Good Evening everyone!
As expected, the Governor released his budget recommendations for FY 2022-2023 in advance of the start of the legislative short session. This afternoon he held a press conference and provided recommendation highlights which included full Medicaid expansion. The complete budget document can be found at https://www.osbm.nc.gov/media/2569/open. Below I have listed excerpts of items of interest related to older adults. The increased nursing home reimbursement rates to support direct care workers is on the NC Coalition on Aging's legislative agenda and was not accomplished last year. There are other welcome efforts to build staffing capacity of county departments of social services to provide APS and Special Assistance In-Home services.
The House and Senate will convene on next week on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, at 12:00 pm. They will begin work on their version of the budgets and schedule committee meetings. As folks prepare for the session, a list of Bills Eligible for Consideration for 2022 Session is available at the North Carolina General Assembly website. You may want to read more about his budget here from WRAL news. I will continue to provide updates as they develop and please reach out with any questions. Thanks for the important work you do each day in support of older adults! - Heather
NC Department of Health and Human Services
Aging and Adult Services
Key Rental Assistance: Provides additional funding for Key Rental Assistance, a partnership between the Division of Aging and Adult Services and the NC Housing Finance Agency. The program provides supportive housing programs for people who are very low income and/or disabled and in need of affordable housing. Currently about 2,200 households are supported by Key Rental Assistance. This item would provide funding to sustain the current caseload. ($4,250,000 recurring)
Medicaid Expansion: Provide access to affordable health insurance to more than 600,000 additional North Carolinians. The expansion does not require additional state funding. The federal government pays 90% of the cost, while hospital assessments and the Prepaid Health Plan (PHP) premium taxes that health insurance companies in North Carolina pay would cover the remaining 10%.
Nursing Home Rate Increase: Provides funding to increase the reimbursement rate paid to Skilled Nursing Facilities, making a portion of temporary COVID increases permanent. A minimum of 80% of the funding should be used to increase the rate of pay to direct care workers ($60 million recurring net appropriation)
Consolidated Independent Assessment Entity: Provides funding for additional independent assessment services for approximately 4,000
individuals served through the Community Alternatives Program for Children and approximately 12,000 individuals served through the Community Alternatives Program for Disabled Adults. This funding is necessary for the state to be in compliance with federal regulations for the two 1915c Waivers and to maintain requirements for State Plan Personal Care services. ($4,250,000 recurring net appropriation)
Transitions to Community Living: Increases funding for the Transitions to Community Living Initiative, which supports the
transition of eligible adults with mental illness from institutions to community care settings. This funding will provide additional housing and tenancy support and wraparound mental health services following the US Department of Justice Olmstead Settlement. ($3,985,520 recurring net appropriations)
Health Service Regulation
Health Service Regulation Workforce Augmentation: Establishes new complaint intake, nursing home licensure, adult care licensure, acute and home care licensure, and mental health licensure positions to meet demand for increased health and safety inspections of long-term care facilities and includes 36 FTEs. ($2,875,623 recurring net appropriation and $86,729 in nonrecurring net appropriation)
Adult and Child Protective Services: Invests in local social services workforces for Adult Protective Services (APS) and Child Protective Services (CPS) to address critical staffing shortages. APS and CPS workers provide services to adults and children who are, or who are suspected of being, abused, neglected, or exploited. Funds will be used to create more than 100 full-time county positions and be allocated statewide based on a formula that accounts for current staffing levels and need by county ($7.5 million recurring)
State-County Special Assistance: Expands access to In-Home Special Assistance (SA In-Home) by lifting the cap on the number of recipients and providing parity between SA In-Home and Adult Care Home facility rates. These funds will also support the additional case managers that counties will need to accommodate the increased caseload resulting from these changes. ($7,725,000 recurring)
Low-Income Household Energy Assistance Program Supplement (LIHEAP): Provides a state supplement to the federal LIHEAP, which helps low-income households cover the cost of heating and cooling bills, reducing energy burden and the likelihood of service disconnection. ($25 million nonrecurring funds from the Housing Reserve)
Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program Supplement: Provides a state supplement to the federal Low-income Household Water Assistance Program, which helps low-income households cover the cost of drinking water and wastewater bills, reducing the likelihood of service disconnection. ($10 million nonrecurring funds from the Housing Reserve)
Non- NC DHHS Items
Healthcare Workers: Invests $45 million to address shortages in North Carolina’s healthcare workforce by expanding training capacity in the UNC System, community colleges, and private colleges and universities. Funds can be customized by constituent institutions (e.g., bolstering facility capacity for trainees, increasing the numbers of health faculty and staff, providing student support, investing in equipment and lab space, etc.). $5 million recurring and $10 million nonrecurring to each of the following: (1) Community Colleges, (2) Private Colleges/University and (3) UNC System)
Housing Trust Fund: Provides a total of over $27 million to NC Housing Finance Agency for new housing development and the rehabilitation of existing units in FY 2022-23 ($7,660,000 recurring/$20 million nonrecurring)
Integrated Mobility: Advancing Innovative Technologies and Initiatives Provides funds to enable the Integrated Mobility Division (IMD) to respond to new technologies to provide affordable and equitable access to transportation. These funds will support pilot programs and match Federal grants, including grants to increase access to on-demand transit in rural areas. ($2 million recurring)
Bicycle and Pedestrian Projects: Establishes a local government grant program to match federal funds for bicycle and pedestrian projects, such as shared use paths, bicycle lanes, and bicycle and pedestrian bridges. ($10 million recurring)
Clean Energy Access and Energy Efficiency Supplement: Provides $15 million nonrecurring to DEQ to reduce energy bills while improving safety and quality of life for North Carolinians. This funding will complement the existing federal Weatherization program and expand support for low-income households to implement energy efficiency measures, access clean energy sources, and weatherize and update their homes.
Military and Veterans Affairs' Community Grants Program: Establishes the Community Grants Program to awards grants to organizations that enhance existing efforts, forge new partnerships, and promote innovation in programs for active-duty military, veterans, and their families. Recipients can be public, non-profit, or other military-interested organizations ($5 million nonrecurring)
Heather Burkhardt, MSW
Pronouns: she / her / hers
North Carolina Coalition on Aging
PO Box 12762 | Raleigh, NC 27605
North Carolina 5 star
North Carolina Council of Chapters (print newsletter and website)
Cape Fear Chapter (e-newsletter and website)
Catawba Valley Chapter (print newsletter)
Charlotte-Metrolina Chapter (print newsletter and website)
Coastal Carolina Chapter (print newsletter and website)
High Country Chapter (print newsletter)
Southeastern NC Chapter (print newsletter and website)
Tarheel Central Chapter (print newsletter)
Western North Carolina Chapter (print newsletter and website)
North Carolina 4 star
Catawba Valley Chapter (website)
Tarheel Central Chapter (website)
From Erin E. Stone, Senior Director, Council and Chapter Affairs:
Dear MOAA Volunteer Leaders,
Today, I am reaching out simply to say THANK YOU for all you do in your local and/or virtual communities for our Association. We appreciate you more than we can ever express, and the Council and Chapter Affairs team, in particular, is ever so honored and pleased to know you and work with you on a daily basis. Please see a personal thank you message from General Atkins below, or click here to view a message of thanks from MOAA's President and share with YOUR leadership teams as desired.
Have a great day and stay safe and healthy!
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An invitation from Charlotte-Metrolina President Joe Anderson
It was good to be with you at the 1st QTR meeting of the NCCOC.
We hope that you will be able to attend the ZOOM General Membership meeting of Charlotte-Metrolina Chapter on January 16, 2022 @ 3 p.m. I hope that you agree that it will be a special privilege to be in the same “Zoom room” with the North Carolina Secretary of Military and Veteran Affairs, LtGen Walter Gaskin.
We want to take full advantage of this opportunity. To this end, please feel free to send me ”bullets” of specific topics that you would like to hear Secretary Gaskin comment on.
I look forward to hearing from you (whether you can attend the meeting or not).
Joe L. Anderson, Sr
President, Charlotte-Metrolina Chapter
Military Officers Association of America
President, North Carolina Council of Chapters, Military Officers Association of America is honored to have Walter Gaskin, Secretary of NC Department of Military & Veterans Affairs, as the speaker at the January 16th general membership meeting of our chapter.
Since we will be using the Zoom format for this meeting, we would like to extend an invitation to the Presidents of the 14 MOAA Chapter Presidents in the state of NC to take advantage of this significant opportunity to get a perspective directly from the Secretary of NC Department of Military & Veterans Affairs.
PLEASE EXTEND AN INVITATION TO THE NC MOAA CHAPTER PRESIDENTS TO ATTEND OUR MEETING ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 16 AT 3:00 P.M.
The chapter presidents who wish to attend will need to let you and me know via email, providing the email address they would want us to use in admitting them into the meeting. PLEASE RESPOND NOT LATER THAN THURSDAY, JANUARY 13 WITH INFORMATION RE: THE CHAPTER PRESIDENTS WHO WILL BE ATTENDING.
As you may know, Secretary Gaskin is a retired USMC LtGen who served in various high-level command leadership roles, as well as a key NATO position in Brussels, Belgium. Following retirement, General Gaskin served as Managing Director and CEO positions in Global Banking and Defense Technology firms. He also served on the NC Military Affairs Commission prior to being appointed to his current cabinet position advising the NC Governor on Military and Veteran issues.
With military pay being exempted from state income tax in 2021, NC had a banner year! MOAA and other military/veteran associations provided strength and situational awareness to the legislative process. The Governor’s support was critical in getting this initiative over the finish. The Department of Military & Veterans Affairs were catalysts in this team effort. Other challenges remain and Secretary Gaskin will discuss those challenges.
REPRESENTATIVE JOHN SZOKA
45TH House District
Phone Number: 919.733.9892 North Carolina House of Representatives
Room 2207, Legislative Building Raleigh, NC 27601
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 16, 2021
HB 83, NO STATE INCOME TAX FOR MILITARY RETIRED PAY
INCLUDED IN STATE BUDGET CONFERENCE REPORT
In North Carolina we’ve called ourselves “the most Military friendly state in the country” for quite some time. While it’s true that we’ve done a lot in the past 10 years to make North Carolina more military friendly, the one policy we didn’t have was to exclude Federal Military Retirement Pay from State Income Tax.
HB83 Eliminate Income Tax for Military Retirees was filed early this year. When filed by Representatives John Szoka, John Bradford, John Bell and Diane Wheatley, HB83 had strong bipartisan support in the House with a total of 59 bill sponsors and co-sponsors. On June 16, the House overwhelmingly passed the bill 100-5, in another major show of bipartisan support. Today, members of the Conference Committee on SB105, the state budget, signed the Conference Report which includes the text of HB83.
The timeliness of this action this close to Veterans Day is appropriate. Remember the words of our Declaration of Independence:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
What has kept these truths alive from the founding of our country until now is the Armed Forces of the United States. Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen, and the Coast Guard who freely volunteered to defend our country and our way of life in both peacetime and wartime. They, their spouses, and family have sacrificed immeasurably over their careers. Including HB83 in the budget is a fitting recognition of those sacrifices and the value that we place in military retirees.
When this budget becomes law, then we can truly say that North Carolina is the most military friendly state in the country.
Contact: John Szoka (email@example.com)
Representative John Szoka | North Carolina General Assembly 45th House District / Cumberland County
At the regular meeting of the NCCOC at the Hawthorne Inn and Conference Center in Winston Salem, NC, North Carolina Council President, Jim Brumit presented three awards to our Webmaster for the Marvin J. Harris Communication 2019 and 2020 awards that were previously held due to COVID-19 restrictions, and for the Council receiving a 5-Star award at the LOE Dinner in Arlington, VA.
Need help on any of these topics from MOAA?
Each of the below topics are hot linked to take you to the MOAA webpage dealing with the subject or provide a Word (.doc) or Adobe (.pdf) document on the subject.
- DoD Ranks By Service - Adobe (.pdf) document
- DoD Entry Access to Military Installations - Adobe (.pdf) document
- DoD Guidance: Relations with Non-Federal Entities - Adobe (.pdf) document
- Interaction with Military Associations - Adobe (.pdf) document
- Self-Evaluation Checklist - Word (.doc) document
- Chapter Recruiting Awards and Incentives - Adobe (.pdf) document
- Chapter Voucher Program - Adobe (.pdf) document
- How to Work a Recruiting List - Adobe (.pdf) document
* The North Carolina Council of Chapters 2019 5-Star and 4-Star winners, as published in 2020 on the MOAA's website that can be opened in the below, downloadable file include:
North Carolina Council of Chapters
Cape Fear Chapter
Coastal Carolina Chapter
High Country Chapter
Southeastern Carolina Chapter
Tarheel Central Chapter
Catawba Valley Chapter
Western North Carolina Chapter
* Kudos to all the winners!
The High County Chapter's celebration of veterans on Memorial Day was affected by the limitation due to COVID-19, but a memorial event took place at the site of the Chapter's Memorial in Boone, NC.
BRAVO ZULU! High Country Chapter, Military Officers Association of America
HCC Recognition on MOAA FB page...
5-Stars (Thumbnail, right, upper)
North Carolina Council of Chapters (website)
Cape Fear Chapter (website and e-newsletter)
Eastern Carolina Chapter (print newsletter)
Charlotte-Metrolina Chapter (website and print newsletter)
Southeastern NC Chapter (website and print newsletter)
Catawba Valley Chapter (website and print newsletter)
New River Chapter (website and print newsletter)
4-Stars (Thumbnail, right. lower)
Tarheel Central Chapter (website and print newsletter)
The following Council and Chapters in the North Carolina Council of Chapters were recognized for the awards shown that were announced after MOAA’s 2018 Storming the Hill.
5 Star Award for NC00 - NC Council Website
5 Star Award for NC00 - NC Council E-Newsletter
5 Star Award for NC01 - Cape Fear Website
5 Star Award for NC01 - Cape Fear E-Newsletter
4 Star Award for NC02 - Coastal Carolina Website
5 Star Award for NC07 - SENCLAND Website
5 Star Award for NC07 - SENCLAND Print Newsletter
5 Star Award for NC09 - Triangle Website
5 Star Award for NC09 - Triangle Print Newsletter
5 Star Award for NC11 - Catawba Valley Website
5 Star Award for NC11 - Catawba Valley Print Newsletter
5 Star Award for NC22 - New River E-Newsletter
Kudos to all!!
Cape Fear Chapter (e-newsletter and website)
Catawba Valley Chapter (print newsletter and website)
Charlotte-Metrolina Chapter (website)
Southeastern NC Chapter (print newsletter and website)
Tarheel Central Chapter (print newsletter and website)
North Carolina Council of Chapters (e-newsletter and website)