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SHARP GROSSMONT SENIOR RESOURCE CENTER PROGRAMS FOR JULY 2013

 

June 25, 2013 (La Mesa) – The Senior Resource Center at Sharp Grossmont Hospital offers free or low-cost educational programs and health screenings each month. The Senior Resource Center also provides information and assistance for health information and community resources. For more information, call 619-740-4214. For other programs, call 1-800-827-4277 or visit our web site at www.sharp.com.

CONGRESSWOMAN SUSAN DAVIS INTRODUCES BILL TO HELP PREVENT DIABETES IN SENIORS

March 12, 2013 (San Diego) – Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-CA) and Rep. Filemon Vela (D-TX) introduced legislation to prevent diabetes in seniors and rein in health care costs. The Medicare Diabetes Prevention Act (H.R. 962) would extend the proven benefits of the National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) to seniors under Medicare.

“With thoughtful, responsible action we can get growing healthcare costs under control and make our country healthier at the same time,” said Davis. “In fact with targeted prevention initiatives, like the National Diabetes Prevention Program, Congress can achieve cost savings by preventing diabetes and its complications, meeting our goals of improving health and reining in spending.”

MILLILONS OF CALIFORNIA SENIORS, CHILDREN AND DISABLED COULD BE HARMED BY LAME DUCK CONGRESSIONAL DEAL TO CUT SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE AND MEDICAID

Opponents to deliver photos of loved ones to be harmed by cuts at Rep. Hunter's office Wed. 

November 27, 2012 (Oakland)--Nearly 5 million Californians could be negatively impacted if Congress cuts Social Security, including 662,232 people with disabilities and 364,365 children, according to a new AFL-CIO report.

Of 11 million Californians who get health care coverage from Medicaid, 4.4 million children and nearly a million seniors could be affected if the lame duck Congress cuts Medicaid benefits. As the “fiscal cliff” approaches, members of Congress have suggested cutting these safety net programs, while calling for extending tax cuts benefitting the richest 2%.

MEDICARE ENROLLMENT AND COVERAGE FORUM OCT. 17

October 11, 2012 (San Diego) -- Are you new to Medicare?  Do you want to make changes to your existing Medicare plan?  Are you concerned about the future of Medicare?

Medicare Open Enrollment is October 15 – December 7, 2012.  Congresswoman Susan Davis invites you to join her at an informational event to hear from experts about what Medicare Open Enrollment means for you, how you can make changes to your existing Medicare plan and how policy discussions in Washington can impact current and future Medicare beneficiaries.  This event will feature presentations from issue experts and a Q&A session.

NATIONAL COMMITTEE TO PROTECT SOCIAL SECURITY/MEDICARE BACKS PETERS OVER BILBRAY

October 9, 2012 (San Diego) -- The National Committee to Protect Social Security and Medicare (NCPSSM), one of the most trusted, independent and effective advocates for these programs in the country since 1982, has endorsed Scott Peters for Congress, the Peters campaign announced today.

 NCPSSM President and Chief Executive Officer Max Richtman said they are endorsing Peters over Bilbray because they trust Peters to protect Medicare and Social Security, while Bilbray has voted repeatedly to cut these critical programs which protect many of America’s seniors from living in poverty.

CALIFORNIA RECEIVES FIRST-IN-THE-NATION APPROVAL OF NEW COMMUNITY-BASED CARE OPTION FOR AT-RISK SENIORS AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

State to receive estimated $573 million in additional Medicaid funds.

September 5, 2012 (Sacramento) – The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its approval today of California’s State Plan Amendment (SPA) to enact the Community First Choice Option.  The SPA approval will provide the state with an estimated $573 million in additional federal funds during the first two years of implementation in its effort to continue to prioritize an individual’s ability to reside in one’s community rather than in institutional care.

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

 
July 5, 2012 --  (San Diego’s East County) – ECM World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflecting all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:    
 
 

 

WORLD
  • Al Jazeera: tests suggest Arafat died of radioactive polonium poisoning (USA Today)
  • Mexico’s president-elect may double security spending – aide (Reuters)
  • Iran long range missiles attack ‘mock’enemy  bases (ABC news)
  • Report describes brutal torture centers in Syria (CNN)
U.S.
  • Obama, Romney campaign to square off over energy (The Hill)
  • Congress passes student loan bill (Huffington Post)
  • The bomb buried in Obamacare explodes today – Hallelujah! (Forbes)
  • More state leaders considering opting out of Medicare expansion (Washington Post)
  • Romney campaign enters ‘message mayhem’ on insurance mandate (USA Today)
  • The Nation: Guns blamed for started wildfires in parched west  (North County Times)
  • This summer is ‘what global warming looks like’ (AP/Associated Press)
  • Deadly land hurricane strikes Midwest, Atlantic states  (Accuweather)
  • A health care Judas recounts his conversion  (CNN)
 
Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

 
June 14, 2012 --  (San Diego’s East County) – ECM World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflecting all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:   
 
 
  
 U.S.
  • Corporate political efforts don’t guarantee results—study (Reuters)
  • Romney energy plan includes drilling virtually every part of U.S. – no protections even for national parks (Think Progress)
  • Issa demands documents on green energy loans (Fox News)
  • Presidential projections on wind power flawed according to new book (KXXV)
  • Justice Department sues Florida over voter purge (Huffington Post)
  • Mojave desert: Military wants to limit wind development (Riverside Press Enterprise)
  • Sebelius:  Medicare stronger than ever due to healthcare law (The Hill)
  • Family net worth drops to level of early ‘90s (NY Times)
  • Colorado wildfire moving fast, not contained (BBC)
  • California tribes suing to halt construction of wind factory on sacred land (Indian Country Today)
  • Open letter asks Obama to meet with Tribal leaders on Ocotillo Express wind project (Indian Country Today)
WORLD
  • Russian protesters demand Putin resignation (CNN)
  • U.N.: Syria children tortured, used as human shields (CNN)
  • Syria in Civil War, says U.N. official (BBC)
  • Solar-powered “super trees” breathe life into Sinagapore urban oasis (CNN)
  • Scottish Power (a division of Iberdrola, developer of Tule Wind) tests U.S. tax breaks on interest (Reuters)
  • Ruling on wind farm says countryside as important as climate change targets (UK Telegraph)
Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.

PETERS MAKES CASE FOR ELECTABILITY IN NEW 52ND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

 
In exclusive interview with East County Magazine, Peters talks about key issues in our region
 
By Miriam Raftery
 
May 30, 2012 (San Diego) –“I’m the candidate with the best record of working across the aisle to get things done,”  says Scott Peters, a Democrat. He is  one of ten candidates vying for the new 52nd Congressional district seat currently held by Republican Brian Bilbray.

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

 
May 22, 2012 --  (San Diego’s East County) – ECM World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflecting all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:   
 
 
 
 
 
 
U.S.
  • Obama spending binge never happened (Wall Street Journal’s Market Watch)
  • GOP Senators push for Medicare cuts (The Hill)
  • Wall Street rebounds, but investors dump Facebook (Reuters)
  • As NATO summit wraps, Romney and Obama trade attacks (USA Today)
  • This terrifying amendment legalizes use of propaganda on the U.S. public (Business Insider)
  • Republican-led House votes to allow military action against Iran (RawStory)
  • CEOs who delivered the most and least bang for the buck (Wall Street Journal)
  • Facebook users file class action over online tracking (RawStory)
  • Romney, Obama in dead heat, new poll finds (Washington Post)
  • Troops face same risk of brain-wasting disease as football players (KPBS)
WORLD
  • U.S. Senate approves bill to toughen Iran sanctions (BBC)
  • Italy earthquake: Monti prepares for state of emergency (BBC)
  • Suicide bomber kills 90 in Yemen (Reuters)
  • Despite end to Afghan war in 2014, U.S. to shoulder burden of funding (Fox News)
  • A look at ‘wind turbines of the deep’ (BBC)
Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.

CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE LORI SALDAÑA SHARES VIEWS ON JOBS, HEALTHCARE, ENERGY POLICIES, VETERANS AND SENIOR ISSUES, AND THE FIGHT FOR WOMEN’S RIGHTS

 
By Miriam Raftery
 
In an exclusive interview with East County Magazine, 52nd Congressional District candidate Lori Saldaña offered in-depth perspectives on top national issues—including the impacts of federal policies being felt in San Diego and East County. 
 
May 21, 2012 (San Diego) – Lori Saldaña knows how to be a tough competitor. A field hockey athlete  in college and outdoor enthusiast who led hikes through San Diego’s backcountry, she became our region’s Sierra Club President and sued to enforce environmental laws.  As an educator, she created successful job training programs. In Sacramento, she chaired  powerful committees and pushed through landmark legislation that she authored--including AB 32, California’s major measure to combat global warming and  SB 1, the million solar roofs initiative.  President Bill Clinton appointed her to co-chair a committee on water quality improvements for 10 U.S.-Mexico border states. Scrappy and determined,  she’s earned her reputation as a fighter with a winning  record.

SYLVIA’S SOAPBOX: WHO CHEATS IN ELECTIONS? VOTERS OR MASTERMINDS BEHIND THE MACHINES?

 

By Sylvia  Hampton
 
May 15, 2012 (San Diego) -- Thirty states (not California) have enacted laws that require a photo-ID in order to vote. These laws are a violation of the Voting Rights Act and are unconstitutional, so they are always challenged in court. But right now---for this election, meet a woman in South Carolina: an 82 year old black woman who has been a registered voter in South Carolina since the Voting Rights Act was passed into law, has no government issued photo ID because she has always used public transportation and her birth certificate, (tucked into the family Bible) from Mississippi was lost in a fire---so she can’t vote.

 

READER’S EDITORIAL: CARROTS WITHOUT STICKS

 

By David Secor, candidate, 50th Congressional District

May 2, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--When it comes to the current gridlock in Washington, average citizens are justifiably outraged as machine politicians refuse to take any meaningful actions.  They ignore the voters who sent them to Washington, yet work day and night for the special-interests who funnel big money to their campaigns.

 

4 CANDIDATES—AND AN EMPTY CHAIR—TAKE STAGE AT 50TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT DEBATE IN RAMONA

 By Nadin Abbott

 
April 14, 2012 (Ramona)—Four candidates seeking the 50th Congressional District seat offered contrasting views on key issues in a lively debate last week.  Conspicuously absent, however, was incumbent Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-El Cajon), who has thus far missed all in a series of debates held across East County. 

STATE TO CONTINUE ADHC PROGRAM THROUGH MARCH

 
Federal Government Asks for Additional Time to Process Proposal that Will Launch the Community-Based Adult Services Program
 
February 20, 2012 (Sacramento) -- The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) today announced that the elimination of the optional Adult Day Health Care (ADHC) benefit will be delayed until March 31. The one-month delay is in response to a request by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for more time to process California’s amendment to the existing 1115 “Bridge to Reform” waiver to implement the new Community-Based Adult Services (CBAS) program.

CONGRESS AVERTS GOVERNMENT SHUT-DOWN, BUT BATTLE LOOMS OVER PAYROLL TAX CUT, UNEMPLOYMENT, AND OTHER KEY ISSUES

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 16, 2011 (Washington D.C.) – Final votes are expected today in both houses on a compromise funding measure to avoid a government shut-down--just in time for the holiday adjounrment. 

The deal came after Democrats conceded to Republican demands to remove extensions on a payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits, which will be voted on separately. 

SUPER COMMITTEE FAILURE TRIGGERS STEEP CUTS IN DEFENSE, MEDICARE, VETERANS' BENEFITS AND MORE

By Miriam Raftery

November 23, 2011 (Washington D.C.) – The Congressional budtet “super committee” charged with reducing the deficit by $1.2 trillion over the next 10 years failed to reach a deal by Monday's deadline. This sets in motion triggers forcing automatic deep cuts starting January 2013 in Defense spending and social programs including Medicare, Social Security, veterans’ benefits and food stamps.

The six Republicans on the 12-member committee demanded spending cuts in domestic programs listed above and sought to extend Bush tax cuts. Democrats wanted to raise taxes on millionaires, minimize cuts to social programs and add stimulus spending aimed at creating jobs while off-setting costs with savings from ending the Iraq War.

HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS DECLARE EMERGENCY DUE TO FUNDING CUTS THAT THREATEN MEDICARE AND MEDI-CAL FOR CALIFORNIA SENIORS, FAMILIES AND CHILDREN

By Miriam Raftery

November 10, 2011 (Sacramento) – California, already ranked among the nation’s worst in Medi-Cal reimbursement rates, faces more steep cuts in its 2011-2012 budget. In late October,the federal government approved the bulk of the state's cuts. Now, Congress will soon weigh whether to slash a mammoth half-trillion dollars from Medi-Cal and Medicare.
 

“Cuts to these programs would deny millions of seniors, people with disabilities and children lifesaving care and cost our country millions of good jobs,” states a press release issued today by SEIU United Healthcare Workers West, Catholic Healthcare West, and a coalition of doctors and patients.

MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT: OCTOBER 15 - DECEMBER 7

 

October 21, 2011 -- Curious about what new benefits Medicare has to offer?  Looking to change your health coverage?  Medicare’s annual open enrollment started October 15.  During open enrollment, anyone with Medicare can make changes to their health care coverage. All final selections for next year’s Medicare coverage must be made by December 7.  Please visit www.medicare.gov/find-a-plan or call 1-800-MEDICARE for more information. 

SOCIAL SECURITY RECIPIENTS TO RECEIVE 3.6% INCREASE IN 2012

 

Cost-of-Living Adjustment is First Since 2009, but benefit may be offset by hike in Medicare premiums for some recipients

 

October 19, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) -- Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for more than 60 million Americans will increase 3.6 percent in 2012, the Social Security Administration announced today.

WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS JULY 14, 2011


 

July 13, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) -- ECM World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflecting all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. 

 

Top global and U.S. news headlines include:

 
 U.S.

  •          Senator calls for investigation of News Corp (Reuters)
  •          Defense Secretary: U.S. within reach of `strategically defeating’ Al Qaeda (ABC)
  •          Suicide and a nation’s condolences (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  •          Former First Lady Betty Ford dies at 93 (Sacramento Bee)
  •          Democrats launch campaigns by blowing GOP Medicare plan (Washington Post)
  •          Republican ‘change’ ad hits TV (CNN)
  •          Fact-checking Michele Bachmann (PolitiFact)
  •         Victory for media diversity: court strikes down FCC attempt to relax media ownership rules (Democracy Now)

WORLD

  •          Mumbai: Explosions shake India’s financial hub (CNN)
  •          Celebrating Independence Day for South Sudan (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  •          Murdoch, savaged by Parliament, pulls BSkyB bid (Reuters)
  •          A prenatal surgery for Spina Bifida comes of age (NPR)
  •         Pakistan’s nuclear bomb-maker says North Korea paid bribes for know-how (Washington Post) 

SUSAN DAVIS HOLDING FORUM ON PROTECTING MEDICARE JULY 22

July 11, 2011 (San Diego) -- Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) is coordinating an event July 22 regarding the future of Medicare and efforts to protect it for future generations.  Davis is encouraging constituents to attend this meeting which is free to the public.
 
What is Medicare? What does it mean for you? What is the future of Medicare?
 

MAJORITY OF PUBLIC OPPOSES CUTS IN MEDICARE, SOCIAL SECURITY AS GOP PUSHES TO ELIMINATE OR SLASH PROGRAMS AS MEANS TO REDUCE DEFICIT

 


“The average i
ncome for a senior woman is $14,420 a year…The healthcare costs under the GOP plan for that woman would be $12,500. She wouldn’t even have $200 for the rest of the needs of her life. This is really a sick proposal.” – Senator Barbara Boxer (D-California), on the Republican budget plan to eliminate Medicare and replace it with a voucher system for seniors to buy private insurance


“We cannot allow politicians and special interests to stand between patients and the care they need. The American people deserve the freedom to choose the health care that is best for their families.” – Republican GOP) Majority in Congress website

CUTS TO MEDICARE APPROVED BY GOP HOUSE WOULD HAVE MAJOR IMPACTS ON EAST COUNTY SENIORS AND DISABLED PEOPLE, ANALYSIS FINDS

 

In the 52nd Congressional District represented by Duncan Hunter (R-El Cajon),  a Democratic analysis estimates the plan would shift thousands of dollars in costs onto individuals --$182,000 to $287,000 per person for those ages 44-54--while sharply cutting benefits for those over age 54 and the disabled.

 

June 19, 2011 (Washington D.C.) – How will the bill passed in April by House Republicans’ to cut $1 trillion in Medicare costs impact people in East County and San Diego?


The plan would eliminate Medicare for those now under 55, making them use vouchers for private insurance instead. Some benefits for current Medicare beneficiaries and the disabled would be cut immediately. Seniors would pay more for prescriptions and government reimbursement to private insurers would not keep pace with the rising cost of medical care, resulting in seniors paying higher costs.  That's based on numerous independen analyses, from the Wall Street Journal to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).
 

Now ranking members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee have posted a breakdown by Congressional districts that shows majorl impacts on seniors and even greater cuts to those currently under 55.

PRESIDENT INTRODUCES DEBT REDUCTION PROPOSAL, VOWS TO DEFEND MEDICARE AGAINST REPUBLICANS' PRIVATIZATION PLAN

By Jeremy Los

I do not want the government to shut-down, but the bottom line is Washington needs to get its finances in order. Out of every dollar the United States government spends, 40 cents is borrowed. This is unsustainable.” -- Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-San Diego)

 

“Republicans are trying to ram through a disgraceful budget that would destroy Medicare, drive an entire generation of seniors into poverty, but give the wealthiest Americans even more tax cuts. It’s shameful. It’s immoral.” --Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-New York).

 

April 15, 2011-(Washington D.C.)-- President Barack Obama laid out his fiscal agenda in a speech Wednesday, announcing plans to cut our massive national debt while pledging to preserve Medicare, a program credited with lifting millions of seniors out of poverty. View his speech.

 

CONFUSED ABOUT MEDICARE & MEDIGAP? FREE PROGRAM AUG. 25 AIMS TO HELP SENIORS

 

August 2, 2010 (La Mesa) -- The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St., La Mesa, will host a free senior discussion group on the Part D Medicare and the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA). The event will feature a presentation by Jean Soderberg, community education outreach specialist with the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP), from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, August 25. The public is invited to attend this free event.

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