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Free Webcast: Protecting Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services During COVID-19

By | Home & Community Based Services, Long Term Care, Medicaid, Medicare, WEBINAR, Webinar Trainings

During the COVID-19 crisis, it has become clear that the ability to receive services and care at home and in the community is critical to keeping people safe and healthy and to help stop the spread of the virus. Unfortunately, however, there are multiple barriers to adequate access to Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS).

A lack of investment in HCBS by federal and state governments, scarcity of personal protective equipment for home care workers, and state cuts to HCBS programs to address budget shortfalls threaten existing HCBS infrastructure and put the lives of millions of seniors and people with disabilities at risk.

In this webcast, you will hear from disability, aging, and state advocates on what actions you can take to protect and maintain access to HCBS in your state. The webcast will include:

  • An overview of HCBS advocacy at the federal level;
  • A summary of available funding for community-based providers to respond to COVID-19; and
  • Discussion of advocacy tools to maintain HCBS infrastructure and to combat efforts to cut HCBS in state budgets.

Who should participate:
Aging and disability advocates who want to learn how to protect Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services.

Presenters:
Nicole Jorwic, Senior Director of Public Policy, The Arc
Amber Christ, Directing Attorney, Justice in Aging
State Advocates from Washington and Oklahoma

The webcast took place on Thursday, July 9, 11:00 a.m. PT/2:00 p.m. ET.

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Free Webcast: Advocating Today and for the Future: Nursing Homes and Home and Community-Based Services in a COVID-19 World

By | Health Care, Home & Community Based Services, Medicaid, Nursing Homes, WEBINAR, Webinar Trainings

The COVID-19 pandemic presents difficulties and great risk for older Americans and people with disabilities who rely on hands-on assistance from others. Since early March, nursing home residents and others in congregate care settings have faced infection, injury, death, and relentless isolation. Home and community-based services (HCBS) programs have struggled to maintain services at necessary levels.

This Justice in Aging webcast, Advocating Today and for the Future: Nursing Homes and Home and Community-Based Services in a COVID-19 World, will look at both the present and the future. The session will bring attendees up to date on COVID-related policy changes for nursing homes and HCBS, including federal guidance for “reopening” nursing homes.

Also, the session will consider policy changes that the current crisis makes imperative. Shared-occupancy congregate care is a recipe for disaster in a COVID-19 world. The session will consider the immediate need for real change: both in remaking the nursing home model, and, more importantly, in making Medicaid HCBS available to all financially-eligible persons who need it.

Who should participate:
Aging and disability community advocates who want to learn more about advocating around nursing facility issues during COVID-19, and policy ideas for improving facilities and the long-term care system into the future.

Presenters:
Eric Carlson, Justice in Aging
Gelila Selassie, Justice in Aging

The webcast took place on Tuesday, June 30, 11:00 a.m. PT/2:00 p.m. ET.

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Free Webinar: Health Care Rights for Older Adults During COVID-19

By | CA Health Network Alert, Health Care, Medicare, WEBINAR

Older adults and people with disabilities are one of the populations most susceptible to both COVID-19 and the effects of related physical distancing mandates. Many advocates and other service providers working with older adults may have questions about the rights of older adults and the impact of COVID-19 and related relief measures on healthcare.

This free webinar, co-organized by Justice in Aging and California Health Advocates Senior Medicare Patrol, will discuss health care rights under Medicare and Medi-Cal for older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic, including increased flexibilities and requirements for Medicare Advantage, Part D and Cal MediConnect plans, the moratorium on Medi-Cal negative actions, special enrollment periods under Medicare, the impact of relief efforts on Medi-Cal benefits, guaranteed issue events for Medigap, and more.

Who should participate:
Legal services attorneys and aging and disability service providers, including HICAP staff and volunteers.

Presenters:
Denny Chan, Justice in Aging
Bonnie Burns, California Health Advocates

The webinar took place on Thursday, May 28, from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. PT.

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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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Free Webcast: Medicare Coverage and COVID-19

By | DUAL ELIGIBLES, Health Care, Medicaid, Medicare, WEBINAR, Webinar Trainings

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and new legislation have changed many of the rules in Medicare to respond to COVID-19. This webcast focuses on the changes to Medicare that most impact low-income older adults.

Who should participate:
Aging and legal advocates serving older adult Medicare beneficiaries who want to learn more about navigating the changes at CMS on behalf of their clients.

Presenters:
Amber Christ, Directing Attorney, Justice in Aging
Natalie Kean, Senior Staff Attorney, Justice in Aging

This webcast took place on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. PT/2:00 p.m. ET.

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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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Free Webinar: Nursing Facilities and Assisted Living During COVID-19

By | Health Care, Nursing Homes, WEBINAR

When: Friday, April 3, 2020 from 11:15 a.m. PT/2:15 p.m. ET

The current outbreak of COVID-19 presents particular danger to residents of nursing facilities and other long-term care facilities. This webinar, Nursing Facilities and Assisted Living During the COVID-19 Emergency, will cover recent policy changes by federal and state governments, and discuss the challenges and choices faced by residents.

Who should participate:
Aging and legal advocates, health advocates, family caregivers, and others wanting to learn more about how policy changes related to COVID-19 impact residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities and their families.

Presenter:
Eric Carlson, Justice in Aging

This webinar took place on Friday, April 3, 2020 from 11:15 a.m. PT/2:15 p.m. ET. 

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Free Webinar: Updates on Public Charge & Older Immigrants

By | Medicaid, Medicare, Safety Net Defense, WEBINAR

When: Monday, March 9, 2020 from 11 -11:30 am PT/2-2:30 pm ET

In January, the U.S. Supreme Court removed the nationwide temporary injunction that had prevented the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) public charge immigration rule from taking effect. This means that the public charge rule that DHS finalized last August can go into effect nationwide, except in Illinois, where it is blocked by a statewide injunction. DHS announced that it will begin implementing the final rule on February 24th.

The Supreme Court’s decision endangers the health and well-being of older immigrants and their families and cruelly impedes the path to citizenship and family unification. However, it is not a final decision and we must continue to fight to stop this harmful policy from becoming permanent. The multiple cases challenging the underlying legality of the final public charge rule will continue in the courts. DHS has appealed all the district court decisions that issued preliminary injunctions to the Second, Fourth, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits. DHS has also asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case.

Justice in Aging and our partners have filed amicus briefs in the Second and Ninth Circuits to ask the court to affirm the district courts’ nationwide injunctions and to highlight the ways in which this rule unfairly targets older immigrants, their families, and caregivers. This webinar, Updates on Public Charge & Older Immigrants, will begin with an overview of the public charge test and how it applies to older adults, discuss the current state of litigation, and provide information on what advocates need to know about the rule’s implementation.

Who should participate:
Aging and legal advocates, advocates serving immigrant communities, community-based providers, and others wanting to learn more about how changes to the public charge test and implementation of the new regulations impact older immigrants.

Presenter:
Denny Chan, Senior Staff Attorney, Justice in Aging
Natalie Kean, Senior Staff Attorney, Justice in Aging

This webinar took place on Monday, March 9, 2020, from 11 -11:30 am PT/2-2:30 pm ET. 

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Free Webinar: What’s Next for California’s Dual Eligibles? CalAIM and the Coordinated Care Initiative

By | CA Health Network Alert, Health Care, Medicaid, Medicare, WEBINAR, Webinar Trainings

When: Thursday, January 16, 2020 from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. PT/1-2 p.m. ET

In 2014, California’s Department of Health Care Services launched the Coordinated Care Initiative for dual eligibles in certain counties. It provided dual eligibles with an option to enroll in an integrated Medicare-Medicaid plan called Cal MediConnect. Now, California has proposed ending Cal MediConnect and transitioning to a statewide Dual Special Needs Plan (DSNP) model with managed Long-Term Services and Supports (MLTSS). It is also proposing changes to the Medi-Cal Long-Term Care benefit and the Multipurpose Senior Services Program (MSSP) and requiring dual eligibles to enroll in Medi-Cal managed care across the state. This webinar will unpack the major proposed changes that affect dual eligibles, including:

  • A brief overview of the Coordinated Care Initiative and Cal MediConnect;
  • Discussion of the major components of the CalAIM proposal that impact dual eligibles, including the D-SNP transition, mandatory Medi-Cal managed care enrollment, and changes to long-term care and MSSP, and what these changes mean to counties in and out of the Coordinated Care Initiative;
  • Areas that are ripe for advocacy based on the CalAIM proposal; and
  • How advocates and other stakeholders can provide input on the proposed changes.

Who should participate:
Advocates who work with California’s dual eligibles, individuals interested in California’s dual eligible demonstration, and other stakeholders.

Presenter:
Denny Chan, Senior Staff Attorney, Justice in Aging

This webinar took place on Thursday, January 16, 2020, from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. PT/ 1-2 p.m. ET. 

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Free Webinar: Medicaid Retroactive Coverage: What’s at Stake for Older Adults When States Eliminate this Protection?

By | Health Care, WEBINAR, Webinar Trainings

When:  Tuesday, October 1, 2019 11 am-12 pm PT/2-3 pm ET​

Medicaid retroactive coverage is an important financial protection that helps ensure prompt access to care for low-income, uninsured, and under-insured older adults and families. By authorizing states to provide payment for care and services that an individual received up to three months prior to applying for Medicaid, the policy helps protect people who cannot otherwise afford coverage—especially older adults—from crushing medical debt. Retroactive Medicaid coverage is an especially critical protection for people experiencing health emergencies, needing long-term services and supports (LTSS) following an acute illness, or facing other unexpected high-cost health care needs. The policy also relieves uncompensated care burdens on providers. Despite the immense value retroactive Medicaid coverage provides, several states have received federal permission to eliminate this protection.

This webinar—sponsored by Justice and Aging and the AARP Public Policy Institute—will highlight key findings from a new Justice in Aging issue brief on Medicaid retroactive coverage. Experts will discuss a survey of states that have eliminated retroactive coverage and the implications for older adults, families, and providers.

Who Should Participate:
Aging and legal advocates, policymakers, and others wanting to learn more about how waiving Medicaid retroactive coverage impacts older adults, their families, and providers.

Presenters:
Natalie Kean, Senior Staff Attorney, Justice in Aging
Edem Hado, Policy Research Senior Analyst, AARP Public Policy Institute

Moderator:
Amber Christ, Directing Attorney, Justice in Aging

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