SOURCE: National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD)

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August 31, 2015 08:00 ET

Home Care Workers Pay, Latest Alzheimer's Research, and Medicaid Changes Top HCBS Conference Agenda

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WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - August 31, 2015) - State administrators responsible for Medicaid as well as aging and disability agencies will join with high-level federal officials to address a wide range of issues related to Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) at the 2015 Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Conference in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD).

Confronted by challenges that include tight budgets, growing populations, and legal and regulatory decisions, administrators from 56 states and territories will gather to seek solutions to such pressing issues as:

  • The impact of the recent appeals court ruling extending federal wage and hour protections to the nation's 2 million home care workers.
  • The latest research relating to cognitive impairments and the implications for Alzheimer's disease and related forms of dementia.
  • How states are dealing with new Medicaid standards that will require substantial changes to existing HCBS systems, and may require current services to be substantially modified or discontinued.

WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 1 through Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015.

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WHERE: Washington Hilton
1919 Connecticut Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20009

WHO: Journalists interested in Medicaid and health care issues related to home and community based services will have access to administrators from 56 states and territories responsible for those issues, as well as federal officials from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services including:

  • Kathy Greenlee, Administrator of the Administration for Community Living and Assistant Secretary for Aging
  • Vikki Wachino, Director of the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS) within the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

The conference also will feature one of the nation's leading experts on Alzheimer's disease and related dementias:

  • Ron Petersen, MD, PhD, Mayo Clinic, recipient of the 2004 MetLife Award for Medical Research in Alzheimer's Disease and the 2005 Potamkin Prize for Research in Pick's, Alzheimer's and Related Disorders of the American Academy of Neurology.

Media representatives who want to attend the conference should contact Rachel Shiffrin-Feldman: rfeldman@nasuad.org or 202-898-2578.

This is the premier conference for individuals who have any involvement in LTSS and HCBS. In addition to state and federal officials, representatives of direct-care providers, advocates, beneficiaries, and managed care plans also will be participating.

About NASUAD

The National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD) represents the nation's 56 state and territorial agencies on aging and disabilities and supports visionary state leadership, the advancement of state systems innovation and the articulation of national policies that support home and community based services for older adults and individuals with disabilities.

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