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In 2014, provided webinar trainings to 26,859 attendees on a variety of topics regarding access to quality health care and economic security for low-income older adults.

WEBINAR: Legal Basics: Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

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When: Tuesday, April 11 at 11:00 a.m. PT / 2:00 p.m. ET.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a critical safety net program administered by the Social Security Administration that provides a very basic income to older adults and people with disabilities with no or only limited other income and resources. This webinar is designed for legal services and other advocates who are just getting started in the field and others who want to learn more about the essentials of the program.

This webinar will cover the basic rules surrounding the SSI program, which provides modest financial support to older adults and people with disabilities who lack other resources. We will describe the program and discuss the basic rules of eligibility, how benefits are calculated, and provide suggestions on where to go if you need further information.

For more information on SSI, read Justice in Aging’s Fact Sheet on the program. 

Presenters:
Trinh Phan, Senior Staff Attorney, Justice in Aging
Jenny Chung Mejia, Senior Staff Attorney, Justice in Aging

The webinar will take place on Tuesday, April 11 at 11:00 a.m. PT / 2:00 p.m. ET.

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WEBINAR: Older Adults and Health Care Decision-Making in Clinical Settings

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When: Wednesday, March 22 at 10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM ET.

When older adults lack the capacity to make important health care decisions for themselves and have nothing in writing naming a person to make decisions for them, how can the right health care decisions be made in clinical settings? Over the past 40 years, nearly every state has passed statutes on health care decision-making. The laws vary from state-to-state, from authorizing living wills or powers of attorney for health care to defining the conditions when withholding or withdrawing life sustaining care is permitted for patients who lack capacity.

Despite years of legal guidance, questions remain regarding the statutory applicability in clinical practice. In 2016, the American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging (ABA COLA) initiated a national survey to explore health care clinicians’ perspectives on questions regarding capacity and decision-making. Findings explore instances when the law and clinical practice clearly align, when there are consultation differences between lawyers and clinical providers, and outline the areas that still present the greatest challenges for health care decision making in clinical settings.

In this webinar, David Godfrey, Senior Attorney to the ABA COLA, details the survey findings and implications for the health and aging network working with older adults with diminished capacity. The webinar is accompanied by an Issue Brief that highlights the survey findings and provides recommendations for the field.

Presenter:
David Godfrey, Senior Attorney, American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging

The webinar took place on Wednesday, March 22 at 10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM ET.

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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. What would happen if federal Medicaid funding were capped, and individual states were given broad authority to re-write their Medicaid programs? How could states maintain necessary health care services with drastic cuts in federal funding? What would Medicaid block grants and per capita caps mean for the older adults you serve?

This webinar explains why the cap proposals would be harmful to the over six million older Americans who rely upon Medicaid coverage. The webinar includes advocacy strategies to retain current Medicaid protections and prevent cuts—without a doubt, the next few months are critical for all who care about health care for low-income older Americans.

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WEBINAR: Legal Basics: Foreclosure Prevention

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When: Tuesday, March 21 at 11:00 a.m. PT/2:00 p.m. ET.

This webinar was rescheduled from March 14 due to blizzard conditions in the Northeast.

Nearly 80% of older adults own a home, and, despite rising housing-related costs and living on fixed or limited incomes, older adults prefer to age in place. Homeowners who have not retired their mortgage debt may find it challenging to keep up with monthly payments as they age. Many will fall behind on the loan and face foreclosure.

Please join housing experts, Odette Williamson and Jeremiah Battle of the National Consumer Law Center, for this Legal Basics webinar. The presentation discusses the work out options and other resources available to assist older homeowners facing foreclosure after default on a forward mortgage. Many of the options have changed and will continue to change over the coming year. This session includes updates on workout options and other foreclosure alternatives.

Presenters:
Odette Williamson, Attorney, National Consumer Law Center
Jeremiah Battle, Attorney, National Consumer Law Center

The webinar took place on Tuesday, March 21 at 11:00 a.m. PT/2:00 p.m. ET.

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WEBINAR: “I Can’t Pay That!” — Social Security Overpayments and Low-Income Clients

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When: Wednesday, February 22 at 11:00 a.m. PT/ 2:00 p.m. ET.

An overpayment of Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits occurs whenever an individual receives more money for a month than the amount that should have been paid by the Social Security Administration (SSA). While the overpayment of benefits can result from a seemingly endless variety of events, the amount of an overpayment is always the difference between the amount that was received and the amount that was due. Individuals have several options for what they can do when they receive a notice of an overpayment from SSA.

In this webinar, “I Can’t Pay That!” — Social Security Overpayments and Low-Income Clients, Justice in Aging attorneys review what those options are and the requirements for each. We cover the steps advocates can take to ensure the accuracy of an overpayment claimed by SSA, to reduce or eliminate the amount taken by SSA, and to enforce clients’ due process rights. Participants also learn about recent changes SSA has made to address some of the problems with the overpayment appeal and waiver processes, and how you can be part of the efforts to tackle these problems.

Presenters:
Kate Lang, Senior Staff Attorney, Justice in Aging
Trinh Phan, Senior Staff Attorney, Justice in Aging

The webinar took place on Wednesday, February 22nd at 11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET

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WEBINAR: Improper Billing of Dual Eligibles—an Update

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When: Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. PT/ 2:00 p.m. ET.

Improper billing occurs when hospitals, doctors, or other providers charge beneficiaries who have both Medicaid and Medicare (dual eligibles) for co-pays, co-insurance, and deductibles. Qualified Medicare Beneficiaries, including most dual eligibles, should never be charged for services covered under Medicaid or Medicare. This illegal practice stretches already thin budgets and often leads to disruptions in health care and fear of aggressive collection efforts.

This webinar, Improper Billing of Dual Eligibles—an Update, focused on new developments and tools to help advocates combat the persistent problem of improper billing of dual eligibles and Qualified Medicare Beneficiaries (QMBs). Federal law protects low income Medicare beneficiaries from paying co-insurance and co-pays, but ensuring that those protections work has been a challenge for advocates. Help is at hand.

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WEBINAR: Legal Basics: Elder Abuse

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When: Tuesday, February 14 at 11:00 a.m. PT/ 2:00 p.m. ET.

The recent White House Legal Aid report highlighted a troubling finding: one in 10 older adults and close to 50% of people with dementia are victims of elder abuse. Legal and aging network services help communities prevent elder abuse and help victims of elder abuse access services and justice.

Lori Stiegel, a nationally recognized expert on older adults and elder abuse, presents a Legal Basics Webinar to help legal and aging network professionals prevent elder abuse. During this training, Lori provides a basic overview of legal protections, information attorneys and non-attorneys need to spot and report on elder abuse, and legal interventions to protect against elder abuse, neglect and exploitation.

Newer legal services attorneys, law students, aging and disability network professionals looking to understand the basic information about elder abuse are encouraged to attend.

Presenter:
Lori Stiegel, Senior Attorney, American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging

This webinar took place on Tuesday, February 14 at 11:00 a.m. PT/ 2:00 p.m. ET.

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WEBINAR: How ACA Repeal Would Hurt Seniors

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When: Tuesday, January 17 11:00 a.m. PT/ 2:00 p.m. ET.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is under immediate threat in Congress. The consequences of repealing the ACA are far reaching, and would impact the entire health care system including Medicare and Medicaid. For older adults, these programs serve as a lifeline that insures access to critical medical care. Repeal of the ACA would jeopardize the care seniors receive every day by reducing coverage, and ending programs seniors rely on to remain in their homes and communities. The out-of-pocket costs seniors pay today for care would increase, straining already tight budgets.

This webinar, How ACA Repeal would Hurt Seniors, provided a summary of the impact an ACA repeal would have on low-income older adults, including how it would affect seniors who rely on Medicaid and Medicare. We also provided an update on the efforts Congress is taking to effectuate a repeal and what procedural steps are yet to come.

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WEBINAR: Oral Health Basics for Low-Income Older Adults

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When: Thursday, January 19, 2017 11:00 a.m. PT/ 2:00 p.m. ET

Low-income older adults have significant oral health needs. Unfortunately, they face serious obstacles to obtaining care in large part due to complex and limited health insurance options. This webinar, Oral Health Basics for Low-Income Older Adults, provides a summary of what dental coverage options are available to older adults, a summary of covered and non-covered benefits, how different coverage options work together, and other barriers older adults face in accessing dental care. The webinar also provides advocates and community-based providers the opportunity to share what their clients are experiencing. Read More

WEBINAR: Benefits for Consumers in the Revised Nursing Home Regulations

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The recently-revised federal nursing home regulations include important new consumer protections. Advocates, providers and others in the aging network should understand how the regulations can improve residents’ quality of care and quality of life.

This webinar, Benefits for Consumers in the Revised Nursing Home Regulations, looks at several provisions that improve on the previous version of the regulations. Justice in Aging attorney Eric Carlson details highlights and explains how lawyers and other advocates can use the new regulations to benefit residents. Specific topics include, but are not limited to, care planning, resident-centered care, staff training, visitation, protections against eviction, and returning to a facility after hospitalization.

A previous webinar, Introduction to the Revised Federal Nursing Home Regulations: What’s In, What’s Not and a new fact sheet, developed in partnership with the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care, offer a helpful introduction to these topics.

Presenter:
Eric Carlson, Directing Attorney, Justice in Aging

The webinar took place on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 11:00 a.m. PT/ 2:00 p.m. ET.

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