January 9, 2014 Minutes

Kane County Senior Resources
HELD SECOND THURSDAY EACH MONTH AT ELDERDAY CENTER
BATAVIA, IL 60150
8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Networking
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Business Meeting

MINUTES FOR: Thursday, January 9, 2014

NETWORKING:

  • Began at 8:30 a.m.

BUSINESS MEETING:

  • Was called to order at 9:00 a.m. by President Liz Wiggins – there will now be a $1 charge for phones that ring during the meeting, so please silence your phones.
  • Pledge of Allegiance was said
  • Thank you to Traci at Elderday for hosting the meeting.
  • Breakfast was hosted by Cadence Health and Delnor Glen
  • November and December minutes were reviewed and there were no corrections, so they were approved by group motion.

OFFICER REPORTS:

President- Liz Wiggins

Vice President- Gail Gauger

  • We are looking for breakfast sponsors and speakers for this year. Please feel free to reach out to contacts that you know that you think would be an interesting topic for the group to learn about, or let Gail know and she can reach out for you.

Secretary- Amanda Castro

Treasurer- Cindy Bruce

  • Our current balance is $2,679.37

Membership- Carol Murrin

  • The directory is close to being completed. Will be available at the next meeting.
  • Anyone wishing to join our group between now and June when we collect the annual dues, will be charged a half membership of $25
  • An updated sign-in sheet went around; please make any corrections to your name and email.

LEGISLATIVE REPORT: Marla Fronczak/Royce Blackwell

Federal

The House and Senate passed a spending bill to fund the government for FY 14 and FY 15 to avoid any government shut downs.  This spending bill removed most of the sequestration cuts to social service programs.  The Debt ceiling will be an issue again as it needs to be extended by February 7, 2014.  Raising the debt ceiling will be a difficult issue for congress as the republicans may seek cuts to entitlement programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

State

There are many initiatives in progress for seniors in Illinois.  Managed Care for the  Medicare/Medicaid population will begin voluntary enrollment starting February 1, 2014.  There are 6 healthcare plans to choose from.  Those that are not enrolled by August 1st, 2014 will be auto-enrolled.  144,000 individuals will be affected by this program.  There is also a Balancing Incentive Program for Illinois to move 50% of those that qualify for long term care to get these services in a community-based setting instead of a facility.  IL is also applying for a 1115 Waiver to standardize the assessment for the Determination of Need and consolidate the nine Medicaid waivers into one.  This move will impact long term support services.  Marla will be able to give more details and update everyone as the March/April speaker. The following are links to more information on the Medicare/Medicaid Managed Care Initiative.

http://www2.illinois.gov/hfs/SiteCollectionDocuments/CareCoorPlan.pdf

http://www2.illinois.gov/hfs/SiteCollectionDocuments/CCRollOutPlan.pdf

http://www2.illinois.gov/hfs/SiteCollectionDocuments/CCExpansionMap.pdf

http://www2.illinois.gov/hfs/PublicInvolvement/cc/Pages/MMAIContactInformation.aspx

http://www2.illinois.gov/hfs/PublicInvolvement/cc/Pages/MMAIProviderNetworkContact.aspx

 OLD BUSINESS:

  • A HUGE thank you to KCSR for sponsoring the Legislative Forum and Breakfast. They had 8 legislators attend, along with 50 seniors. One feedback that we received from the seniors was that the legislators left early and did not stay long enough for the seniors to have a Q&A session.
  • We are going to begin the process of revamping the website to include the minutes, agendas for upcoming meetings and group announcements. We will be keeping the same domain name.
  • In 2011 there were some purposed amendments to the bylaws at the November meeting, but we do not have official record of them being voted on and approved, so we are going to blast them out to the group, please review them and be prepared to vote on the a the February meeting.

 NEW BUSINESS:

  • Members are encouraged to invite others to our group. We need people who might serve seniors in a nontraditional “senior provider” role too. EX. Bankers, Church liaisons/nurses, social workers, Park Districts, etc.  It was also suggested that we look into printing business cards with the times of the meeting for members to hand out when they make new contacts.
  • We are still looking to the membership for feedback on events that we would like to host this year. We are hoping to do at least 4 smaller events this year. The first event will be a fundraiser for the Central Kane County TRIAD in May. We will be having a Premier Jewelry Party at Delnor Glen who has generously donated their space and will also be providing the food and beverages. The hostess for the party will also be making a donation back from the jewelry sales.

Introductions of visitors and members took place/announcements

Speaker:

Traci Eggleston and Kathy Hanlon from Elderday about their Caregiver Support program

  • Counseling available to anyone taking care of an adult over the age of 60
  • Do not have to be an Elderday client
  • Funded by the Older Americans Act. Their goal is to keep people protected and functioning as independently as possible, so they can stay in their homes longer and out of costly long-term care facilities.
  • Grant covers about 40% of their program and Elderday covers the other 60% of it.

Meeting times are as follows:

  • The ‘Spouses who are Caring for their Spouses’ meets the 2nd Thursday of the month from 1:30-3 at Elderday.
  • The South Elgin Parkinson’s Support Group meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month from 1-2:30 at the South Elgin Village Hall. Those diagnosed with P.D. and caregivers are welcome.
  • The Parkinson’s Group meeting at Arden Courts of Geneva meets the 3rd Saturday of the month from 10:30-12.  Those diagnosed with P.D. and caregivers are welcome.

Meeting Adjourned at 10:00 a.m.

Next meeting will be held on Thursday, February 13th

  • Networking at 8:30 a.m. with breakfast provided by Geneva Place
  • Meeting at 9 a.m.

 

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