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    December1 st

    Since COVID-19 emerged, Americans have had a lot of time to think about what they want their life to be like, including what it means to age well and equitably. Watch three older adults who are thriving at home in community with the support of loved ones.

    This work is one example of how our communication partners give voice to issues of aging and support enhanced storytelling. Learn more.

    Building on lessons during COVID-19, a new National Academy of Medicine paper outlines priority actions and policy considerations for centering patients, families, and communities in health care delivery. Read a related report examining the care system’s pandemic response. 

    The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted many inefficiencies in the nation’s long-term care (LTC) system. A recent Health Affairs blog looks at the impact of payment policies on nursing facilities. Another discusses state approaches for stabilizing the direct care work force through American Rescue Plan Act funds.

    November17 th

    As we get older, the majority of us will need some nonmedical help to remain independent. Learn how our grantees are championing solutions to finance nonmedical needs and advance key Medicare-Medicaid flexibilities from the COVID-19 public health emergency.

    Our monthlong series explored aging and engaging with our health care and long-term care systems. We highlighted personal experiences of older Californians, consulted with experts, and captured visual summaries.

    The Forum culminated with a poem written in real time bringing us back to the heart of the matter: What do we mean by “aging well” and “aging equitably”? View all the Forum recordings and resources.

    Illustration created by graphic recorder Christopher Fuller of Griot's Eye Inc. This illustration summarizes the major themes and ideas that were discussed during The SCAN Foundation's 2021 Forum: Amplifying All Voices in Aging. The graphic is divided into four quadrants. The top left quadrant represents week 1: "Amplifying All Voices in Long-Term Services and Supports Systems Transformation: California State of the State" and some of the selected highlights are: 1) a simple icon representing the COVID-19 shape with white text that says, "COVID-19 has been challenging, but let's not waste the opportunity it gives us!" 2) Next to the COVID-19 drawing is a drawing of a pie with the word "equity" carved into it. Surrounding the pie is the text, "budget planning: Bake equity in!" 3) a drawing of a megaphone that announces, "bring in more voices!" Then in the top right quadrant, the artist has summarized week 2 "From Theory to Practice: Delivering Care for People with Complex Needs" with the following highlights: 1) a drawing of an open toolbox that is labeled "The complex care toolkit." The toolkit's features are listed as: "building blocks for training; guidelines for hiring and attitudes; and case studies." 2) A drawing of a woman's face with an accompanying word balloon that says, "I know, because I've been there." This drawing is headlined by the words, "empathy" and "value the lived experience." 3) a drawing of three people that represents a well-trained interdisciplinary, diverse, care team. The bottom left quadrant features illustrated highlights from week 3 "Transforming Medicare and Medicaid Beyond COVID-19 for a Person-Centered Future." Some of its highlights are: 1) A drawing showing a barn versus a city skyline with the header, "let's expand remote services beyond rural!" 2) A drawing of a nurse practitioner administering an IV with the header "Stabilize the workforce with people working above their license." 3) A drawing of a daughter and her older father having a video visit with a doctor. The header for this illustration is "Telehealth benefits all!" The bottom right quadrant is week 4 "A Future Vision for Aging Well and Equitably Beyond COVID: Reflections from Public Health, Media, and Technology Leaders." The artist has captured two main highlights from that session that both show the importance of storytelling. The first graphic shows a grandmother having a video visit on her computer with her grandchildren. This image is juxtaposed with an older homeless man holding a sign that says, "no food, no home, no water, no power, no wifi." Above their graphic is the header, "make stories personable!" And below the drawing is the words, "make broadband accessible!" The second graphic captured by the artist is a quote from the poem, "Ode to Aging Well and Equitably" by Brian Sonia-Wallace that was created for the 2021 Forum. The quote is: "hidden inequalities cry for storytellers." Tying the four quadrants together is a centerpiece illustration featuring a diverse group of adults, including one man in a wheelchair, family, health care workers, and community members that jointly hold a large sign featuring the name of the event: "2021 Forum: Amplifying All Voices In Aging."

    November10 th

    Join us November 18 for Aging as a Women’s Equity Issue: Forging a Path Forward with California’s Master Plan for Aging, hosted in partnership with the California Legislative Women’s Caucus and the Assembly Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care. Register to hear policymakers and experts discuss women and aging, and opportunities in the 2021-22 legislative session.

    The Support and Services at Home (SASH) model meets people where they are, integrating housing with community-based services and health care to coordinate services. An article in Generations Today explores how SASH is being used in different states.

    A recent Aging and Disability Business Institute profile explores Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley and North Shore and My Care Family Accountable Care Organization (ACO) partnership. The alliance resulted in better health outcomes for Medicaid beneficiaries and the expansion of contracts to address social needs, including housing and nutrition.

    November4 th

    Join the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) on November 15 as they launch the Getting Started with a Master Plan for Aging toolkit. CHCS will outline the eight key “building blocks” that state leaders, advocates, industry leaders, and other interested stakeholders can use to gain governor and legislature support for an MPA in their states. Leaders from California will also share their experience.

    Also, read a blog from the National Conference of State Legislatures on how states should consider home- and community-based services in light of the American Rescue Plan Act.

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    October26 th

    Journalists from the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley are sharing the experiences of older adults living in community through an equity lens. Recent coverage includes:

    • ‘It Makes a Humongous Difference’: Lack of Wi-Fi in City Single-Room Occupancy Hotels Deepens Residents’ Isolation (San Francisco Chronicle)
    • Hope and Disappointment for the Homeless in Oakland (The New York Times)
    • ‘How Am I Going to Keep This Up?’ COVID Intensifies Plight of Family Caregivers (CalMatters)

    Also, summer polling from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research (AP-NORC) showed Americans generally think their communities offer the services needed to age at home. Yet, people of color and people with lower incomes are less likely to report their area does a good job providing health care, transportation, and in-home supports, among other services.

    October19 th

    We hope you’re enjoying Amplifying All Voices in Aging each Wednesday in October. It’s not too late to watch previous weeks’ recordings and register for our third session!

    Tomorrow, we will examine the temporary Medicare and Medicaid flexibilities enacted in response to COVID-19. Come consider what flexibilities should become permanent to achieve person-centered care for the future.

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    Medicare and Medicaid policy changes enabled during the pandemic can create a roadmap to better care for adults with complex needs. Learn more.

    • Health Management Associates describes initial and ongoing Medicare and Medicaid adaptations enacted during the pandemic.
    • Manatt Health examines how states are using policy flexibilities to improve long-term services and supports.
    • Our June 2020 brief unpacks how the changes supported California applications of person-centered care.
    • Convergence Center for Policy Resolution is working with national experts to reimagine the long-term care system and make it more affordable.

    My Care, My Choice (MCMC), a tool we developed to help Californians with Medicare and Medicaid better understand their health care options, has moved to a new home. Through a grant from the Administration for Community Living, the National Council on Aging has adopted the resource with plans to adapt it for more states, starting first with Ohio. Read the press release.

    October12 th

    We hope you’re enjoying our 2021 Forum: Amplifying All Voices in Aging. Our virtual series, Wednesdays in October, continues with a focus on supporting older adults and people with disabilities who have complex needs.

    Tomorrow, join us to learn about applications of the core competencies created by the National Center for Complex Health & Social Needs (National Center). These competencies are helping the health care and social service sectors deliver team-based and person-centered care.

    Register for this week’s panel!

    October5 th

    Amplifying All Voices in Aging is a four-week virtual series, every Wednesday in October, to share people’s experiences engaging with health care and long-term services and supports (LTSS).

    On Wednesday, October 6, learn about the pressing issues facing California’s LTSS system, engage with leaders to better understand the state’s policy landscape through an equity lens, and consider where you can play a role.

    It’s not too late to register!

    Our updated policy brief shares the latest on states that have developed Master Plans, examples of their key elements, and how states without a Master Plan can get started.

    Also, read our recent fact sheet on California’s 2021-22 budget to learn about key investments to support implementation of the Master Plan and the state’s Home- and Community-Based Spending Plan.

    September29 th

    Amplifying All Voices in Aging is a four-week series to share people’s experiences engaging with health care and long-term services and supports (LTSS). Every Wednesday in October, we’ll hearfrom experts and stakeholders and discuss how to advance person-focused, policy-driven solutions to support older adults and families. Register today!

    October 6 – Amplifying All Voices in LTSS Systems Transformation: California State of the State 

    For California’s older adults, people with disabilities and family caregivers, the past year brought significant challenges, including equity issues magnified by COVID-19. The Master Plan for Aging demonstrates a commitment to addressing system issues and related inequities with transformation on the horizon through opportunities such as the California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM) initiative. In this session…

    October 13 – From Theory to Practice: Delivering Care for People with Complex Needs

    Supporting older adults and people with disabilities who have complex needs can be challenging, but services have become more integrated and focused on a person’s goals. This makes it essential to enlist providers who can deliver person-centered care. The National Center for Complex Health & Social Needs created a set of core competencies for the health care and social service sectors. This session will provide…

    October 20 – Transforming Medicare and Medicaid Beyond COVID-19 for a Person-Centered Future 

    While COVID-19 exposed problems in meeting the medical and nonmedical needs of older adults, the federal government allowed states and local providers substantial flexibilities in how care could be organized, delivered, and paid for through Medicare and Medicaid. This emergency response unveiled new ways to deliver care to those living with complex needs beyond what was previously imagined. In this session…

    October 27 – A Future Vision for Aging Well and Equitably Beyond COVID: Reflections from Public Health, Media, and Technology Leaders

    By 2034, the United States will have more older adults than children and increasing racial and ethnic diversity across the population. How do we reimagine and build an equitable society where all populations can age well, particularly in light of reshaped perspectives from the COVID-19 crisis? This discussion will include…

    September16 th

    A wide range of Americans rely on long-term care (LTC) for help with daily living. Nearly half of all adults aged 65 today will need LTC at some point in their lives. Learn about current proposals for LTC that expand access to home- and community-based services (HCBS).

    • Watch this week’s webinar addressing LTC affordability and current proposals to expand Medicaid HCBS.
    • Read a new report from the Bipartisan Policy Center on how LTC can be made more affordable for people who do not qualify for Medicaid.

    September9 th

    This year’s virtual Forum, Amplifying All Voices in Aging, is a four-week series sharing people’s experiences engaging with health care and long-term services and supports (LTSS). Each week, we will hear from experts and stakeholders on a range of topics from the state of LTSS systems in California to transforming Medicare and Medicaid beyond COVID-19 for a person-centered future. View the agenda, and register today!

    Enacted on July 12, California’s 2021-22 budget addresses longstanding system challenges impacting older adults, people with disabilities, and family caregivers. Read our fact sheet to learn about key investments to support implementation of the Master Plan for Aging and California’s Home- and Community-Based Spending Plan.

    September1 st

    Join us with the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) on Tuesday, September 14, for a virtual discussion of proposals to expand the availability of Medicaid home- and community-based services (HCBS). BPC will also release a new report on making long-term care more affordable for people who do not qualify for Medicaid.

    Related: Read a new blog from the National Conference of State Legislatures highlighting opportunities for states to improve access to HCBS through several options, including the Medicaid HCBS funding in the American Rescue Plan Act.

    August18 th

    This year’s virtual event, Amplifying All Voices in Aging, is a four-week series to explore the stories of real people aging and engaging with our health care and long-term services and supports systems. We will also hear from experts and stakeholders along the way.

    Watch a promo about the event.

    Mark your calendars! 2021 Forum Amplifying All Voices in Aging. Join us for a weekly series at 12 pm PT in October.

     

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    August4 th

    We partner with UC Berkeley’s Investigative Reporting Program to build awareness on aging in America and elevate how myriad sectors affect the lives of older adults. See the latest coverage below.

    July8 th

    TSF President & CEO Sarita Mohanty was appointed to the Implementing the MPA in California Together (IMPACT) Stakeholder Committee. This group will advise the state on Master Plan for Aging accountability, outcomes, and continuous improvement. Attend the first public meeting July 14.

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    The TSF 2021 Innovation Award recognizes organizations that embrace the principles of human-centered design to improve the lives of older adults in California. Learn more and apply today!

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    June30 th

    New research from the Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation shares Medicare-Medicaid beneficiary perspectives on integrated care and offers recommendations to improve enrollment.

    June15 th

    Read a new Bipartisan Policy Center brief identifying key challenges and opportunities to expanding Medicare and Medicaid home- and community-based services (HCBS), as well as policy options for congressional consideration.

    June2 nd

    The California Collaborative for Long Term Services and Supports (CCLTSS) and Regional Coalitions advocate to transform care for older adults and people with disabilities, including support for the Master Plan for Aging.

    Watch a recent National Conference of State Legislatures webinar where states share strategies for reducing long-term services and supports (LTSS) costs while providing quality care. A related report highlights the LTSS State Scorecard and long-term LTSS solutions.

    May25 th

    Read a new brief by Health Management Associates, co-funded with The Commonwealth Fund, which tracks Medicare regulatory flexibilities created during COVID-19. It provides a useful framework for policymakers to consider which temporary flexibilities should become permanent.

     

    Join us on June 9 at the National Health Equity Summit where a distinguished panel will address eradicating ageism as a critical component of advancing health equity.

    Panelists:

    • Sarita Mohanty, The SCAN Foundation (Moderator)
    • Ken Dychtwald, Age Wave
    • Nathaniel Kendall-Taylor, FrameWorks Institute
    • Phyllis Meadows, Kresge Foundation
    • Terry Fulmer, The John A. Hartford Foundation
    May12 th

    Read recent articles highlighting thoughts from our new President and CEO, Dr.

    Sarita Mohanty, and TSF grantee work:

    California leads the way with a Master Plan for Aging, and other states are considering the opportunity.

    A key element of a successful Master Plan is committed leadership from elected officials. Learn more about Master Plan activities in California and other states:

    • Read a new report from National Conference of State Legislatures highlighting policy approaches for meeting the needs of an aging population, including a Master Plan.
    • Watch a briefing on a recent California poll where voters called for state leaders to invest in equity and the Master Plan.

    May3 rd

    This spring, J. Wallin Opinion Research surveyed 1,000 likely voters across California to gauge support of the Master Plan for Aging. Findings showed that voters want elected officials and state leaders to invest in the Master Plan for Aging, with a focus on equity and those affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

    Learn more about the survey and share key findings:

    A new poll from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research (AP-NORC) shows strong public support for government policies to help people age in their own homes and communities. Given the choice, most Americans want to receive care and support at home as they grow older.

    April27 th

    Likely voters across California were surveyed on their support of the Master Plan for Aging and state leadership investment in key goals. On May 3, join us for this special briefing to hear poll findings and a discussion among key state leaders and stakeholders.

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    Join the National Conference of State Legislatures’ webinar to hear states share strategies for reducing long-term services and supports (LTSS) costs while providing quality care.

    Read a recent report on this work that highlights the LTSS State Scorecard.

    Register Here

    April14 th

    As part of the State Scorecard, AARP Public Policy Institute describes assistive technology, how it helps older adults and people with disabilities lead more independent lives, and collaborative approaches to expand its availability.

    April7 th

    Read two recent articles highlighting TSF-supported work.

    • The New York Times describes re-thinking care beyond nursing homes, and how states are responding through a Master Plan for Aging.
    • The Conversation/Yahoo News discusses racial and other disparities when addressing care preferences of older people, and how health systems can become more person-centered.

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    To better serve people living with complex care needs, a recent report from by the Camden Coalition’s National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs outlines core competencies for providers in this field.

    Circular diagram illustrating complex care principles.

    March3 rd

    Eight foundation leaders herald the California’s Master Plan for Aging, calling forth the importance of partnership and priorities to ensure equity in aging with dignity and independence for all.
    Master Plan for Aging Goals Overview

    Read a new article from the National Conference of State Legislatures highlighting the LTSS State Scorecard as an assessment tool for state performance, and learn best practices from leading states awarded the 2020 Pacesetter Prize.

    February25 th

    Read Manatt Health’s updated resource guide, spotlighting how states are transforming long-term services and supports during COVID-19 and planning for the future.

    January27 th

    Nearly 250 federal regulatory changes have occurred in response to COVID-19, and will likely continue in the near future. Read Health Management Associates’ new analysis and blog on updates to Medicare regulatory flexibilities since July 2020 (co-funded with The Commonwealth Fund).

    January21 st

    Governor Gavin Newsom released his 2021-22 proposed budget on January 8.

    Read our fact sheet to learn how the budget connects to California’s Master Plan for Aging.

    January14 th

    The Master Plan for Aging presents a comprehensive blueprint for public and private entities at the state, regional, and local levels to address system issues and transform services across housing, transportation, health care, and long-term services and supports.

    Learn how California’s Master Plan meets the five elements for plan success.

    Master Plan for Aging Goals Overview

    People who are dually eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid are among the nation’s highest-need, highest-cost populations.

    The Better Care Playbook has grouped resources on care models that integrate services and financing for these beneficiaries. Read the related blog.

    January6 th

    Today, the state released the Master Plan for Aging, a visionary, 10-year blueprint that seeks to build an equitable California where everyone has the opportunity to age with dignity and independence in the place that they call home. Hear from the foundation CEOs.

    Watch the video conference to learn about the Master Plan’s five bold goals and 23 strategies for building a California for All Ages by 2030.

     

    Join us for a January 22 conversation about how states can improve long-term services and supports (LTSS) for older adults, people with disabilities, and family caregivers. This event will honor the winning states of the 2020 Pacesetter Prize: Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Ohio. The Prize, which uses data from the AARP LTSS State Scorecard, shines light on states that are actively building a high-quality infrastructure for aging Americans.

    December2 nd

    ATI Advisory and Long-Term Quality Alliance (LTQA) shared resources on the nonmedical supplemental benefits in Medicare Advantage. The related November 19 webinar recording and presentation slides are now available on the Better Care Playbook.

    Read additional information from the Aging and Disability Business Institute: Changes to Medicare Advantage Reinforce the Role of CBOs in Supplemental Benefits.

    Last month, the 2020 Pacesetter Prize for leadership in improving long-term services and supports (LTSS) for older adults, people with disabilities, and family caregivers was awarded to Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Ohio.

    Read related coverage of this year’s LTSS State Scorecard in the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) magazine.

    November17 th

    We are pleased to announce Sarita A. Mohanty, MD, MPH, MBA, as the new President and CEO of The SCAN Foundation starting January 2021. Dr. Mohanty comes from Kaiser Permanente, where she served as Vice President of Care Coordination for Medicaid and Vulnerable Populations. Learn more!

     

    November12 th

    Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Ohio received the latest Pacesetter Prize for leadership in improving long-term services and supports (LTSS) for older adults, people with disabilities, and family caregivers. Each winning state had improvements or innovations in key areas of LTSS, based on data from the AARP LTSS State Scorecard.

    Read the American Society on Aging (ASA) Generations Blog: Work Left to Be Done After LTSS Scorecard Shows States’ Performance

    On Monday, November 16, at 10:30 AM PT, California’s Master Plan for Aging Stakeholder Advisory Committee will host a briefing to present their recommendations on planning for the state’s diverse population of older adults and people with disabilities, and key equity considerations. Attend using the Zoom link.

    October29 th
    October15 th

    Register now for our 2020 Forum: Honoring the Journey of Growing Older on October 19-20! It will include livestream plenaries, breakout sessions, performances, and more. Materials for our sessions are now available in the Forum Lobby.

    • Wondering if you have time to join us?

      Check out our detailed agenda and read our attendee frequently asked questions.

    • Use the Forum App to network and receive helpful notifications throughout the two-day event.

      Search for “The SCAN Foundation Forum” in the App store (Apple or Android) and select “Download.” The Forum App is totally free! You will need to log in using the email address you used to register for the Forum and sign up for notifications.

    Recently, AARP released the fourth edition of the Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) State Scorecard. It provides comparable data in order for state leaders, stakeholders, and others to benchmark performance, measure progress, and identify key areas of improvement.

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    October13 th

    Just in time for open enrollment, My Care, My Choice can help Californians with Medicare and Medi-Cal better understand their care choices! New information about plan choices for 2021 is now available, and resources are available in Traditional and Simplified Chinese, along with English and Spanish.

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    September30 th

    Our virtual lobby is now open for our 2020 Forum: Honoring the Journey of Growing Older! The two-day event, October 19-20, will include livestream plenaries, breakout sessions, performances, and more.

    After registering, take a sneak peek at the lobby to learn more about our speakers and read frequently asked questions.
    September24 th

    California ranked ninth overall on the 2020 LTSS State Scorecard, maintaining the same rank from 2017.

    Our latest policy brief provides an overview of the state’s Scorecard performance and key recommendations for transforming its LTSS system to better serve older adults, people with disabilities, and family caregivers.
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    September16 th

    Register today for our all-virtual 2020 Forum on October 19-20!

    Our two-day event will include livestream plenaries, breakout discussions, performances, networking opportunities, and more. Watch the video!

    September10 th

    Register today for our all-virtual 2020 Forum on October 19-20! Our two-day event will include livestream plenaries, breakout discussions, performances, networking opportunities, and more.

    Watch the video!

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    The California Advocacy Network is a statewide movement involving nearly 1,000 organizations who serve more than 95 percent of California’s population. Explore our map, and learn more about the Network’s goals through 2021.

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    August11 th

    A Master Plan for Aging provides a blueprint for states and local communities to address what matters most to people as they age.

    A new TSF brief highlights states that have developed a Master Plan, examples of key elements, and how states without one can get started.

    August4 th

    The COVID-19 pandemic has brought policy flexibilities that can array a better care roadmap for adults with complex needs. These resources highlight how Medicare and Medicaid changes are transforming care for older adults and people with disabilities.

    • NEW: Health Management Associates describes federal Medicare and Medicaid changes during the pandemic (co-funded with The Commonwealth Fund).
    • Manatt Health examines how states are using flexibilities to improve long-term services and supports (LTSS).
    • Our TSF brief unpacks how California is using these for person-centered care.

    Finally, a new Better Care Playbook blog post shares how learnings can foster health care and LTSS renovation, “making lemonade from a very sour lemon.”

    Next Monday, August 10, join us to hear findings from our latest poll on what California voters think about the Master Plan for Aging activities in light of COVID-19. See the full agenda.

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    July30 th

    On Monday, August 10, join us to hear findings from our latest poll on what California voters think about the Master Plan activities in light of COVID-19. See the full agenda.

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    July22 nd

    What is the tipping point when implementing a person-centered care program for Medicare beneficiaries with complex care needs becomes financially advantageous for medical/provider groups?

    A report by Victor Tabbush answers this question and provides insights, and Dr. Chernof shares his perspective.

    July14 th

    On June 29, Governor Gavin Newsom signed California’s 2020-21 budget.

    The budget addresses the $54.3 billion deficit while maintaining funding for critical programs serving older adults, people with disabilities, and family caregivers.

    The risk of budget deficits in future years could still pose a threat to these critical programs.

    Read our fact sheet.Bar graph of the 2020-21 enacted budget

    For years, there has been a push toward rebalancing, or moving long-term services and supports (LTSS) service delivery away from institutions and toward home- and community-based settings. AARP recently discussed states’ progress.

    July8 th

    Last year, we celebrated the power of communications to broaden awareness and impact change for older adults and families. Check out our 2019 Annual Report.

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    The California Advocacy Network is a statewide movement involving nearly 1,000 organizations who serve more than 95 percent of California’s population. Explore our new map, and learn more about the Network members’ goals for 2020-21.

    June24 th

    Our latest policy brief takes a closer look at how California has implemented federal flexibilities to ensure the state’s long-term services and supports (LTSS) system is responsive to the needs of older adults and people with disabilities during the pandemic. Earlier this month, Manatt Health reviewed how other states have responded to meet LTSS needs.

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    In his latest Perspectives, Dr. Chernof discusses opportunities to drive change and meet person-centered needs during the coronavirus and beyond.

    June10 th

    What is the tipping point when implementing a person-centered care program for Medicare beneficiaries with complex care needs becomes financially advantageous for medical/provider groups?

    A new report by Victor Tabbush answers this question and provides insights. Also, read Dr. Chernof’s perspective.
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    The Long-Term Services and Supports Subcommittee for California’s Master Plan for Aging delivered its final report to Governor Newsom, outlining a vision and goals for aging with dignity and independence. TSF is honored to have participated in the process.

    June4 th

    Manatt Health highlights how states are using flexibilities available during the coronavirus pandemic, with an emphasis on continued access to long-term services and supports in the community.

    Last week, the California Collaborative for Long Term Services and Supports wrapped up its webinar series on COVID-19. Access all the recordings and related resources.

    May27 th

    On May 14, 2020, California Governor Newsom released the May Revision of the 2020-21 proposed budget. The revision includes cuts to and elimination of critical home- and community-based services that impact the state’s most vulnerable older adults, people with disabilities, and family caregivers.

    Read the TSF fact sheet.

    Bar graphs showing the change in the 2020-21 budget landscape from January to May

    May7 th

    Every day, older adults contribute to the vitality of California as parents, grandparents, friends, employees, employers, mentors, volunteers, artists, advocates, and more.

    Since 1963, our nation has recognized May as Older Americans Month.

    This year, the state is celebrating Older Californians Month through the Make Your Mark campaign. Join in to celebrate what older Californians are doing in your community to stay safe and healthy!

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    COVID-19 is shining a light on the lack of coordination between Medicare and Medicaid, and is uncovering new opportunities to better serve dually eligible populations.

    Read TSF Board Member Melanie Bella’s blog post in the Better Care Playbook.

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    April15 th

    Health care stakeholders are changing how they operate to confront coronavirus (COVID-19).

    As new policies emerge, the Better Care Playbook has created a resource center to curate federal guidance aimed at addressing COVID-19 for people with complex care needs.

    April8 th

    In his latest Perspectives, Dr. Chernof discusses how person-centered care is fundamental when confronting the challenges of coronavirus (COVID-19).

    Also, read Dr. Chernof’s additional contributions to the Better Care Playbook and Next Avenue.

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    Health care stakeholders are changing how they operate to confront coronavirus (COVID-19).

    As new policies emerge, the Better Care Playbook has created a resource center to curate federal guidance aimed at addressing COVID-19 for people with complex care needs.

    Also, ATI Advisory created a helpful slide deck to describe recent federal and state policy action.

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    In California’s COVID-19 Response Toolkit, find videos and social media content about state and local resources to support the health, safety, and well-being of all Californians during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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    April1 st

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has compiled a variety of information and resources for those working in the health care sector. Also, read the World Health Organization publication on the rights and responsibilities of health workers, including considerations for occupational safety and health.

    California is preparing for an increase in the number of people who need health care in our communities during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

    The state is opening additional sites to treat people affected by COVID-19 and to relieve pressure on our health care system by providing care for non-COVID-19 cases.

    Learn about the California Health Corps.

    Earlier this week was National Doctors’ Day.

    To commemorate their heroic efforts, Forbes shared first-person stories from the front lines.

    Symbol of a house with a person staying home.

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    Learn about a Northern California model’s three-pronged approach to help long-term care residents return to the community.

     

    February26 th

    New federal opportunities are prompting states to develop or enhance integrated care programs for individuals dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid.

    In this new brief from the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS), early adopters of these care models share insights on the factors that drove their investment and led to successful implementation.

    State Efforts to Integrate Care Brief

    February13 th

    Today, TSF spoke to the Vermont Legislature about the value of a Master Plan for Aging. See what Vermont is doing to plan for population aging and what we recommended.

    February4 th
    Governor Gavin Newsom released his 2020-21 proposed budget on January 10.

    Read our fact sheet on how this proposal would impact the state’s older adults, people with disabilities, and the Master Plan for Aging.

    The state’s website encourages Californians to share their vision for the Master Plan for Aging, as well as keep up to date on its progress. Learn more about TSF’s Master Plan initiative.

    Together We Engage

    January15 th

    A new website encourages Californians to share their vision for a #MasterPlanforAging, and keep up to date on its progress. Also, find additional Master Plan resources on the TSF initiative page.

    Symbol of California, Together We EngAGE

    A TSF-authored AARP blog post discusses how the California Master Plan should engage public and private sectors in systems-based solutions that touch all aspects of life experience (e.g., health, human services, housing, and transportation, among others).

    December12 th
    Baby Boomer Laura Mosqueda helped care for her own mother for 12 years, and is the first female dean of USC’s Keck School of Medicine. Her mother-in-law Emilia represents the Silent Generation and has lived in her East LA home for 63 years, raising her own family while caring for both her parents. See all of our Rose Parade® float rider stories, including Claudia Farfan, whose profile is also available in Spanish. Also, watch Laura’s caregiving story.
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    December4 th

    Representing the GenX generation on our Rose Parade® float, Claudia Farfan has cared for her mother for 33 years and is appreciative of the family medical leave benefits her employer offers.

    Two Hispanic women smiling.

    new video provides a window into September’s Master Plan for Aging Forum. The event followed We Stand With Seniors polling, showing the vast majority of Californians support Governor Newsom’s Master Plan commitment. See all the latest information at Together We ENGAGE.

    The Aging and Disability Business Institute is accepting December applications for two new learning collaboratives supporting community-health care partnerships.

    Access the Medicare Advantage Learning Collaborative and the Network Operations Learning Collaborative applications.

    November14 th

    We honor caregivers of all generations, particularly younger adults who have unique needs and experiences. Check out this Vox video and story on how millennial caregivers can be recognized, get informed, and feel supported.

    Six young millennial people posing for the camera.

    November6 th

    Family caregivers represent all ages, backgrounds, and cultures and serve as unsung heroes in the lives of older loved ones.

    They deserve recognition for everything they balance in their lives.

    Their stories also inspire conversations about what people want for their own aging experience.

    We will celebrate family caregivers through Hope’s Heroes: Honoring Caregivers of All Generations, a float at the 2020 Rose Parade® presented by Honda. The parade is a beloved New Year’s Day tradition, televised live from Pasadena, Calif.

    Tune in on January 1, 8 am PT/11 am ET.

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    Craig Terasawa of Temple City, Calif.

    , is one of eight caregivers riding on our Rose Parade float. Craig runs the family pharmacy while serving many roles: primary caregiver for his father and sister, doting husband, and active dad. Watch his video.

    Craig and his father at a baseball game.

    October30 th

    The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) recently highlighted the Medicare-Medicaid integration efforts of leading states.

    A related toolkit from Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc., shares strategies states can implement when reforming their Medicaid long-term services and supports.

    October24 th

    Greater Good Studio heard from Californians across the state on what is important when designing a Master Plan for Aging.

    A final report, Elevating Voices, synthesizes their findings and recommendations.

    Find more information about the Master Plan and related publications.

    Multi-generational group of people planning at a round table.

    The Hospital Association of Southern California (HASC) shared lessons learned from four hospitals that participated in a person-centered care pilot initiative.

    October10 th

    As part of our Cal MediConnect evaluation, the latest University of California slide deck unpacks the effects of home- and community-based services (HCBS) for California dual eligibles.

    October2 nd

    Just in time for Medicare’s open enrollment, My 4 bodybuilding programs to lose weight test propionate domyos 10 kg weight training and cross training vest decathlon. Care, My Choice resources are now available in Traditional and Simplified Chinese, along with English and Spanish. See how it can help Californians with Medicare and Medi-Cal better understand their care choices!

    My Care, My Choice logo with Chinese tag.

    A new My Care, My Choice Comparison Chart unpacks the basics of California’s health care coverage choices for dual eligibles.

    Watch a video series on Mi Salud, Mi Decisión, the Spanish version of My Care, My Choice. Univision ambassadors helped more than 500 people get their results.

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    September26 th

    Read Dr. Chernof’s latest Perspectives, which reflects on the recently held 2019 Master Plan for Aging Forum. Watch a recording of the event.

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    September18 th

    Californians with Medicare and Medi-Cal have many choices to get the health coverage they need, but it varies by county.

    This policy brief outlines available choices across the state, and describes the My Care, My Choice web resource.

    Unable to watch Monday’s livestream on TSF’s California Master Plan for Aging Forum: Designing a System Built Around People and Partnerships? Read about the day’s events, and join our state’s discussion.

    The City of Berkeley is the winner of TSF’s 2019 Innovation Award. Partnering with the Milken Institute this year, the Innovation Award recognizes Berkeley as a leading California city that is preparing for its older adult population.

    September12 th

    On September 16, TSF is hosting the invitation-only California Master Plan for Aging Forum: Designing a System Built Around People and Partnerships. Register now to watch Monday’s livestream starting at 9:30 am PT.

    The latest AgingToday article discusses California’s Master Plan for Aging, and why putting the Golden State’s population front and center is so important. Get the latest #MasterPlanForAging news.

    August15 th

    California Health and Human Services (CHHS) Secretary, Dr. Mark Ghaly, announced the Master Plan for Aging Stakeholder Advisory Committee, of which Dr. Chernof and TSF Board Chair Jennie Chin Hansen have been appointed. The committee will advise a Cabinet Workgroup on Aging as it develops the Master Plan, slated for completion by October 1, 2020.

    Together We ENGAGE Master Plan for Aging logo

    August1 st

    A vast majority of Californians back Governor Newsom’s Executive Order calling for a Master Plan for Aging (Master Plan), according to a new voter poll from We Stand With Seniors.

    Seven of 10 voters – nearly half of whom have caregiving experience – want the state to be held accountable for the Master Plan’s investment and implementation.

    Findings were shared at a Sacramento briefing this morning. See the related infographic.

    We Stand with Seniors logo

    July17 th

    Join We Stand With Seniors for a lunch briefing and panel on August 1. Findings will be presented from a new survey that unpacks voters’ priorities and perspectives on the state’s Master Plan for Aging efforts.

    State Treasurer Fiona Ma shared her perspective in a recent op-ed.

    On June 27, the governor signed California’s 2019-20 budget.

    Read our fact sheet on the budget’s impact on older adults and people with disabilities. Also, check out our resource on Governor Newsom’s Executive Order on the Master Plan for Aging.

    June26 th

    Read our fact sheet on Governor Newsom’s Executive Order, and learn how the Master Plan has great potential to transform California’s currently fragmented service delivery system.

    We’ve been in the news!

    • TSF’s Gretchen Alkema spoke to The Sacramento Bee about the need for more coordination across state services.

    Dr. Chernof spoke on a Master Plan for Aging panel convened by KPCC’s AirTalk.

    June19 th

    Here are a few TSF-funded resources on care integration:

    • The Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation hosted a fall symposium on state duals demonstrations, which resulted in 10 recommendations.
    • The Center for Health Care Strategies and Manatt Health Strategies toolkit shares approaches for states seeking to reform their Medicaid long-term services and supports systems.
    June13 th

    Governor Newsom called for the development of a California Master Plan for Aging.

    Read our overview of the Executive Order. Hear more from TSF’s Sarah Steenhausen, who spoke at the State of Reform conference.

    • Get Dr. Chernof’s perspective.
    • Learn how the Master Plan can transform California’s currently fragmented system.
    • Review details of other states’ master plans.
    • Spread the word about the Master Plan using the We Stand With Seniors toolkit!

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    June11 th

    We Stand With Seniors (WSWS), our partnership with West Health to educate state leaders on the need for a comprehensive, coordinated Master Plan for Aging, commends Governor Newsom’s Executive Order. It is a “historic step in recognizing and addressing the immediate need to ensure all Californians can age with dignity and independence.

    ” Spread the word about the Master Plan using the WSWS toolkit.

    We Stand With Seniors

    Yesterday, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-14-19, calling for the development of a Master Plan for Aging. It outlines the framework for a Master Plan process, with a deadline of October 1, 2020.

    In Dr. Chernof’s Perspectives, he discusses the importance of designing a Master Plan that reflects what matters most to Californians.

    Also, read our #MasterPlan4Aging policy briefs:

    Aging - It's all of us

    May16 th

    The governor released the May Revision to the proposed California budget, which updates estimates for revenue and spending through 2020 and includes staff resources for the state’s Master Plan for Aging. Read the TSF fact sheet.

    May1 st

    Earlier this year, We Stand With Seniors (WSWS) hosted a film screening and panel in Sacramento.

    Watch the highlights video, 15 isometric weight training exercises for crossfit hcg bodybuilding / fitness boutique franchise – bsa shop. emphasizing why California needs a Master Plan for Aging.

    People active in panel discussion

    April3 rd

    The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) published a new report with considerations for governors and state leaders as they design and implement strategies to meet the long-term care needs of older adults and people with disabilities.

    October2 nd
    With 35 days left until the election, both candidates for California governor have committed to addressing the looming senior care crisis and creating a California master plan for aging. Currently, one in five older adults lives in poverty and, in just a decade, the state will see an increase of four million more seniors needing healthcare and support services. The public infrastructure cannot address these needs without significant public policy changes.
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    We Stand With Seniors… Will You?

    is a nonpartisan, public awareness and education campaign supported by West Health and The SCAN Foundation.
    Your organization can help educate California about the looming senior care crisis and need for solutions now.

    LEARN MORE

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    Based on 10 states’ efforts to integrate care, this Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) resource and infographic describes effective programs and presents policy considerations that are driving state investments in this area.
    December7 th

    States have significant flexibility to transform their Medicaid long-term services and supports (LTSS) programs in ways that advance care quality and manage costs.

    This toolkit from the Center for Health Care Strategies and Manatt Health shares proven, replicable strategies for states to improve person-centered, community-based options. It identifies concrete policy strategies, operational steps, and federal and state authorities that states have used to advance their LTSS reforms.

    The toolkit, developed with support from The SCAN Foundation and the Milbank Memorial Fund, also highlights opportunities and challenges that states faced in designing and implementing reforms.

    November10 th
    Dear President-elect Trump,

    Congratulations to you and Governor Pence for your election win after a hard-fought campaign.

    You are inheriting an aging nation with a crumbling infrastructure—not worthy of the honor and respect that older Americans deserve.

    It is time to modernize our ideas and actions toward aging and health care, so that older Americans can get the right care at the right time for the right cost.

    Here are five action items for you to lead the way on making America great for older citizens.