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Dignity for All: Ensuring Economic Security as America Ages

Justice in Aging recently hosted the forum Dignity for All: Ensuring Economic Security as America Ages in Washington DC. The forum featured researchers, service providers, and advocates exploring the issue of economic security for older Americans and their families. We know a lot of you across the country wanted to be there with us so we recorded the whole thing so you can attend virtually! See photos, watch the videos, and download the slides.

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Special Report: How Can Legal Services Better Meet the Needs of Low-Income LGBT Seniors?

The intersection of poverty and discrimination creates an array of unique legal needs for older LGBT individuals. A new Special Report by Justice in Aging, produced in partnership with Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Transgender Elders (SAGE), offers an overview and practical tips for legal aid organizations seeking to serve this population. The Report, How Can Legal Services Better Meet the Needs of Low-Income LGBT Seniors? is accompanied by a short video that highlights the diversity of the LGBT community and the gaps in equality its members face as they age.

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Stay Tuned! The National Center on Law and Elder Rights

Justice in Aging is pleased to announce the future launch of the National Center on Law and Elder Rights (NCLER). The new national center will provide the legal services and aging and disability communities with the legal tools and resources they need to serve older adults with the greatest economic and social needs. Justice in Aging will administer the NCLER through a contract with the Administration on Community Living’s Administration on Aging.

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Racial Justice Statement

While recent census data shows that safety net programs are improving the lives of low-income Americans, racial disparities in poverty and wealth continue. In recognition of the structural racism that contributes to these disparities and to multiple police-involved shootings of Black people and other people of color this year and every year, we want to share a racial justice statement from Justice in Aging.

20 Common Cover20 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. This guide by Justice in Aging attorney Eric Carlson discusses some of the most common—and most problematic—nursing home practices, and explains what residents and family members can do to fight back.

Dignity For All: Ensuring Economic Security as America Ages

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On Tuesday, November 15, we hosted a forum focused on how advocates and policy makers can work together to address the health and economic security issues affecting older adults. At Dignity For All: Ensuring Economic Security as America Ages, three panels of academics, advocates, and service providers shared data, stories, and policy recommendations to raise awareness of the issue of senior poverty and inspire action to improve the health and economic security of older adults. Read More

NALC Meets the National Center on Law and Elder Rights

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On October 29, aging advocates closed out another successful annual National Aging and Law Conference (NALC) in Alexandria, Virginia. Unpacking, I sifted through the usual post-conference paper trail tornado: hotel notepads scribbled with ideas, business cards of inspiring advocates, and brochures from innovative legal programs. Reading through these materials, a few words kept popping up-partnership, engagement, coordination, capacity. Read More

Systemic Denti-Cal Problems Increase Financial Hardship for Older Adults

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Linda—a low-income older adult living in Los Angeles County—applied for a dental credit card after being advised to do so by her dentist. Her dentist’s office explained that, while she has dental coverage through Denti-Cal, it often takes a long time to get authorizations approved and it would be in her best interest to pay right now with the card and get reimbursed later. When Linda received her statement, it showed she owed over $2,000. Not only did she receive services that were not covered by her insurance, she also was charged for services that should have been covered by Denti-Cal but that were denied because her dentist’s office did not properly submit the claim to Denti-Cal. Unable to pay the $2,000 within the no-interest six month promotional period, Linda was hit with the balance plus six months of interest that accrued at 26.9%. Distraught, Linda contacted a legal advocate who is now working to dispute the charges and to rescind the credit card contract. Read More