Where We Stand

  • 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
    A new 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 side ...


  • Kevin Prindiville Named NSCLC Executive Director
    (June 2013) After an extensive, nationwide search involving the board and staff, the National Senior Citizens Law Center Board of Directors named current Deputy Director Kevin Prindiville as the new Executive Director at its meeting June 1 in Los Angeles. He starts July 1. Kevin began as a Staff Attorney at NSCLC’s Oakland office in 2006. He ...


  • 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 ...


  • Long Term Care Commission Should Right the Imbalance In How Medicaid Pays for Long Term Services and Supports
    (March 2013) President Obama has just appointed the final members of the Commission on Long Term Care.  This new Commission has six months to accomplish one objective: develop a plan for the establishment, implementation and financing of a comprehensive, coordinated, and high-quality system that ensures the availability of long-term services and supports (LTSS) for individuals who ...


  • FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
    (February 2013) Forty years ago, at the age of 29, I came to the NSCLC to advocate for the rights of low-income older adults. My mother did not understand why I would leave a large private law firm and give up the commensurate salary to work in a poverty law program. I have never once regretted ...


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