Get Involved – Advocate for H.153!

LWG and COVE Share Information About Proposed Legislation that Impacts Medicaid Reimbursement

H.153 is an act relating to Medicaid reimbursement rates for home-and community-based service providers in Vermont. Living Well Group (LWG) is licensed by the state of Vermont as a Level III residential care organization serving individuals who are 60 years of age or older and is one of a handful of facilities that accept residents who are Medicaid eligible. LWG makes an extraordinary effort to provide a safe, secure, and enriching environment for vulnerable seniors in Vermont and will never ask a resident to leave because they can no longer afford to stay in our care. As a 501 c (3) nonprofit, LWG works to raise money annually from state, local and private entities to help close the financial gap between the cost of providing care to our residents and the actual reimbursement rate received from Medicaid.

Currently, Vermont has a senior population of 168,999, or 27% of the state’s total population, making Vermont the 3rd oldest state in the nation. The graying of Vermont is only expected to accelerate in the next decade. By 2030, Vermont’s senior population (older than 65) is likely to increase by 91,000 individuals. When you help to advocate for the passage of H.153, you’re advocating for family members, for friends, and likely yourself now or in the not-too-distant future. The Community of Vermont Elders, or COVE, shares some important tips and helpful links below on how you can reach out to your legislators to let them know how important H.153 is to all of us. Thank you.

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Message from COVE

If we have learned anything in the last year, it is how precarious our healthcare systems are. In Vermont, we have seen closures, mass layoffs, workforce shortages, and access issues. Much of this comes back to an inadequate and outdated funding system that fails to acknowledge the vital importance of our home and community-based service providers, like Home Health Providers, Adult Day Centers, Residential Care and Assisted Living, Hospice Care, and more. Vermonters have made it clear time and time again that we want to age at home or in our communities for as long as possible. These service providers are how we do that. There is a bill to address the need for a well-supported system (H.153), but your legislators need to hear from you! Please write to your legislator to share the importance of these Home and Community Based Services and why you feel the state should fund them at an appropriate and adequate level.

Remember, when emailing your legislator:

-include your name and the town where you live.

-Share your personal story and the change you want to see.

-If you need help finding your legislator, go to: https://legislature.vermont.gov/people/ 

Thank you for supporting the work of the Community of Vermont Elders and our members to promote strong and equitable systems that allow older Vermonters to age in place and continue to be active participants in our communities. 

If you have additional questions, don’t hesitate to email us at RubyB@vermontelders.orgor check out our website at www.vermontelders.org 

GROW BOLD!

Ruby Baker, COVE Executive Director

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