Care N Assist, in partnership with Pat’s Place, Memorial Hospice and the Oliver Woods Retirement Village will host Rep. Ben Frederick for an informal coffee hour at 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 1. The topic of discussion will be proposed cuts to the American Health Care Act and the impact on the people of Shiawassee County. Care N Assist is located at 101 S. Shiawassee St. in Corunna. Those interested in attending are asked to call (989) 277-0915 to reserve a seat.

Care N Assist representatives shared the following statement: “The American Health Care Act (AHCA) of 2017 would shift the current federal and state funding formula for Medicaid to a “per capita cap.” No matter how costs rise, the federal government only pays a set amount per person, versus a guaranteed percentage of the total cost. This leaves states responsible if the need for Medicaid services rise. As baby boomers age, a greater demand for long-term care will be required.

“The cuts in AHCA could result in higher Medicaid costs and reduced care, including co-pays and premiums for consumers, and waiting lists for services. We must preserve Medicaid’s safety net guarantee in order to keep older adults healthy and living safely in their homes and communities! In Michigan alone, 2,957,837 people would be impacted, of which, 210,884 reside in Genesee, Lapeer and Shiawassee counties, and all would be negatively impacted by the reduction of Medicaid funded services, including personal care and home delivered meals.”

Additionally, Care N Assist, in partnership with Memorial Hospice, will host a tea at 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 15 at 101 S. Shiawassee St. in Corunna. The featured speaker will be Adele Horton for “A Conversation with Hospice.” Persons can call (989) 277- 0915 to reserve a seat.

Rep. Frederick Informal Coffee Hour was last modified: November 27th, 2017 by Karen Elford