Statehouse Update and Public Policy Agenda

Who remembers the lessons learned in the Schoolhouse Rock segment, “I’m Just a Bill?”. Believe it or not, it’s a fairly accurate representation of how bills become laws in the Indiana General Assembly.

As legislators near completion of committee hearings for the second-half of the 2018 Indiana General Assembly, there are a number of bills still moving forward that impact older adults and persons with disabilities, and their families and caregivers. Some of the promising proposals for which IAAAA has provided supportive testimony include:

  • Updating Indiana’s POST law and establishing orders of priority in health care decision making. (HB 1119)
  • Establishing a nursing faculty loan repayment grant program to alleviate provider shortages. (SB 28)
  • Ensuring Medicaid pays hospice providers for services rendered. (SB 62)
  • Ensuring appropriate and efficient levels of occupancy in nursing facilities. (SB 190)
  • Ensuring consistent property tax assessment for non-profit affordable housing. (SB 213)

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Get Ready For New Medicare Cards

To prevent fraud and identity theft, beginning next year in April, Medicare will mail its 55.3 million beneficiaries new cards on which the Social Security Number (SSN) will be replaced with a Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) of 11 letters and numbers.

Con artists are opportunists and target seniors, especially in times of transition or change. Senior Medicare Patrols (SMPs) nation-wide are already receiving reports from beneficiaries of calls from scammers posing as government officials from Medicare, Social Security Administration, IRS, etc. They may claim they need to confirm the beneficiary’s SSN and charge a fee for the new card to expedite the service. Medicare will NOT charge for the new card, nor will they call to confirm the SSN! Beneficiaries that receive calls like this should hang up and report it to Indiana SMP.

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