Associated Press: Nursing homes turn to eviction to drop difficult patients (5/08/2016) Rates of nursing home evictions are increasing, despite the decline in the number of nursing homes and nursing home residents in the U.S. Resident advocates argue that evictions, or involuntary transfers, are carried out without proper justification and target residents who are poor and suffering from dementia. Nursing homes that have no legal cause for eviction sometimes “try and take the easy way out and refuse to let the person back in (from hospitalization),” said Justice in Aging’s Attorney Eric Carlson.
California Healthline: State Makes Changes To Managed Care Program For Elderly, Disabled (5/5/2016) California has made several changes to the Coordinated Care Initiative program. Changes include allowing consumers to request enrollment without a state-contracted enrollment banker and longer transition periods. Automatic enrollment, which “didn’t work very well” said Justice in Aging’s Denny Chan, has been replaced with voluntary enrollment.
Governing: Long-Term Care Facilities Lack Oversight, Advocates Say (4/19/2016) This article highlights the necessity for new long-term care facility regulations as assisted living facilities become more popular. In particular, new regulations are needed to deal with facility closures. Justice In Aging’s Eric Carlson discusses how a move can affect residents negatively.
The Sacramento Bee: Shifting population in California nursing homes creates ‘dangerous mix’ (4/2/2016) This article highlights the changing populations residing in nursing home facilities in California. Some nursing home facilities now commingle older, dependent adults with younger residents under 65 who suffer from mental illness, residents suffering from drug and alcohol problems, residents with a history of homelessness, and residents recently released from prison. This wide mix of patients produce many risks for the nursing home residents and staff.
KALW Local Public Radio: Your Call: The economic realities of retiring (2/16/2016) On February 17, the radio talk show Your Call with Rose Aguilar on KALW, a Bay Area NPR affiliate, welcomed Justice in Aging Attorney Amber Cutler on her show to talk about senior poverty, and what retirement means in a time of declining pensions and savings, benefit cuts, rising inequality, and higher health care, food, and housing costs.
Wall Street Journal: New Health Programs for Elderly Poor Make Rocky Start (12/23/2015) This article focuses on the low enrollment numbers in states that have launched programs to coordinate the care of people who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid through managed care plans (dual eligibles). Justice in Aging Attorney Amber Cutler comments on California’s Coordinated Care Initiative, noting that lawmakers need to give the pilot a chance to work before abandoning it.
California Healthline: Researchers, Health Officials Trying to Solve Dual Eligibles’ Opt-Out Puzzle (12/01/2015) Justice in Aging’s Amber Cutler discusses the importance of materials like the Cal MediConnect Beneficiary Toolkit for helping dual eligibles beneficiaries make sense of the Cal MediConnect program.
The Des Moines Register: Medicaid bids include misleading or unverifiable data (11/07/2015) Justice in Aging’s Eric Carlson comments on the lack of supporting data to claims presented by companies bidding for Medicaid contracts.
Washington Blade: 121 Dems seek to lift Social Security penalty on gay couples (10/29/2015) Litigation filed by Justice in Aging, Held v. Colvin, is highlighted in an article regarding a group of U.S. Senators and U.S. Representatives call to the Social Security Administration to lift overpayment penalties issued by the agency to individuals in same sex marriages.
Huffington Post: Lawmakers Slam Social Security’s Treatment Of Same-Sex Couples (10/26/2015) U.S. Senators and U.S. Representatives sent a letter to the Social Security Administration stating that the agency should not penalize same-sex couples who received incorrect payouts from the agency. The agency issued payments to recipients in same-sex marriages as though the recipients were single, then fined them for the overpayment.