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Member Update

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, November 15, 2019
Updated: Thursday, November 14, 2019

November 15, 2019

The LeadingAge North Carolina Member Update is published twice monthly.
Click on the headers below to view that section.

Advocacy & Policy  |  On the Road
Strategic Thinking  |   *NEW Position Papers   
Member Questions
  |  News & Notes
  Professional Development  |  Value First

NC General Assembly Adjourns Long Session
Late last week, the NC General Assembly adjourned its 2019 long session without a Senate vote on an override of Governor Roy Cooper’s veto of the state budget for FY2019-21 (House Bill 966). Instead of enacting a full budget, legislators have taken a piecemeal approach to the state budget. Under state law, recurring funding from last year’s state budget automatically continues for the current fiscal year. To address many of the state’s new funding needs and various policy provisions that are necessary for the effective operation of state programs, legislators have passed 21 “mini-budget” bills this fall. Governor Cooper has signed 14 of these “mini-budget” bills into law and has vetoed one of them. Six of the “mini-budget” bills remain on his desk for his consideration.

LeadingAge NC Testifies at NC Board of Nursing
LeadingAge North Carolina was invited by the North Carolina Board of Nursing to provide testimony on scope of practice issues for LPNs. Earlier this week, Tom Akins provided testimony to the Board’s Education and Practice Committee concerning LeadingAge North Carolina’s perceptions regarding current and future LPN practice. Click here for a look at our testimony.

CMS Announces Medicare Premium Increases
CMS late last week announced the 2020 premiums, deductibles and coinsurance amounts for the Medicare Part A and Part B programs. Beneficiaries living in skilled nursing facilities will see their daily coinsurance for days 21 through 100 of extended care services during the benefit period rise from $170.50 in 2019 to $176 in 2020, an increase of 3.2%. Medicare Part B premiums will also be rising for seniors. The standard monthly premium will increase from $135.50 in 2019 to $144.60 for 2020, an increase of 6.7%. Annual deductibles also will increase from $185 for 2019 to $198 for 2020, an increase of 7%. CMS attributes the increases to rising spending on physician-administered drugs.

Donors May Use IRA Charitable Rollover on State Taxes in 2019
Governor Cooper signed into law on November 1st House Bill 399 that, among other things, increases charitable giving in North Carolina by extending the IRA charitable rollover – a popular federal tax incentive for charitable giving – to state taxes. Individuals aged 70½ and older may make tax-free (for federal tax purposes) distributions to nonprofits from their individual retirement accounts. In previous years, North Carolina donors who used the IRA charitable rollover had to pay state taxes on these charitable contributions. The new law ends this state tax on donations to nonprofits through IRAs, simplifying the process for donors and allowing them to contribute more fully to nonprofits from their IRAs. This change is particularly important now that the IRA charitable rollover has become a more attractive giving option for some donors after the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was passed in December 2017. Donors may begin to use the IRA charitable rollover on their taxes this year.

Protecting Veterans from Scammers
A bipartisan set of U.S. Senators last week petitioned the Veterans Administration to take specific steps to protect veterans from unscrupulous scammers. Click here for a look at their letter and the particulars of their request.

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Here's where LeadingAge North Carolina staff has been recently:

  • Congressman David Price Senior Affordable Housing round table - Chapel Hill
  • LeadingAge NC joint program with Senior Dining Association - Plantation Estates, Matthews
  • North Carolina Board of Nursing testimony - Raleigh
  • NC Department of Insurance CCRC Without Walls meeting - Raleigh

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Why Connector Managers Build Better Talent
Harvard Business Review; November/December 2019
A study of 5,000 managers identified four different types of leaders, with the surprising result that the “always on” manager is less effective at developing employees, even though many companies encourage supervisors to give constant feedback. Instead, the “connector” manager is the most effective, because they facilitate productive interactions across the organization.

1.3 million pension recipients
After three decades in mining, Joe Brown relies on a pension plan through the United Mine Workers of America that provides him and 86,000 other retirees essential monthly benefits that Brown thought he would have for the rest of his life. However, the plan is on track to be insolvent in only three years, and Brown isn’t the only one vulnerable to having his pension deeply underfunded. A new report by HuffPost shows 130 other multiemployer pension plans in the United States are also projected to be insolvent in the next two decades, affecting more than 1.3 million pension recipients.

A Retirement Community That Comes To You

The New York Times; November 8, 2019
Though some at-home programs date to the 1990s, there are still very few. Across the country, nearly 2,000 CCRCs, mostly nonprofits, serve about 745,000 residents. Only 32, in about a dozen states, have added at-home programs. But more senior living organizations are considering this approach, a possible answer to a perpetual conflict: older Americans are very likely to need long-term care, but often loathe the thought of leaving their homes.

New Recruitment Tools from National
LeadingAge national recently updated their website to include an entire section on recruitment. Visit the page.

Monday Morning Minute is back!
This week Ruth Katz of LeadingAge discusses the IMAGINE paper and Susan Hildebrandt of LeadingAge shares about the new workforce recruitment section. Watch it here.

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Thanks to LeadingAge North Carolina Platinum business members WeaverCooke, BB&T Capital Markets, and CliftonLarsonAllen for sharing their position papers. Click on a title below to download a PDF.

These papers are also available from our website by clicking here. Or visit and under the Resources tab, select Position Papers.

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Thanks to all who respond to questions from fellow members. Click on the link below to download responses to the most recent question about nursing scholarships and event reservations.

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2020 LeadingAge NC Conference RFP Closes November 29!
Share your expertise in the field of aging services by submitting a proposal to be a presenter at the 2020 LeadingAge North Carolina Annual Conference and Expo May 18-21 in Asheville, NC. Submissions are due later this month on November 29, 2019.

Cybersecurity Risk Management in Aging Services
This LeadingAge national webinar provides best practices for managing cyber threats, minimizing risk, and implementing compliance work plan initiatives related to technology.

Wednesday, Nov. 20
2-3 p.m. ET
Member Rate: $99
Learn more and register

2019-20 LeadingAge NC Member Directory
The updated member directory is now available online! Go to and click on the Directory tab.

Follow @LeadingAgeNC on Social Media
Now that fall has kicked off, be sure you are following LeadingAge NC on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. You'll be up-to-date on all the latest news, research, and programs!

In Case You Missed It

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Employee Health & Benefits Webinar Series
Sponsored by Marsh & McLennan Agency,
a LeadingAge NC Platinum Member
3rd Thursdays Monthly from 2-3pm

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Value First

LeadingAge North Carolina members can enroll in Value First and participate in other Group Purchasing Organizations at the same time. The portfolio of more than 500 vendors includes food distributors, medical supplies, therapy, facility operations, furniture, equipment, technology, and construction services.

Accessing your Vizient Catalog has now also been made easier than ever! To find out how to register and access the online catalog, click on the graphic below.

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