October 11, 2013
In This Issue
*National I&R Support Center: Health Insurance Marketplace 101 and Q&A Webinar
*NIH To Hold a Free Conference on Aging and Chronic Disease
*SSA: Webinar on Support Services for People with Disabilities
*AARP Public Policy Institute: Medicaid HCBS Discussion Forum to Take Place on 10/30
*ADAP Advocacy Association: Webinar on the Impact of the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid Expansion & Insurance Exchanges
*Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio: Seminar for AAA Leaders
*NRCPDS: Financial Management Services Conference
*SAGE: Storytelling Contest for LGBT Older Adults
*Grant: CMS MFP Tribal Initiative
*Grant: NCOA Funding Available for Benefits Enrollment Centers
*October Observance
*Friday Updates Archive
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National I&R Support Center

Webinar: Health Insurance Marketplace 101, and Q&A

The I&R Support Center is hosting a Health Insurance Marketplace webinar presented by the CMS Division of Training, on Thursday, October 17, from 2:30-4:00 p.m. ET. The CMS Division of Training team will provide a high-level overview of how the Marketplace works, what it means for consumers and individuals, who is eligible to enroll, and how programs for people with limited incomes work. Presenters will answer your questions, received via webinar chat, about what you need to know as an I&R specialist within your state agency, ADRC, AAA, SHIP, or other I&R setting. They will also field participant questions regarding the first two weeks of the Marketplace Open Enrollment. 


To join the webinar, follow this link: https://webinar.cms.hhs.gov/aging1017/, and call the WebEx conference line: 1-877-267-1577; Follow the instructions you hear on the phone.


WebEx Meeting Number: 990 501 705 (you will be asked to enter this number to join)

From the Administration
National Institutes of Health

Free Conference on Aging and Chronic Disease

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has issued a reminder about the upcoming conference "Advances in Geroscience: Impact on Healthspan and Chronic Disease," developed by the Trans-NIH GeroScience Interest Group (GSIG) at the NIH, a recently  formed group focused on the relationships between aging and age-related disease and disability.  Fifty renowned scientists will discuss the extent to which the physiological effects of aging represent a common major risk factor for most chronic diseases affecting the aging population.  Registration is free.  The conference is October 30-31, 2013 at the Natcher Conference Center on the NIH campus.  


Click here for more information and to register.

Social Security Administration

National Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE): Support Services for People with Disabilities

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is holding a webinar on free support services for people who have a disability and are ready to work. The webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 3:00-4:30 p.m. ET


If you are a Social Security disability beneficiary and want to make more money through work, Social Security's Ticket to Work program can provide the support you need to transition to financial independence.


Click here to register online at  or call 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY).

From Other Organizations
AARP Public Policy Institute

Medicaid HCBS Discussion Forum to Take Place on Oct 30

Join AARP Public Policy Institute to explore modernizing Medicaid to enable people who need long-term services and supports (LTSS) to live where they choose, including their own homes and communities.  


The recent federal Commission on Long-Term Care called for building a system that promotes "services for persons with functional limitations in the least restrictive setting appropriate to their needs."  A major step toward accomplishing this goal would be to reform Medicaid to put coverage for HCBS on par with coverage for nursing homes. Please join the AARP Public Policy Institute for a discussion of policy options and lessons learned in the states. 


Title: Modernizing Medicaid: Putting Home and Community-Based Services on Equal Footing with Nursing Homes   


When: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. ET


Where: Senate Russell Office Building, Room 325, Washington, DC   


Continental breakfast available at 9:00 a.m.    


Click here to read more about the forum and to register.

ADAP Advocacy Association
Webinar: Impact of the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid Expansion & Insurance Exchanges on HIV/AIDS and Viral Hepatitis Services

The ADAP Advocacy Association, in partnership with the Community Access National Network (CANN) Great Lakes ADA Center, and HealthHIV is hosting an educational webinar on Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 2 p.m. EST. The webinar, themed "Impact of the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid Expansion & Insurance Exchanges on HIV/AIDS and Viral Hepatitis Services," will be open to all HIV/AIDS and Virtal Hepatitis stakeholders nationwide. The webinar is being held online in the Great Lakes ADA Center's virtual conference room. 


Click here to download webinar summary.

Regular Registration Form (Non-Pharmaceutical Company)

Complete Registration Form (Pharmaceutical Company)

Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio
Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio to Host a Two-Day Seminar for AAA Leaders
On November 14 & 15, 2013, the Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio will be hosting a two-day seminar for Area Agencies on Aging leaders entitled, "Moving from Area Plans, Advocacy and Allocations to Strategic Planning, Positioning and Pricing." In this interactive seminar, participants will learn practical ways to begin shifting AAA culture, position their agency to compete, adapt to the new pay-for-performance marketplace and develop a business model. The seminar will provide attendees with tools to create a strategic plan and develop pricing and performance management programs that work.  

This seminar is intended for AAA leaders responsible for readying their organization to shift from the fee-for-service to the pay-for-performance model of health and long-term care delivery. It is highly recommend that both Finance and Program staff attend this seminar together. 

Location: Miami University Voice of America Campus (7847 VOA Park Drive, West Chester, OH 45069)


Click here for more information on the seminar.

National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services
2013 Financial Management Services Conference
The fifth biennial National Resource Center for Participant- Directed Services (NRCPDS) Financial Management Services Conference will be held November 4-5, 2013, in Baltimore, MD. This conference will feature workshops with participant direction tax experts within the IRS as well as other experts and specialists. 


Click here for more information and to register.

Storytelling Contest for LGBT Older Adults

Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) is holding a storytelling contest from October 10 to November 6, 2013.  


LGBT older adults have spent their lives building their own families and communities-the relationships that sustain all of us. Yet as they age, more and more of them begin to feel less connected. SAGE wants to collect their stories and yours. What does "community" mean to you? How do you stay connected to the people who matter most to you? 


Visit SAGE Story and share your story! Submission deadline is November 6, 2013 5 p.m. ET.

Funding Opportunities

CMS MFP Tribal Initiative Funding

On July 23, 2013, CMS announced a Money Follows the Person (MFP) Tribal Initiative (TI) funding opportunity. The MFP-TI offers existing MFP state grantees and tribal partners the resources to build sustainable community-based long term services and supports (CB-LTSS) specifically for Indian country. The TI may be used to advance the development of an infrastructure required to implement CB-LTSS for American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) using a single, or a variety of applicable Medicaid authorities. 


Closing date for applications is October 17th, 2013.


Funding is intended to support the planning and development of:

  1. An in-state Medicaid program CB-LTSS, as an alternative to institutional care, tailored for AI/AN who are presently receiving services in an institution; 
  2. A service delivery structure that includes a set of administrative functions delegated by the state Medicaid agency to Tribes or Tribal organizations; 
  3. The TI may be used to cover costs necessary to plan and implement activities consistent with the objectives of this funding and within Federal grant regulations. The funds are subject to all the terms and conditions of the MFP Program.

Click here for more information on MFP and the funding opportunity. 


Applicants must apply for this grant through  www.grants.gov.

NCOA Funding Available for Benefits Enrollment Centers

The National Council on Aging (NCOA) was awarded funding from the Administration on Community Living to house the National Center for Benefits Outreach and Enrollment. As part of this work, NCOA is seeking nonprofit or public agencies to be part of their next cohort of Benefits Enrollment Centers. Successful applicants will receive up to $100,000 for each group over one year to create meaningful change to outreach and enrollment systems  for core benefits that improve the lives of seniors and adults with disabilities. Letters of intent are due October 25, 2013. The deadline for full proposals is Nov. 19, 2013.


Click here to view the full RFP.

October Observances
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Held each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. The theme for 2013 is "Because We Are EQUAL to the Task." 


Click here to learn more about the campaign.

Friday Updates Archive


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