Impact of Federal Government Shutdown
On October 1, legislation funding the federal government's discretionary programs expired, resulting in a funding gap. Due to the absence of FY14 appropriations, the federal government has initiated a shutdown of affected activities, including the furlough of certain personnel and the curtailment of agency activities and services.
A lapse in appropriations impacts those activities and operations at the federal level which rely on discretionary funding to operate. Programs that are funded by laws other than annual appropriations acts, such as entitlements and other mandatory spending, may also be affected by a funding gap, if program execution relies on activities that receive annually appropriated funding.
The HHS Contingency Plan provides an illustrative, but not exhaustive, list of how ACL programs will be impacted by a funding gap. According to the Plan, ACL will "continue to support the Aging and Disability Resource Centers and Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control through mandatory appropriations." Among the programs that ACL will not be able to continue funding during a shutdown are those that rely on discretionary dollars, such as "the Senior Nutrition programs, Native American Nutrition and Supportive Services, Prevention of Elder Abuse and Neglect, the Long-Term Care Ombudsman program, and Protection and Advocacy for persons with developmental disabilities."
Additional Resources on the Government Shutdown
- For more information on federal agency operations during a funding gap, please see the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)'s memo and FAQ on Contracting, grant administration, and Payment Processing During a Lapse in Appropriations. For more information specific to ACL, please see the ACL Grantees documentation.
- Furlough guidance is available via the US Office of Personnel Management (OPM) website.
Federal agencies are required to develop and submit plans for operations in the absence of appropriations. These contingency plans for FY14 are available on the OMB website. The HHS plan outlines impacted program areas and staffing levels for ACL and other divisions.
Get Ready for Medicare Open Enrollment
Open enrollment for Medicare benefits is coming up October 15th through December 7th. Medicare beneficiaries should review their current plan and consider the four Cs: coverage, cost, convenience and customer service. Read more about it in this press release.
Call your local Area Agency on Aging (AAA) in advance to schedule an appointment. Don’t wait until the last minute, as time slots fill very quickly. Search for your location on our complete list of AAAs at vda.virginia.gov/aaalist.asp.
New Online Technology to Support Family Caregivers in Virginia
Through a collaborative public-private partnership, VirginiaNavigator, the Virginia Caregiver Coalition and the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) launched the Virginia Family Caregiver Solution Center on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at the DARS-VDA office in Richmond, Virginia. Click here to learn more.
CBO Reports on LTSS Expenditure for Senior Population
The Congressional Budget Office recently published a report "Rising Demand for Long-Term Services and Supports for Elderly People". This report provides a summary of how Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) are financed, and also offers projection of future spending for LTSS for the senior population.
Facilitating Medicaid and CHIP Enrollment and Renewal in 2014
On May 17, 2013, CMS' Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services sent an information bulletin to State Health Officials and State Medicaid Directors offering optional strategies that can help make significant progress toward reducing the number of uninsured individuals and optional tools to help states manage the transition to their new eligibility and enrollment systems and coverage of new Medicaid-enrollees.
For more information, please see the letter which is available online here.
2013 Best Practices Awards Program
A caregiver program at Williamsburg’s Riverside Center for Excellence in Aging and Lifelong Health modeled on the Rosalynn Carter Institute on Caregiving’s signature program won the top 2013 Best Practices Award. This year’s top award honors the Center for Excellence in Aging and Lifelong Health for its “Caring for You, Caring for Me”. See the 2013 awards Press Release.
A Profile of Older Americans: 2012
The Center for Disability and Aging Policy at the Administration for Community Living has released their annual summary of the latest statistics on the older population. The report covers 14 topical areas including population, income and poverty, living arrangements, education, and health. The Profile has proven to be a very useful statistical summary in a user friendly format. It is a web based publication and is posted (along with versions from previous years) at: http://www.aoa.gov/AoARoot/Aging_Statistics/Profile/index.aspx
Stay Current with DARS news on facebook
To connect with Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services on facebook, click either link! https://www.facebook.com/vadars
The Virginia Division for the Aging posts topics of interest weekly to the aging network. You may peruse VDA's Weekly e-Mailings on our website.
Dial 2-1-1 for Community Services
2-1-1 is an easy to remember phone number connecting Virginians with free information on available community services. When you dial 2-1-1, a trained professional will listen to your situation and suggest sources of help using one of the largest databases of health and human services in Virginia. During times of disaster, 2-1-1 will also act as an additional source of information for citizens. For more information about 2-1-1 go to www.211virginia.org.
Board, Council and Commission Meeting Announcements
Submission of News Items for VDA Web Page
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