Older adults who rely on Medicaid, Medicare and the Affordable Care Act can’t afford to lose critical health care, long-term services and supports that help them meet their daily needs, and consumer protections. Justice in Aging is working to push back against legislative and regulatory changes that would hurt seniors, and to keep the aging and disability network informed of the latest proposals and how any changes would impact the millions of older adults already living in or near poverty.

Repealing the ACA Hurts Seniors

Because of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), more older adults can remain in their homes, save money on prescription drugs, and get health insurance coverage. As Congress debates repealing it, the entire health care system upon which older adults rely is at risk. Two new Justice in Aging fact sheets illustrate just some of the dangers for older adults if the ACA is fully repealed.

Fact Sheet: Repealing the ACA Hurts Seniors
Fact Sheet: Repealing the ACA Threatens California Seniors

American Health Care Act

The American Health Care Act (AHCA) is the GOP’s replacement bill for the Affordable Care Act. House leadership pulled the bill from the House floor moments before a vote in March because it lacked sufficient support to pass. Members of Congress are promising to revive it. If allowed to move forward, this bill would be an all-out assault on the health and long-term care needs of older adults. It would slash Medicaid and cause older adults 55-64 to pay much more for insurance—all to cut taxes on the wealthy and pharmaceutical companies.

Blog: Four Ways the AHCA is an Attack on Older Adults

Justice in Aging’s statement on House vote for AHCA

Fact Sheet: The Dangers of AHCA for Older Adults

Justice in Aging’s statement on AHCA defeat.

Letter to Senate Leadership: Provisions of the AHCA would Undermine Medicare and Threaten Dual Eligibles

Sign-on Letter to Speaker Ryan and Minority Leader Pelosi: The AHCA’s Impact on Medicare’s Finances and and Dual Eligibles

Medicaid Funding Caps Would Harm Older Americans

Recent months have seen increased discussion of proposals to remake Medicaid and cap federal Medicaid payments to states. Proposals to cap Medicaid funding to states, either through block grants or per capita caps, place health care for low-income older Americans at risk. Older Americans would be harmed by lost eligibility and services, unaffordable financial obligations, and a lessened quality of care.

Issue Brief: Medicaid Funding Caps Would Harm Older Americans
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Fact Sheet: Medicaid Funding Caps & Cuts Harm Older Women
Fact Sheet: Medicaid Funding Caps Would Harm Older Americans
Fact Sheet: Medicaid Funding Caps Would Harm Older Adults in California

Justice in Aging Calls the American Healthcare Act an All-Out Assault on Older Americans

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Washington, DC (May 4, 2017) – Today, the House of Representatives voted to take away healthcare from millions of Americans to give tax cuts to…

4 Ways the AHCA is an Attack on Older Adults

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The House is set to vote today on the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the GOP bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act…

Justice in Aging statement on the Amended AHCA

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Below is a statement opposing the amended version of the American Health Care Act from Kevin Prindiville, Executive Director of Justice in Aging: “The new…

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...

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,...

Justice in Aging Statement on the American Health Care Act

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Washington, DC (March 8, 2017) – This statement is from Kevin Prindiville, Executive Director at Justice in Aging, on the American Health Care Act: “Republican…

100 Natl Orgs tell Congress to Reject Medicaid Cuts

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Washington, DC—Today, the Medicare Rights Center, Justice in Aging, the Center for Medicare Advocacy, and 97 other national organizations sent a letter to Congressional leadership…

WEBINAR: Medicaid Funding Caps Would Harm Older Americans

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When: Tuesday March 7, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. PT/ 2:00 p.m. ET. One result of the 2016 elections has been increased discussion of Medicaid “cap” proposals….

5 Ways Plans to Cap Medicaid Funding Put Seniors at Risk

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The plan to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that Congressional leaders released last week contains drastic changes to Medicaid funding that would raise costs…

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 Funding Caps Would Harm Older Americans

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Recent months have seen increased discussion of proposals to cap federal Medicaid spending. Under these proposals, the federal government would provide limited funding through either...

Repeal of the ACA—Without a Replacement—Threatens California Seniors

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There are currently 7.6 million older adults living in California who rely on Medicare, Medi-Cal, and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to see a doctor,…