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CFPB Releases New Resource for Current Reverse Mortgage Borrowers

CFPB released a new resource for older homeowners who have a reverse mortgage loan. The guide, You have a reverse mortgage: know your rights and responsibilities, provides reverse mortgage borrowers with information on their ongoing obligations with their Home Equity Conversation Mortgage (HECM), the most common type of reverse mortgage loan. Topics include how a borrower may pay-off the loan, what happens after the borrower moves out of the home or dies, what heirs need to know, and more.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72605

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Responding to the Unexpected: Best Practices During Disasters for Ombudsman Programs

In our capacity as a sub-grantee to the National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center (NORC), we were pleased to invite SLTCOs to a webinar on May 13, 2021. Regrettably, the past few years have been scarred by various disasters including wildfires, severe winter storms, and COVID-19 pandemic. This webinar was for SLTCOs, to inform thinking and planning around disaster mitigation and management. Attendees heard from leaders from two states on their recent experiences responding to disasters.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72602

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HHS Announces National Advisory Committee on Seniors and Disasters

On May 13, 2021, the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) at the HHS announced the creation of a National Advisory Committee on Seniors and Disasters (NACSD). The NACSD will be implemented by ASPR and will provide guidance to HHS regarding preparing for, responding to, and recovery from disasters with a focus on the unique needs of older adults. HHS is currently accepting applications from individuals interested in serving on this committee. The deadline to apply is June 12.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72595

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COVID-19 Vaccine & Disability Survey: Vaccine Hesitancy Among Adults with Disabilities

The American Association on Health and Disability released their findings from the AAHD Vaccine Hesitancy Survey Among Adults with Disabilities, an online study of the perspectives of adults with disabilities on the COVID-19 vaccine. Their Vaccine Hesitancy Among Adults with Disabilities Research report explores general vaccine hesitancy, distrust and barriers to vaccine access among adults with disabilities.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72586

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Designing Universal Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) Programs: Lessons from Germany and Other Countries

The National Academy of Social Insurance published a new issue brief about universal LTSS programs in Europe and Asia. This brief provides an overview of the existing approaches abroad to the provision of universal LTSS, and considers lessons from an in-depth case study of Germany.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72584

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ACL Announces $1.4B in ARP-funded Grants to Kick-off Older Americans Month

ACL issued grants totaling $1.4B to help older adults recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, funded through the American Rescue Plan. These grants will help provide meals and nutrition services, support family caregivers, help older adults connect and engage with others to reduce social isolation, re-open senior centers, and help residents of nursing homes resolve complaints.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72576

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CMS Releases Informational Bulletin on Spousal Impoverishment

On Tuesday, May 4, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released a Center Informational Bulletin (CIB) discussing the recent extension of the HCBS spousal impoverishment policies. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 extended the requirement that Medicaid programs apply spousal impoverishment protections until September 30, 2023. CMS also described plans to release future guidance regarding options for income and asset disregards.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72572

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Older Americans Act: The Foundation of the Aging Services Network

ADvancing States is incredibly pleased to publish this new primer on the Older Americans Act (OAA) – the seminal piece of legislation that established the “aging services network”. The report discusses the historical development, functions, and governance of the Act, its service programs, populations served, and funding. We hope that you find the report useful and share with your partners across the aging and disability networks.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72568

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Innovations from the Field: How Area Agencies on Aging and Title VI Programs Address Brain Health

This publication highlights some of the innovative work AAAs and Title VI Aging Programs are doing to tackle the critical issues of brain health and housing and homelessness among older adults in their communities. Based on findings from previous n4a topical polls, this publications shows a few examples of the various ways AAAs and Title VI programs are adapting their programs and services to meet the changing needs of older adults.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72562

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