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Medicare Applications Raise Anxiety for Seniors in Pandemic

By | IN THE NEWS, Medicare, Newsroom, Social Security

Associated Press: Medicare Applications Raise Anxiety for Seniors in Pandemic, (April 29, 2020)

This article discusses how difficult it is for seniors to apply for Medicare during the COVID-19 pandemic because Social Security determines eligibility for Part B, and Social Security offices are closed and working at diminished capacity. Additionally, people over 65 who were still working and had health insurance through work and are now getting laid off, face significant barriers in getting through the Medicare application process. Advocates would like seniors to be held harmless from penalties for failing to apply on time. The reporter interviewed Justice in Aging attorney, Natalie Kean, for the piece who said, “Going through the normal channels is just going to be slow, and it’s not responsive to the increased need right now.”

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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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.”

 

 

 

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.

New Budget Boosts Health Coverage For Low-Income Californians

By | CA Health Network Alert, Health Care, IN THE NEWS, Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security

Kaiser Health News: New Budget Boosts Health Coverage For Low-Income Californians (June 25, 2019)

California’s new state budget for 2019-20 includes funds that will help about 25,000 low income older adults and people with disabilities get full Medi-Cal coverage. In the past, older adults had to meet stricter requirements to qualify for Medi-Cal than adults under 65. Regarding the past eligibility rules, Justice in Aging’s Directing Attorney Amber Christ said, “We call this the senior penalty, because basically you’re being penalized with a stricter eligibility limit based fully on your age or disability.” The new budget will also restore five areas of Medi-Cal coverage: audiology, optical services, podiatry, incontinence supplies and speech therapy.

Benefits on the Line

By | IN THE NEWS, Medicare, Safety Net Defense, SENIOR POVERTY, Social Security, Supplemental Security Income

The American Prospect: Benefits on the Line (June 19, 2019)

The Trump Administration has proposed to change how inflation is calculated, moving from the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) to Chained Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (chained CPI). This change in how poverty is measured would have drastic negative consequences for millions of low-income people, older adults, and people with disabilities. Many would become ineligible for benefits or would receive less assistance as chained CPI lowers the poverty line. Justice in Aging’s Directing Attorney Tracey Gronniger says that, “It would hurt people who are so close to getting help. All of sudden, you have hundreds of thousands of people who are told, ‘Now you’re not poor anymore.’”

Americans Can’t Afford Retirement. Here are 8 Ways to Fix it.

By | IN THE NEWS, Newsroom, SENIOR POVERTY, Social Security

Fast Company: Americans Can’t Afford Retirement. Here are 8 Ways to Fix it.  (May 8, 2019)

Around half of Americans approaching retirement have no retirement savings. This is due to declining wages and pensions, high housing and health care costs, longevity, and myriad other reasons. There is no single solution, but there are actions businesses and policy makers can take that would help. One is to pay people more. “The fact that wages have been so stagnant for the middle class has really impacted the ability of people to save,” said Kevin Prindiville, Justice in Aging’s Executive Director, who was interviewed for the article. Creating more ways for people to saved, expanding Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, and creating more affordable housing are other solutions Justice in Aging proposes in the article.

Report: Older Women & Poverty

By | Economic Security, Health Care, Health Care Defense, Health Disparities, Health Equity, Long Term Care, Medicaid, Medicare, Nursing Homes, Oral Health, Safety Net Defense, SENIOR POVERTY, Social Security, Special Report, Supplemental Security Income

Because of structural inequities that impact women more than men, a significant percentage of older women are struggling to stay out of poverty.

There are 7.1 million older adults living in poverty in the United States, with nearly two out of three of them being women. Women like Venorica, who is working three jobs at the age of 70, and Vicky, who once ran a successful business with her husband, are struggling to stay afloat.

A new Justice in Aging report surveys the reasons more women are aging into poverty than men, discusses the support systems that are in place to help older women, and recommends ways we can strengthen and expand those support systems. The brief is accompanied by videos of women telling their own stories. Older women have cared for us and worked hard all of their lives. It’s imperative that we enact policies so they don’t have to struggle to make ends meet.

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Free Webinar: Social Security Benefits You’ve Never Heard of, and Who is Eligible for Them

By | Economic Security, Social Security, WEBINAR

When: Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. PT/2:00 p.m. ET.

When most people hear about “Social Security benefits,” the first thought that comes to mind is income for older people who have retired from work. It’s true that the Social Security system provides a foundation of retirement income that permits seniors to live in dignity, with over 43 million retired workers receiving benefits each month.

However, the Social Security system is also the foundation of economic security for millions of family members of retired, disabled or deceased workers. In addition to retirement benefits, Social Security offers disability insurance protection to workers and their spouse and children, as well as life insurance that pays monthly benefits to dependents if the worker dies.

Join this webinar to learn more about the eligibility requirements for benefits for spouses and ex-spouses, children, and parents. About one American family in four receives income from Social Security benefits, and many more could receive this income if they knew they were eligible.

Who Should Participate:
This webinar is designed for those who are new to Social Security benefits and others who want to learn more about the lesser-known aspects of the program.

Presenters:
Tracey Gronniger, Justice in Aging
Kate Lang, Justice in Aging

This webinar took place on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. PT/2:00 p.m. ET.

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Fact Sheets: New Resources on How Trump’s Public Charge Impacts on Older Adult Immigrants

By | CA Health Network Alert, Economic Security, FACT SHEET, Health Care, Medicaid, Social Security

Advocates are preparing to respond to a new “public charge” rule from the Trump Administration that would put immigration status at risk if an immigrant seeks access to an array of programs that support health, nutrition, and economic stability.

If implemented, this rule would harm older immigrants, their families, and caregivers. The rule would make it much more difficult for U.S. citizens and residents to welcome aging parents or other family members into the country. Seniors and their families may be afraid to go to the doctor or get helping paying for food or rent. Additionally, many immigrant older adults work as caregivers for very low pay. This rule would make it harder for them to access benefits like Medicaid and SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).

Justice in Aging has a new fact sheet that provides an overview of the harms to older adults, their families, and caregivers that the Trump Administration’s changes to the “public charge” rule pose.  A California fact sheet provides an overview of these harms looking at California-specific data and programs.