Older Californians and State of the State


San Francisco Bay Times: Older Californians and State of the State (February 22, 2019)

This article discusses California’s rising older adult population and CA Governor Newsom’s plan to support them. Newsom’s Master Plan aims to restore and expand services for older adults and adults with disabilities. The article cites statistics from Justice in Aging’s Older Women and Poverty report including, older adults in poverty, or on the brink of poverty, overwhelmingly are women, women of color, and LGBTQ women. Read the full article.

CMS set to roll back nursing home arbitration ban


Politico Pro: CMS set to roll back nursing home arbitration ban (February 13, 2019)

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, CMS, is reversing a rule that would have made it easier for nursing home residents to sue nursing homes. The rule would allow nursing home facilities to require nursing home residents or their families to settle complaints through arbitration instead of litigation. Consumer advocates argue that arbitration agreements are often unjust and force residents to give up negligence or abuse lawsuits.

“No nursing home resident or agent is making a truly voluntary decision to choose arbitration at the time of admission to a nursing facility,” said Justice in Aging’s Directing Attorney Eric Carlson. “People are under tremendous amount of pressure at that point, and they’re not in a position to make decisions about future dispute resolution procedures.” The article is behind a paywall. This is a summary.

AARP, other national groups challenge Kentucky’s Medicaid waiver


Insider Louisville: AARP, other national groups challenge Kentucky’s Medicaid waiver (January 30, 2019)

Justice in Aging, along with AARP and the AARP Foundation, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, has jointly filed a brief that illuminates the harm of Kentucky’s Medicaid overhaul called the Kentucky HEALTH program. Kentucky’s older adults are more likely to be negatively impacted with the program’s rules and penalties, which includes a required 80 hours of  work related activities completed per month and the termination of non-emergency medical transportation benefits for some beneficiaries. A handful of other health-related groups, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Alliance on Mental Illness and others, wrote a separate friend of the court brief. Read the full article.

AARP Celebrates Asian American & Pacific Islander Hero Award Winner Denny Chan of Justice in Aging


The Indian Panorama News: AARP Celebrates Asian American & Pacific Islander Hero Award Winner Denny Chan of Justice in Aging (January 27, 2019)

Justice in Aging’s Denny Chan was awarded AARP’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Hero Award on January 23rd. He works on behalf of older adults, especially those with limited English proficiency.

“Older AAPI adults living in or at risk of poverty not only are one unexpected expense away from homelessness or one fall away from a hospital visit, but they also face a complex health care system made up of people who don’t necessarily speak their language,” said Denny Chan. Read the full article.

Older Immigrants’ Access to Basic Needs Programs is at Risk

By | IN THE NEWS, NEWS, Newsroom, SENIOR POVERTY Older Immigrants’ Access to Basic Needs Programs at Risk

By Justice in Aging Attorneys Denny Chan and Natalie Keen
When Mary immigrated to San Francisco from the Philippines over 30 years ago, she long dreamed of growing old here surrounded by her children and grandchildren. That dream appeared to be coming true when she happily retired last year at the age of 70, knowing that the process was already underway to welcome her son and his family, currently based in Manila, to join her in California – they had already been waiting for many years.

Unfortunately, however, Mary’s dream would be jeopardized if the Trump Administration succeeds in changing the longstanding “public charge” policy. Read The Full Article.


How to Access Care for a Senior Who Doesn’t Speak English

By | Health Care, Health Equity, IN THE NEWS, NEWS How to Access Care for a Senior Who Doesn’t Speak English (Aug. 2, 2018) For older adults who don’t speak English, accessing the health care they need can be difficult. However, seniors have the legal right to interpretation and translation services from health care providers that receive federal dollars through a provision of the Affordable Care Act. The problem is, seniors often do not know they have this right or how to exercise it. Justice in Aging attorney, Denny Chan lays out for this article what rights LEP seniors have, while the adult day care provider, On Lok Lifeways, offers a good illustration of what culturally competent care for seniors with limited English can look like. “It’s an anxious time for people who don’t speak English as their primary language because there’s been a number of efforts to chip away at the protections they have,” said Chan. Read the full article.

Justice in Aging’s Statement on Senate Tax Bill

By | Economic Security, Health Care, NEWS, Statements

Last night the Senate passed a tax bill that will take health care away from 13 million Americans including older adults and people with disabilities. Further, it will severely impact the economic security of millions of older Americans and people with preexisting conditions—all for the benefit of the wealthiest 1% of Americans and large corporations.

This tax bill, if passed as is by the House, will explode the deficit by at least a trillion dollars, leading these same Republicans to carry out their calls for massive cuts in Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, and other critical programs that older adults and their families need, while offering little to no tax relief for struggling low and middle income families.

The Joint Committee on Taxation estimates that even considering economic growth, this bill will cut revenue by $1 trillion. This will force immediate cuts to Medicare and other programs under sequestration. The CBO projects cuts of $25 billion to Medicare in 2018 alone.

The repeal of the individual mandate will cause premiums to spike for those with preexisting conditions, especially impacting older adults age 55-64 who are enrolled in health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Many will not be able to afford health care. An estimated 13 million Americans will lose their health care, including 5 million people who would not get Medicaid even though they qualify.

This full-fledged attack on people who are already struggling is unconscionable and will cause lasting harm not only to today’s seniors, but to tomorrows’ seniors as well. This includes our grandparents, our parents, ourselves, and our own children.

We call on the House to halt this rushed process, and urge Congress to start over to ensure that any changes to the tax code will not drive up deficits or reduce access to health care for older adults, people with disabilities, and their families.

Justice in Aging and Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation Offer Recommendations to Improve Non-Emergency Medical Transport for Older Adults

By | NEWS, News Releases, PRESS RELEASE

November 3, 2016 (Oakland, CA) – A new report released today by the Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation (the Center) and Justice in Aging outlines the importance of Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Services (NEMT) for older adults and people with disabilities, details the challenges faced by users and offers a series of recommendations based on promising state practices. The report, Medicaid Non-Emergency Medical Transportation: An Overlooked Lifeline for Older Adults, can be accessed at Justice in Aging and the Center.

Across the country, 7.1 million Americans rely on NEMT services to get to medical appointments. Yet, every year, an estimated 3.6 million Americans miss or delay health care because of difficulty accessing these critical services. NEMT is an important Medicaid benefit for the people who rely on it to visit their doctors, receive treatment for chronic conditions and travel to settings such as adult day health care. Considering that NEMT represents less than 1 percent of total state and federal Medicaid expenditures and has the potential to prevent much more costly medical care, it provides exceptional value for states.

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