New law requires dementia-specific training for long-term care facility staff
POSTED ON - June 16, 2022
Written By McKnight's Senior Living
Dementia and cognitive impairment are some of the most common conditions for long-term care facility residents. In an effort to make sure these residents are getting the highest quality care, lawmakers in Colorado recently passed a law requiring dementia-specific training for caregivers in assisted living communities as well as other long-term care settings.
Lower Nursing Home Turnover Linked to Higher Quality of Care
POSTED ON - May 11, 2022
Written By McKnight's Long-Term Care News
A new study found that low turnover among staff was consistently linked to a higher quality of care in nursing homes. Despite continued challenges surrounding the pandemic, nursing homes should consider employing additional strategies to retain workers.
Proposed Bill in Connecticut Seeks to Increase the Minimum CSRA to $50,000
POSTED ON - April 21, 2022
Written By Connecticut Human Services Committee
The Human Services Committee of the Connecticut General Assembly recently filed Senate Bill No. 195, which proposes increasing the minimum Community Spouse Resource Allowance (CSRA) to $50,000 by July 1, 2023.
The Stop Unfair Medicaid Recoveries Act Introduced in the House
POSTED ON - March 7, 2022
Written By Elder Law Attorney News
Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) recently introduced The Stop Unfair Medicaid Recoveries Act in the House. This bill, H.R. 6698, would repeal the requirement for states to establish a Medicaid estate recovery program. It would also limit the instances where a state can place a lien on a Medicaid recipient's property.
Biden Administration to Phase Out Premiums for State Medicaid Programs
POSTED ON - February 22, 2022
Written By Kaiser Health News
Although several states were once allowed to charge premiums to Medicaid recipients, studies show the fees resulted in fewer low-income adults pursuing coverage. The Biden administration is now looking to eliminate these fees.
How to Handle Possible Tax Return Delays in 2022
POSTED ON - January 18, 2022
Written By CNBC
The National Taxpayer Advocate Erin M. Collins is concerned the upcoming tax filing season, which begins on January 24, will be chaotic. In December 2021, the IRS still had a backlog of over 8 million unprocessed original and amended individual tax returns in addition to other unprocessed documents and mail. That means millions of taxpayers still had not received their refunds nine months after filing.
Washington State Delays Launch of Long-Term Care Program
POSTED ON - December 23, 2021
Written By ThinkAdvisor
Washington state is delaying the launch of a public long-term care benefits program that involves collecting a 0.58% payroll tax to provide up to $36,500 in benefits to eligible participants beginning in 2025. Despite plans to start collecting the payroll tax in January 2022, allowing workers to opt out by purchasing private long-term care insurance (LTCI) by November 1, the start of the program is now delayed until the end of Washington's 2023 legislative session.