Advocacy Starts at Home: Join us in Washington DC

Save the Date! 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 Friss Feinberg, a Senior Strategic Policy Adviser with 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.

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.

Dementia Training Requirements

More than five million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease, and their numbers are growing. People with Alzheimer’s and related dementias are living in many different settings, and coming into contact with a variety of people. Justice in Aging, in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, is working to identify state training gaps by facility and profession, and provide a roadmap for advocates working to strengthen state laws.

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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Ten Things You Should Know About Language Access Advocacy for Older Adults

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Last month, CMS announced a first-ever plan to address health equity in Medicare. One of the major priorities is to improve communication and language access for individuals with Limited English Proficiency (LEP). This is important because of the sheer numbers of people it affects and because language barriers are a major cause of low-income older adults being unable to access the health care they need. Here are ten things you should know about language access advocacy for older adults.

Senior Poverty in Today’s Census Report

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1. Women over 75 are at particular risk of poverty.

2.The Supplemental Poverty Measure continues to tell a very different story about senior poverty than the Official Poverty Measure.

3. Anti-poverty efforts, like Medicare and Medicaid, dramatically reduce senior poverty.

CMS to Address Health Equity in Medicare

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For the first time, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published a plan to address health equity in Medicare. The plan, developed by the Office of Minority Health, will focus on populations that experience barriers to accessing care and lower quality of care. These include rural residents, Limited English Proficiency (LEP) individuals, racial and ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, and LGBT individuals. The plan aims to reduce health disparities in four years, and focuses on six priorities.