Where We Stand

NSCLC leaders such as Executive Director Kevin Prindiville often blog about the effects of senior poverty and the need for addressing this serious national problem. In this section, you will also find columns about our current and past policy priorities.

  • Action Needed Now to End Elder Abuse Among the Poor
    Most recently, the Labor/HHS Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee approved, for the first time, $10 million for the Elder Justice Initiative. Let’s not let federal support for elder abuse prevention wither in another appropriations cycle. This must be the year Congress seizes the opportunity to take real action to protect our nation’s elders. Read ...


  • Income Inequality among America’s Seniors Means It’s Not Time to Cut the Safety Net
    In May, a USA Today story revealed that the U.S. has the fourth most uneven income distribution in the developed world. We rank just behind Chile, Mexico, and Turkey with one of the developed world’s largest income gaps. While income inequality in America is not news, few are paying attention to how income inequality impacts ...


  • Policymakers Can Blunt the Sharp Impacts of Elder Poverty in America
    By Kevin Prindiville (column from May/June 2014 Aging Today). There are a number of ways the National Senior Citizens Law Center believes policymakers can act to address elderly poverty and blunt its negative impact… Proposals to weaken the programs have worked to alleviate the burden of poverty must be rejected; instead, we must update and ...


  • Senior Poverty: Action Needed to Address a Growing Problem
    Written statement from NSCLC to the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging on March 5, 2014 in which NSCLC recommends strengthening the safety net, improving SSI, increasing the availability of health care programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, Medicare Savings Programs and the Medicare Part D Low Income Subsidy, enhancing federal support for the long-term care ...


  • Seniors Remain on Frontlines in War on Poverty
    By Kevin Prindiville The 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty brings a welcome and much needed debate about how best to eradicate poverty in the world’s wealthiest country.  Unfortunately, few commentators are focusing on how poverty impacts the lives of the nation’s older adults – but they should. There are approximately 6.5 million people age 65 ...


  • Statement on Long Term Services and Supports
    In a statement shared with the Senate Special Committee on Aging Dec. 19, 2013, NSCLC says that the first step in improving Long Term Services and Supports is addressing the imbalance that exists in  financing of services.  Medicaid, for example, continues to give preference to providing LTSS in nursing homes.


  • Dual Eligible Demonstrations Policy Issue Brief 2013 – Focusing on the Individual
    The Affordable Care Act authorized the creation of demonstration programs that seek to integrate the financing of and delivery of care to dual eligibles. The Medicare Medicaid Coordination Office (MMCO) within the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) used this authority to launch the Financial Alignment Demonstration (FAD). The goals of the FAD are ...


  • Why SSI Needs an Appeal Process that Works
    September 2013 –An NSCLC issue brief, Why SSI Needs an Appeals Process that Works, provides an overview of how Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients are harmed when the Social Security Administration decides to stop or decrease their benefits, and they have a legitimate challenge to that decision but have no effective means of presenting their ...


  • It’s Time to Restore and Strengthen SSI
    (May 2013) Today, far too many older adults and persons with disabilities who now receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits struggle to make ends meet. While the program ensures that many elderly poor have some income, too many recipients are homeless or doing without basic necessities. And, far too many SSI recipients are deeper in poverty ...


  • Annual Report Summarizes 40th Year
    (April 2013) Last year marked NSCLC’s 40th anniversary. While we celebrated that milestone, we also recognized that challenges to the rights of low income older adults to quality health care, economic security or access to the courts have by no means disappeared. In the past year, NSCLC: Led efforts to ensure consumer protection for the elderly poor as ...


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