Feb. 13, 2012
Governor Daniels not to be deposed in lawsuit over welfare modernization.
Feb. 13, 2012
rtv6 - Indianapolis
Indiana Supreme Court to decide about Gov. Daniel's testimony. ------Good links to rtv 6 historical stories about this issue.
Reauthorization of the Older Americans Act Announcement
Copy of the 2012 Older American's Act Bill
Enrollment for Assistance: A long battle but is it over?.
June 21, 2011.
Senior Hunger and the Older Americans Act
Read testimony given by Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary, Administration on Aging to the Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health & Aging,
Human Services - what are they?
Human services include those services, programs and policies that help to meet the housing, nutrition, health care, economic security, and safety needs of people who cannot meet these needs on their own and are at risk of being harmed by not having these needs met. The goal of human services is to provide services and engage those receiving services in efforts that will assist them until services are no longer needed. The ultimate goal of human services is increase quality of life for vulnerable populations.
United Senior Action works to improve the efficacy, quality, and delivery of services by not only advocating for fair and needed services but also by monitoring programs and policies at the local, state, and national level. We believe that seniors and all people with disabilities should be aware of and should participate in the decision process that defines programs and policies.
Older Americans Act and human services for older adults
The Older Americans Act (OAA) is the major federal vehicle for the delivery of social and
nutrition services for older persons. These include supportive services, congregate nutrition
services (meals served at group sites such as senior centers, community centers, schools,
churches, or senior housing complexes), home-delivered nutrition services, family caregiver
support, community service employment, the long-term care ombudsman program, and services
to prevent the abuse, neglect and exploitation of older persons. The OAA also supports grants to
older Native Americans and research, training, and demonstration activities. Funding for most
OAA programs is provided through appropriations legislation for the Departments of Labor,
Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS-Education).
A bill to reauthorize the Older Americans Act Amendment was introduced in congress on January 26, 2012. Follow the links on the left of the pagre to learn more about this important bill and what improvements the 2012 bill is adding to thre act.
Applying for services should not be difficult: Is the hybrid system working?
Folks should not suffer because of a state's rush to establish procedures and programs that have not been thoroughly examined in a transparent process that includes input and comments from all stakeholders, including advocates, providers, and people who need services. That was exactly what was done in 2005 when the state administration hastily established a "Privatized and Modernized" eligibility determination system for Medicaid, Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP or food stamps), and Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF).
Follow this link to the information about this issue.
In 2009 Governor Daniels fired IBM and started moving the state to a "hybrid system" that is managed by the state, but still uses privated, contracted vendors to staff the call centers and to manage documents.
In February of 2012 Marion County will be the last county to move to the hybridized system. United Senior Action will continue to monitor services and provide practical and policy solutions to problems in the system.