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Free Webcast: Protecting Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services During COVID-19

By | Home & Community Based Services, Long Term Care, Medicaid, Medicare, WEBINAR, Webinar Trainings

During the COVID-19 crisis, it has become clear that the ability to receive services and care at home and in the community is critical to keeping people safe and healthy and to help stop the spread of the virus. Unfortunately, however, there are multiple barriers to adequate access to Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS).

A lack of investment in HCBS by federal and state governments, scarcity of personal protective equipment for home care workers, and state cuts to HCBS programs to address budget shortfalls threaten existing HCBS infrastructure and put the lives of millions of seniors and people with disabilities at risk.

In this webcast, you will hear from disability, aging, and state advocates on what actions you can take to protect and maintain access to HCBS in your state. The webcast will include:

  • An overview of HCBS advocacy at the federal level;
  • A summary of available funding for community-based providers to respond to COVID-19; and
  • Discussion of advocacy tools to maintain HCBS infrastructure and to combat efforts to cut HCBS in state budgets.

Who should participate:
Aging and disability advocates who want to learn how to protect Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services.

Presenters:
Nicole Jorwic, Senior Director of Public Policy, The Arc
Amber Christ, Directing Attorney, Justice in Aging
State Advocates from Washington and Oklahoma

The webcast took place on Thursday, July 9, 11:00 a.m. PT/2:00 p.m. ET.

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Free Webcast: Advocating Today and for the Future: Nursing Homes and Home and Community-Based Services in a COVID-19 World

By | Health Care, Home & Community Based Services, Medicaid, Nursing Homes, WEBINAR, Webinar Trainings

The COVID-19 pandemic presents difficulties and great risk for older Americans and people with disabilities who rely on hands-on assistance from others. Since early March, nursing home residents and others in congregate care settings have faced infection, injury, death, and relentless isolation. Home and community-based services (HCBS) programs have struggled to maintain services at necessary levels.

This Justice in Aging webcast, Advocating Today and for the Future: Nursing Homes and Home and Community-Based Services in a COVID-19 World, will look at both the present and the future. The session will bring attendees up to date on COVID-related policy changes for nursing homes and HCBS, including federal guidance for “reopening” nursing homes.

Also, the session will consider policy changes that the current crisis makes imperative. Shared-occupancy congregate care is a recipe for disaster in a COVID-19 world. The session will consider the immediate need for real change: both in remaking the nursing home model, and, more importantly, in making Medicaid HCBS available to all financially-eligible persons who need it.

Who should participate:
Aging and disability community advocates who want to learn more about advocating around nursing facility issues during COVID-19, and policy ideas for improving facilities and the long-term care system into the future.

Presenters:
Eric Carlson, Justice in Aging
Gelila Selassie, Justice in Aging

The webcast took place on Tuesday, June 30, 11:00 a.m. PT/2:00 p.m. ET.

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Free Webcast: Obtaining Economic Impact Payments for Low-Income Clients

By | Economic Security, Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, WEBINAR, Webinar Trainings

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the government is distributing economic impact payments to individuals in the United States. This webcast, Obtaining Economic Impact Payments for Low-Income Clients, covers who will receive these payments and current policies surrounding how low-income recipients of certain benefits, including Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and VA Disability Compensation or Veterans Pensions, can obtain them.

Who should participate:
Advocates representing low-income clients receiving Social Security or means-tested benefits including SSI, VA Disability Compensation or VA Pension benefits.

Presenter:
Kate Lang, Senior Staff Attorney, Justice in Aging

The webcast took place on Friday, April 24, 11:00 a.m. PT/2:00 p.m. ET.

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Free Webcast: Medicare Coverage and COVID-19

By | DUAL ELIGIBLES, Health Care, Medicaid, Medicare, WEBINAR, Webinar Trainings

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and new legislation have changed many of the rules in Medicare to respond to COVID-19. This webcast focuses on the changes to Medicare that most impact low-income older adults.

Who should participate:
Aging and legal advocates serving older adult Medicare beneficiaries who want to learn more about navigating the changes at CMS on behalf of their clients.

Presenters:
Amber Christ, Directing Attorney, Justice in Aging
Natalie Kean, Senior Staff Attorney, Justice in Aging

This webcast took place on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. PT/2:00 p.m. ET.

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Free Webcast: New Policies Related to COVID-19 at SSA

By | Economic Security, WEBINAR, Webinar Trainings

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has made many changes to its policies and procedures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These changes impact all areas of the agency – the local offices, each state’s Disability Determination Service, and the hearing offices. This webcast provides an overview of these changes, and offers suggestions for how advocates can interact with SSA during this unusual time.

Who should participate:
Aging and legal advocates serving individuals who receive Social Security, SSI, or SSDI, and who want to learn more about navigating the changes at SSA on behalf of their clients.

Presenter:
Kate Lang, Senior Staff Attorney, Justice in Aging

This webcast took place on Friday, April 10, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. PT/1:30 p.m. ET.

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WEBINAR: Legal Basics- Medicare Savings Programs

By | Medicare, WEBINAR

When: Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. PT/2:00 p.m. ET.

This webinar will provide a basic overview of the Medicare Savings Program (MSP). MSPs are Medicaid-administered programs for Medicare beneficiaries with limited income and assets. This webinar will provide an overview of the eligibility requirements for MSPs, how to help clients enroll in MSPs, and the benefits of the different MSP programs. Participants in the webinar will learn to distinguish between the different MSP programs: Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB), Specified Low-Income Beneficiary (SLMB), Qualified Individual (QI), and Qualified Disabled Working Individual (QDWI). Participants will also learn how to assist clients who may be eligible for MSP and tips on troubleshooting potential challenges in MSP programs.

Closed captioning will be available on this webinar. A link with access to the captions will be shared through GoToWebinar’s chat box shortly before the webinar start time.

Presenters:

  • Denny Chan, Justice in Aging
  • Georgia Burke, Justice in Aging

The webinar will take place on Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. PT/2:00 p.m. ET.

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WEBINAR: Defending Evictions from Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities

By | ASSISTED LIVING, NCLER, Nursing Homes, WEBINAR

When: Wednesday, December 6th, at 11:00 a.m. PT/2:00 p.m. ET.

Far too frequently, residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities are threatened with improper evictions. Sometimes the facility alleges that it cannot meet the resident’s needs, even though the facility is legally obligated to provide the required care. Sometimes evictions are based improperly on discrimination against Medicaid-eligible residents. Unfortunately, because many residents and their family members may be unaware of their rights, they often fall victim to these and other illegal practices.

This webinar will cover both the federal Nursing Home Reform Law and an overview of common state-law assisted living standards. Topics will include:

  • When eviction is permitted;
  • Notice requirements;
  • Strategies for hearings and trials;
  • Advocacy tips for common situations;
  • Protections for Medicaid-eligible residents; and
  • Forthcoming state protections as required by federal HCBS regulations.

Closed captioning will be available on this webinar. A link with access to the captions will be shared through GoToWebinar’s chat box shortly before the webinar start time.

Presenter:

  • Eric Carlson, Justice in Aging

The webinar will take place on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. PT/2:00 p.m. ET.

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WEBINAR: Medicaid and Transportation for Older Adults

By | Medicaid, NCLER, WEBINAR
When: Wednesday, November 15th, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. PT/2:00 p.m. ET.

Many older adults who rely on Medicaid for their long-term services and supports also need transportation to medical services. Federal regulations require states to ensure eligible, qualified Medicaid beneficiaries have access to services to take them to and from providers. However, each state’s Medicaid and managed care programs may implement the regulations differently, making it difficult for older adults to get the transportation they need.

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WEBINAR: Legal Basics: Medicaid Long-Term Services and Supports

By | mltss, WEBINAR
When:  Tuesday, October 10th, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. PT/2:00 p.m. ET.

Long-term services and supports (LTSS) are vital to millions of Americans. According to a Department of Health & Human Services Research Brief, of persons turning age 65 today, 52 percent will need some form of LTSS in the future. In many cases, the necessary LTSS will be funded through Medicaid. The financing and quality of LTSS often depend upon Medicaid laws and policies. Despite the importance of these laws and policies, they often are not well known among both consumers and aging network professionals. Read More

WEBINAR: Updates on Managed Care for Dual Eligibles and Medicare Coordination Programs

By | DUAL ELIGIBLES, Health Care, Medicaid, Medicare, WEBINAR
When: Wednesday, September 20th at 11:00 a.m. PT/2:00 p.m. ET.

Dual eligible individuals, those with both Medicare and Medicaid coverage, represent the most medically needy and costly population for both Medicare and Medicaid. In an effort improve health outcomes and reduce healthcare spending, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has been testing  financial alignment demonstrations in thirteen states to better coordinate and integrate care for dual eligibles. Read More