Today there is no personal story, no witty reference to any modern media. I am asking for your help in determining the future of Medicaid. If you, or someone you know or love, is not currently affected by Medicaid it is almost certain that you will be at some point in your life. Please see the below message, taken from an alert from NAELA (National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc.):
“Senate Republicans released a new version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act. The updated bill is available here, along with a general overview. Unfortunately, the updated version continues to radically restructure Medicaid financing by instituting a per-capita cap. If enacted, these cuts could have devastating consequences over time for individuals with disabilities and older adults. As such, NAELA must continue to oppose the legislation.
Call your senators today and urge them to vote NO on theBetter Care Reconciliation Act.
Option 1: Call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121.
Follow the prompts. Press “1” to indicate you want to speak with your senator, then say your state and press “1” to indicate that the state is correct.
Finally, press “1” to connect to your first senator’s office.
Repeat to get connected with your second senator’s office.
Option 2: Look up the direct office number in the Senate Directory
Thank you for taking my call, I am a [citizen] in [CITY, STATE] who is [concerned] for persons with disabilities and older adults in need of long-term care.
I urge Senator [NAME] to vote NO on the Better Care Reconciliation Act.
Medicaid is the only way most people, not just the poor but also working-class and middle-class Americans, can pay for long-term care.
The drastic cuts to Medicaid contained in the legislation will have a devastating consequence to the people I [know].
Limiting access to services through Medicaid will disrupt families, requiring caregivers to leave their jobs to provide care they may not be qualified to do.
I am also saddened to see that the legislation gets rid of Medicaid’s three-month retroactive coverage. Without retroactive coverage, if someone faces a crisis, such as a serious fall that sends them to a nursing home, their families could be on the hook for tens of thousands of dollars of nursing home costs.”
I cannot resist another classic film reference, and if you have not seen “The Searchers,” you need to. John Wayne stars in this 1956 John Ford classic which also features a cast of John Ford regulars. Better yet, the movie has a great theme song sung by the “Sons of the Pioneers:”
I love this line from the movie, Ben-Hur, and in fact, I often quote it to my employees, but I am not really the terrible employer this line might make me out to be! However, sometimes, I consult with employers who often think their workers are their servants, and the employers seek to craft employment agreements which go beyond the mark. Employers often include provisions in their employment agreements that seek to prohibit employees from working in similar businesses or locations once they leave. Commonly known as “non-competes” or “non-competition agreements” these provisions often create issues between employers and their former workers. Continue reading →
Today marks the 73d anniversary of Operation Overlord which was the invasion of Normandy that helped lead to the ultimate defeat of Nazi Germany. The veterans we have left from this war are all in their nineties, with a few exceptions, and within another decade they will all be gone. What few know is the Supreme Allied Commander, General Dwight D. Eisenhower, had some doubts as to whether the invasion would succeed. And while 73 years later this fear may seem unfounded, we must remember the Allies had suffered a significant defeat at Dieppe in which the Germans repulsed with heavy losses a raid against the French coast. Accordingly, General Eisenhower penned the following in the event the Allied landings failed: Continue reading →
Last week my wife and I celebrated 36 years of marriage, and we toured New Mexico. If there was a sight to see we saw it, or did our best to do. Of particular note we visited a number of Native American sites such as Salmon Ruins, Chimney Rock and Chaco Canyon. At each of these locations are the remains of massive stone buildings built by a people who inhabited the area over a thousand years ago. While we know that some of their descendants inhabit the region today, we do not know much about the people who lived so long ago. Certainly among some of their descendants their memory lives on in oral traditions, but the details about the lives of these ancient peoples are lost to us although researchers are doing their best to make educated inferences as to how they lived. But because of the scanty record there is a healthy debate about who exactly these people were. Continue reading →
Thomas Gray penned “Where ignorance is bliss, ’tis folly to be wise” in his poem Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College, written in 1742. Today this phrase has become synonymous with apathy and a carefree attitude. In my mind it takes its place with classics such as, “it’s only a lot of reading if you do it,” or “it only takes a minute if you wait to the last minute.” Each of the phrases represents what I call a lack of situational awareness. Continue reading →
Bob Dylan wrote these lyrics 53 years ago, but I think they are just as relevant today as they were then. If there is one constant in life it is the fact that there will be change. For example, here in Colorado we have legalized marijuana, which in itself violates Federal law. This puts law enforcement and, sometimes, business and property owners in an awkward position. Continue reading →