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Emma Ayers

Litigation Director – Washington, DC, Oakland, or Los Angeles Office

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Justice in Aging seeks an outstanding attorney to lead our litigation to defend the nation’s social safety net and expand the rights of older adults. The successful candidate will be responsible for crafting litigation strategy and setting priorities to preserve and expand the programs upon which America’s seniors depend for health and economic security, including Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, and Supplemental Security Income. The Litigation Director will lead an expanded litigation team dedicated to defending the rights of low-income seniors to access health and income benefits, to ameliorate and prevent poverty and homelessness among older Americans, and to ensure that the safety net is available to all without discrimination. The Litigation Director can be based in any of our three offices – Washington DC, Oakland or Los Angeles.

Justice in Aging (formerly known as the National Senior Citizens Law Center) uses the power of law and our expertise in safety net programs like Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and SSI to fight senior poverty. We have a rich tradition of successful, high-impact, strategic advocacy on behalf of the more than 6 million seniors living in poverty in America.

Our litigation program has a reputation for successfully using the courts to protect the rights of older adults. We partner with advocates on the ground to monitor legal issues that impact our clients and advance litigation to address problems that arise. In the last decade, Justice in Aging’s litigation team has returned or preserved more than two billion dollars in safety net benefits for seniors and people with disabilities living in poverty. This position presents an excellent opportunity to lead this impactful work in a time when the challenges to the safety net seniors rely on could not be any greater.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Candidate review will begin on January 23, 2017. Read More

Staff Attorney, Senior Staff Attorney, or Policy Advocate Health Care & Long-Term Services and Supports Washington DC Office

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Justice in Aging seeks a strategic attorney or policy advocate with five to ten years of health policy experience to join our Washington, D.C. office. Medicaid, Medicare and other essential health programs are under attack, and the work to protect these programs is more important than ever. The successful candidate will fight for Medicaid, Medicare and critical health care programs for low-income seniors by advocating with Congress and federal agencies. The attorney or policy advocate will work closely with our strong, respected, and effective health team to preserve the health care safety net for current seniors and generations to come.

Justice in Aging (formerly known as the National Senior Citizens Law Center) uses the power of law and our expertise in safety net programs like Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and SSI to fight senior poverty. We have a rich tradition of successful, high-impact, strategic advocacy on behalf of the more than 6 million seniors living in poverty in America.

Our health care and long-term services and supports (LTSS) advocacy centers on:

  • Protecting and strengthening programs that provide health care and long-term services and supports (LTSS) for low-income older adults, such as Medicaid and Medicare.
  • Building a health care and LTSS delivery system that honors choice, includes strong consumer protections, and provides opportunities for seniors to receive services at home and in their communities.
  • Ensuring programs and services are delivered without discrimination based on race, ethnicity, language ability, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, or other potential disadvantage.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Candidate review will begin on January 23, 2017. Read More

Dignity For All: Ensuring Economic Security as America Ages

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On Tuesday, November 15, we hosted a forum focused on how advocates and policy makers can work together to address the health and economic security issues affecting older adults. At Dignity For All: Ensuring Economic Security as America Ages, three panels of academics, advocates, and service providers shared data, stories, and policy recommendations to raise awareness of the issue of senior poverty and inspire action to improve the health and economic security of older adults. Read More

Summer and Term-Time Internship and Externship Positions

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Internship and Externship positions: Justice in Aging seeks outstanding law students to work with us through summer and term-time internships and externships in each of our three offices, Washington DC, Oakland and Los Angeles CA.  Law students are fully integrated into our health and income security teams and participate actively in our work.

Qualifications: We seek applicants with a genuine and documented commitment to working for poor and underserved populations, interest in aging issues, high-caliber legal research and writing skills, and the ability to take initiative and work independently. A commitment to a public interest career is desirable. Individuals with ties to low-income, racial/ethnic minority communities, and other underserved populations are encouraged to apply.

Applications: Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. To apply for a summer or term-time internship or externship, please send a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, writing sample, and list of three references to Katrina Cohens, kcohens@justiceinaging.org.

Justice in Aging is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of Justice In Aging to seek and employ qualified persons, to provide equal opportunities in all aspects of employment, and to administer all personnel activities in a manner that will not discriminate against any person because of race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other consideration prohibited by law. Justice in Aging particularly encourages applications from members of minority groups, women, and others whose background may contribute to more effective representation of low-income people and underserved communities.

Medicaid Managed Care Tool

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The federal government published new Medicaid managed care regulations on May 6, 2016. The new regulations are extensive, and will affect every aspect of Medicaid coverage provided through managed care.  The new regulations will be phased in over time from 2016 through 2019.

Justice in Aging has developed this tool to assist advocates in using and analyzing the new regulations.  With this tool, you can search for regulations by section number, section title, the key issue the provision addresses, and effective date. The tool also provides a summary and background on each provision and offers advocacy tips where applicable.

Note: This tool includes all of the managed care regulations that are effective on or before July 5, 2016.  By mid-July 2016, the tool will be revised to include all of the managed care regulations, regardless of effective date.

Definitions
Rating Periods: Many provisions are effective based on rating periods. Rating periods are the twelve month period for which capitation rates are developed under a managed care contract.

Plan(s): We employ the term “plan” as an umbrella term to include all managed care entities subject to the regulations including Managed Care Organizations (MCOs), Prepaid Inpatient Ambulatory Health Plans (PIHPs), Prepaid Ambulatory Health Plans (PAHPs), and Primary Care Case Management (PCCMs). If a provision applies to a certain type of managed care entity, we specify this in the summary and background. Read More

Aging in Film and TV: Writing the ‘World as it Actually Is’

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By Emma Ayers and Fay Gordon

[Editor’s note: This post was originally published 2/29/16 on American Society on Aging’s AgeBlog.]  

Each day, we see the impacts of aging, whether within ourselves or in conversations with family and friends. But when we curl up at the end of the day, and escape into the world of streaming TV and film, the images reflected back at us paint a picture far different from reality.

Unfortunately, as we were reminded during last night’s Academy Awards, the stories told in films, and the actors telling those stories, often fail to reflect the diversity of experience in this country. In 2015’s top grossing films, aging was portrayed through the eyes of a wealthy businessman (The Intern), adventurous globetrotting pensioners (The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) and a woman who physically cannot age (The Age of Adeline). Read More

Special Report: Advocacy Starts at Home

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As Lynn Friss Feinberg from the AARP Public Policy Institute reminds us at the beginning of the video below: “There are 40 million family caregivers in the US caring for an older adult or person with disabilities.” The economic value of these unpaid contributions amounts to approximately $470 billion. That means there are 40 million of us who know firsthand the challenges of balancing jobs, family, and school, and the unpaid labor of love which is family caregiving. As you can imagine, these challenges are even greater for low-income families. Read More

Hanging in the Balance: a day in the life of a low-income senior and her family caregiver

By | Alzheimer's & Dementia, BLOG, Health Care, HOMEPAGE, In-Home Supportive Services, Medicaid, Medicare, SENIOR POVERTY | No Comments
In honor of November as National Caregivers Month, I want to tell you about Margaret and Sadie. I went to Old Bridge Township, New Jersey last month to meet with them and hear stories of what it’s like to be a daughter caring for your low-income mother as she ages in her home and what it’s like to be that mother and grandmother and great-grandmother aging in dignity. You can watch the full video about Margaret and Sadie here. Read More