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August 2017

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  • Federal Budget Developments - The deadline for Congress to fund government programs for the next fiscal year which begins October 1 is fast approaching. With the attention focused on the ACA in July, the public’s attention shifted away from budget deliberations. NCOA did a good summary the end of July about where things stand in the budgeting process. As noted in the summary, Rep. David Price from our state offered an amendment during the Appropriation Committee debate on the Labor-HHS bill to restore funding for the Administration for Community Living programs that were proposed to be cut, including the SHIP (Medicare State Health Insurance Assistance Program). The amendment was not approved along party lines, but Labor-HHS Chairman Tom Cole (R-OK) offered to work with colleagues to restore funding as the process moves forward.
  • State Health and Human Services Budget - : In case you missed it, NC Health News has done a summary of provisions in the recently passed state budget for 2017 related to health and human services and compares what was passed with what was proposed by the House and Senate. To see a copy of the comparison document, click here.

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July 2017

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  • Legislature Adjourns (For Now) - The “regular” long legislative session concluded around 2 a.m. on June 30. In the closing week of the session, lawmakers approved over 100 bills and sent them to Governor Cooper for his signature. At this time, most of those bills remain on his desk for his review. When the long session concludes, the legislature typically does not convene again until the “short session” begins the following spring. This year; however, the adjournment resolution adds at least two additional legislative sessions in 2017. A session to start on August 3 is scheduled so the legislature can address a variety of topics including voting to override any vetoes from the Governor, making appointments, approving bills currently in negotiations between the House and Senate or bills involving impeachment of an elected official, and responding to lawsuits including any court order on redistricting. The session starting on September 6 could focus on items left from the August session and redistricting including redistricting plans for judicial and prosecutorial districts. The adjournment resolution also includes a final deadline of November 15 for court-ordered legislative redistricting to be completed. House and Senate leaders have appointed new redistricting committees.
  • U.S. Senate Set to Unveil New Health Care Bill - Yesterday Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that Senate Republicans will unveil a new version of their health care bill this Thursday, July 13, and a new CBO score on the bill is expected early next week. He also announced that the Senate August recess has been delayed until the third week in August in order to allow more time for his conference to complete its work on health care reform and other tasks, including processing the backlog of nominations for positions. The struggles the Senate is having in getting support for its health care reform proposal have been well covered by media sources. Also receiving increased attention are stories about the potential impact reform proposals could have on consumers, including older adults, as well as state Medicaid programs. Several reports of note include the following:
    On July 11, the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations sent a letter to Senator McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer expressing their strong opposition to the provisions of the Senate reform bill (Better Care Reconciliation Act) because of the harm they would inflict on our nation’s seniors and their families.

    A June 30 and July 1 poll from Public Policy Polling found that only 33% of North Carolinians surveyed said they approve of the Senate reform bill while 53% said they disapprove of the bill.

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June 2017 - Part 1

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  • Judge Rules for State Retirees in Health Insurance Premium Litigation –A state trial judge has ruled that it was wrong to require retired state workers and teachers to begin paying health insurance premiums six years ago. In 2012, retirees sued after the state legislature directed the state employee health insurance plan to mandate that they make monthly contributions to receive what had been standard insurance coverage for decades. In the ruling, Superior Court Judge Edwin Wilson noted that retirees had a contractual right as part of their work agreement to receive the standard coverage without a premium. He ordered the state to reimburse retirees for premium payments they made to retain the “80/20” plan and offer that plan as it existed in 2011 premium-free for the rest of their lives. To read more about this, click here. A News and Observer editorial can also be found here.
  • Mark Your Calendar for Coalition’s Annual Meeting –The Coalition’s 2017 annual meeting will be held on Friday, September 22, at 12:00 noon (registration at 11:30 a.m.) at the NC State University Club located at 4200 Hillsborough Street in Raleigh. This is the same location as last year’s meeting. Keynote speaker this year will be Dr. James H. Johnson Jr. who is the William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor for strategy and entrepreneurship at the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. He is also director of the Urban Investment Strategies Center at the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise where he started the Elder Care Economy Innovations Hub. Dr. Johnson is a much sought after speaker and we are pleased that he has agreed to address our meeting. Registration information about the meeting will be available next month.

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June 2017 - Part 2

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  • Sarah Smith joined the staff of the NC Division of Aging and Adult Services as Adult Services Program Administrator effective June 5. Prior to coming to the Division, she worked in Montgomery County where she most was recently the Adult Services Supervisor. She also worked there as an Adult Services Social Worker.
  • AARP, with support of the nation’s leading organizations behind quality long-term care – The Commonwealth Fund and the SCAN Foundation – has released a state-by-state Long-Term Services and Supports Scorecard (2017 Edition) that takes a multi-dimensional approach to measure state level performance of long-term services and supports systems that assist older people, people with disabilities, and family caregivers. The Scorecard examines each state’s performance using 25 data indicators and measures changes in performance since the second Scorecard which was released in 2014. The full report is available at and the report for North Carolina is available here.
  • Flu season is over, and this years was deadlier than usual. North Carolina health officials recorded more deaths to flu complications this season than in any year since they began tracking them in 2009. Click here to learn more.
  • We are saddened to learn that Ruth Mitchell, long time aging professional and advocate, passed away on June 9. She was Director for the Center for Active Retirement in Rockingham County. Ruth had a warm and outgoing personality and always went the extra step to help others. She will be missed. Her family, friends, and co-workers are in our thoughts.

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May 2017 - News Edition

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  • A 2015 study of home delivered meal participants which was conducted by Brown University’s Center for Gerontology and Healthcare Research and funded by AARP found that participation in the traditional Meals on Wheels program (those receiving daily meals delivered by a volunteer who provides a friendly visit and safety check) has a significant, positive impact on the health, wellbeing, and social connectedness of homebound seniors. Key findings of the study were that older adults who received daily meals exhibited improvements in their mental health, were less lonely, felt connected and less isolated, felt more confident about living independently in their own home, ate healthier food, and experienced reduced rates of hospitalizations and falls when compared to seniors who did not receive the service. The return on investment demonstrated by the program was significant.
  • Medicare recognizes a list of medications – that can be potentially inappropriate for older adults called the Beers List. The list includes commonly prescribed prescription medications such as proton pump inhibitors and opioids. Older adults who take these medications at higher doses over long periods of time are at higher risk for complications Many of the medicines need to be tapered over time and not stopped cold turkey.

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April 2017 - News Edition

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  • NC Retirement Reform Bill Introduced - Senate Bill 467 which was introduced the end of March by Senators Andy Wells, Bill Rabon, and Ron Rabin would make dramatic changes in the benefits offered to future state employees. The Bill provisions stipulate that state workers hired after July 20118 would not be eligible for enrollment in the state health insurance plan when they retire and most new workers would not be eligible for state pensions, but would be offered the option of enrolling in 401(k) plans. The State Employees Association of NC and the NC Retired Governmental Employees Association, both Coalition on Aging members, note that ending these benefits would hurt job recruitment as many employees work for the state at below-market wages because they will receive a pension and health insurance benefits in retirement. Senate Bill 467 has been referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee on Pensions, Compensation, and Benefits.
  • What’s Next for ACA? – Several media outlets are reporting that President Donald Trump is now saying that he is determined to resurrect the health care bill even if it means delaying tax overhaul. Last month after the US House of Representatives failed to pass a plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, the President said that he was prepared to put the defeat of the bill behind him and move on to the next challenge, rewriting the tax code. To read more about this and to keep updated on developments related to health news, including the health care law, check out Kaiser Health News.

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March 2017 - News Edition

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  • Pitt County Council on Aging Hosts Legislative Breakfast - On Monday, the Pitt County on Aging hosted a legislative breakfast attended by more than 150 people. The future of the nation’s health care system – specifically the ability to obtain health insurance – dominated the discussion. The event was attended by U.S. Reps. Walter Jones and G.K. Butterfield and state legislators Rep. Greg Murphy, Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield and Sen. Don Davis. Sen. Tom Tillis’ office was represented by staff member Brian Brown. With Congress and our State Legislature in full swing and many important issues on the agenda, now is a great time to schedule local events with elected officials.
  • Bi-Partisan Bill Introduced to Establish Aging Subcommittee – We are excited that at the urging of the Coalition, four members of the House have introduced House Bill 248 which would establish an Aging Subcommittee of the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services (HHS). Establishing a joint legislative committee was a key priority of the Coalition. The Subcommittee would be comprised of 21 members and would be charged with studying a variety of issues related to aging including issues pertaining to working caregivers for older persons, also a priority of the Coalition. Sponsors of the legislation are Reps. Josh Dobson (co-chair of the House Appropriations Committee on Health and Human Services as well as the House Health Committee), Rep. Becky Carney, Rep. Michele Presnell, and Rep. Donna White (former employee of the NC Division of Aging and Adult Services who is on the House Aging Committee). The bill has been referred to the House Health Committee. It has 20 co-sponsors coming from both parties. Please take time to thank the bill sponsors and co-sponsors for their support.

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February 2016

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  • Legislation Filed to Cap Taxes - Coming as no surprise, Senate Republican leaders have introduced legislation again this session that would cap personal income taxes by amending the state constitution. Senate Bill 75 would prevent legislators from raising the income tax rate higher than 5.5% if voters approve the constitutional amendment in a ballot referendum that would be held during the November 2018 election. At this time, the constitution caps income tax rates at 10%. The current personal tax rate is 5.499% so the amendment would prevent any future tax hikes. The Bill is likely to face stiff opposition from Democrats and numerous advocacy group which argue that the amendment would prevent our legislature from having flexibility to set tax rates based on the state’s needs and would limit flexibility and force cuts to services or shifts to other taxes.
  • Benton Named HHS Deputy Secretary – Although not officially announced by the NC Department of Health and Human Services, it is widely known that Mark Benton has been named as Deputy Secretary of the Department. Mark is no stranger to North Carolina state government. He previously held senior leadership positions in HHS including service as the State Medicaid Director, Senior Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Division of Medical Assistance, and as Assistant Director/Chief of Budget and Planning of the Division of Facility Services (now Division of Health Service Regulation). He also served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Community Care of North Carolina and was with the Millbank Memorial Fund in New York for six years where he worked with elected and appointed officials from across the country and internationally on efforts to reduce health care costs, implement evidence-informed health policies and improve population health.

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January 2017 - News Edition

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  • House Democrats Select Leaders - Rep. Darren Jackson from Wake County has been selected as the House minority leader. He replaces Rep. Larry Hall from Durham who had been the House Democratic leader since 2013. He decided not to seek another term. Rep. Jackson is an attorney and has served District 39 since January of 2009. He has been a major opponent of HB 2. The House Democratic Caucus also elected three whips: Rep. Bobbie Richardson from Franklin County, Rep. Garland Pierce from Scotland County, and Rep. Verla Insko from Orange County.
  • Webinar on What’s Ahead in the New Year at the Federal Level -Congress is back and the new Trump administration starts on January 20. With this new beginning lie many challenges and opportunities. Repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will likely be one of the first items on the agenda which includes threats to senior programs like Medicaid home and community based services, health coverage for the pre-Medicare population aged 55-64, and threats to programs like fall prevention and chronic disease management. On January 18 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m., the National Council on Aging (NCOA) Public Policy and Advocacy team will hold a webinar to share information about what lies ahead and how aging advocates can add their voice to the discussion.

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December 2016 - News Edition

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  • What Might a Trump Administration Mean for Medicaid? - Check out this new fact sheet from the Kaiser Family Foundation which examines key questions around the potential changes President-elect Donald Trump and the next Congress may seek to make in Medicaid, a program that covers 73 million people nationally.
  • Affordable Care Act (ACA) Enrollment Continues Until January 31 - At this time, the ACA is still the law and the ACA marketplace is open for enrollment now until January 31. Consumers who enroll and pay their first premium by December 15 will have health insurance coverage starting January 1. Free expert appointments are available all across the state for assistance in get information and enrolling in a plan. To make an appointment, call toll-free at 855-733-3711 or go on-line to
  • Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act (UAGPPJA) Resources Available – Last legislative session, the General Assembly passed UAGPPJA legislation which applies to all new incompetency and adult guardianship proceedings filed on or after December 1. Meredith Smith at the UNC School of Government has prepared a very useful list of resources available to assist with the implementation of UAGPPJA in North Carolina. To find out more, click here.

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November 2016 - Early Edition

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  • Elections - With election day less than a week away, North Carolina continues to be bombarded with non-stop political ads, visits, and other tactics in a last ditch effort by candidates to reach voters. With everything that is going on, it can be hard to sort through all the “noise” and find out candidates’ positions about issues that are important to the people of our state. Issues which impact older adults and their family caregivers, except for the occasional mention of Social Security and Medicare, have for the most part not been on the radar screen of those seeking election this year. Perhaps it is time for aging advocacy groups to have conversation about this matter and to look at steps that can be taken to change this.
  • Study Looks at How Medicaid Can Help Veterans - The Wake Forest University School of Law’s Health Law and Policy Program has released a study entitled “Can Medicaid Help (North Carolina) Military Veterans?” The study is by Mark A. Hall, professor of Law and Health Policy, and Katherine E. Booth (JD ’15), Health Law and Policy research associate. The report of the study is one of a series of Issue Briefs produced by the Law and Policy Program that explores the costs and benefits of Medicaid in North Carolina. This Issue Brief focuses on the potential for Medicaid to benefit military veterans. North Carolina has a large military and veteran population (fourth largest in the nation), and veterans are one of the groups of North Carolina citizens who could benefit from Medicaid funding under the Affordable Care Act. The study estimates that 12,000 uninsured veterans in the state could be helped through Medicaid. To learn more about the study click here.

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November 2016 - Late Edition

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  • Report on Family Caregiver’s Needs in Managed Long-Term Services and Supports – The AARP Public Policy Institute has issued the first major report on family caregivers’ needs within the emerging field of managed long-term services and supports (LTSS). The report notes that while family caregiver supports are still uncommon in managed LTSS, managed care contracts can lead the way in standardizing a person and family-centered approach, resulting in better care for both members and their families. To view the report, click here.
  • Air Quality Outreach to Older Adults – The Division of Air Quality in the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality has programming related to air quality outreach for older adults. The program is called KNOW THE CODE and it is a multi-county effort to increase awareness and use of the air quality forecast system (code) to help adults 55 and older better plan their outdoor activities and take steps to protect their health. Various educational materials and presentations are available free of charge. Older adults are identified as a sensitive group of the population who are at risk from the health effects of air pollution. To find out more, click here or contact Robin Barrows with the Division of Air Quality at (919) 707-8445 or at
  • LGBT Caregiver Perspectives – According to the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP, 9% of America’s caregivers identify as LGBT. When LGPT people give or receive care, new dimensions and unexpected issues can arise. A recent article in US News and World Report five people share their unique perspective on LGBT caregiving.

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September 2016 - Part 1

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  • Voter I.D. Not Required for Upcoming Election – On August 31, a divided U.S. Supreme Court refused to block a lower court ruling that threw out controversial 2013 voting law changes. Among other things, the ruling means that North Carolina residents will not need to show photo IDs in elections this fall. To read more about the ruling, CLICK HERE.
  • Webinar on Suicide Prevention Among Older Adults - In recognition of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, the NCOA Center for Healthy Aging is offering a webinar on September 29, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. that will describe the prevalence of and risk factors for suicide among older adults, discuss how suicide is being addressed at the federal level, and share information on behavioral health resources. PEARLS, a national evidence-based program for the treatment of depression, will be featured. Presenters are Phantane J. Sprowls (Administration on Aging/Administration for Community Living), Dr. Richard T. McKeon (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), and Lesley Steinman (University of Washington). CLICK HERE for more information.

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September 2016 - Part 2

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  • AARP Releases Information on Positions of Candidates for Governor – AARP North Carolina has unveiled a three-part series which looks at how Gov. Pat McCrory and Attorney General Roy Cooper, the candidates for Governor, stand on issues import to older North Carolina voters. The first series which addresses financial security was unveiled on September 20. This will be followed by series on support for caregivers and creating age-friendly communities (including transportation, safe and accessible public spaces, social inclusion and the availability of health care services). The series was launched on Facebook and in an e-mail and bulletin that was sent to the more than one million AARP members in the state. AARP also plans to release a survey of voting priorities among those 45 and older. Voters will talk about what they want to learn about candidates before the general election. This exchange will be live-streamed at 8:45 a.m. on September 27 at
  • Social Services Institute Announces Keynote Speaker - Dave Pelzer has been announced as the keynote speaker for the 2016 Social Services Institute that will be held on October 19-21 in Hickory.

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August 2016

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  • Voter ID Update – One almost needs a program to keep up with all the developments related to where voter ID stands in North Carolina. Last month, a 4th U.S. Circuit of Appeals ruling struck down voter ID requirements approved by the N.C. General Assembly in 2013. On August 15, Governor Pat McCrory asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stay the 4th Circuit's ruling and reinstate the voter ID law. On August 16, the Supreme Court stated that it wants a written response from those who sued to overturn the state’s ID law about the state’s request to restore the photo ID requirement for the November election. This response is due by August 25. Older adults are reported to be one of the population groups in the state to most likely not have a photo ID.
  • Party Platforms Back Home-Based Care for Older Adults - For the first time, both the Republican and Democratic parties have recognized in their party platforms the need for community-based long-term care. Although neither platform offers very many specifics, acknowledging the importance of home-based services and supports could signal a change in future policies. For more on this, CLICK HERE to read an article from Forbes. To view the full Republican party platform, CLICK HERE, and to review the Democratic party platform, CLICK HERE. For a side-by-side comparison of the wording from the platforms for the two parties related to their proposals on Social Security, universal health care/Medicare/Medicaid, prescription drugs, long-term care, family caregiving, pensions, elder abuse, Older Americans Act, disability rights, and voting rights - CLICK HERE.

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July 2016

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  • Voter ID Case Goes to Trail in September – The elections this fall got a bit more uncertain on July 11 when Wake County Judge Mike Morgan signed an order rejecting a request by legislative leaders to set the state’s Voter ID case in front of a three-judge panel or dismiss it. A trial date of September 26 has been set at which time the question of whether North Carolina’s voter ID requirement violates the state Constitution will be debated. The trial is expected to last about a week. To learn more about this go to a News and Observer story here. Older adults are one of the largest population groups to not have a valid voter ID.
  • Social Security and Medicare Trustee Report Released - Each year the Trustees of the Social Security and Medicare trust funds report on the current and projected financial status of the two programs. Their latest report was released in late June. As noted in the report, both Social Security and Medicare face long-term financing shortfalls under currently scheduled benefits and financing. Lawmakers have a broad continuum of policy options that would close or reduce the long-term financing shortfall of both programs. The Trustees recommend that lawmakers take action sooner rather than later to address these shortfalls, so that a broader range of solutions can be considered and more time will be available to phase in changes while giving the public adequate time to prepare. Earlier action will also help elected officials minimize adverse impacts on vulnerable populations, including lower-income workers and people already dependent on program benefits. To see a summary of the report, click here.

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June 2016 - Part 1

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  • Proposed Senate Budget Approved – Shortly after midnight on Friday, the Senate approved it budget proposal for FY 16-17 (see WRAL @NCCapitol for a report). A brief summary of highlights from the plan related to aging issues was e-mails to Coalition members on June 1. As noted then, the Senate proposal appropriates less funding in several key areas important to aging advocates. A Conference Committee composed of House and Senate members will work to iron out difference in the House and Senate proposals. Legislative leaders have said they anticipate having an approved budget in place for the start of the new fiscal year which begins on July 1.
  • Adult Guardianship Bill Moves Forward - House Bill 817 (Enact Uniform Act on Adult Guardianship) passed the Senate Judiciary II Committee on May 26 with a few technical changes. The bill is scheduled to be on the Senate calendar for Wednesday, June 8. An additional clarifying amendment is expected to be offered.
  • Network Adequacy Standards for Health Insurance Products – In 2015, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners adopted a new model act pertaining to network adequacy standards for health insurance products. North Carolina now has the opportunity to pursue new or amended adequacy standards to apply to health insurance products offered in our state. To facilitate that opportunity, the Department is convening several stakeholder groups to discuss the model and what standards might be appropriate for North Carolina. Mary Bethel, President of the Coalition, is participating in the consumer advocates workgroup.

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June 2016 - Part 2

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  • Final Approval of Adult Guardianship Bill Delayed – Both the House and Senate have passed House Bill 817 (Enact Uniform Act on Adult Guardianship), but the bill was tweaked in the Senate to add several clarifying changes. We are also aware that there is one additional change being made to the bill which would change the effective date of the legislation from December 2016 to December 2017. There appears to be widespread support for the bill and it is expected to be on the calendars in both the House and Senate for final approval next week.
  • New Public Affairs Show - UNC-TV began a new public affairs program last month that focuses on North Carolina politics. The show called "Front Row" is hosted by Marc Rotterman, a long-time figure in national and state Republican politics. The half-hour program airs at 9:30 p.m. Fridays and repeats at 9:30 a.m. on Sundays and features Rotterman and a panel of reporters, public policy experts and politicians.
  • Lower Your Fitness Age – The year you were born doesn’t tell the whole story about your physical health. Research is finding that lowering something called your fitness age could be one of the best anti-aging strategies. Fitness age is a measure of how fit you are, regardless of your real age. Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, assistant professor at the University of Baltimore and author of Body for Life for Women and a Senior Olympic triathlete documented the impact of physical activity on fitness age by analyzing more than 4,000 Senior Olympians all of whom where over the age of 50. She found that even though the average age of the athletes was 68 years old, their average fitness age was 43. This information, of course, is music to the ears of Coalition member NC Senior Games which has for years touted the importance of physical activity for older North Carolinians.

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May 2016

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  • President Signs Older Americans Act – On April 19, President Obama signed the bill reauthorizing the Older Americans Act. To see the statement from the White House about this, click here. The legislation to reauthorize the Act was passed by Congress with unanimous bi-partisan approval nearly five years after it expired. To learn more about the Act, click here. Almost half of the funding for the state's Home and Community Care Block Grant which provides services to help older adults stay in their homes and communities comes from the Older Americans Act.
  • Retirement Research Foundation (RRF) Accepting Applications for Proposals - Letters of intent for RRF grants which support direct services, advocacy, education, and training programs for professionals working with elders, and research to seek causes and solutions to significant problems of older adults are due June 20. The deadline for applications is August 1. To find out more click here.
  • Security Freeze Information –A security freeze is a right provided by the 2005 Identity Theft Protection Act. To find out more about what a security freeze is and how it works, click here.

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April 2016 - Part 1

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  • Coalition Day at the Legislature – Don't forget to mark your calendar for this important Day that will be held on May 10 at the NC General Assembly. Coalition members are reminded to return the registration form for the Day sent to you on March 17 by Theresa Johnson, Chair of the committee coordinating this event. Questions about the Day at the Legislature can be directed to Theresa at
  • Older Americans Act Reauthorization Passes U.S. House - As reported to you earlier, the House passed S. 192, the Older American Act Reauthorization Act, on March 21 by unanimous voice vote. Thank you again to all Coalition members who contacted your member of Congress in support of the reauthorization vote.
  • Joint Legislative Oversight Committees Meetings Scheduled – The Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services and the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Medicaid and N.C. Health Choice have both scheduled meetings on April 12 to review their recommendations for the short legislative session which begins on April 25.

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April 2016 - Late Edition

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  • Medicaid Personal Care Services Class Action Lawsuit Settlement Approved – The state has settled a longstanding class action lawsuit (filed in 2011) over Medicaid personal care services. In the settlement agreement, which was approved by a federal District Court on April 1, the state agrees to make sure eligibility is the same whether a person lives at home or in an institution.
  • Changes for State Legislature - State Senator Dan Soucek, a Republican from Boone, who represented Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Caldwell, and Watauga Counties in the General Assembly resigned from the House on April 8. Senator Soucek was not running for re-election.

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March 2016 - Part 1

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  • Medicaid Reform Plan Overview Presented – Officials with the state department of Health and Human Services on Tuesday, March 1, presented an outline for reforming Medicaid in North Carolina from a fee-for-service system to a capitated system in which insurers will be paid a flat fee per person they cover.
  • Coalition on Aging's Day at the Legislature – Don't forget to mark your calendar for the Coalition's Day at the Legislature on May 10.
  • Rethinking Guardianship – This past year a statewide workgroup representing a range of guardianship stakeholders came together to look at long-term changes in North Carolina's adult guardianship system.

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March 2016 - Part 2

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  • Bob Vila's 10 Commandments of Staying in Your Home - Bob Vila, the popular host and producer of home improvement TV shows, provided these Commandments in the publication "Renew" which is distributed by UnitedHealthcare.
  • How to Make Your Money Last: The Indispensable Retirement Guide is the name of a new book by long time personal finance expert Jane Bryant Quinn.

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February 2016 - Part 1

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  • The Governor's Advisory Council on Aging has submitted its recommendations for the 2016 legislative session to Gov. Pat McCrory.
  • The North Carolina Association on Aging is accepting nominations until February 5 for its Excellence in the Field of Aging Awards.
  • The 16 Area Agencies on Aging in North Carolina are seeking the public's input as they develop their 2016-2020 Area Plans.
  • Raleigh Senior Cohousing Project – A group of senior adults in the Raleigh area are initiating steps to investigate developing a cohousing community in Wake County.

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February 2016 - Part 2

February 2nd edition news and updates include...

  • Coalition on Aging Day at the Legislature – Mark your calendar! The Coalition will sponsor a Day at the Legislature on May 10.
  • Webinar on Achieving Collaboration Between Mental Health and Aging Services Through Coalition Building - Wednesday, February 24, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • 2016 Senior Games Schedule – NC Senior Games is a year-round health promotion and wellness program for persons 50 and older in North Carolina.

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January 2016

January edition news and updates include...

  • Adult Guardianship Legislative Update
  • The North Carolina Partnership to Address Adult Abuse
  • Seniors Decide 2016 Forum Information
  • AARP Campaign - Take a Stand - Information
  • Radio Program on End of Life Planning
  • Final Report on the 2015 White House Conference on Aging
  • State of Grandfamilies: 2015 Report

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