Proposed CUFF Act is Bad Policy

U.S. Representatives Sam Johnson (R-Texas), Kristi Noem (R-South Dakota), and Senator Dan Coats (R-Indiana) have introduced the transparently mislabeled CUFF Act (S 1758 and HR 2504) in Congress in an attempt to revive a disastrous old policy that existed prior to resolution of litigation in Martinez v. Astrue and Clark v. Astrue. A companion bill has been introduced in the Senate by Rep. Dan Coats (R-Ind.). The CUFF Act would not help law enforcement secure the arrest of people they are seeking; instead, hundreds of thousands of people who law enforcement has decided not to pursue would lose Social Security Old Age, Survivors or Disability Insurance benefits or SSI benefits. There is a real danger that this bill could be pushed with little or no notice to pay for an unrelated government program since the Congressional Budget Office estimates that it would reduce Social Security and SSI payments by $4.8 billion.

Advocacy Starts at Home: Join us in Washington DC

We hope you can join us on November 12, 2015 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. for a special event celebrating family caregivers. We’ll be honoring Lynn Fryss Feinberg from AARP’s Public Policy Institute with the Paul Nathanson Distinguished Advocate Award. You’ll enjoy festive food and drinks and a short program at the Whittemore House. Save the Date!

FREE GUIDE: 20 Common Nursing Home Problems and How to Resolve Them

Can a nursing home deny needed therapy services? Evict a resident for being “difficult”? Limit family members and friends to specified “visiting hours”? Many common nursing home practices are, in fact, illegal. In order to receive the best possible quality of care, a resident or resident’s family member should be familiar with the protections of the federal Nursing Home Reform Law, and understand how to use the law effectively.


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Five Steps to Resolving Common Nursing Home Problems

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By popular demand, we’ve updated and re-released 20 Common Nursing Home Problems—and How to Resolve Them. This guide discusses some of the most common—and most problematic—nursing home practices, and explains what residents and family members can do to fight back. Here’s a sneak-peek summary of how you can empower yourself to resolve these common problems.

Addressing Hunger Within the Web of Senior Poverty


Nationally, twenty-three percent of low-income older adults currently face food insecurity – meaning they lack consistent access to adequate food. This figure is expected to double over the next decade as the number of seniors living in poverty continues to increase. In Los Angeles County, there are over 300,000 low-income seniors who cannot make ends meet. Yet, only a fraction of this population – approximately nineteen percent – receive free food or assistance through existing meal programs.

LGBT Older Adults Still Face Discrimination

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Imagine being out and proud all of your adult life and then moving into a long-term care facility and having to go back into the closet because you don’t feel safe coming out to staff and other residents. Imagine being dismissed and disrespected when you advocate strongly for the rights of your same-sex companion while she’s being cared for in a nursing home. Imagine feeling like you have to endure homophobic comments from a personal care worker assigned to you because you’re afraid of how he’ll treat you if you speak up.