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Four Ways Elder Financial Abuse Leads to Medicaid Denials and How Legal Aid Can Help

By | BLOG, Health Care, HOMEPAGE
Today, June 15, is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Financial exploitation is one of the most common forms of elder abuse, with studies showing that 1 in 20 older adults are currently experiencing financial exploitation.  Financially exploited older adults may have significant problems getting needed health care and long-term services and supports through Medicaid. Read More

Aging, Women and Poverty in California: A forum to discuss the needs of older Californians

By | BLOG, Health Care, HOMEPAGE, SENIOR POVERTY

“It is imperative we separate the insidiousness of economic inequality from the value and purposefulness of those living in poverty.”

Paul Downey, Chair California Commission on Aging and President/CEO, Serving Seniors

“Sixty-six percent of seniors in poverty are women, women who cared for us, clothed us, housed us…it is immoral…we must do more.”

California State Senator Kevin de León

“We must invest in the social safety net.”

Denise Likar, Independence at Home
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Class action settlement about ALJ hearing delays for Medicare beneficiaries amended- Fairness Hearing rescheduled for August 1, 2016

By | BLOG, Health Care, HOMEPAGE, LITIGATION, Medicare
As previously reported, the Center for Medicare Advocacy filed Exley v. Burwell on behalf of Plaintiffs appealing Medicare denials before an Administrative Law Judge and not receiving decisions within the 90 days required by law. The Fairness Hearing has been rescheduled for August 1, 2016. Read More

New Regulation Prohibits Discrimination in Health Care: Key Highlights for Aging Advocates

By | Affordable Care Act, BLOG, Health Care, Health Disparities, HOMEPAGE, Language Access, LGBT
Aging advocates working to promote health equity got some good news and extensive summer reading last week. After much anticipation, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released final regulations that seek to transform care for underserved communities by ending discrimination in health care services and settings. Read More

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

New Regulations Create Opportunity for Better Long Term Services and Supports: Medicaid Managed Care Regulation Preview

By | BLOG, Health Care, Home & Community Based Services, HOMEPAGE, In-Home Supportive Services, Person-Centered Care Planning
States and the federal government spend over $14 billion a year on Medicaid managed long-term services and supports—yet, there has never been an clear federal regulation defining state and managed care plan responsibilities in this massive enterprise. Until now. Last week, the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final regulation on Medicaid Managed Care. This new regulation details, among other things, the federal government’s expectations for states and managed care organizations (MCOs) that contract to deliver managed long-term services and supports (LTSS) for older adults and people with disabilities. Read More

Big Win For Married LGBT SSI Recipients

By | BLOG, HOMEPAGE, LGBT, LITIGATION, Supplemental Security Income
The last few weeks have brought some good news regarding Held v. Colvin, a case we (along with Foley Hoag LLP and GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders, or GLAD) filed in March 2015 against the Social Security Administration (SSA) on behalf of Plaintiffs Hugh Held and Kelley Richardson-Wright and a proposed nationwide class.

We filed this case to stop SSA from attempting to collect “overpayments” from very low income people over 65 and people with disabilities receiving SSI who had been married to someone of the same sex on or before June 2013 when the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Read More

Department of Education to Forgive Student Loan Debt for Thousands of People with Disabilities

By | BLOG, HOMEPAGE, Social Security
Nearly 400,000 people with disabilities (many who are seniors) breathed a sigh of relief last week when the Obama Administration and the Department of Education announced a program that will make it easier for people with permanent disabilities who receive Social Security Disability Insurance to apply to have their federal student loans forgiven. Read More

Voices of Medicare Summit Highlights Needs of Poor Seniors

By | BLOG, DUAL ELIGIBLES, Health Care, Health Disparities, HOMEPAGE, Medicaid, Medicare
At the third annual Center for Medicare Advocacy (CMA) Voices of Medicare Summit earlier this month, I was particularly struck by how many presenters focused on the key role of Medicare for low-income older Americans. In fact, CMS Deputy Administrator and Medicare Director Sean Cavanaugh started off the day by emphasizing CMS’s commitment to make Medicare work for all beneficiaries, including those who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid.

I shouldn’t have been surprised. After all, half of all people on Medicare live on $24,000 or less a year, with 25% living on less than $14,000 a year. Read More

National Study Highlights Importance of Public Programs in Narrowing Life Expectancy Gap

By | BLOG, Health Disparities, HOMEPAGE, SENIOR POVERTY
“The end game faced by American seniors is defined in part by an un-level playing field, filled with resource disparities operating on both the individual and neighborhood levels.” This theory described by sociologist Corey Abramson, that inequality shapes aging, gained momentum this week with the release of a major study on life expectancy inequality in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Read More