Justice in Aging’s litigation related work includes acting as a “friend of the court” or amicus in cases that have the potential to singificantly impact the lives of low-income older adults.
Stewart, et al., v. Azar–United States District Court For the District of Columbia (4/6/18)
This amicus brief was filed with AARP, AARP Foundation, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and Disability Rights and Education Fund, with the assistance of Arnold and Porter. Amici filed in support of Plaintiffs’ Motion for Summary Judgement. Kentucky received a waiver from the US Department of Health and Human Services allowing it to impose work requirements on certain Medicaid beneficiaries and other restrictions on covered services. Amici identified the harm these changes with incur on Kentuckians with chronic conditions and detailed the manner in which the waiver undermines the objectives of the Medicaid Act.
Georgia State Conference of the NAACP, et al., v. City of Lagrange, Georgia–United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (3/6/18). This amicus brief was filed with the Southern Poverty Law Center. The City of La Grange’s linkage of court debt to access to the municipally owned utility service disproportionally harms low-income African Americans and acts as an end run around federal garnishment protections.
Monk v. Shulkin–United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (12/26/17)
This amicus brief was filed with the Impact Fund. Justice in Aging was invited by the Court to file an amicus brief regarding the value aggregate appeals and the potential for Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23 (class actions) as a model for aggregate claims in the Veteran’s appeal context. The brief drew upon our experience with class action suits in the Social Security context.