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Long-term care institute compiling ‘No Brainers’

A long-term care institute is asking long-term care professionals to send in examples of “no brainer” regulations or practices that should be changed or eradicated for the betterment of resident care and the nation’s care-delivery system. Submissions will be discussed and molded at an invitation-only summit November 30 in Philadelphia by top national stakeholders. That group will include representatives from the federal government, managed care, insurers, provider associations and more, said John Whitman, the executive director of The TRECS Institute, who is leading the effort. “Almost anybody who works in the field has their own list of what they consider ‘no brainers,’” said Whitman, a lic

Recognizing Survivors of All Ages & Abilities This Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Throughout Domestic Violence Awareness Month , we mourn the loss of victims of domestic violence, support the resiliency of survivors, and spread the message that healthy relationships are not violent. At the Administration for Community Living (ACL), our mission is to promote individuals’ independence, health, and wellbeing through our programs for older adults and persons with disabilities—and the right to live free from violence is a central tenet of that mission. Too often, the national conversation about abuse centers on younger people who do not have disabilities. However, we know from working with the programs ACL supports, as well as data from the CDC and others, that age is no prote

Social Security beneficiaries to get biggest bump in seven years

Social Security beneficiaries to get biggest bump in seven years Retirement benefits slated to rise 2.8% in 2019 Retired Americans who collect Social Security can look forward in 2019 to the biggest increase in benefits in seven years. Retirement benefits are slated to rise 2.8% next year, based on the formula that determines annual cost-of-living adjustments in Social Security. It’s the biggest gain since a 3.6% advance in 2012. The government made it official on Thursday after the release of September’s consumer price index. Increases in Social Security benefits are tied to the CPI. In 2018 the average beneficiary got about $1,405 a month. A 2.8% increase would amount to just over $39 a mo

Lawmakers plan on long game for Hurricane Florence recovery measures

- NC Policy Watch - - Posted By Melissa Boughton On 10/3/2018 @ 2:51 pm In Law and the Courts A bipartisan group of legislators sponsored the first hurricane relief bill. Bipartisanship has become rare in North Carolina, but lawmakers put their differences aside Tuesday to take their first step toward helping those impacted by Hurricane Florence. “It was really nice to experience collegiality in the legislative chambers and the sort of lack of partisanship,” said Rep. Pricey Harrison (D-Guilford). “That was kind of refreshing.” She and several other Democrats recognized that the two disaster recovery bills that passed unanimously were small first steps in taking

ATTORNEY GENERAL ALERT: Regarding Flood Cars Following Hurricanes

ATTORNEY GENERAL JOSH STEIN ALERT 10/2/2018 1:17:28 PM Beware Flood Cars Following Harvey, Irma, Matthew, and Florence Vehicles that have been totally or partially submerged often show up for sale on new and used car lots, after extensive cleaning that makes it hard for buyers to detect damage. Under North Carolina law flood damage must be disclosed in writing, but title paperwork is sometimes unlawfully altered to remove any mention of flood damage. To avoid buying a flood-damaged car: Ask the seller directly if the car has been damaged in any way, including by storms or flooding. Consider getting a complete vehicle history report. Visit for a list of approved providers.

NC DOJ Alert

ATTORNEY GENERAL JOSH STEIN ALERT NC Secretary of State Warns Business Owners About Recent Letters The North Carolina Secretary of State is warning the public about recent mailings from private entities. These entities solicit business owners to pay unnecessary and excessive additional fees to use its private services to file their annual reports. These letters may appear to be from government representatives, state that a company is past due on its annual report, and offer to assist with the late filing for a fee. They may reference the legal or financial consequences of late filings, and ask for additional payments to make up for the missed deadlines. They may ask for financial information

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