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Fact Sheet: Budget Cuts to Programs for Low-Income Older Adults Must be Rejected – Cuts Would Disproportionately Hurt Older Adults of Color

By | CA Health Network Alert, Economic Security, FACT SHEET, Health Care, Home & Community Based Services, REPORTS

Governor Newsom’s revised budget makes deep cuts to nearly every program on which low-income older adults rely. The cuts to programs will be especially hard on older adults of color, who, because of systemic racism and discrimination, are at greater risk from COVID-19 and rely on these programs to survive. If enacted, these cuts will cause great harm to the health and economic security of the state’s low-income older adults and their families.

Last week, the state Senate rejected many of the cuts that the Governor proposed. Advocates need to continue to push back and educate legislators about the devastating impact of these cuts. A new Justice in Aging fact sheet discusses in more detail the specific harms of these cuts and their disproportionate impact on communities of color.

California Budget Analysis

By | Economic Security, Health Care, IN THE NEWS

Major Cuts to the Programs that Serve Older Adults Must Be Rejected

On May 14, 2020, Governor Newsom released the May Revision of the 2020-21 budget. Despite the increased need for services and supports for older adults during the COVID-19 crisis, the May Revision contains numerous and devastating cuts to the programs that older adults need and use to stay safe and healthy in their communities. Older Californians of color are at most risk of serious disease and death due to COVID-19 and these cuts will only act to widen already unacceptable disparities in access to care and health outcomes.

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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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Fact Sheet: Urgent Needs of Low-Income Older Adults During COVID-19 Crisis

By | Economic Security, FACT SHEET, Health Care, REPORTS

Because older adults and people with disabilities and underlying and chronic health conditions are most at risk from both the COVID-19 virus and the range of harms caused by isolation during strict physical distancing, Congress must take urgent action to protect their lives and well-being. In particular, Congress must pay extraordinary attention to older adults who were already living in poverty and experiencing health disparities due to historical and present-day discrimination. Their intersecting health and economic disparities mean they are most at risk of dying, whether it be from COVID-19 itself or not being able to get or afford other necessary healthcare, nutrition, and housing.

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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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For Millions of People, Relief From the COVID-19 Stimulus Package Remains Out of Reach

By | Economic Security, IN THE NEWS

Time: For Millions of People, Relief From the COVID-19 Stimulus Package Remains Out of Reach, (April 8, 2020)

This article talks about the difficulty millions of newly unemployed people are having getting the help they need and goes on to talk about the one-time federal stimulus payments, about which Justice in Aging attorney Tracey Gronniger, was interviewed. The $1,200 stimulus payment from the federal government leaves out an estimated 8 million undocumented immigrants working in the U.S. and it  remains unclear how millions of individuals dependent on Supplemental Security Income, many of whom do not file taxes due to their meager incomes, will receive funds. “It’s really placing a burden on very low-income people who are already having difficulty making ends meet,” said Tracey.

Economic challenges face elderly Americans during Covid-19 shutdowns

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

KFTK St. Louis, The Randy Tobler Show: Economic challenges face elderly Americans during COVID-19 shutdowns, (April 7, 2020)

Amber Christ, Directing Attorney with Justice in Aging, joined Randy to discuss the challenges elderly Americans face during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Following the passage of the CARES Act, rebates were approved to help stimulate the economy, $1200 dollars per person which most will be received automatically.  This also includes those that receive Social Security retirement or Social Security Disability. Amber discusses, this as well as some of the health care provisions in the CARES Act.

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.

Americans with Million Dollar Salaries Stop Paying Into Social Security Before March While Everyone Else Continues

By | Economic Security, IN THE NEWS, Social Security

Newsweek: Americans with Million Dollar Salaries Stop Paying Into Social Security Before March While Everyone Else Continues (February 19, 2020)

Social Security, which provides retirement, disability, and survivor benefits to one fifth of the U.S. population, is funded by a payroll tax capped at the first $137,700 of earned wages, and excludes income from other sources such as capital gains. The burden of sustaining Social Security is not being carried fairly by the rich. One simple fix is put forth in the The Social Security 2100 Act ,which would apply the payroll tax to wages above $400,000 and adjust the benefits to rising costs of living Justice in Aging Executive Director, Kevin Prindiville said, such a move is, “a key step in combating senior poverty in our country.”

 

 

 

Free Webinar: Issues in the Representative Payee Program for Older Adults

By | Economic Security, WEBINAR, Webinar Trainings

When: Tuesday, September 24, 2019 11 am-12 pm PT/2-3 pm ET​

The Social Security Administration’s (SSA’s) representative payee program is critical for ensuring that older adults who cannot manage their own finances have the necessary support to age in dignity. Justice in Aging focuses our work on addressing the major issues facing the representative payee program as they specifically relate to older adults. To protect seniors from financial exploitation or interruptions in their benefits, it is imperative that those providing oversight of the payee program are aware of key issues related to ensuring that older beneficiaries are not harmed by this arrangement.

In this webinar, we will explore these key issues, in particular when creditors, such as nursing facilities or other residential facilities, act as representative payees for residents. We will also review the resources available from Justice in Aging that focus on the needs of older beneficiaries with a payee. This webinar will prepare you for the upcoming P & A Initiated Reviews in nursing homes.

Presenter:
Kate Lang, Senior Attorney, Justice in Aging

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