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.

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.

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Court Says Medicaid Coverage Gap Must End, Seniors No Longer on the Hook for Thousands in Assisted Living Bills

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Ohio’s Medicaid program covered only a portion of the program’s assisted living bills, leaving frail seniors Betty Hilleger and Geraldine Saunders with unexpected sky-high expenses. And they were not alone. Thousands of Ohio’s seniors faced the same coverage gap. They applied for coverage, but faced delays and unreasonable bills even after they were supposed to be covered. Justice in Aging joined with the Cincinnati firm Beckman Weil Shepardson to represent Hilleger and Saunders in a class action suit against the state to eliminate this coverage gap.

Is our health care system ready to serve people with dementia?

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Last week, when 15 firefighter-paramedics arrived at a nursing home in Lake Zurich, Illinois, they were not responding to a crisis. Their purpose was purely educational, as the firefighters embarked on a training day to learn about Alzheimer’s disease. “There’s a large handful of people that have dementia in this area, and we have to deal with them all the time, and care for them, and it’s important that we know how to do it properly,” Fire Department training chief, Mickey Wenzel reported to the local news.

CMS Report Finds Widespread Illegal Billing of Low-Income Medicare Beneficiaries

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“I don’t want to ‘rock the boat,’” explains a low-income Medicare beneficiary when asked about health services she receives illegal bills for. Despite her $329 a month income, this beneficiary pays $15.27 after every doctor’s appointment. A new report from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finds that many low-income Medicare beneficiaries are in the same situation. Afraid to rock the boat, they either are not receiving needed health care services or end up paying for services after being illegally billed.