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Week of April 19, 2015
Public Comment Sought on Proposed Rule on ADA Compliance for Wellness Programs (The U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission - EEOC)


The EEOC has proposed a rule to guide employers and employees on how wellness programs offered as part of employer group health plans can comply with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). Workplace wellness programs are often used to encourage healthier lifestyles or prevent disease. Some of these programs use health risk assessments and biometric screenings to measure blood pressure, cholesterol, and body weight. Incentives such as lower monthly premiums can be rewarded to individuals for participation. Although the ADA limits the circumstances in which employers may ask employees about their health or require them to undergo medical examinations, it allows such inquiries and exams if they are voluntary and part of an employee health program. The proposed rule clarifies the circumstances in which employers are allowed to obtain medical information from employees under the ADA. Employee health programs may only seek information about employee health or medical exams for programs that promote health or prevent disease. Employees are not required to participate in a wellness program, and may not be denied health coverage or disciplined if they refuse. Companies may offer incentives of up to 30% of the total cost of employee-only coverage in connection with wellness programs. Discrimination based on disability is prohibited and individuals with disabilities must be provided with reasonable accommodations that allow them to participate. The EEOC seeks comments from the public by June 19 that will shape the final regulation. More>>

Friday, April 24, 2015

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Quote of the Day

"I never knew a government yet that wanted to do anything."

Anthony Trollope, Victorian novelist and satirist, was born in London on April 24, 1815.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Aging Network News

Northeast Philadelphia Residents Aged 100-plus Invited to Centenarian Celebration May 20(Klein JCC)


Residents of Northeast Philadelphia, who are 100 or older, are invited to be honored at the Second Northeast Centenarian Celebration at the Klein JCC, 10100 Jamison Ave., on Wednesday, May 20 at 10:30 a.m. According to Klein JCC Vice President Raechel Hammer, Philadelphia has 273,000 older adults which represents 18% of the total city population. Of the city’s more than 470 centenarians, 131 of them reside in Northeast Philadelphia. “Our centenarians are role models for the future of aging and are an inspiration to us all,” says Hammer. On May 20, more than 200 people will join with the Klein JCC to honor and celebrate the accomplishments of Northeast Philadelphia’s centenarians. For additional information and reservations, contact Raechel Hammer at 215-698-7300, ext. 143 or by e-mail to rhammer@kleinjcc.org. Now in its 40th year, Klein JCC is a nonprofit that provides social, educational and cultural programs, and vital social services for people living in Northeast Philadelphia and surrounding communities. Always Best Care Senior Services of Philadelphia, Bucks and Delaware Counties is the lead sponsor for the event.

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Quote of the Day

"It was glorious. Angels sung on high... It was premeditated, oh, definitely. I made sure there wasn't anything behind it and nothing to ricochet."

Lucas Hinch, about shooting his computer with a hand gun in an alley; reported in the Los Angeles Times (Apr. 21, 2015).

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Aging Network News

Call for Presentation Proposals for 2016 Aging in America Conference(American Society on Aging – ASA)


ASA will hold its 2016 Aging in America Conference from March 20 to 24, 2016 in Washington, D.C. Proposals to present at the conference are now being accepted. Aging network professionals and researchers are invited to submit a proposal of current research, business or program model, policy agendas and successful outcomes. ASA seeks presentations that share new models, innovative programs and research-to-practice. Presenting at the conference is a unique opportunity to share program developments and new ideas with nearly 3,000 multidisciplinary professionals who share a common goal of working to improve the lives of older adults. The deadline to submit proposals is June 1. Proposals will be reviewed and accepted in the order in which they were submitted. Since symposium and workshop opportunities are limited, early submission is encouraged. For information or www.asaging.org/aia.

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Quote of the Day

"What is the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?"

Henry David Thoreau. Today is Earth Day.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Aging Network News

Funding Opportunity for Organizations & Individuals to Serve as Navigators in Federally-facilitated Marketplaces(U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - HHS)


The HHS recently announced a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for organizations and individuals to operate as Navigators in Federally-facilitated Marketplaces (FFMs), including State Partnership Marketplaces (SPMs). Navigators assist consumers in various ways, including providing information about available coverage options through the Marketplace during open enrollment. This FOA will support this work for the next three years in states with a FFM, including during Marketplace open enrollment periods. The multi-year grant award will have a funding period of one year and subsequent years will be funded incrementally based on funding availability. The FOA places a greater emphasis on re-enrollment activities and consumers enrolled in coverage through the Marketplace and on working with underserved populations. Applicants are encouraged to demonstrate a focus on rural, underserved, vulnerable, or special needs populations or communities. HHS will award a total of up to $67 million to recipients across all service areas of FFMs (including SPMs) with at least $600,000 for each FFM service area. Small entities and individuals proposing to serve smaller, hard-to-reach or underserved populations are encouraged to apply, particularly by partnering with other entities and/or individuals to form a consortium which serves a larger total portion of the population. Letters of intent are due June 3. For more information about this FOA, Click Here>> A series of pre-application calls will be held for perspective applicants. The first will be Wednesday, April 29 at 2 p.m. Register>>

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Quote of the Day

"Every moment is really interesting, and I'm grateful to be alive. And I'm ready to die whenever it happens. So you try to bring some little bit of quality to your choices and, you know, stop and appreciate things maybe a little more than you did when you were trying to meet - match a big steady schedule."

Gary Snyder, See "At 84, Poet Gary Snyder Lives In 'This Present Moment'" (NPR, Apr. 18, 2015).

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Aging Network News

Aging Network Professionals Invited to “Complete Parks” Forum May 12(GenPhilly)


Among the activities during this year’s LOVE Your Park Week is a forum on the accessibility of Philadelphia’s parks and open spaces. Professionals who work with seniors and people with disabilities are invited to join the discussion about how accessible parks and innovative programming can directly contribute to the health and well-being of people of all ages and abilities. This free event will be Tuesday, May 12 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Jewish Federation, 2100 Arch St. in Philadelphia. The event is presented by GenPhilly, a program of Philadelphia Corporation for Aging; Global Abilities Foundation; and the Fairmount Park Conservancy. For more information or to register, Click Here>>

Top Headlines

Quote of the Day

"The true secret in being a hero lies in knowing the order of things. … Things must happen when it is time for them to happen. Quests may not simply be abandoned; prophecies may not be left to rot like unpicked fruit; unicorns may go unrescued for a very long time, but not forever. The happy ending cannot come in the middle of the story."

Peter S. Beagle, novelist, was born on April 20, 1939 in New York City.

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Upcoming Events
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CARIE's Cavalcade of Stars - Annual Fundraiser - Apr. 30, 5:30 - 8:30 pm EDT. More>>

GenPhilly: Complete Parks: A forum on accessibility in parks - May 12, 9 - 11 am, Jewish Federation, 2100 Arch St., Phila. RSVP>>

SeniorLAW Center 2015 Gala "6 Over 60: Honoring Remarkable Older Pennsylvanians & Advocates for Elder Justice" - May 14, 6 - 9 pm. More>>

NCLC Webinar: Using Bankruptcy to Help Older Consumers Overwhelmed by Debt - Apr. 28, 2 - 3:30 pm EDT. Register>>

Justice in Aging Webinar: How New CMS Person-Centered Care Planning Rules Apply to Medicaid Delivered LTSS - Apr. 29, 2 - 3 pm EDT. Register>>

Webinar: ReFraming Aging: Understanding and Changing the Way Americans Think about Aging - Conversations with GIA - May 5, 2 - 3 pm EDT. Register>>

National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Webinar: Local Health Departments and Hepatitis C - May 6, 2 - 3:30 pm EDT. Register>>

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