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California’s Master Plan For Aging: Make Medi-Cal More Affordable

By | FACT SHEET, Long Term Care, Medicaid, Toolkit

California has committed to developing a Master Plan for Aging in order to meet the needs of older adults today and for generations to come. Justice in Aging will release a series of short papers containing specific policy recommendations, developed with partners, that the Master Plan for Aging must include to meet its goals to advance equity, increase economic security and safety, and improve access to quality, affordable health care and LTSS programs.

The first in this series of papers, Make Medi-Cal More Accessible and Affordable, offers eight specific policy recommendations for improving Medi-Cal in order to ensure that every low-income older adult in California is able to access high quality, affordable health care. This paper was developed with developed with partners at Disability Rights California and Western Center on Law & Poverty.


Justice in Aging’s Letter to California’s Governor Elect Gavin Newsom

By | Statements

Gavin Newsom, California’s new governor, will begin his term among a growing crisis of senior poverty in the state. It will be critical that the Governor Elect create a master plan for aging that includes an aggressive, progressive approach to solve the root causes of senior poverty including high housing costs and high out-of-pocket medical costs, while increasing access to critical benefits that help California’s seniors get the help they need to make ends meet. Justice in Aging sent the new governor a letter congratulating him on being elected and outlining some of the critical investments in older adults we hope to see and work together with the administration to achieve.

WEBINAR: The California Coordinated Care Initiative: Consumer Protections and Benefit Package Summary – Advanced Training

By | CA Health Network Alert, WEBINAR
When: Tuesday, May 12, 2015 11 – 12 PM PDT

California is moving forward with the Coordinated Care Initiative (CCI), including the federally-approved dual eligible demonstration known as Cal MediConnect.  The CCI started on April 1, 2014, and is now underway in six counties including Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Mateo, and Santa Clara.

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How California’s Assisted Living System Falls Short in Addressing Residents’ Health Care Needs

By | Alerts, ASSISTED LIVING, ISSUE BRIEF, Long Term Care, Nursing Homes


The Problem: Can You Spot the Legal Violations in this Job Announcement?

California’s assisted living policy is surprisingly behind-the-times. 30 years ago, the assisted living system was created in California for residents without significant health needs. Today, assisted living residents are much sicker than they used to be, but there’s no solid quality of care standards for the facilities to follow to meet this need within the law. This leaves facilities in the precarious position of trying to meet residents’ health care needs, like for medication administration, sometimes by finagling their own solution like hiring a “med tech” or “med aide” –terms not defined in California law and without state education and testing standards.

Read the full issue brief here, including a quick quiz on the surprising legal violations found in many assisted living job announcements.

How California’s Assisted Living System Falls Short in Addressing Residents’ Health Care Needs



Across the country, assisted living facilities now provide services for residents with significant care needs, a noticeable change from 30 years ago when California adopted its quality standards. California developed its regulations on the premise that facilities do not provide, and residents do not need, health care services.

Decades later, this premise has perpetuated an odd work-around for administering medication: “assistance with self-administration.” The fiction of universal self-administration highlights an underlying disconnect within California’s assisted living regulatory system: the failure to adequately acknowledge resident’s health care needs.

This policy issue brief, a first in a series, explores the need to legitimate and regulate the practice of medication administration to protect residents, assisted living communities, and staff.