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Special Report: How to Prevent and End Homelessness Among Older Adults

A lack of affordable housing and higher costs for health care and other necessities are pushing greater numbers of older adults into homelessness. A Special Report by Justice in Aging, created in partnership with The National Alliance to End Homelessness, outlines the problem and recommends policy solutions 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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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.

This guide by Justice in Aging attorney Eric Carlson discusses some of the most common—and most problematic—nursing home practices, and explains what residents and family members can do to fight back.

Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income: 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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Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Dual Eligibles: An Opportunity for Advocates

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May is both Older Americans Month and Mental Health Awareness Month. Mental health is a critical issue for older Americans, as one in five seniors has a mental health issue, and older men have the highest suicide rate of any group, according to the CDC. The mental health needs of seniors and persons with disabilities who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid are often overlooked in traditional medical settings, ramping up costs and leading to inadequate care. States and advocates need to focus attention on the behavioral health needs of these vulnerable populations.

New Regulations Create Opportunity for Better Long Term Services and Supports: Medicaid Managed Care Regulation Preview

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States and the federal government spend over $14 billion a year on Medicaid managed long-term services and supports—yet, there has never been an clear federal regulation defining state and managed care plan responsibilities in this massive enterprise. Until now. Last week, the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final regulation on Medicaid Managed Care. This new regulation details, among other things, the federal government’s expectations for states and managed care organizations (MCOs) that contract to deliver managed long-term services and supports (LTSS) for older adults and people with disabilities.

Big Win For Married LGBT SSI Recipients

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The last few weeks have brought some good news regarding Held v. Colvin, a case we (along with Foley Hoag LLP and GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders, or GLAD) filed in March 2015 against the Social Security Administration (SSA) on behalf of Plaintiffs Hugh Held and Kelley Richardson-Wright and a proposed nationwide class. We filed this case to stop SSA from attempting to collect “overpayments” from very low income people over 65 and people with disabilities receiving SSI who had been married to someone of the same sex on or before June 2013 when the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).