The new Community Living Assistance Services & Supports (CLASS) program will establish a national voluntary, self-funding long-term services insurance program for older adults or people with disabilities. The CLASS program was created as part of the Affordable Care Act health care reform passed by Congress in 2010. For those who purchase it, this insurance will provide a flexible source of funds that can be used to purchase goods and services to help people remain independent. The Administration on Aging (AoA) will manage the CLASS program, including setting criteria and premiums for the insurance and establishing systems for assistance. For more info about the CLASS Act, click here.
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In 1965, President Johnson signed the Older Americans Act into law, and also created Medicare and Medicaid. These programs, along with Social Security, have provided economic, health and social support for millions of seniors and people with disabilities. In 1965, there were 26 million Americans age 60+, and now there are 57 million older adults. Adults age 80+ are our fastest growing group, and many will need long term care. Reliance on family members, who currently provide 80 percent of the long term care assistance for our nation’s seniors, will increase. The historic enactment of the Affordable Care Act by President Obama on March 23, 2010 provides a great opportunity to further improve the health and lives of older Americans and support their caregivers. read more>>
Highlight Older Americans Living Strong, Enter by April 30 (Administration on Aging)
May is designated as Older Americans Month (OAM) to honor the contributions of older adults nationwide. This year’s events and activities include a national ‘My Recipe for Strength’ contest of videos, photography and poetry/prose. Entries should creatively highlight the 2010 OAM, ‘Age Strong! Live Long!’ and can include an exercise routine, healthy diet, traditions with friends or ways to maintain a positive attitude. Winners from each category will be posted on the AoA website and will receive a certificate of recognition. Entries are due by April 30.
For more information or to enter, go to: www.olderamericansmonth.org.
Source: PCACares.org News Bulletin
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