New Fact Sheet: The Dangers of AHCA for Older Adults

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Because of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), more older adults get health insurance coverage and receive the supports they need to remain in their homes as they age. The American Health Care Act (AHCA), the Republican “repeal and replace” bill, would take away health insurance for 24 million Americans and cut Medicaid funding by 25 percent over the next ten years.

The bill poses many dangers for older adults today and in the future, as it would:

  • Raise the costs of insurance and health care
  • Put pressure on state budgets
  • Lead to cuts in services
  • Undermine the financial stability of Medicare

Read our fact sheet for more information

Fact Sheet: Medicaid Caps & Cuts Harm Older Women

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Medicaid provides essential care for women throughout their lives—from family planning and maternal health services to nursing home care. However, yesterday, on International Women’s Day, committees in Congress were busy marking up a GOP ACA replacement bill that will fundamentally change the way Medicaid is funded, making it harder for both older and younger women to be able to pay for health insurance, visit their doctors, and receive long-term care.

These changes to our health care system will make care unaffordable and inaccessible for many, but women will be disproportionately impacted. We laid it out in this new fact sheet, Medicaid Caps and Cuts Harm Older Women, produced in partnership with our friends at the National Partnership for Women & Families. Read and share this fact sheet with other advocates, lawmakers, and others.

For more recent Justice in Aging health care defense resources visit this page. If you missed our webinar on Medicaid cuts and caps earlier this week, you can watch the recording here.

Fact Sheet: Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

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Millions of seniors and people with disabilities rely on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to make ends meet. There are people relying on SSI to survive in every community in the country. The majority of SSI recipients are women, and the program is especially beneficial for people of color and people with limited English proficiency. It’s also an essential safety net for older adults who do not receive sufficient Social Security income because they worked in low-wage or seasonal jobs, or stayed home from work to care for family members.

With leaders in Congress intent on cutting safety net benefits, it’s critical that advocates proactively educate lawmakers, the media, and fellow advocates about the important role SSI plays in ensuring that some of the most vulnerable people in our communities can meet their basic needs for shelter, food, and other necessities.

Please use this new Justice in Aging SSI fact sheet that shows who relies on SSI, why it’s important, and the dangers cuts to the program would pose for low-income families and communities.

If you would like us to insert statistics specific to your state and/or congressional district please email us for assistance.

Fact Sheet: Denti-Cal for Adults

By | CA Health Network Alert, FACT SHEET, Oral Health, REPORTS | No Comments

In May 2014, dental benefits were partially restored for adult Medi-Cal recipients and are delivered through the Denti-Cal program. Unfortunately, many Medi-Cal recipients do not know they have dental coverage. Those who do know they have coverage often do not know what treatment they can obtain and have a hard time accessing benefits.

This new fact sheet, Denti-Cal for Adults, explains the basics of Denti-Cal coverage, how to access benefits, and provides a summary of what benefits are covered.

Please share broadly both within your own organization and with the consumers and clients you serve.

Fact Sheet: Medicaid Funding Caps Would Harm Older Americans

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On February 16, 2017, Republicans released their latest proposal outlining their ideas to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. This proposal radically changes the Medicaid program by capping the amount states will receive in federal funding to deliver healthcare to low-income individuals. These capped proposals, either block grants or per-capita allotments, aim to catastrophically cut Medicaid and eliminate important consumer protections currently in place.

States will be forced to make difficult choices regarding what services they can deliver and what populations they will be able to serve, placing increased pressures on state budgets. Crucial programs that allow seniors to age at home rather than receiving care in institutional settings are at risk.

This latest replacement proposal does not come close to the improved coverage and affordability offered through the ACA for older adults. The plan will increase the cost of care and limit access to health care for older adults, especially low-to-middle income older adults. Specifically, the plan decreases tax credits, reintroduces high-risk pools for the most sick, and increases the availability of health savings accounts that provide little benefit for low to middle income consumers.

Justice in Aging has developed a new fact sheet showing how cuts to Medicaid through capped Medicaid funding would hurt older adults. For more detailed information on how capped funding would impact older adults, see our issue brief.

Why the Recently-Revised Nursing Home Regulations are Vital for Nursing Home Residents

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Consumer protection is a critical part of federal oversight for nursing facilities. The federal government issued revised nursing facility regulations in September, and most provisions became effective on November 28. The regulations are the product of over four years of work by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, including significant modifications in response to public comments received in mid-2015.

The new fact sheet, Why the Recently-Revised Nursing Home Regulations are Vital for Nursing Home Residents, provides a quick overview of some of the important new provisions, so that stakeholders and policymakers can better understand the revised regulations’ important role in improving nursing facility care. The revised regulations provide many benefits to nursing facility residents, including an increased focus on addressing a resident’s needs and preferences.

This fact sheet was developed by Justice in Aging in partnership with The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care.

Series: A Closer Look at the Revised Nursing Facility Regulations

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The federal government issued revised nursing facility regulations in September, and most provisions became effective on November 28. Now is the time for advocates, providers, and others to better understand how the regulations are changing nursing facility care.

Justice in Aging, in partnership with The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care, and the Center for Medicare Advocacy, is developing a series of issue briefs on different aspects of the revised regulations, entitled A Closer Look at the Revised Nursing Facility RegulationsThe series kicked off with a Fact Sheet entitled, Why the Recently Revised Nursing Home Regulations are Vital for for Nursing Home Residents. 

The series of issue-specific briefs are available below:


Assessments, Care Planning, and Discharge Planning

Involuntary Transfer and Discharge

Unnecessary Drugs and Antipsychotic Medications

Nursing Services

Visitation Rights


Return to Facility After Hospitalization

Social Security’s Rep Payee Program for Consumers

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The Social Security Administration’s Representative Payee program is an important program for ensuring that older adults who can no longer manage their finances have someone trustworthy and competent to do it for them.

As the population ages and the prevalence of cognitive challenges among the older adult population increases, the Rep Payee program will become even more critical and will play an important role in preventing elder financial abuse. To protect seniors from financial exploitation or interruptions in benefits, it’s important for advocates and caregivers to understand key issues relating to the program.

Download and read the second in the series.

Justice in Aging, with the support of a Borchard Center Foundation on Law and Aging fellowship grant, will be producing a series of informational publications about the Representative Payee Program. 

Durable Medical Equipment: The Basics for California Advocates & Consumers

By | CA Health Network Alert, FACT SHEET, Medicare, REPORTS | No Comments
Justice in Aging has produced two new Fact Sheets for advocates and consumers: The first, for advocates, Durable Medical Equipment: The Basics for California Advocates,  offers definitions for DME, coverage levels by insurance type, and includes steps advocates can take to help clients access DME depending on their insurance coverage. The second, for consumers, Durable Medical Equipment: What You Need to Know, also offers definitions of DME and simple instructions for consumers on how to get DME covered based on which insurance they have. Both fact sheets include a section of troubleshooting tips for common difficulties encountered when accessing DME.

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Cal MediConnect Deeming and Aid-Paid-Pending

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Most individuals with full Medicare and Medi-Cal coverage are eligible to enroll in a Cal MediConnect plan. When a beneficiary loses full-scope Medi-Cal coverage, she also loses eligibility for Cal MediConnect.

  • What happens when your client loses eligibility for Cal MediConnect?
  • Is there a grace period to reestablish eligibility?
  • What are Cal MediConnect deeming and aid-paid-pending? How are they different?

Justice in Aging, with the support of the SCAN foundation, has prepared this fact sheet to help you learn some of the details of two Cal MediConnect eligibility protections: deeming and aid-paid-pending.

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