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Justice in Aging Statement on Affordable Care Act Decision in Texas

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Last Friday, a Federal District Court in Texas issued a decision declaring the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in its entirety unconstitutional. The judge’s reasoning has been widely criticized and legal scholars contend that it is unlikely the decision will be upheld on appeal. Nevertheless, the ruling sowed confusion and uncertainty on the eve of the ACA Marketplace enrollment deadline and furthers the harm caused by the Trump Administration’s and Congress’s actions to undermine the ACA.

If the ruling were to stand, the implications for older adults would be catastrophic. Over 4.5 million older adults age 55-64 who have coverage through the Marketplaces and Medicaid expansion would lose access to health care. For millions more, health care would become either unaffordable or unattainable because health insurance companies would again be permitted to charge older adults more based on age and deny coverage to the 8 out of 10 older adults with a preexisting condition.

The ACA’s Medicare provisions would also be rolled back. Medicare enrollees would face higher prescription drug costs and out-of-pocket spending on preventive services that are currently free pursuant to the ACA. Further, the savings from the ACA that extended the life of the Medicare trust fund would be eliminated, placing Medicare at risk for dramatic cuts through the budget, vouchers, and privatization. These are costs that seniors simply cannot afford.

Despite the judge’s ruling, the ACA remains the law today and older Americans can continue to rely on the ACA’s protections and coverage. By joining together, we have successfully prevented previous attempts strike down the ACA. That fight continues to ensure older adults have access to affordable and quality health care as they age.

New Regulation Prohibits Discrimination in Health Care: Key Highlights for Aging Advocates

By | Affordable Care Act, BLOG, Health Care, Health Disparities, HOMEPAGE, Language Access, LGBT
Aging advocates working to promote health equity got some good news and extensive summer reading last week. After much anticipation, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released final regulations that seek to transform care for underserved communities by ending discrimination in health care services and settings. Read More

County Specific D-SNP Fact Sheets for Advocates

By | Alerts, DUAL DEMONSTRATIONS, DUAL ELIGIBLES, Health Care

Dual Eligibles in a number of California counties who are currently enrolled in either Medicare Advantage Plans or certain Duals Special Needs Plans (D-SNPS) may see their plans change and/or may be subject to passive enrollment in Cal MediConnect, depending on a number of factors. The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) released the new Duals Special Needs Plan (D-SNP) policy last summer for beneficiaries in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Mateo, and Santa Clara Counties, and more recently for Orange County.

To help advocates unravel the complex policy and better advise their clients, Justice in Aging developed a series of county-specific fact sheets summarizing for advocates how beneficiaries are impacted depending on the type of Medicare Advantage plan in which a beneficiary is enrolled.

Today, we are releasing the Orange County fact sheet for the first time, and rereleasing the other county-specific fact sheets.

Orange County
Los Angeles County
Riverside County
San Bernardino County
San Diego County
San Mateo County
Santa Clara County

Better Today, Thanks to the ACA

By | Affordable Care Act, BLOG, Health Care, HOMEPAGE

To us at Justice in Aging, there’s nothing controversial about affordable, accessible health care for all people as we age. Five years ago today—on March 23, 2010—the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law by President Obama. The law is working and continues to improve health care quality and access. It’s easy to forget that the improvements we now take for granted were not around just a few years ago. On its fifth birthday, we’re remembering to celebrate five things that are better today because of the ACA.

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ISSUE BRIEF: Medicaid Expansion and Transition Issues for California Seniors and Persons with Disabilities

By | Affordable Care Act, REPORTS

November 2013 –The Affordable Care Act (ACA) will afford millions of uninsured individuals with healthcare coverage through the expansion of Medicaid and the creation of state healthcare exchanges.

A new NSCLC issue brief, Medicaid Expansion in California: Opportunities and Challenges for Older Adults and People with Disabilities, provides an overview of these new coverage options and how they impact seniors and people with disabilities.  The brief also explores how people receiving coverage under Medicaid expansion and exchanges will transition into Medicare coverage when they turn 65 or otherwise become eligible.

The brief is designed to help both advocates and policymakers understand how new coverage options impact seniors and people with disabilities.  The brief will help advocates better prepare to serve their clients and communities.  Policymakers are provided a set of both short-term and long-term recommendations on how to ensure smooth transitions between new coverage options and Medicare.

While the issue brief focuses on how these issues play out in California, much of the information is relevant to advocates and policymakers in other states as well.  NSCLC is excited to work with stakeholder in all states to ensure that the promise of the Affordable Care Act is fulfilled for low-income seniors and would welcome the opportunity to explore these issues in your state.