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Emma Ayers

Dignity For All: Ensuring Economic Security as America Ages

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,

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.

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’


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

Six Things Millennials Need to Know About Aging


In celebration of May as Older Americans Month, we’re taking a deeper look at the multifaceted realm of aging: people, programs, and plans for the future. The first in the series focuses on what millennials (the generation following Gen X—with birthdates from the early 80s to the early aughts) need to know about aging. As it becomes harder to parse aging issues from national issues, more and more young people are taking a stake in the challenges facing older adults as shared challenges of navigating American life.

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Justice in Aging is Person-Centered

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When someone says “sign here, here, and here” and doesn’t explain your choices and doesn’t let you read anything, do you feel like you’re making an individualized plan for your long term health care or signing for a package delivery?

When a nursing home loses its certification, who makes the decision on where the residents move? Is there a law in place protecting their right to say goodbye to friends and gather their personal belongings before they’re transferred to a new facility?

Who should be allowed in on your health care planning meetings? Just you and the health plan? Your adult child? Your partner? Your long-time health aide?

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