We Are Here to Help Stop COVID


Thursday, February 18th, 2021

Local AAAs are here to assist those 60 and older with their COVID-19 vaccination and boosters.

In partnership with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Seniors age 60 and over and homebound adults can find help from their local Area Agency on Aging to schedule and arrange transportation to and from your Covid vaccination and booster shots.

Homebound persons include those needing the help of another person or medical equipment such as crutches, a walker, or a wheelchair to leave their home, or their medical provider believes that their health or illness could get worse if they leave their home, and they typically do not leave their home.

Your local AAA can help you:

  • Register for a vaccine, if you have not yet registered
  • Coordinate round-trip transportation
  • Be reminded when it’s time for your second dose
  • Coordinate a vaccination in your home if you are homebound

AAAs are a trusted resource, anchored in every county throughout Missouri. We are dedicated to serving aging Missourians to live safely and with dignity in their homes and communities. Especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, AAA’s play a vital role to support seniors.

Contact your local Area Agency on Aging to arrange help:

MORE INFORMATION

Covid Vaccine Registry Assistance Numbers

AAA Seniors Vaccine Press Release

LONG TERM CARE OMBUDSMAN-HELP NEEDED


Friday, September 11th, 2020

LONG-TERM CARE OMBUDSMAN

Improving the quality of life for residents of long-term care through advocacy, education, and empowerment.

The Missouri ombudsman program Long Term Care Ombudsmen are volunteers serving residents of nursing homes and residential care facilities to provide assistance with problems or complaints. Ombudsmen help when residents or family members have concerns about the rights of older consumers receiving long-term care; quality of care or treatment from a long-term care service provider; appeals regarding transfers, discharges, discontinuance or changes in services; and billing and charges, including those covered by Medicare and Medicaid.

Long-Term Care Ombudsmen are trained volunteers assigned to specific long-term care facilities, where they spend quality time getting to know the needs of residents. Ombudsmen form bonds with residents and work to resolve concerns about care before they become crises.

These valuable volunteers champion resident rights and act as liaisons between facility staff and residents. They also provide a vital link between residents and the outside world.

Even during our current health crisis, local Long-Term Care Ombudsman volunteers are available to assist you.

Would you like to be a Long-Term Care Ombudsman?

The COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult and lonely time for older adults in long-term care facilities. Now, more than ever, they need someone checking on their well-being and speaking up on their behalf. If you’re interested in becoming a Long-Term Care Ombudsman, we provide online training that will teach you how to safely visit a care facility and advocate for older adults. 

Ombudsmen learn many things — communication skills, state and federal regulations, ethics, complaint handling, mediation, problem-solving and observation skills.

Be The Voice — speak for those who can’t. Be a Long-Term Care Ombudsman.

Contact your local Area Agency on Aging to arrange help:

Silver Haired Legislature


Saturday, June 20th, 2020

The Silver Hair legislature was created in 1973 by a small group of seniors whose specific purpose was the advocate for senior issues, and the Missouri group was the first organization of its type in the United States. Some of the earliest proposals passed into law include Exploitation of the Elderly, the MO Senior RX Program, implementation of elder abuse laws, and the deletion of sales tax on pharmaceuticals.

The Silver Haired Legislature (SHL) group is composed of citizens, age 60 or older, who volunteer their time to advocate on behalf of Missouri’s older adults. Delegates are elected from each of Missouri’s ten Area Agencies on Aging, and all legislators meet annually for a model legislative session at the State Capitol to deliver five priority proposals.

Contact your local Area Agency on Aging if you are interested in becoming a member of SHL.

The SHL conducted their 2021 Senior Advocacy Week, February 23 – 26, 2021, using virtual methods to conduct meetings with their MO Legislators. This is a recording of the virtual ‘kick-off’ event that marked the start of Advocacy Week.

President, Governor Declare Emergency. MA4 Supports Protection For Seniors


Monday, March 23rd, 2020

Both the President and Missouri Governor Parson have issued Declarations of Emergency effectively immediately. The declarations limit the congregation of people to 10 or fewer people and restrict the general operation of non-essential services in an effort to protect the general public health.

Included in the emergency are strict limitations on hospital and nursing home visits by family members and friends and limitations on gatherings of more than 10 people including church services, funerals and restaurant dining rooms. Although these are uncomfortable and inconvenient to all of us, the measures are designed to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

The emergency declarations also allow the federal and state governments to disburse government funds to support both individuals and institutions who may be most impacted by the current situation. This includes funds that are earmarked for senior services and individuals who are faced with significant financial impacts.

To protect Missouri’s seniors, a population that is most vulnerable during the COVID-19 virus outbreak, MA4 supports these efforts and encourages all seniors to take appropriate precautions; ask for help if they are challenged in accessing food or medical care; and provide help to younger people who have not faced such a challenge before. Staying in contact with other people you trust – even if remotely – will help you get through this challenging time.

The Missouri Depart of Health and Senior Services has established hotline for questions relating to the current emergency. If you have questions, feel free to call .

24 hour hotline: 877-435-8411

To link directly to the Missouri DHSS website, please follow this link:
DHSS COVID-19 WEB LINK

Governor Proposes New State Budget


Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020

Governor Parson unveiled his Executive Budget and delivered his State of the State address last week, and several hearings on Medicaid, the State Budget and Tax Issues were held last week and/or are scheduled for this week. Here are a few items of interest:

Medicaid Expansion – In his State of the State address, the Governor claimed that Medicaid expansion would cost Missouri taxpayers.

However, numerous studies have shown that expansion can actually result in savings to state general revenue funds. For example, a recent examination of the actual state budget impacts in five states that expanded Medicaid showed that “expanding Medicaid has either been a positive for the state’s general fund revenues or has not resulted in any additional cost to the state.”

Calls to expand Medicaid have increased this year due to the fact that since January 2018, 125,000 children and parents have lost Medicaid coverage in Missouri.

Budget EstimateGovernor Parson released his Executive Budget earlier this week, following the State of the State address. While the Executive Budget assumes 1.9% growth in FY2021, the House Budget Committee reportedly plans to develop its budget using a substantially lower estimate of state revenue growth.

In either case, the development of next year’s budget comes at a time of continued uncertainty and instability for Missouri. The growth shown in recent revenue collections may be misleading because they’re relative to a time of very weak collections.

In fact, when reviewed over just two years, MO collections didn’t even keep pace with inflation. That is, our state didn’t collect enough to pay for services at the same level they were two years ago, not accounting for an aging population that may need additional health, nutrition or caregiver services, or a larger number of kids in school.

The comparison to other states is even more glaring. Average revenue growth across the country was much higher than in Missouri, so those states were able to increase teacher pay, invest in workforce development, and save for a rainy day.

Medicare Open Enrollment Period Ends December 7


Friday, November 22nd, 2019

This is the time of year when people enrolled in the Medicare program have the option to change or modify existing plan coverage. It is known as the Open Enrollment period and runs from October 15 until December 7, 2019.

If you are satisfied with your existing plan, and that plan is still offered, you are not required to make any changes to your existing plan. However, if changes in your circumstances have occurred, you may want to change your basic Medicare coverage plan or your Medicare Part D plan which covers your prescription drugs.

If your current plan has been discontinued or changed, you will have received a notice advising you of that fact. If you are not sure about your status, you may want to visit the Medicare.gov website to compare the various plans currently available to you. Each plan has its own set of coverages and premiums.

If you do nothing, your current plan will automatically be renewed as long as that plan is still offered. If you want to make ANY changes, you must do so before the December 7, 2019 deadline.

Don’t delay. The deadline is just around the corner.

VISIT THE MEDICARE.GOV WEBSITE BY CLICKING ON THIS LINK

2019 Summit On Aging & Health Wraps Up In Branson


Monday, September 9th, 2019

The 16th Annual Summit on Aging & Health is officially over. Click the READ MORE button to get the latest news straight from Branson, MO. Program and registration materials also available at this link.

LINK TO PRELIMINARY AGENDA AND REGISTRATION MATERIALS

Day 3 – 2019 Summit on Aging & Health

It always seems like the shortest day of the Summit, but it was packed with great information. Paul Greenwood, a former prosecutor with the San Diego Office the District Attorney, opened the day discussing strategies to protect against elder abuse and economic security. Breakout sessions on Innovation, Leadership and Advocacy featured presentations from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services; the award-winning SeniorAge Area Agency on Aging; and a compelling presentation from Tommy Goode of the Moral Injury Institute.

Paul Greenwood addresses the assembled group on Day 3.

The final day wrapped up with an update on MA4 initiatives and future plans and a fan-favorite drawing for door prizes for participants who were able to stay until the very end.

Lisa Knoll sends participants home with a few special gifts.

Thank you to all of our great sponsors and speakers who offered their time, expertise and funding to make us all just a little bit smarter about the work we do everyday. See you in 2020 at the 17th Annual Summit. Details coming in February.

Day 2 – 2019 Summit on Aging & Health

Jessica Bax addresses the conference.
n4a’s Autumn Campbell presents an overview of national aging policy initiatives.

DOWNLOAD A COPY OF AUTUMN CAMPBELL’S PRESENTATION HERE

Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft participates in the 2019 Summit on Aging & Health

Day 1 – 2019 Summit on Aging & Health

MA4 President David Sykora calls the 2019 Summit to order.
Missouri Lt. Governor Mike Kehoe discusses new senior legislation during the Opening Plenary Session.
n4a CEO Sandy Markwood takes a look at the national senior scene during her remarks to Summit participants.

Day By Day Updates From The Show Me Summit On Aging & Health


Monday, June 10th, 2019

The 16th Annual Summit on Aging & Health has just begun. Click the READ MORE button to get the latest news straight from Branson, MO. Program and registration materials also available at this link.

LINK TO PRELIMINARY AGENDA AND REGISTRATION MATERIALS

Day 1 – 16th Annual Show Me Summit On Aging & Health

MA4 Board members meet with n4a CEO Sandy Markwood before official summit begins.
MA4 President David Sykora kicks off the 2019 Summit on Aging & Health.
Missouri Lt. Governor Mike Kehoe discusses new senior legislation during the Opening Plenary Session of the 2019 Summit.
n4a CEO Sandy Markwood takes a look at the national picture during her address to Summit participants.

LINK TO INFORMATION REGARDING NURSING HOME ADMINISTRATOR CONTINUING EDUCATION HOUR CREDITS INFORMATION

New Medicare Cards Have Been Mailed


Sunday, January 20th, 2019

The Missouri SMP (Senior Medicare Patrol) is alerting Medicare beneficiaries that they all should have received their new Medicare cards in the mail by now.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced in mid-January it had finished mailing new Medicare cards. The new cards have a unique identification number instead of the beneficiary’s Social Security number.

The move was made to protect people from identity theft. People in Missouri were among the last states to receive the cards in the mail.
If you have not received your new card, here are some steps you can take:

*Look around your house for old or unopened mail. New Medicare cards were mailed in a plain white envelope from the Department of Health and Human Services.
*Sign into MyMedicare.gov to get your new number or print an official card. You will need to create an account, if you don’t already have one.
*Call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) to verify your identity, check your address and help get your new card.
*Ask your health care provider, who may be able to securely look up your new number.
If you have not received your card, you may continue to use your current card to get health care services until you get your new card.

Alert: Don’t Shred Social Security Cards


Tuesday, December 25th, 2018

Medicare beneficiaries in Missouri should soon be getting new Medicare cards with a unique Medicare identification number. The new Medicare cards will replace the old ones that contain a Social Security number.

The Missouri SMP (Senior Medicare Patrol) advises seniors to put the new card in a safe place and shred the old red, white and blue Medicare cards. The new card will look like this:

DO NOT, however, destroy your old Social Security card.Keep the blue Social Security card.

It looks like this:

Keep it in a safe place as always.The two cards are used for different purposes and you need to have a copy of both.

Remember: Red, White and Blue is the Medicare card. Blue and White is the Social Security card.

As always, if you suspect Medicare fraud, call the SMP at 1-888-515-6565.