MEDI-CAL ASSET LIMITS LIFTED... Older Californians will no longer have to spend down their assets to qualify for Medi-Cal coverage of long-term care . The elimination of asset tests will be phased in over two and a half years. Starting July 1, 2022, the state will raise the asset limit in the Medi-Cal programs serving older adults and people with disabilities from $2,000 to $130,000 for an individual. On Jan. 1, 2024, the asset test will be eliminated completely. California will continue to limit eligibility by income, with a maximum of $1,583 a month for an individual and $2,126 for a couple.
A DAY FOR CAREGIVERS... PBS and KQED veteran Dave Iverson will headline Avenidas' 17th Annual Caregiver Conference on Saturday, April 30, at the Mountain View Senior Center. Iverson will discuss his book, "Winter Stars: An Elderly Mother, an Aging Son and Life's Final Journey." Breakout sessions at the day-long conference will cover a range of topics of interest to caregivers, including caregiver stress and depression, safety, medical, legal and financial considerations for caregivers and caregiver support groups. To register, go to Avenidas.org.
A REFUGEE STORY... In her new book, Manjula Waldron, a retired Stanford University consulting professor who was born in 1943 an area of India that later became Pakistan, recalls the chaos and violence surrounding the partition of India and Pakistan, which resulted in the deaths of more than 1 million people and the displacement of millions more. Waldron's self-published book, "Love Partitioned" is a fictionalized version of her life story. "I remember people being killed, the mayhem, the hate crimes," Waldron said. "I had to fictionalize it because it was too painful for me. My heart goes out to all the people who experience that daily." Waldron earned her Ph.D. at Stanford and taught electrical engineering at Ohio State University before turning her attention to health and wellness and returning to Stanford to work in the School of Medicine's Prevention Research Center.
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