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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about a delay in Medicaid funding guidance, the healthcare needs of older adults, automation challenges in government, and an employment program geared for senior citizens.

1. CMS withdraws proposed guidance on Medicaid block grants, funding caps  

In an update to last week’s announcement, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has withdrawn proposed guidance it issued on block grants and per capita grant programs. According to McKnight’s Long Term Care News, CMS is still expected to provide guidance and no specific details were provided for why the proposal was withdrawn.

2. 4 unique healthcare needs of aging adults 

The U.S. population is aging, with older adults (65+) expected to make up nearly 25% of the total population by 2060. The Muncie Voice lays out four healthcare challenges for the aging population. These include a lack of healthcare professionals equipped to handle the unique needs of elderly patients, rural healthcare shortages, an increased need for preventive care, and a lack of affordable healthcare.

3. Social factors of health impacting majority of US families, survey says 

More than half of parents in the U.S. reported dealing with at least one social determinant that created barriers to health. According to this AJMC report, the most commonly cited obstacles were an inability to pay bills and skipping provider appointments because of cost, and problems with transportation. 

4. Understanding the obstacles to automation 

What do government experts think are the challenges to implementing automation? FCW sat down with a group to discuss it. Discussion centered around complicated business processes, convincing the workforce to accept change, and a lack of understanding of how best to use specific technologies. 

5. Employment program trains senior citizens for workforce 

The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is funded by the Department of Labor and the National Council on Aging. The Journal reports the program is designed to be a short-term training program for low-income individuals over the age of 55, where participants learn on the job in preparation for non-subsidized employment. More than 80 seniors are currently participating in the program in the 8-county region.