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Member Update

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, January 17, 2020
Updated: Thursday, January 16, 2020
January 17, 2020

The LeadingAge North Carolina Member Update is published twice monthly. Click on a section header to view that section.

Awards 2020 - now open!
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2020 awards nominations are now open.
Nominate a special person or program today!   

Please find a moment to shine a light on your community with a 2020 award nomination(s). Take a look at the categories including a new one called Workplace Excellence and prepare your submission today. 

This year we are asking for 3-5 photos to accompany your one-page nomination. If selected, photos will be used at the LeadingAge North Carolina Annual Conference awards recognition luncheon on May 20, 2020 at The Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville.

    Nominations are due February 28, 2020.    
Submit yours today!

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General Assembly Set to Return for Short Session on April 28
The General Assembly came back to Raleigh earlier this week for an attempt at overriding Governor Roy Coopers veto of the state budget. They were unsuccessful and recessed until the start of the short session, slated for April 28, 2020.

Potential New Tax for CCRCs (the first of two!)
The North Carolina Department of Revenue has announced plans to levy a new tax on residents of continuing care retirement communities. The new tax, in the form of a sales tax levied on all monthly fees for the states 22,000 CCRC residents, would amount to an approximate 7% increase in fees paid by our states senior citizens who live in this much-needed form of housing. CCRCs have an estimated $2 billion impact on the states economy each year…and with the coming demographic age wave, a new tax of this type could significantly affect future construction and viability. As the states population ages, the need for housing will increase. A new tax on senior citizens will place North Carolina in an unfavorable light regionally and will make it more difficult to continue to attract new residents and maintain our current waiting lists. LeadingAge North Carolina is partnering with the North Carolina Continuing Care Residents Association to provide information about the impact of this new tax on our states senior citizens, including outreach to all 170 members of the General Assembly, local elected officials, and the media.

Many observers are wondering why the North Carolina Department of Revenue is instituting this new tax, when CCRC residents have never been taxed in this way. In 2014, the NC Legislature passed an omnibus Revenue Act meant to modernize tax law. Bundled services were part of the new legislation. CCRCs were considered “health care facilities” giving them relief from the new legislation. At this point, the department has indicated it now considers CCRCs to be retailers,” equating them to industry titans like Walmart, McDonalds, and Spectrum. The department has even communicated in writing that it wants to charge CCRC residents sales tax on singing groups that provide entertainment for residents, installation of appliances when they are broken, medical supplies, and emergency response pendants.

LeadingAge North Carolina is in the process of communicating with these key stakeholders at the General Assembly and will provide additional information when it is appropriate to reach out to state elected officials with concerns about the new sales tax interpretations.

Potential New Tax for CCRCs (the second of two!)
CMS is proposing a new rule that would result in a bed tax for all CCRCs in North Carolina. Currently, North Carolina exempts CCRCs from paying these nursing home provider taxes (bed tax). This new rule would negate that exemption in North Carolina and negatively affect CCRCs in seventeen other states.

Nursing Homes in North Carolina currently pay a bed tax. The money paid is then matched by the federal government and returned to the nursing facilities via additional Medicaid funding.

CCRCs largely do not receive Medicaid funds. Yet, with the loss of this exemption, CCRCs across the state would be required to pay a tax on all of its health care beds, amounting to millions of dollars in new taxes without any financial benefit of any kind. The only way CCRCs could afford this tax would be to increase resident fees.

CMS is accepting comments on the proposed rule up to February 1. We request you consider urging Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis and your Member of Congress to protect CCRCs from this potential new Medicaid tax.

Should you wish to reach out to your federal elected officials, please contact Senator Richard Burr, Senator Thom Tillis, or CLICK HERE to search for your specific Member of Congress.

Advocacy 101: What Nonprofits Can (and Can’t) Do in Election Years (and Every Day)
In this election year, a timely webinar offered by the NC Center for Nonprofits on Thursday, January 30, 2020, 10:00am to 11:00am. More details and register.

2020 Voting Requirements
Voters will not be required to show photo ID for the March 3, 2020, primary election. Be sure to provide residents and staff with the most up-to-date voting information by clicking with the NC State Board of Elections website.

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  • LeadingAge State Executives Forum meeting - Ft. Meyers, FL
  • NC Department of Revenue meeting - Raleigh
  • LeadingAge NC Public Policy Committee meeting - Raleigh
  • Value First State Executives meeting - Raleigh
  • CCRC/LPC Tax Issues phone call - Raleigh
  • Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation LeadingAge Member Call-In
  • LeadingAge NC Leadership Academy - Scotia Village, Laurinburg
  • Member visit - Baptist Retirement Homes, Winston-Salem

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How We Survive the Surveillance Apocalypse
The Washington Post; December 31, 2019
In a world where so many others are collecting our personal data, it’s legitimate to worry whether they’re doing enough to protect it. What can you do to protect your data?

Why Caregivers Could Have So Much Influence in Coming Elections
MarketWatch; January 10, 2020
Two of America’s most influential advocates for caregivers, Maria Shriver and Ai-jen Poo, recently partnered on a poll that examines the state of caregiving in our country. One of the poll’s most significant findings, according to Shriver and Poo: We are a nation of caregivers in crisis, unified across political party lines in support of solutions, and that could influence the election. Visit the News and Notes section below for the most up-to-date information on 2020 elections in North Carolina.

Rich People Don’t Just Live Longer. They Also Get More Healthy Years.
The New York Times; January 16, 2020
A new study published on Wednesday found that while education and social class had some effect on health in old age, neither was nearly as significant a factor as a person’s wealth. What could your community do to address this issue at a societal level?

Great Leaders Understand Why Small Gestures Matter
Harvard Business Review; January 13, 2020
What if we took just a moment to think a little smaller, to act a lot more humbly, to elevate the person-to-person interactions that lead to more meaningful relationships?

8 Ways to Work Smarter in 2020
The New York Times; December 29, 2019
Take hold of your future and define your own path by taking charge of your happiness at work, using your strengths more wisely, avoiding drama and more. Anytime is a good time for a fresh perspective like this opinion piece.

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Your peers across the state have questions and you have answers. It's incredibly helpful. So ask away! Responses to the most recent question are available by clicking the text below.

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What is the 2020 Census?
On behalf of your community's residents and staff, get the facts and spread the word about the 2020 Census by clicking on the U.S. Census 2020 webpage.

Save the Date
The LeadingAge North Carolina Annual Conference will be May 18-21, 2020 at The Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville. We're busy finalizing details and can't wait to gather with you this spring. Be on the lookout for more info in the coming weeks. Registration will be announced via social media, email, and website in early spring.

2020 Event and Education Calendar Now Available

Mark your calendar for these LeadingAge North Carolina events and programs in 2020. New this year is a Fall Conference on September 24 in Colfax designed specifically for Department Directors and Managers/Supervisors in HR, marketing, finance, social work, nursing, maintenance, wellness, and fundraising. Watch for more details!

Have Job Openings?
Contact Jennifer Gill with the job title, description, and how to apply and she will post it for you under the Careers tab on the LeadingAge NC website. It's free!

In Case You Missed It
Click below to read the most recent newsletter.

Follow @LeadingAgeNC on Social Media
Stay connected in 2020. Be sure you are following @LeadingAgeNC on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. You'll be up-to-date whatever comes your way!

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Elevate your leadership.
Apply to the LeadingAge North Carolina Leadership Academy.

Applications are due online by January 31, 2020 and can be accessed by clicking on this link. Communities are limited to nominating one individual (multi-site organizations may nominate one individual per campus or service setting).

Those selected for the Academy will:

  • Read, reflect on, and discuss leadership principles with Fellows and leaders from across the state.
  • Broaden their vision and exposure to the field.
  • Mature under the guidance of their assigned coach and the Academy facilitator.
  • Gain confidence and clarity, becoming even stronger contributors at their communities.
  • Prepare and present an action learning project.

Kick off for the 2020-21 class is this May 21-22, 2020 in Asheville. Tuition for the program is $2,000 and includes full registration for both the 2020 and 2021 annual conference (a $1,300 value!). Scholarship assistance is available.

For more information and the application, visit our Academy webpage by clicking on this link.

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