics.  New posts today on: Parkinson’s, senior diet, and ‘sundowning.’


Here’s to a Happy and Healthy 2015!!

Our Best,

Mark & Michele

FL SMMC LTC (Contact us for your secret decoder ring!)

Statewide Medicaid Managed Care (SMMC) Long-term Care (LTC) program

The Florida Medicaid program is in the process of implementing a new system through which Medicaid enrollees will receive long-term care services. This program is called the Statewide Medicaid Managed Care Long-term Care Program.

The Long-term Care program is comprised of two types of health plans:
– Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs)
– Provider Service Networks (PSNs)

Who is required to participate?
Individuals are required to be enrolled in the Long-term Care Managed Care Program if they are:
– 65 years of age or older AND need nursing facility level of care
– 18 years of age or older AND are eligible for Medicaid by reason of disability AND need nursing facility level of care
– Individuals enrolled in the Aged and Disabled Adult (A/DA) Waiver
– Individuals who are enrolled in the Consumer-Directed Care Plus for individuals in the A/DA waiver
– Individuals enrolled in the Assisted Living Waiver
– Individuals enrolled in the Nursing Home Diversion Waiver
– Individuals who are enrolled in the Frail Elder Option
– Individuals enrolled in the Channeling Services Waiver.

If you would like the entire overview, please provide contact information and we will supply either a link to the information, or the one-sheet hard copy – yor choice.