In this feature of the Genki Living blog, I would like to share with you helpful articles, interesting research, and useful health information that I came across in the past week.
As KEIRO® said at the community gathering in Little Tokyo which was held immediately after the November 2016 election, “It is evident that decisions that may impact programs like Social Security and Medicare; funding for Medi-Cal, congregate meal programs, senior centers, etc.; and programs to support family caregivers, medical research, and intergenerational volunteerism, are critical. KEIRO joins with the rest of the country in hoping that our government leaders at the national, state, and local levels will work together to shape public policy that will support our seniors in the manner which they deserve.”
One of those decisions was announced today with President-Elect Trump naming Rep. Tom Price of Georgia to head the Department of Health and Human Services. According to Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, Rep. Price was among the first to suggest that the Affordable Care Act and Medicare both required great changes.
Changes to Medicare will impact the 57 million current beneficiaries as well as the 10,000 boomers who turn 65 every day. Time will tell if Medicare will change to a voucher program and if Medicaid (called Medi-Cal in California) will change to block grant funding for the states.
“Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.” – All About Eve
KEIRO® is expanding our reach from a focus on long term health care facilities to broadly engaging and supporting thousands of Japanese American and Japanese older adults throughout Los Angeles, Orange, and Ventura counties. KEIRO provides services to older adults and caregivers, along with programs for residents of KEIRO’s former facilities—helping older adults in Our Community to age the way they choose. Find out more at: www.keiro.org
About the Author:
Dianne Kujubu Belli is the Chief Administrative Officer of Keiro. Dianne stays genki by doing cardio and light weight training four days a week at the gym and dances Argentine tango.