FCA Blog

If CLASS is Shelved, is it back to the Status Quo?

The planning and development process for CLASS, the Community Living Assistance and Support Program, may be either shelved or put on “pause” according to several media reports. Forbes reports that the chief actuary behind the planning of CLASS, Bob Yee, emailed his co-workers to say he was leaving because the entire CLASS staff is being re-assigned to other departments.

Are Family Caregivers Worth Less?

Editor's Note: According to the Star Tribune, (thank you PHI National for posting this) a county judge has ruled that the 20% cuts for family caregivers can be enacted.

Caregiver Duties: Add Medical Bill Negotiating

The August issue of Health Affairs includes a study that finds that U.S. doctors spend over $82,000 a year per physician on interacting with health plans/insurance companies about claims, coverage, and billing issues. Their staff members spend 20.6 hours per week interacting with insurers.

Eliminating Adult Day Health Care in California

Editor's note: This letter was submitted to Senator Mark Leno today by Family Caregiver Alliance. He is the Chair of the Senate Budget & Fiscal Review Committee.

Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) is writing to express our concerns about the planned dismantling of the Adult Day Health Care (ADHC) system.

Costly Caregiving: A Case for Policy Solutions

Note: This blog posting was first posted on the California Work and Family Coalition Blog, Family Caregiver Alliance is a member of this coalition.

What the Upcoming Budget Deal Could Mean for Family Caregivers

PolicyDigest last week discussed the “Super-Committee” and the upcoming budget negotiations that will ensue as 12 senators and representatives attempt to trim roughly $1.2 trillion from the federal budget deficit over the next ten years.

Why We Need Community Living Assistance Services & Supports (CLASS)

Staff from our organization, Family Caregiver Alliance, speak with family caregivers every day through our national information and referral hotline. These caregivers are often facing enormous financial difficulties. For example, adult children who are caring for parents with Alzheimer’s, especially in its advanced stages, find that keeping a job and being a caregiver is nearly impossible.

VA on the Road to System Transformation

On May 9, the VA will open the application process for eligible post-9/11 Veterans and Service Members to designate their Family Caregivers who will be eligible to receive a host of benefits.  Benefits for the family caregiver may include a stipend, mental health services, access to health care insurance (if not already covered under a plan), care training and medical support.  These enhanced benefits represent the implementation of the “Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010”, Title I, Caregiver Support, Section 101: Assistance and Support Services for Caregivers” pass

Will Community Supports for Family Caregivers Survive?

Editor's note (Feb. 2, 2012): There is a petition against the proposed cuts to the California Caregiver Resource Centers. You can view and sign the petition here: http://www.change.org/petitions/dont-balance-californias-budget-on-the-backs-of-family-caregivers

April 7, 2011

FCA's Best of Awards for 2010

How good was 2010 to family caregivers? Well if you factored out the protracted budget crisis in the states, it was a pretty good year. Two landmark pieces of legislation set the pace: the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act.  We have also gathered other noteworthy developments in our report: "Family Caregiving 2010: Year in Review."

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