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Jun/28/2013 Friday: Children’s Funding Coalition Meeting
Just a reminder that this Friday is our full coalition meeting of the Children’s Funding Community Coalition:
Friday, June 28th
@ Children’s Council: 445 Church Street (between 16th and 17th Streets)
Attached is a memo that Margaret has created based on the May 3rd conference, which can be the basis for our conversation on Friday. We will spending some time during our meeting discussing this, as well as looking back at the current legislation (passed in 2000), to prepare us for the next few meetings. The current legislation is also attached.
And please save the dates for the next few meetings where the coalition will be discussing in depth some themes and possible recommendations for the Children’s Fund legislation, focusing on three topics (laid out in the attached memo): (1) Governance and Accountability; (2) Services and Planning; and (3) Administration of the Fund. The idea is that at the July, August and September meetings, recommendations will be developed and finalized in October/November.
Upcoming Coalition Meetings:
Friday, July 26th, 9:30-11:30
Friday, August 30th, 9:30-11:30
Friday, September 27th, 9:30-11:30
Friday, October 25th, 9:30-11:30
And a note from Margaret regarding the memo:
I know we are all looking forward to continuing our efforts to provide the best possible feedback about the re-authorization of the Children’s Fund. Attached is a detailed document I prepared outlining the issues and recommendations we have discussed in our many months of meetings, and at the May 3 conference. Please note that this is very much a draft document created for discussion purposes only. It is a long document, and will take some work for you to review. However, it is not possible to make meaningful recommendations without knowing the content of the document. Also attached is the language in the current legislation in case you want to consult it. It would be great if you looked over the whole document, but in preparation for the upcoming meeting it would be particularly important to review the current goals in the legislation alongside the guidelines that reflect the coalition’s work to date.
Please let me know if you have any questions. See you on June 28 at 9:30.
Jun/26/2013 Job Opening SF- Van Driver
Ask Senator Feinstein to Support HUD Housing Programs
The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD), on which Senator Dianne Feinstein serves, will mark up its FY14 bill on June 25. It is critical that Senator Feinstein hears from you that HUD’s rental housing programs need to be protected in FY14.
The House THUD Subcommittee has already approved its FY14 bill and made deep cuts to rental assistance for the lowest income households. The House Subcommittee’s bill would result in the loss of more than 100,000 vouchers, underfunded project-based rental contracts, and cut public housing funding.
Ask Senator Feinstein to make sure the Senate FY14 Subcommittee bill funds these programs at the level required to maintain current services, in the very least.
View NLIHC’s Budget Chart: http://bit.ly/1al9ivw
Please forward this alert to your own networks!
Thank you for your ongoing support and action!
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Jun/26/2013 June 25 Briefing: Medicaid Managed Care in the Era of Health Reform by Kaiser Family Foundation
FYI ONLY J
|Tuesday, June 25, 2013
New Study Examines California’s Transition of Seniors and Persons With Disabilities to Medicaid Managed Care
As states show increasing interest in using managed care delivery models for Medicaid beneficiaries, a new brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured explores California’s shift of nearly a quarter million Medi-Cal-only seniors and persons with disabilities (SPDs) from fee-for-service to mandatory managed care. The paper, “Transitioning Beneficiaries with Complex Care Needs to Medicaid Managed Care: Insights from California,” prepared in collaboration with the University of California Berkeley’s School of Public Health, examines how health service providers, plan administrators, and community-based organizations in three California counties experienced the transition. The study also identifies lessons that may inform similar transitions of high-need beneficiaries in other states and transitions due to coverage expansions under the Affordable Care Act.
The brief and an updated overview of California’s health care and health care policy environment were released today in conjunction with a briefing at the Foundation on Medicaid managed care in the era of health reform. A live webcast of the briefing is available here from noon to 1:30 p.m. ET today. An archived webcast will be posted to the same page later today. Webcast viewers are welcome to continue the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #KFFMedicaid.
The Kaiser Family Foundation, a leader in health policy analysis, health journalism and communication, is dedicated to filling the need for trusted, independent information on the major health issues facing our nation and its people. The Foundation is a non-profit private operating foundation, based in Menlo Park, California.
Jun/26/2013 Updated web site from Federal Government on ACA
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 24, 2013
Contact: HHS Press Office
HHS launches Health Insurance Marketplace educational tools
The Obama administration today kicked off the Health Insurance Marketplace education effort with a new, consumer-focused HealthCare.gov website and the 24-hours-a-day consumer call center to help Americans prepare for open enrollment and ultimately sign up for private health insurance. The new tools will help Americans understand their choices and select the coverage that best suits their needs when open enrollment in the new Health Insurance Marketplace begins October 1.
“The new website and toll-free number have a simple mission: to make sure every American who needs health coverage has the information they need to make choices that are right for themselves and their families—or their businesses,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
“The re-launched Healthcare.gov and new call center will help consumers prepare for the new coverage opportunities coming later this year,” said Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner. “In October, HealthCare.gov will be the online destination for consumers to compare and enroll in affordable, qualified health plans.”
HealthCare.gov is the destination for the Health Insurance Marketplace. Americans may now access new educational information and learn what they can do to begin to get ready for open enrollment this fall. The website will add functionality over the summer so that, by October, consumers will be able to create accounts, complete an online application, and shop for qualified health plans. For Spanish speaking consumers, CuidadoDeSalud.gov will also be updated to match HealthCare.gov’s new consumer focus.
Key features of the website, based on consumer research and online commercial best practices include integration of social media, sharable content, and engagement destinations for consumers to get more information. The site will also launch with web chat functionality to support additional consumer inquiries.
The website is built with a responsive design so that consumers may access it from their desktops, smart-phones, and other mobile devices. In addition, the website is available via an application interface at www.healthcare.gov/developers.
Between now and the start of open enrollment, the Marketplace call center will provide educational information and, beginning Oct. 1, 2013, will assist consumers with application completion and plan selection. In addition to English and Spanish, the call center provides assistance in more than 150 languages through an interpretation and translation service. Customer service representatives are available for assistance via a toll-free number at 1-800-318-2596 and hearing impaired callers using TTY/TDD technology can dial 1-855-889-4325 for assistance.
To view the new look and new focus of the website, visit www.HealthCare.gov.
HHS is on target for open enrollment in the Marketplace, which begins Oct. 1, 2013, and other key milestones approaching in the months ahead. Coverage will begin Jan. 1, 2014.
Jun/26/2013 BART’s Summer Youth Tour Program
This was sent to a colleague for children in Fremont area but it is worth checking if it is available in your area. I copied and pasted it below:
BART’s Summer Youth Tour Program is now in its seventh year, it is designed to educate local youth about BART, encourage transit ridership and demonstrate the benefits of public transit by allowing youth to ride BART at no cost to cultural and recreational destinations near BART stations.
BART staff is currently coordinating participation in this year’s Program. We have tours (field-trips) available in August Children’s Fairyland in Oakland (ages 3-7), San Francisco Asian Art Museum (up to 18 years), and, preview performance of The Marriage of Figora (10-18 years).
Last summer more than 500 students, ages 4-18, participated in our program. Thanks to the generosity of our partners, many of these youths, some for the very first time in their lives, were exposed to the many attractions the Bay Area has to offer.
Please follow the link below to view photos and read more about BART’s Summer Youth Tours.
Please let me know if you have any questions. I look forward to hearing from you.
Government and Community Relations
San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District
Jun/26/2013 Fillmore Mosey Lives! … and you don’t have to be a visitor to enjoy the pleasures of the Fillmore!
Please share the wonders of the Fillmore with family, friends and colleagues…
Be sure to check out our Fillmore Sculpture Walk website, and share in the preparations for its launch on Thursday, June 27 …. better yet – join us on the sunny Gene Suttle Plaza (Fillmore/O’Farrell) and join in the festivities as kick off The Fillmore Sculpture Walk with music, puppetry, kids’ art activities, pop sickles and more…
Jun/26/2013 New Webpage for Summer Food Service Program
FYI ONLY J
The USDA Food and Nutrition Service has launched an easy-to-use SFSP webpage with all the tools and information to get involved in SFSP. The site allows you to download flyers and public service announcements, watch training videos, connect with summer sites, and much more! Whether you want to become a sponsor, feeding site, volunteer, or promote SFSP, this webpage is a resource to help you. We believe your use of these tools will help us achieve our goal of serving 5 million additional meals across the nation during this Summer. Resources included on the website include the following pages: Find Free Summer Meals for Children in Your Community; Schools, Organizations, and Local Government Entities; Raise Awareness in the Community; Innovative Strategies; and Training Videos. Visit their new website here.