PUBLICATIONS

Justice in Aging publishes frequent issue briefs, reports and advocate’s guides that help on-the-ground advocates assist low-income older adults and persons with disabilities deal with often complex challenges related to federal and state benefits programs. Many of the issue briefs are also reflected in our ongoing, free webinar trainings. To ensure that you receive updates on the latest reports or trainings, sign up for our health or income network alerts.

Issue Briefs & Fact Sheets

COVID-19 Advocacy Toolkit for Older Adults

By | REPORTS, Toolkit

The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the unmet needs of low-income older adults across the country, as well as the disparate impact a public health crisis like COVID-19 has on communities of color. Older adults and people with underlying and chronic health conditions are most at risk from both the virus and the range of harms caused by isolation during strict physical distancing. Older adults who were already living on limited income and experiencing health disparities due to historical and present-day discrimination are most at risk of dying, whether it be from COVID-19 itself or not being able to get or afford other necessary healthcare, nutrition, and housing. Despite these facts, the relief packages passed so far have not focused on the needs of those most impacted.

We are asking Congress to take action on a range of issues. We have developed a toolkit to help you take action that includes a template letter and social media content.

Fact Sheet: Urgent Needs of Low-Income Older Adults During COVID-19 Crisis

By | Economic Security, FACT SHEET, Health Care, REPORTS

Because older adults and people with disabilities and underlying and chronic health conditions are most at risk from both the COVID-19 virus and the range of harms caused by isolation during strict physical distancing, Congress must take urgent action to protect their lives and well-being. In particular, Congress must pay extraordinary attention to older adults who were already living in poverty and experiencing health disparities due to historical and present-day discrimination. Their intersecting health and economic disparities mean they are most at risk of dying, whether it be from COVID-19 itself or not being able to get or afford other necessary healthcare, nutrition, and housing.

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Issue Brief: The “CARES Act:” What’s in It & What’s Missing

By | Economic Security, Health Care, ISSUE BRIEF, REPORTS, Safety Net Defense, SENIOR POVERTY

On March 27th, Congress passed the CARES Act (H.R. 748), a $2 trillion funding package aimed at addressing the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Americans. Justice in Aging analyzed the bill’s provisions through the lens of low-income older adults and people with disabilities in order to update you on what’s in the bill and what’s missing. The bill makes a number of key investments that will help low-income older adults and people with disabilities.

Our high-level summary of major provisions of the CARES Act also puts forth additional policies Congress must immediately enact to meet the needs of low-income older adults in this crisis.

Special Reports

Unique Legal Needs of Low-Income LGBT Seniors

The intersection of poverty and discrimination creates an array of unique legal needs for older LGBT individuals. A new Special Report by Justice in Aging, produced in partnership with Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Transgender Elders (SAGE), offers an overview and practical tips for legal aid organizations seeking to serve this population. The Report, How Can Legal Services Better Meet the Needs of Low-Income LGBT Seniors? is accompanied by a short video that highlights the diversity of the LGBT community and the gaps in equality its members face as they age.

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Homeless Among Older Adults

More older adults are homeless or at risk of homelessness than at any time in recent history. This special report, How to Prevent and End Homelessness Among Older Adults, created in partnership with The National Alliance to End Homelessness, outlines the problem and recommends policy solutions that can be put in place now to ensure that all older adults have a safe place to age in dignity, with affordable health care, and sufficient income to meet their basic needs.

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Advocacy Starts at Home

In this report, Advocacy Starts at Home: Strengthening Supports for Low-Income Older Adults and Family Caregivers, Justice in Aging draws the connection between fighting senior poverty, supporting caregivers, and the services needed to help older adults. The stress and expense of caregiving will touch every one of us at some point in our lives, but it can be devastating for poor families. In the paper, we identify clear solutions that will benefit everyone, while providing poor families with the basic support system they need to ensure that older adults in their families can age at home in dignity.

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Articles & Op-Ed

How Legal Aid Programs Can Address the Growing Problem of Senior Poverty

Legal aid organizations can play a critical role in securing the rights and benefits of the increasing number of older adults living in poverty. Justice in Aging attorneys Jennifer Goldberg, Fay Gordon, and Kate Lang authored a Special Feature for Management Information Exchange for Legal Aid (MIE) offering suggestions to help legal aid organizations structure their services to have the most impact, reach older adults with the greatest need, and increase their organizational capacity to serve low-income older adults.

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Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income Eligibility: Time for a Tune-Up

Medicaid and SSI are two essential programs that fight senior poverty by ensuring that low-income older Americans can meet their basic needs and maintain their health. In operation for 50 years (Medicaid) and 40 years (SSI), these workhorse programs are indispensable for seniors. But as the population ages and income inequality increases, both programs need retooling to improve benefits and increase access for more people who need them.

Justice in Aging attorneys Georgia Burke, Jennifer Goldberg, and Kate Lang published Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income Eligibility: Time for a Tune-Up,” in the spring issue of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) Journal.

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New national center aims to enhance legal services for older adults

Early this year, Justice in Aging will launch the new National Center on Law and Elder Rights (NCLER). We are pleased to introduce the aging network to NCLER, a destination for legal and aging advocates who need legal resources to better serve older adults.

Read more from Justice in Aging attorney Fay Gordon in the op-ed New national center aims to enhance legal services for older adults,” from the January-February issue of Aging Today – the bimonthly newspaper of the American Society on Aging.

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Balance billing: a tragic trend that is hurting our poorest elders

Every time I visit the doctor I get a bill for $15.27. I know I should not be receiving these, but I don’t want to ‘rock the boat.’ The doctor is in walking distance, so I don’t need to take public transportation. That saves me a lot because my income is only $329 a month. I ultimately do not know what I should and shouldn’t pay. I really feel anxious. I do not know what is going to happen with my healthcare.

I received two bills that I know I should not have received. I was sick and I needed the care, so I just paid them.

These stories reflect a growing trend of poor older adults being illegally billed for healthcare services covered by Medicare and Medicaid.

Read more from Justice in Aging’s Eric Carlson and Fay Gordon in the op-ed Balance billing: a tragic trend that is hurting our poorest elders,” from the May-June 2016 issue of Aging Today – the bimonthly newspaper of the American Society on Aging.

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