Advisory Council Meeting

August 11, 2011

Minutes

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

 

 

CALL TO ORDER

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

CONSIDERATION OF TODAY’S AGENDA AND MINUTES OF July 14, 2011

The minutes were approved as presented.

CHAIR REPORT

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. 

UPDATE ON OFFICE ON AGING

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. 

BIOGRAPHY

Ruth Long gave a brief biography.

 

SENIOR ADVISORY REPORTS

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.

COMMITTEE & STAFF REPORTS

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. 

 

ADJOURNMENT                                                     

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