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Elder Independent Living: Threats from High Energy Prices and Weak Consumer Protections. National Community Action Foundation Energy Programs Leveraging Conference October, 2006. Prospective Living Arrangements. Own home or apartment Private residence shared with family or unrelated persons

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elder independent living threats from high energy prices and weak consumer protections

Elder Independent Living:Threats from High Energy Prices and Weak Consumer Protections

National Community Action Foundation Energy Programs Leveraging Conference

October, 2006

prospective living arrangements
Prospective Living Arrangements
  • Own home or apartment
  • Private residence shared with family or unrelated persons
  • Retirement community offering limited services such as housecleaning or group meals
  • Retirement community offering many services, including bathing, dressing, assisted mobility
2004 home care statistics
2004 Home Care Statistics
  • 20,000 Home Health Care Provider
  • 7.6 million recipients
  • $38.3 Billion Home health Care Expenditures
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LIHEAP-Eligible Consumers

Avg. Total Annual Expenditure for All fuels

Source: Joel Eisenberg, ORNL October 2006

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, June 11, 1999 / 48(22); p. 469-472.

elder energy security programmatic requirements
Elder Energy Security: Programmatic Requirements
  • Payment assistance that lowers home energy payments to an affordable level
    • Fixed bills to accommodate fixed incomes
    • Arrearage management that does not compromise affordability of current bills
  • Priority energy efficiency services
    • Focus on comfort measures
    • Appliance replacement
  • Medicaid Funding of Home Energy Bills?
elder energy security regulatory consumer protections
Elder Energy Security:Regulatory Consumer Protections
  • Age-based shutoff protections
    • 65+, financial hardship certification
  • Serious illness shutoff protections
    • Reasonable recertification procedures
  • Harsh weather shutoff protections
    • Seasonal, temperature-based
  • Deferred Payment Agreements
  • Personal notification of service disconnection