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Nursing homes turn to eviction to drop difficult patients

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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.

State Makes Changes To Managed Care Program For Elderly, Disabled

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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.

Shifting population in California nursing homes creates ‘dangerous mix’

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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.

Your Call: The economic realities of retiring

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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.

New Health Programs for Elderly Poor Make Rocky Start

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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.

Lawmakers Slam Social Security’s Treatment Of Same-Sex Couples

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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.