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Foundation’s ‘Focused Acts of Caring Grants’ Now Open


The primary mission of the foundation is to fund organizations that assist disadvantaged people and support programs for children and the homeless.

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According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is informing the public that homeowners and renters in areas affected by Hurricane Harvey are getting robocalls telling them their flood premiums are past due. Consumers are told they need to submit a payment immediately in order to have coverage. However, a better course of action is to maintain contact with the insurance agent who handles the household's homeowners or renters policy.
A sedentary lifestyle, which seniors often adopt to prevent falls, can adversely affect health, making it vital to strike a balance between mobility and the risk of falling. This was indicated by a study presented last July at the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics World Congress.
The Medicare hospice benefit is currently designed as a one-size-fits-all solution for a diverse population with varied end-of-life care needs, but Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) hold promise for innovative, high-quality hospice and palliative care.
At least eight elderly people died Wednesday at a South Florida nursing home that had no air conditioning due to power outages after Hurricane Irma. A second, dramatic last-minute evacuation took place at a nursing home in North Miami Beach due to dangerous temperatures and a lack of electricity. Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) announced that he is launching two state investigations into the deaths.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) this past week gave the public its first look at the newly designed Medicare card. The new Medicare card contains a unique, randomly-assigned number that replaces the current Social Security-based number.
The National Association of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) is raising serious concerns about Maine’s proposed waiver of certain Medicare rules, including an unprecedented move to add new restrictions to the transfer of asset rules in Section 1917 of the Social Security Act.
With a new law (HR 601) keeping the government operational through Dec. 8, Congress has some breathing room to complete FY 2018 appropriations measures, including the legislation to fund the Labor and Health & Human Services Departments. The new law provides initial emergency supplemental funding for the federal response to disasters caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, raises the debt ceiling to allow the United States to meet its fiscal obligations, and assures the continued operation of the federal government through Dec. 8.
Every year, millions of senior citizens fall, threatening their health, independence and even their lives. Fall injuries also rack up $31 billion annually in medical expenses, which is expected to rise as 10,000 people in the U.S. turn 65 every day. The seniors behind those statistics are the reasons why Cedar-Sinai Medical Group now is offering increased access to comprehensive falls assessments in time for Falls Prevention Awareness Day on Sept. 22.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has introduced a bill to establish a Medicare-for-all health insurance program (S. 1804). Sixteen Democratic senators are currently co-sponsors.

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