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⭒ News & Notes Archive

April 2017

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Medi-Cal Recovery State Plan Amendment Approved – Regulations Coming

CMS issued its approval of the DHCS State Plan Amendment (SPA) that makes various changes to the Medi-Cal program’s estate recovery program, including limiting estate recovery to probated estates for only federally-mandated services; adding a hardship waiver criterion for a “homestead of modest value”; eliminating recovery from surviving spouses and registered domestic partners; and updating the interest rates for voluntary liens.

CANHR Joins Advocate Statement for Better Nursing Home Oversight

In response to recent reports highlighting abuse and neglect in nursing homes across the U.S., as well as nursing home industry lobbyists calling for less accountability, CANHR, along with the Long Term Care Community Coalition, Center for Medicare Advocacy, and National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care, have issued a joint statement highlighting the abundant evidence that more – not less – accountability is needed to ensure the safety and dignity of vulnerable nursing home residents. 
Read the joint statement…

Brune: No estimates on how bad Social Security fraud is

Social Security can’t even give a ballpark estimate for how much fraud there is in the program, a top official admitted to Congress on Wednesday — though he insisted they care about the matter and are working to weed out bogus payments, particularly in disability payments.

Sean Brune, assistant deputy commissioner at the Social Security Administration’s budget office, said they’re trying to become more aware of the problems and looking for new tools to fight back, but said he couldn’t guess at how bad the problem is.
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Senator Mark Leno Honored at 30th Anniversary of SFSU Gerontology Program

In recognition of his legislative advocacy on behalf of California’s long term care consumers, Senator Mark Leno was presented with the Distinguished Long-Term Care Advocate Award at the San Francisco State University Gerontology Program’s 30th anniversary celebration. 

Mark Leno and Pat McGinnis

Upcoming Events

May 5th Los Angeles Social Worker Training

“What You Should Know about Long Term Care in California” 
Medi-Cal Eligibility & the New Medi-Cal Recovery Laws

For social workers, geriatric care mangers, admission and discharge planners and other long term care professionals. 
Presented by: Pat McGinnis, Executive Director CANHR
May 5, 2017
10am – 1pm
Magnolia Place Family Center
1910 Magnolia Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90007
$25 for SWAP members; $30 for non-SWAP members
Certified for 3.0 hours of CE credits
For questions, please contactJulie Pollock at

CANHR Happenings

Senator Leno with CANHR staff
CANHR staff at Giants Opening Day celebrations