Changing Aspen Leaves - RMNP

Advisory Council Meeting

August 11, 2011


Held at 2573 Midpoint Drive, Ste. 108

Fort Collins, Colorado  80525


Members Present:

Jay Adams

Nancy Arthur

David Born


Peggy Bowers

Melissa Buckskin

Nila Croll


Carolyn Funk

Marcy Greenslit

Judy Jones


Bill Prather

Mary Shultz

Earl Stevens


Bob Tholl

Stan Ulrich

Sharon Zamora





Members Absent :

Helen Davis

Howard Hay

Ellen Lawson


Randy Mergler

Ellen Pihlstrom

Debbie Tellez





Staff Present:

Tina Corrigan-Hugo

Ruth Long

Katy Mason


Lynette McGowan

Linda Rumney






Guests Present:

Tom Carrigan

Kim Ferro

Eileen Hendee


Sonia Koetting

Margaret Long

Linda Mahan


Marguerite Salazar

Ken Tharp

Cherrie Thornton


Jane Viste




Bob Tholl called the meeting to order at 1:33 p.m.


The minutes were approved as presented.


Bob Tholl reported that the Executive Committee reviewed past presentations and discussed future options.  They also reviewed council member attendance.  Bob requested that the committee chairs send a copy of the committee minutes to him and Judy Jones. 


Ruth Long reported on two big projects.  Staff is currently finishing the Answers on Aging Resource Guide updates and it will go to print soon.  The other project is conducting annual reviews of our grantees.  Questionnaires have been sent to all our providers.  We will schedule meetings to meet with each provider starting in mid-September to the beginning of November. 


Ruth stated that Dan Daly, who gave the partner presentation to our Council last month, has asked to visit with us and our grantees on August 24.  Also attending will be representatives from the Office of State Planning and Budget (OSPB), Joint Budget Committee (JBC) and the Department of Human Services.  A full day of presentations is scheduled for the visitors.  We will have lunch at the Wellington meal site and visit Garden Square. 


Staff Reports

Linda Rumney reported that the resource guide is being updated and will make its début at Bridging the Gap.  A new ARCH brochure and updated Ombudsman brochure are also being printed.  Linda is continuing to conduct outreach to make people aware of ARCH.


Lynette McGowan reported on an upcoming press release about Powerful Tools for Caregiver (PTC) classes.  Three classes are scheduled in Fort Collins and one class in Loveland this fall.  A PTC class is also schedule for the Employee Assistance Program at CSU in October.  Lynette stated that a training for class leaders to teach the PTC classes will also be held in the fall.  She is pleased that people are coming in from Boulder, Weld County, Denver and two people from the Veterans Administration to attend the class leader training. 


Katy Mason stated the committees have new chairs and committee members.  She thanked last year’s chairs for all the work they did.  Katy is working on revising our grantee evaluation process to make it more formal. 


OFFICE ON AGING PARTNER Presentation:  Marguerite Salazar, Regional Director – Region VIII, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Bob Tholl introduced Marguerite Salazar, Regional Director of Region VIII, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and gave a brief summary of her experiences. 


Ms. Salazar stated at the present time she is trying to interpret the new Affordable Health Care Act.  The billing system is hard to understand because it includes a higher fee structure for those who cannot pay for health care themselves.  Medicaid will cover considerably more people because it will include many more of the people in the low income category who did not pay for health care in the past. 


Another area of concern will be the donut hole in Medicare Part D.  In 2010, Medicare sent a $250 check to those you reached the donut hole.  In 2011, they hope to provide up to a 50% discount on drugs.  Medicare is also concerned about fraud and abuse. 


Other provisions of the Affordable Health Care Act will eliminate many inequalities in insurance policies. It will eliminate pre-existing conditions and children born with genetic disorders.  In 2014 it will cover children up to the age 26 on their parents’ policy.    


Marguerite concluded her presentation by stating that if people are still having problems with the health insurance companies, they should contact the insurance commissioner. 


Ruth Long gave a brief biography.



Fort Collins Senior Advisory Board Report (SAB)

Cherrie Thornton stated that table hosts are needed for the Bridging the Gap event on September 14.  She reported that the SAB had Tim Beckman present information on the Community Paramedics program.  This program does home assessments and routine checks to reduce unnecessary 911 calls.  The SAB is also partnering with CSU for Public Deliberation to conduct a few visioning sessions on embracing seniors in Fort Collins.  Cherrie announced that Transfort has developed a new format for the printed bus schedule. 


Loveland Senior Advisory Board (SAB)

Judy Jones announced that Loveland has two sculpture shows scheduled for this weekend.  Judy reported that the director from the City of Loveland is re-evaluating goals and objectives of the SAB.  The SAB outreach committee is going to various facilities and meal sites to talk with people about the future for seniors in Loveland.      


Foundation on Aging (FOA)

Mary Shultz reported there has been a dramatic increase in requests for emergency grants.


Larimer County Commissioner

No report given.


Human Relations Commission 

No report given.


Community Outreach & Education Committee

Carolyn Funk reported that the Committee is delivering Answers on Aging Resource Guides to the churches that attended the caregiver summit in March.


Media & Public Relations Committee

Melissa Buckskin reported that the Committee has changed the media breakfast date to October 26.  The Committee is studying what types of senior articles are being published in different newspapers around the county.


Grantee Management & Evaluation Committee

Katy Mason reported that the Grantee Management & Evaluation Committee meeting was 1 hour and 45 minutes long.  The Committee discussed how the Office on Aging decides whom to fund and how much funding each service receives.  They also reviewed the new grantee evaluation process.  Katy stated that a subcommittee has been appointed to discuss the issue of finding a legal services provider.  Katy announced that a site visit sign-up sheet will be available next month.  This year’s reviews will start during the third week of September. 


Public Policy & Advocacy Committee

Katy reported that the Committee is working on updating the housing waiting list. 



Bob Tholl adjourned the meeting at 3:19 p.m.

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