JOIN US! CANDIDATE & TOWN HALL FORUM ON SENIOR ISSUES

Friday, September 16 in Redding

Do you care about any of the following topics?

  • Medicare and Social Security?
  • Protecting Your Pension and Retirement Income?
  • Lowering Your Cost of Prescription Drugs?
  • Health Care for All?
  • Quality Housing Options for Seniors and People with Disabilities?
  • Safer Streets and Increased Public Transportation Services?

Disability Action Center staff will be present at this key event.  We encourage all to join us and CARA (California Association of Retired Americans) on Friday, September 16. Register by September 1.  Additional information is on the flyer.CARA Town Hall 9-16-16

Back to School Campaign

WSWA Western Service Workers Association is beginning their Back to School Campaign to collect school supplies.  Please drop off these supplies at the WSWA offices at 2350 Beverly Dr. Redding CA  96002 off of Cypress Avenue between Bechelli and Hartnell Avenues. Please call (530) 244-0968 if you are a business willing to have a donation box at your site. Every item helps a child and family in need. Thanks.

Please donate SCHOOL SUPPLIES.

3 ring binders

backpacks

calculators

composition books

crayons

erasers

facial tissue

glue sticks

highlighters, preferably yellow

index cards, sizes may vary

markers, water color

notebooks, spiral

pencils,  #2

pens, blue or black ink

pocket folders

protractors

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Around Chico

 

 

Lots of outreach being done in our communities. If you wish a presentation of DAC programs and services please let us know. DAC counties include Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, and Tehama. Chico Office (530) 893-8527 and Redding Office (530) 242-8550. Thanks!

MEDI-CAL DENTAL BENEFITS RESTORED

Medi-Cal Dental Benefits for Adults

On April 29, California Department of Health Care Services received Medicare approval to restore certain optional adult dental benefits for members 21 years of age and older under the Medi-Cal program, effective May 1.  The partial restoration of dental services includes examinations and x-rays, dental cleanings with fluoride treatments, silver and tooth-colored fillings, and root canals and crowns on front teeth.  Complete dentures are also being restored.

For a complete list of services being restored, please see Provider Bulletin Volume 29, Number 14 (August 2013).  Dental providers will determine which medically necessary services will be provided, and the existing benefits for children will not change.  When the elimination of the optional Medi-Cal dental benefit for adults began in July 2009, due to the state’s severe budget issues, there were several exemptions that allowed some members to continue receiving services.  They included members who were residents of nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities, pregnant women, and some others.

This partial restoration of the benefit is not a component of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Most of the costs are for individuals who are already eligible for Medi-Cal.  Any ACA funding would be used for services to those who qualify for Medi-Cal only because of the ACA’s expanded eligibility.

If a member needs help finding a dentist, please see the Provider Referral Tool on the Denti-Cal website or call Denti-Cal at 1-800-322-6384.

Number of Poor Seniors would increase under Ryan budget

 

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In a April 23, 2014 Huffington Post blog, NSCLC Executive Director Kevin Prindiville writes that the House-passed budget resolution “leaves the country’s older adults to struggle with less food, income housing, and care.”

“By cutting essential programs that often make life manageable for those with limited income and resources, the Ryan budget will lead to poverty numbers among seniors the nation hasn’t seen since the Depression.”

Please feel free to shae the blog widely. You can also find the blog on the NSCLC website.

ILSNC PARTNERS TO BUILD ACCESSIBLE GARDEN SPACE

CHICO — In an empty field in northwest Chico, Mark Stemen has visions of towering tomatoes, sprawling squash and fabulous flowers sprouting from the ground.

The Oak Way Community Garden, at West Eighth and Nord avenues, has already connected to water, had its soiled tilled and a cover crop planted by volunteers, and is now at the fourth step — fundraising. When completed, the Oak Way project will be the city’s second largest community garden.

“This is an opportunity for us to enable people to come out and grow their own food,” said Stemen, Butte Environmental Council board president, local activist and Chico State University professor whose Geography 498 students have helped lead this project. “This one is really well-planned and it models exactly after the Humboldt garden.”

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“For us, the most important word in community garden isn’t garden,” Stemen said. “The biggest thing here is we are going to grow community.”

A major highlight is the garden will be universally accessible, with easy access to those with disabilities or senior citizens. As part of that goal, BEC has partnered with Independent Living Services of Northern California, which sees community agriculture as a new method for health and independence for people with disabilities.

“For people that are on a fixed income, cheap food is usually the lousy food,” said ILSNC Executive Director Evan LeVang. “This provides a new avenue for people who traditionally don’t have access to affordable, healthy good food as well as the knowledge on how to purchase and prepare it.”

Community gardens also create opportunities to enjoy fresh air, exercise, socialize, improve self-esteem and have access to fresh produce, he said.  “We sit on really good land; there is available water and we are in an agricultural area,” LeVang said. “For our folks we serve to be part of this agricultural economy and movement toward small farming is really exciting … I think we are at the front edge of a coming wave.”

People interested in supporting the Oak Way Community Garden or getting on its wait list can contact BEC at (530) 891-6424 or http://www.becnet.org/oak-way-community-garden

Above material is abridged from an original article in the Chico Enterprise-Record.  It can be viewed at:  http://www.chicoer.com/news/ci_24806688/community-garden-chico-grows-fundraising-stage

MEDI-CAL DENTAL COVERAGE PARTIALLY RESTORED

Legislative leaders and Gov. Jerry Brown (D) have  agreed on a budget plan that restores partial funding for dental services in Medi-Cal, California’s Medicaid program.

Oral HealthNorthern California legislators and dental providers have been at the forefront of a campaign over the past four years to get dental coverage for Medi-Cal adults restored. For many advocates and stakeholders, this week’s budget news was considered a partial victory. Although not the complete restoration of $131 million sought, the state plans to spend about $16.9 million this fiscal year and $77 million next year on dental coverage. The money will provide preventive care, dental restorations and full dentures for adult beneficiaries of Medi-Cal.

denticalRestoring adult coverage in Denti-Cal was considered a priority for California Senate President Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento).

“Dental care is so essential to physical health and employability,” Steinberg said. “The current alternatives are gum disease and use of hospital emergency rooms at the expense of taxpayers, which is unacceptable.”

Lindsey Robinson, a pediatric dentist in Grass Valley and president of the California Dental Association, called the agreement “a significant achievement in the effort to restore all adult Denti-Cal services and a step in the right direction to address the oral health care crisis facing millions of Californians.”

by Mari Edlin, California Healthline Regional Correspondent

Read the rest of the article at http://www.californiahealthline.org/features/2013/medical-dental-coverage-partially-restored.aspx#ixzz2Wt8niGJz

IN-HOME SUPPORTIVE SERVICES (IHSS) SUIT SETTLED

NOTICE REGARDING IN-HOME SUPPORTIVE SERVICES (IHSS)

In 2009, the State of California tried to cut IHSS domestic and related hours and to cut funds for IHSS workers who make more than $9.50 an hour. In 2011, the State tried to cut IHSS hours by 20%.

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In response, IHSS recipients and labor unions filed lawsuits. They won temporary orders stopping the cuts. The State appealed the lawsuits. No one knows if the courts would allow the cuts or not. Now there is a settlement. If the court approves the settlement:

• There will be no 20% cut in IHSS hours. There will be a one-year cut of 8% starting around July 1, 2013. This is 4.4% below current hours because there is already a cut of 3.6% that is not part of these lawsuits. (3.6% + 4.4% = 8%).

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• Around July 2014, the cut in IHSS hours will go down to 7%. (3.4% on top of the 3.6% current cut).

• There will be no cuts in State funding for IHSS wages.

• You CAN ask the county for extra hours if your circumstances change.

 

TO GET MORE DETAILS OR FILE AN OBJECTION WITH THE COURT:

You can get a copy of the class notice and the settlement agreement from your county welfare office, public authority or online at: DOWNLOAD IHSS SETTLEMENT CLASS NOTICE

Also, you can get details at these websites: www.disabilityrightsca.org, www.altshulerberzon.com, www.dss.cahwnet.gov, and www.dhcs.ca.gov.
banner-ihssYou can also leave a message for the lawyers representing IHSS recipients at 1-866-752-6679.

THE DEADLINE TO OBJECT TO THE SETTLEMENT IS MAY 3, 2013.

You don’t have to do anything if you do not object to the settlement.

PRESSURE ARISES TO UN-DO MEDI-CAL CUTBACKS

RESTORE HEALTH FUNDS, ADVOCATES URGE LEADERS

A free dental clinic offered this summer at the Cal Expo grounds in Sacramento may serve as the perfect illustration of how great is the need for restoring many, if not all, of the medical and dental services which have been cut from the Medi-Cal program over the last several years of deep budget deficits and its attendant cuts.

“Three years ago, the state eliminated most adult dental services to help balance the budget.

“As California recovers from a deep recession and expects several billion dollars worth of new voter-approved taxes, Democrats and low-income advocates are clamoring to restore health and social service programs such as adult Denti-Cal.

“Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, specifically mentions the dental program as a priority and sees ‘pent-up demand’ to undo the most severe budget cuts, though he isn’t sure if that can happen immediately.”

Readers may recall that inability to access even basic dental care through a managed care program in Sacramento County reached scandalous levels earlier this year and cast serious doubts about the value of the managed care model in all areas of healthcare.  With the state Department of Health Care Services poised to launch managed care model health care reform throughout California’s 58 counties by 2014, it should be clear by now that such reform will absolutely depend on having a revenue stream that is reliable and sufficiently robust to reimburse providers at an adequate level, as well as having strong protections for  patients against systemic abuses.

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Although the new revenue has nearly closed the budget gap, an estimated $1.9 Billion deficit is predicted for 2013, according to the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO).  Governor Jerry Brown has signaled that he may be less willing to restore the requested lost funding until the economy exhibits a more robust recovery

The full story can be read at:  http://www.sacbee.com/2012/12/12/5048228/californias-recovery-raises-hopes.html