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NSCLC Joins Oregon Advocates to Stop Suspension of Social Security Payments 04-07-2014

Thanks to a recent federal court order and the efforts of Disability Rights Oregon (DRO), Oregon Law Center (OLC) and the National Senior Citizens Law Center (NSCLC), access to vital Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits have continued …

Health Network Alert - Has Your State Expanded Spousal Impoverishment Protections? 03-05-2014

Starting in 2014, all states must extend impoverishment protections to spouses of home and community-based services (HCBS) waiver participants.  Spousal impoverishment protections prevent one spouse from experiencing severe poverty when the other spouse has qualified for certain kinds of Medicaid …

Income Network Alert - Aging Committee Hearing Focuses on Senior Poverty; SSI Fixes Urged 03-05-2014

At a Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing to spotlight senior poverty today, key witnesses advocated for updating the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program and other National Senior Citizens Law Center priorities.

Health Network Alert - Details Matter: New Resource Will Help Advocates Get MLTSS Right 03-03-2014

A wave of new Medicaid Managed Long-Term Services (MLTSS) programs is sweeping the country and promises to impact the way care is delivered to millions of the nation’s seniors and people with disabilities.  Whether this impact is ultimately positive or …

Health Network Alert - Call to Advocates: Help Strengthen Medicare Part C and D 02-27-2014

CMS recently shared proposed regulations for the Medicare prescription drug program (Part D) and the Medicare managed care program (Part C) for public comment.  Several of the proposals represent important steps in improving the program and protecting beneficiaries.  They include …

Health Network Alert - MAGI Medicaid and Estate Recovery: CMS Issues State Medicaid Director Letter 02-24-2014

In a letter to State Medicaid Directors, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) addressed questions on the application of estate recovery rules to MAGI Medicaid individuals who are eligible for LTSS. The agency noted the chilling effect estate …

CA Health Network Alert - NSCLC Calls for Stronger California Rules Governing Assisted Living 02-18-2014

A number of troubling incidents that have been chronicled in the media the past few years have forced a re-examination of the regulation of California’s assisted living facilities, a popular option for seniors who do not require skilled nursing care, …

Health Network Alert - New Aging and Law Conference Will Meet in Washington, DC 02-18-2014

This year, the conference will be sponsored by the American Bar Association’s Commission on Law and Aging. It replaces the conference that was previously sponsored by the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. NALC 2014 will be held at the …

Income Network Alert - SSA Removes Hold On Some SSI Same Sex Couple Applications 01-29-2014

In December, NSCLC learned that all Supplemental Security Income (SSI) applications from people in a same sex marriage had been placed on an indefinite hold following last summer’s Supreme Court decision in United States v. Windsor. Individual cases in California, …

Health Network Alert - 2014 Transition Policies for Medicare Part D 01-22-2014

The new plan year for Medicare Part D began January 1 and many beneficiaries, particularly low-income subsidy individuals who were reassigned, are adjusting to new plans or to new rules and formulary changes in their current plans.  During the first …