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Katrina Cohens

Free Webinar: Nursing Facilities and Assisted Living During COVID-19

By | Health Care, Nursing Homes, WEBINAR

When: Friday, April 3, 2020 from 11:15 a.m. PT/2:15 p.m. ET

The current outbreak of COVID-19 presents particular danger to residents of nursing facilities and other long-term care facilities. This webinar, Nursing Facilities and Assisted Living During the COVID-19 Emergency, will cover recent policy changes by federal and state governments, and discuss the challenges and choices faced by residents.

Who should participate:
Aging and legal advocates, health advocates, family caregivers, and others wanting to learn more about how policy changes related to COVID-19 impact residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities and their families.

Presenter:
Eric Carlson, Justice in Aging

This webinar took place on Friday, April 3, 2020 from 11:15 a.m. PT/2:15 p.m. ET. 

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

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Issue Brief: The “CARES Act:” What’s in It & What’s Missing

By | Economic Security, Health Care, ISSUE BRIEF, REPORTS, Safety Net Defense, SENIOR POVERTY

On March 27th, Congress passed the CARES Act (H.R. 748), a $2 trillion funding package aimed at addressing the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Americans. Justice in Aging analyzed the bill’s provisions through the lens of low-income older adults and people with disabilities in order to update you on what’s in the bill and what’s missing. The bill makes a number of key investments that will help low-income older adults and people with disabilities.

Our high-level summary of major provisions of the CARES Act also puts forth additional policies Congress must immediately enact to meet the needs of low-income older adults in this crisis.

Summary: How States are Modifying HCBS Programs to Address COVID-19 Emergency

By | Health Care, Home & Community Based Services, Medicaid, Medicare, REPORTS

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has begun reviewing and approving states’ emergency requests to modify their home and community-based services (HCBS) waivers. These approvals, documented through CMS’ Appendix K form, list the many modifications that CMS has approved in the past week.

As an aid to advocates, providers, and policy-makers, Justice in Aging is reviewing and summarizing the CMS approvals pertaining to aging-focused HCBS waivers. This summarized information, organized by the same categories used in Appendix K, can be a guide for advocates and others to identify useful modifications and flag others that may be problematic or otherwise unwanted.

Free Webinar: Updates on Public Charge & Older Immigrants

By | Medicaid, Medicare, Safety Net Defense, WEBINAR

When: Monday, March 9, 2020 from 11 -11:30 am PT/2-2:30 pm ET

In January, the U.S. Supreme Court removed the nationwide temporary injunction that had prevented the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) public charge immigration rule from taking effect. This means that the public charge rule that DHS finalized last August can go into effect nationwide, except in Illinois, where it is blocked by a statewide injunction. DHS announced that it will begin implementing the final rule on February 24th.

The Supreme Court’s decision endangers the health and well-being of older immigrants and their families and cruelly impedes the path to citizenship and family unification. However, it is not a final decision and we must continue to fight to stop this harmful policy from becoming permanent. The multiple cases challenging the underlying legality of the final public charge rule will continue in the courts. DHS has appealed all the district court decisions that issued preliminary injunctions to the Second, Fourth, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits. DHS has also asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case.

Justice in Aging and our partners have filed amicus briefs in the Second and Ninth Circuits to ask the court to affirm the district courts’ nationwide injunctions and to highlight the ways in which this rule unfairly targets older immigrants, their families, and caregivers. This webinar, Updates on Public Charge & Older Immigrants, will begin with an overview of the public charge test and how it applies to older adults, discuss the current state of litigation, and provide information on what advocates need to know about the rule’s implementation.

Who should participate:
Aging and legal advocates, advocates serving immigrant communities, community-based providers, and others wanting to learn more about how changes to the public charge test and implementation of the new regulations impact older immigrants.

Presenter:
Denny Chan, Senior Staff Attorney, Justice in Aging
Natalie Kean, Senior Staff Attorney, Justice in Aging

This webinar took place on Monday, March 9, 2020, from 11 -11:30 am PT/2-2:30 pm ET. 

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

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California’s Master Plan For Aging: Prevent and End Elder Abuse in California

By | FACT SHEET, Long Term Care, Nursing Homes, REPORTS

California has committed to developing a Master Plan for Aging in order to meet the needs of older adults today and for generations to come.

The fourth in this series of papers, Prevent and End Elder Abuse in California, offers specific policy recommendations, including improved data collection and sharing, increased cooperation among government entities, simpler advance planning, and establishing robust consumer protections—all of which work together to prevent elder abuse. We are grateful to partners at the California Elder Justice Coalition, with whom we worked to develop these recommendations.

FAQ: Part D Drug Co-Pays and Refunds for Certain California Dual Eligibles

By | CA Health Network Alert, FACT SHEET, Health Care, Medicare, REPORTS

In 2012, the Affordable Care Act expanded the Part D Extra Help Program, also known as the Low-Income Subsidy (LIS), so that dual eligibles enrolled in certain Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) should not be charged any co-pays for Part D covered drugs. However, since 2012, some California duals enrolled in Community-Based Adult Services (CBAS) and in San Mateo’s Multipurpose Senior Services Programs (MSSP) have been improperly charged co-pays. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and California’s Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is beginning to work with Part D and Medicare Advantage plans so that these dual eligibles are properly assessed co-pays and retroactively reimbursed for any improper amounts collected.

Justice in Aging created an FAQ for advocates to answer key questions about the implementation of these refunds.

Advocates Pleased CMS Aims To Rein In D-SNP Look-Alikes, But Worried CMS May Miss Some

By | Health Care, IN THE NEWS, Medicaid, Medicare

Inside Health Policy: Advocates Pleased CMS Aims To Rein In D-SNP Look-Alikes, But Worried CMS May Miss Some (February 12, 2020)

“Beneficiary advocates say they are pleased CMS appears to be taking seriously the issues with so-called look-alike plans that mimic Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans yet don’t have the same Medicare and Medicaid integration requirements – but some worry that CMS’ proposed threshold for stopping these plans may be set too high. Allowing the plans to simply enroll beneficiaries in one of their other products if a look-alike is shut down may not be enough of a disincentive, some say…” This article is behind a paywall. This is an excerpt of the piece.

California’s Master Plan For Aging: Address Senior Hunger by Maximizing CalFresh and the Hold Harmless Food Benefits

By | CA Health Network Alert, FACT SHEET, REPORTS, SENIOR POVERTY

California has committed to developing a Master Plan for Aging in order to meet the needs of older adults today and for generations to come.

The third in this series of papers, Addressing Senior Hunger by Maximizing CalFresh and the Hold Harmless Food Benefits, offers specific policy recommendations for addressing troubling senior hunger trends, and the low utilization among seniors of available benefits.

What Seniors Need To Know About Trump’s 2021 Federal Budget

By | Affordable Care Act, IN THE NEWS, Long Term Care, Medicaid, Safety Net Defense, SENIOR POVERTY, Social Security

Forbes: What Seniors Need To Know About Trump’s 2021 Federal Budget (February 10, 2020)

President Trump’s proposed 2021 Federal Budget would cause serious harm to low income older adults. The budget proposal includes cuts to critical programs that serve low income older adults, including Social Security Disability Insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid. The budget would also cut funds to federal grant programs that would impact Meals on Wheels, utilities assistance, senior job programs, and legal aid for seniors. “This budget demonstrates the lack of commitment to the safety, security and needs of older adults in our community,” said Kevin Prindiville, Justice in Aging’s Executive Director.