The Trump Administration has announced three proposals that would harm low-income older adults. One would artificially lower the poverty line and reduce the number of seniors who qualify as low-income, one would threaten members of immigrant families with eviction, and one would take away protections from discrimination for LGBTQ and LEP older adults in health care settings. All proposals are or will soon be up for public comment. See the actions to the right to learn more and TAKE ACTION.
STOP THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION FROM LOWERING THE POVERTY LINE
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is requesting comments on its proposal to change how the federal poverty line is calculated. Over time, their proposal to use a lower inflation rate would lead to hundreds of thousands of people no longer qualifying as low-income. This would make it harder for older adults to qualify for Medicaid, get help with prescription drugs, qualify for SNAP, legal services and more. Comments are due June 21.
HELP IMMIGRANT FAMILIES STAY TOGETHER IN LOW-INCOME HOUSING
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has proposed a rule that would prohibit 25,000 mixed immigration status families from living in public or other subsidized housing. This means that immigrant older adults and family members could find themselves out on the streets—both citizens and non-citizens. Comments are due July 9.
PRESERVE HEALTH CARE PROTECTIONS FOR TRANS AND LEP OLDER ADULTS
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed a rule that would gut civil rights protections enacted under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The rule would eliminate non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people, roll back protections for limited English proficient (LEP) older adults, and radically limit how victims of any type of discrimination can get relief under the law. The proposed rule is open for public comment until August 13, 2019.
We’re proud to announce the permanent home of the National Center on Law and Elder Rights (NCLER), a resource center for the legal services and aging and disability networks, focused on the legal rights of older adults. NCLER is a one-stop support center for the legal services, aging, and disability community. Explore the new website!
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