Justice in Aging is the only national organization that uses the power of law to fight senior poverty by securing access to affordable health care, economic security, and the courts for older adults with limited resources.
For more than 40 years we’ve focused our efforts primarily on populations that have traditionally lacked legal protection such as women, people of color, LGBT individuals, and people with limited English proficiency. Justice in Aging becomes a reality when the systems and programs in place to protect older adults from the harms of poverty are equally accessible to all. We fight for deep, systemic changes because Justice in Aging is the opportunity for everyone to age in dignity.
While recent census data shows that safety net programs are improving the lives of low-income Americans, racial disparities in poverty and wealth continue. In recognition of the structural racism that contributes to these disparities and to multiple police-involved shootings of Black people and other people of color this year and every year, we want to share a racial justice statement from Justice in Aging.
In October 2015, The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released proposed regulations to address discrimination in health care settings. The proposed regulations, which were issued to implement Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, represent a positive step toward improving health equity. However, the regulations need significant improvement to ensure all older adults and people with disabilities can access health care and services without fear of discrimination. We prepared comments detailing suggested improvements to the regulations as they pertain to care and services for older adults. Find them here.