Tuesday, April 5, 2022
Tuesday, January 11, 2022
|Help stop the Omicron COVID-19 variant by using all the tools to protect yourself and others.|
Wednesday, October 6, 2021
|Stay safe this flu season — get your flu shot.|
Thursday, April 22, 2021
As part of the continuing series to prepare for the Finance Committee budget hearings (which begin next week) and the Town Council budget hearings (in May), check out the link to the details on the history of the fixed costs year over year from FY 2004 to FY 2022.
- Appendix C3 - Historic Data: Fixed Cost
The chart depicts the fixed costs of the budget year by year from FY 2004 to FY 2022.
What are the fixed costs?
- Liability Insurance
- Employee Benefits:
- Health/Life Insurance/non school
- Retired Teacher Health Ins
- Non GIC - School Retirees
- Workers Compensation
- Unemployment Compensation
|What are the fixed costs of the Town of Franklin budget?|
Executive summary by Town Administrator Jamie Hellen
Saturday, April 3, 2021
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
|Continue protecting yourself and others from COVID-19.|
Tuesday, December 22, 2020
Sunday, October 18, 2020
During the annual Medicare Open Enrollment period (October 15th-December 7th), you will have a chance to change your plans for next year.
SHINE's certified Medicare counselors can help you understand your plan changes, as well as other options you may have.
For the link to join, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Franklin Senior Center: Medicare Update with SHINE - Oct 19 - 2:00 PM|
Friday, September 18, 2020
|The best way to protect against the flu is to get the flu shot.|
Sunday, May 24, 2020
"A bill that would establish a Medicare pilot program to address the link between diet, chronic illness and senior health has been introduced by a bipartisan group including U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern.Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
The Massachusetts Democrat said the bill would ensure that nutritious meals reach medically vulnerable seniors in their homes, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, while providing data to help build a more resilient health care system.
“There is no doubt that what we eat plays a huge role in our overall health, yet our federal policies are decades behind the science on this,” McGovern said in a press release. “We prioritize treatment instead of prevention.”
Other lawmakers backing the measure including Republican U.S. Reps. Jackie Walorski of Indiana and Roger Marshall of Kansas and Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine."
For the resources available locally, check out the Coronavirus portal on the Town of Franklin page
|check out the Coronavirus portal on the Town of Franklin page|
Friday, April 3, 2020
"With the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), being informed about your Medicare coverage is more important than ever.Continue reading the article online
Medicare recently expanded its coverage of telehealth services. Telehealth enables beneficiaries to receive a wider range of healthcare services from doctors without having to travel to a healthcare facility. It also helps frontline clinicians stay safe themselves while treating people.
If your doctor orders a COVID-19 test for you, Medicare covers all of the costs. You should not have any co-pay, no matter what Medicare plan you’re enrolled in. There’s no vaccine for COVID-19 at this time, but when one becomes available, Medicare will cover it."
Visit the SSA COVID-19 page https://www.ssa.gov/coronavirus/
|Medicare and Coronavirus: What You Need to Know|
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
"Staffing is the biggest expense for nursing homes" ... "There were years in which my staff got no raises"
"Christopher House of Worcester is in relatively good shape for a nursing home. Residents — some who have lived there for years — receive attentive care and take part in activities such as the ice cream social several were enjoying on Wednesday. The 24-year-old building is in comfortable condition.
“Nobody wants to go to a nursing home, but sometimes people really thrive here,” said Sandra Mahoney, administrator of the nonprofit Christopher House.
Mahoney said it’s a constant frustration finding money to adequately pay direct care staff to maintain high quality care and to invest in the physical plant.
That’s because Medicaid, the state-administered program that pays for long-term care for people with low income, effectively limits nursing homes’ revenue through payment based on costs that are several years old. About two-thirds of nursing home residents, nearly 30,000 frail elders statewide, rely on Medicaid to pay for their care."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
|Sandra Mahoney, MHA, FACHCA Administrator with resident (Christopher House photo|
Thursday, August 15, 2019
Wednesday, March 7, 2018