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California Lawmakers Introduce a Trio of New Health Care Bills Focused on Older Adults

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Politico Pro: California Lawmakers Introduce a Trio of New Health Care Bills Focused on Older Adults (March 4, 2019)

The state of California has introduced three bills meant to help low-income seniors relying on Medi-Cal to cover health care costs. If passed, seniors over age 65 and people with disabilities would qualify for free coverage.

“Obamacare expanded coverage and affordability provisions for low-income people, but many of those benefits don’t apply to seniors once they reach age 65”, said Justice in Aging’s Senior Staff Attorney Claire Ramsey. “It’s about making Medi-Cal fairer and work better for older adults. We’re trying to stabilize their income and their financial security.” This article is behind a paywall. This is a summary.

Are Assisted Living Facilities Regulated?

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The Nursing Home Abuse Podcast: Are Assisted Living Facilities Regulated? (March 03, 2019)

On March 3, an episode of the Nursing Home Abuse Podcast featured Justice in Aging Directing Attorney, Eric Carlson, as a guest. The podcast is a project of two attorneys in Georgia. The episode was Are Assisted Living Facilities Regulated? Beginning at around 5:37, Eric talks about the differences between assisted living and nursing facilities, noting that more people who need higher levels of care are living in assisted living facilities than in previous years. Eric covers the regulatory framework for assisted living facilities, making clear that the laws governing assisted living facilities are different from state-to-state, as opposed to nursing homes, which are regulated by the federal government as the primary payor for nursing home care. The result is that, as more people with higher health care needs are relying on assisted living facilities, they may not be getting the care they need. This is due to lack of staff medical training and lack of government oversight. His advice to individuals and families when considering an assisted living facility is to explicitly ask the management about current and future care needs to get information about how the facility will handle the care needs of the individual who will be living there.

Older Californians and State of the State

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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

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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

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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.

Advocates Seek Medically Necessary Oral Health Care, CMS Eyes Issue

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Inside Health Policy January 29, 2019
This story leads with the news that CMS is taking a look at medically necessary dental benefits for Medicare beneficiaries. The article then goes on to describe advocate efforts (including Justice in Aging) to push for an inclusion of oral health benefits in Medicare Part B.  The article also mentions Justice in Aging’s brief on including an oral health benefit in Medicare as well as a bill that Senator Ben Cardin introduced to provide an oral health benefit. The article is behind a paywall. This is a summary.

Florida Faces ADA Lawsuit Over Medicaid HCBS Wait List

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Open Minds: Florida Faces ADA Lawsuit Over Medicaid HCBS Wait List (January 27, 2019)
This health care trade publication article summarized our complaint in the case Alexander et al., v. Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, including the key facts of the case and noted Florida’s lack of an Olmstead Plan to guide the delivery of services for class members in the least restrictive placement to meet their needs. The article is behind a paywall that can be accessed by members here.

 

 

AARP Celebrates Justice in Aging’s Denny Chan, Recipient of the Asian American Pacific Islander Hero Award

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On Wednesday, January 23rd. AARP honored Justice in Aging attorney Denny Chan with its Asian American Pacific Islander Hero Award for his work to advance language access for limited English proficient older adults. Several members of the media attended the event at AARP’s California headquarters in Pasadena. See the list of clips below.

  • ETTV News News segment aired on Jan 29, 2019
  • Sampan.org January 24, 2019
  • MeiMin.us January 24, 2019
  • ChineseDaily.com January 26, 2019
  • ESO411.com January 28, 2019
  • Chinese L.A. Daily News Jan 26, 2019 Print Issue
  • Zhong Guo Daily News January 26, 2019 Print Issue
  • World Journal, January 24, 2019