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Denny Chan

Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Dual Eligibles: An Opportunity for Advocates

By | Alzheimer's & Dementia, BLOG, DUAL DEMONSTRATIONS, DUAL ELIGIBLES, Health Care, HOMEPAGE
May is both Older Americans Month and Mental Health Awareness Month. Mental health is a critical issue for older Americans, as one in five seniors has a mental health issue, and older men have the highest suicide rate of any group, according to the CDC. The mental health needs of seniors and persons with disabilities who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid are often overlooked in traditional medical settings, ramping up costs and leading to inadequate care. Read More

Intersectional Advocacy in Health Care and Long-Term Services and Supports

By | BLOG, DUAL DEMONSTRATIONS, DUAL ELIGIBLES, Health Care, HOMEPAGE, Medicaid, Medicare
Partnerships are at the heart of our work at Justice in Aging. I’m a staff attorney in Justice in Aging’s Los Angeles office. Much of my work focuses on disparities in access to quality, person-centered health care and services for California’s dual eligibles (the low-income, high-need demographic eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid). My day-to-day consists of training and education of advocates “on the ground,” providers, health plans, and policymakers and meeting with these folks regularly to share issues and synthesize solutions. This includes opportunities to participate in forums, plenaries, and tele-town hall meetings that advance advocacy for older adults on a local level by engaging multiple sectors of the community in the same room.

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Ten Things You Should Know About Language Access Advocacy for Older Adults

By | BLOG, DUAL ELIGIBLES, Health Disparities, HOMEPAGE, Language Access

Last month, CMS announced a first-ever plan to address health equity in Medicare. One of the major priorities is to improve communication and language access for individuals with Limited English Proficiency (LEP). This is important because of the sheer numbers of people it affects and because language barriers are a major cause of low-income older adults being unable to access the health care they need. Here are ten things you should know about language access advocacy for older adults.

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