WEBINAR: Strategies & Promising Practices for Addressing Dementia Care and Wandering Behaviors in HCBS Settings

By | Uncategorized, WEBINAR
When: Wednesday, January 11, 2017 10:00 a.m. PT/ 1:00 p.m. ET

States currently are modifying their Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) programs to comply with new federal regulations that prioritize independence and community integration for HCBS beneficiaries. An important, recurring question is how to apply these principles to beneficiaries living with dementia or other conditions that may result in wandering or exit-seeking behaviors.

This webinar, Strategies & Promising Practices for Addressing Dementia Care and Wandering Behaviors in HCBS Settings, presented promising practices in HCBS delivery for settings supporting individuals living with dementia, with a special focus on strategies for addressing wandering or exit-seeking behaviors. The webinar included a discussion of how the federal and state governments are addressing the provision of supports to individuals living with dementia in the process of bringing states into compliance with the 2014 federal HCBS regulations. The material presented will be useful for advocates, service providers, and others with an interest in HCBS and dementia care. Read More

NALC Meets the National Center on Law and Elder Rights

By | BLOG, HOMEPAGE, Uncategorized
On October 29, aging advocates closed out another successful annual National Aging and Law Conference (NALC) in Alexandria, Virginia. Unpacking, I sifted through the usual post-conference paper trail tornado: hotel notepads scribbled with ideas, business cards of inspiring advocates, and brochures from innovative legal programs. Reading through these materials, a few words kept popping up-partnership, engagement, coordination, capacity. Read More

WEBINAR: Medicaid Non-Emergency Medical Transportation: An Overlooked Lifeline for Older Adults

By | Medicaid, Uncategorized, WEBINAR
When: Thursday, November 3, 2016 11:00 a.m. PT

Non-emergency medical transportation is a critical benefit ensuring that Medicaid beneficiaries have transportation to medical services. This webinar reviewed this increasingly important component of health care for low-income older adults and people with disabilities; explored challenges to accessing the benefit; shared examples of state strategies to overcome those challenges.

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WEBINAR: SSI Basics for Advocates

By | Uncategorized, WEBINAR
When: Thursday, October 20 10:00 a.m. PT/ 1:00 p.m. ET 

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a critical safety net program administered by the Social Security Administration that provides a very basic income to older adults and people with disabilities with no or only limited other income and resources. This webinar is designed for legal services and other advocates who are just getting started in the field and others who want to learn more about the essentials of the program.

This webinar covered the basic rules surrounding the SSI program, which provides modest financial support to older adults and people with disabilities who lack other resources. We described the program and discussed the basic rules of eligibility, how benefits are calculated, and provided suggestions on where to go if you need further information.

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WEBINAR: What You Need to Know About Medicaid Managed Care Changes

By | Medicaid, Uncategorized, WEBINAR
When: Thursday, June 30 at 11:00 a.m. PT/2:00 p.m. ET

Coming to a State Near You: Medicaid Managed Care Changes…You may have heard that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently finalized the regulations for Medicaid Managed Care. These new rules become effective in stages with the first round of changes taking effect on July 5. Over 70 regulations will become effective on that date, including the regulations governing important issues such as enrollment, disenrollment, requirements for long-term services and supports, enrollee rights, and grievance and appeal systems.

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WEBINAR: Protecting Dual Eligibles from Balance Billing—What Advocates Need to Know

By | Health Care, Medicaid, Medicare, Uncategorized, WEBINAR
When: Tuesday, February 23, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. PT; 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. ET

People dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid, including Qualified Medicare Beneficiaries (QMBs), have special protections against charges for Medicare co-payments and co-insurance. In this national webinar you will hear directly from CMS what is and is not allowed by federal law and learn from advocates what you can do to help your clients.

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Governor’s Budget is a Start But Doesn’t Go Far Enough for Poor Seniors

By | BLOG, HOMEPAGE, Uncategorized
In releasing his proposed budget today, Governor Brown recognized that too many seniors and people with disabilities living in our communities are living in poverty. But the proposals he offered provide only limited relief to those Californians struggling to afford rent, food, heat and other necessities. More action and bolder policies will be needed to lift seniors and people with disabilities out of poverty. California is a wealthy state with a strong economy, and a large budget surplus, but its benefits are not equitably distributed.  For low-income seniors struggling on fixed incomes, we can and must do more. Read More

New Health Programs for Elderly Poor Make Rocky Start

By | IN THE NEWS, Uncategorized

Wall Street Journal: New Health Programs for Elderly Poor Make Rocky Start (12/23/2015)  This article focuses on the low enrollment numbers in states that have launched programs to coordinate the care of people who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid through managed care plans (dual eligibles). Justice in Aging Attorney Amber Cutler comments on California’s Coordinated Care Initiative, noting that lawmakers need to give the pilot a chance to work before abandoning it.

Lawmakers Slam Social Security’s Treatment Of Same-Sex Couples

By | IN THE NEWS, Uncategorized

Huffington Post: Lawmakers Slam Social Security’s Treatment Of Same-Sex Couples (10/26/2015) U.S. Senators and U.S. Representatives sent a letter to the Social Security Administration stating that the agency should not penalize same-sex couples who received incorrect payouts from the agency. The agency issued payments to recipients in same-sex marriages as though the recipients were single, then fined them for the overpayment.

Federal Court Orders Ohio Medicaid Program to Eliminate Coverage Gap For Low-Income Assisted Living Residents – Ruling Has National Implications

By | PRESS RELEASE, Uncategorized

Cincinnati, OH—Under a ruling Tuesday from a Cincinnati federal court, the Ohio Medicaid program must eliminate a coverage gap that has saddled many Ohio assisted living residents with hundreds or thousands of dollars of unaffordable assisted living charges. The class-action case was brought by Betty Hilleger and Geraldine Saunders, frail seniors who were denied complete coverage when enrolling in Ohio’s Assisted Living Waiver program.

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