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Do You Qualify for IHSS Tax Exemption?

  On January 3, 2014, the IRS issued Notice 2014-7, a notice which advises taxpayers that certain payments received by a care provider under the state Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services Waiver Program (sometimes referred to as IHSS, Medicaid Long Term Care, and Medicaid Waivers, depending on the state) are classified as “difficulty of care payments” excludable from gross income. This means that the money you earn under this program is tax exempt, allowing you to keep your hard-earned money for helping take care of your loved ones. The IRS defines a “difficulty of care payment” as compensation to a foster care provider for the additional care required because the qualified foster individual, child or adult, has a physical, mental...

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How to Become a CNA

        A Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) can be a rewarding profession, providing individuals entrance into the medical field, useful skills, job security, competitive pay, among other benefits. CNAs provide various levels of care to individuals who are unable to take care of themselves in hospital, facility, and home settings.             Individuals considering becoming a CNA must enroll in an accredited institution and complete a state-approved CNA program before becoming certified. The selected approved program must meet state and government standards which ensures each student receives the necessary knowledge and skills to obtain a license. CNA training courses are designed to provide students with the knowledge nursing assistants need to provide basic care...

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Remaining Connected During the Coronavirus Pandemic

      According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), older adults aged 85 and up and individuals with medical conditions are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. As the coronavirus pandemic persists into the fall and with no foreseeable cure to be found for several more months, it is recommended that individuals in these more vulnerable populations limit social interactions as much as possible. As we adjust to this new era of social distancing, there are tools available to help individuals, especially those that are more vulnerable to the virus, remain connected with friends, loved ones, and their passions.       In this social-distancing climate, it is easy to feel isolated and alone....

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Finding an IHSS Providing Agency

Choosing an IHSS Agency The Right Agency for You Choosing the right agency can be daunting. What should you look for in a In-Home Support Services (IHSS) agency? Are all agencies created equal? Will the process and outcome be the same regardless of which agency you choose? You should look at choosing an IHSS providing agency with the same criticisms you would have when looking for a potential employer. It is important you find an agency that is going to be flexible, collaborative, and dedicated to their clients. You should never have a doubt that your agency will be available to address your needs or concerns regarding IHSS services. The main things you should look for when choosing a providing...

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What is the CHCBS Waiver?

What is CHCBS? What is CHCBS? Sometimes it feels like finding any helpful information is like finding a needle in the haystack. While doing your research on In-Home Support Services (IHSS), you may have come across something called Children’s Home and Community Based Services (CHCBS). So, what is it exactly and how does this benefit you? CHCBS is a waiver that falls under Colorado Medicaid. This waiver allows parents to care for their disabled children while being financially compensated for the care they provide. Many parents who have children with special needs are not able to continue working because their child is their priority; between tasks such as incontinence care, feeding tube changes, medication administration, there really isn't time for...

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