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Free Webinar: The California Final Budget and Older Adults: What Happened and What’s Next

By | Economic Security, Health Care, Home & Community Based Services, WEBINAR, Webinar Trainings

A lot was at stake in this year’s California 2020-21 budget that the Governor signed on June 29th. Join us for a discussion of what the final budget includes that impacts low-income older adults and what’s next. This webinar, The California Final Budget and Older Adults: What Happened and What’s Next, provides an overview of what the budget includes for low-income older adults, what cuts were avoided, what we can expect next, and how to continue advocating on behalf of low-income older adults in light of the ongoing health and economic crises.

Who should participate:
Aging and legal advocates, community-based providers, local government partners, and others advocating on behalf of low-income older adults.

Presenter:
Claire Ramsey, Senior Staff Attorney, Justice in Aging

The webinar took place on Thursday, July 16, 11:00 a.m. PT/2:00 p.m. ET.

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No One Should Be Surprised That America Abandoned the Elderly to Die

By | Economic Security, Health Equity, Home & Community Based Services, IN THE NEWS, Nursing Homes, SENIOR POVERTY

New York Magazine Intelligencer, No One Should Be Surprised That America Abandoned the Elderly to Die, (July 9, 2020)

In the U.S., seniors are often an afterthought. Though elderly Americans receive Social Security and Medicare benefits that lift millions above the federal poverty line, other, more precise measures of economic hardship suggest that senior insecurity is higher in the U.S. than in many other wealthy countries. One survey found that half of all seniors who live alone lacked the means to cover basic expenses; among two-senior households, nearly a quarter reported the same. Many of those low-income seniors continue to work, or enter poorly regulated care facilities that can pose unique dangers to their health. “This is a group who is already living on the edge,” explained Kevin Prindiville, executive director of Justice in Aging. “Because they have low incomes. They have limited work opportunities. They have limited social support in their community. And then you add to that this virus, which is particularly dangerous for them. It just exacerbates all the challenges that they were living with before.”

Poorest Americans Have the Most Difficulty Accessing Stimulus Checks

By | Economic Security, IN THE NEWS, SENIOR POVERTY, Supplemental Security Income

Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity, Poorest Americans Have the Most Difficulty Accessing Stimulus Checks (June 24, 2020)

For millions of people who weren’t required to file tax returns, including some people who receive Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, Social Security Disability Insurance, or make less than $12,200 a year, much needed stimulus payments were not automatic. Instead they had to fill out an online form, which sounds simple enough. But like Justice in Aging Directing Attorney, Tracey Gronniger, said for this article, “Someone who is familiar [with the process], who has a computer, internet service, a home, resources, and time to do these things is in a much better situation to actually receive a stimulus payment.”

Fact Sheet: Budget Cuts to Programs for Low-Income Older Adults Must be Rejected – Cuts Would Disproportionately Hurt Older Adults of Color

By | CA Health Network Alert, Economic Security, FACT SHEET, Health Care, Home & Community Based Services, REPORTS

Governor Newsom’s revised budget makes deep cuts to nearly every program on which low-income older adults rely. The cuts to programs will be especially hard on older adults of color, who, because of systemic racism and discrimination, are at greater risk from COVID-19 and rely on these programs to survive. If enacted, these cuts will cause great harm to the health and economic security of the state’s low-income older adults and their families.

Last week, the state Senate rejected many of the cuts that the Governor proposed. Advocates need to continue to push back and educate legislators about the devastating impact of these cuts. A new Justice in Aging fact sheet discusses in more detail the specific harms of these cuts and their disproportionate impact on communities of color.

California Budget Analysis

By | Economic Security, Health Care, IN THE NEWS

Major Cuts to the Programs that Serve Older Adults Must Be Rejected

On May 14, 2020, Governor Newsom released the May Revision of the 2020-21 budget. Despite the increased need for services and supports for older adults during the COVID-19 crisis, the May Revision contains numerous and devastating cuts to the programs that older adults need and use to stay safe and healthy in their communities. Older Californians of color are at most risk of serious disease and death due to COVID-19 and these cuts will only act to widen already unacceptable disparities in access to care and health outcomes.

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Free Webcast: Obtaining Economic Impact Payments for Low-Income Clients

By | Economic Security, Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, WEBINAR, Webinar Trainings

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the government is distributing economic impact payments to individuals in the United States. This webcast, Obtaining Economic Impact Payments for Low-Income Clients, covers who will receive these payments and current policies surrounding how low-income recipients of certain benefits, including Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and VA Disability Compensation or Veterans Pensions, can obtain them.

Who should participate:
Advocates representing low-income clients receiving Social Security or means-tested benefits including SSI, VA Disability Compensation or VA Pension benefits.

Presenter:
Kate Lang, Senior Staff Attorney, Justice in Aging

The webcast took place on Friday, April 24, 11:00 a.m. PT/2:00 p.m. ET.

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Fact Sheet: Urgent Needs of Low-Income Older Adults During COVID-19 Crisis

By | Economic Security, FACT SHEET, Health Care, REPORTS

Because older adults and people with disabilities and underlying and chronic health conditions are most at risk from both the COVID-19 virus and the range of harms caused by isolation during strict physical distancing, Congress must take urgent action to protect their lives and well-being. In particular, Congress must pay extraordinary attention to older adults who were already living in poverty and experiencing health disparities due to historical and present-day discrimination. Their intersecting health and economic disparities mean they are most at risk of dying, whether it be from COVID-19 itself or not being able to get or afford other necessary healthcare, nutrition, and housing.

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Free Webcast: New Policies Related to COVID-19 at SSA

By | Economic Security, WEBINAR, Webinar Trainings

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has made many changes to its policies and procedures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These changes impact all areas of the agency – the local offices, each state’s Disability Determination Service, and the hearing offices. This webcast provides an overview of these changes, and offers suggestions for how advocates can interact with SSA during this unusual time.

Who should participate:
Aging and legal advocates serving individuals who receive Social Security, SSI, or SSDI, and who want to learn more about navigating the changes at SSA on behalf of their clients.

Presenter:
Kate Lang, Senior Staff Attorney, Justice in Aging

This webcast took place on Friday, April 10, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. PT/1:30 p.m. ET.

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For Millions of People, Relief From the COVID-19 Stimulus Package Remains Out of Reach

By | Economic Security, IN THE NEWS

Time: For Millions of People, Relief From the COVID-19 Stimulus Package Remains Out of Reach, (April 8, 2020)

This article talks about the difficulty millions of newly unemployed people are having getting the help they need and goes on to talk about the one-time federal stimulus payments, about which Justice in Aging attorney Tracey Gronniger, was interviewed. The $1,200 stimulus payment from the federal government leaves out an estimated 8 million undocumented immigrants working in the U.S. and it  remains unclear how millions of individuals dependent on Supplemental Security Income, many of whom do not file taxes due to their meager incomes, will receive funds. “It’s really placing a burden on very low-income people who are already having difficulty making ends meet,” said Tracey.

Economic challenges face elderly Americans during Covid-19 shutdowns

By | Economic Security, Health Care, IN THE NEWS, Medicaid, Medicare

KFTK St. Louis, The Randy Tobler Show: Economic challenges face elderly Americans during COVID-19 shutdowns, (April 7, 2020)

Amber Christ, Directing Attorney with Justice in Aging, joined Randy to discuss the challenges elderly Americans face during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Following the passage of the CARES Act, rebates were approved to help stimulate the economy, $1200 dollars per person which most will be received automatically.  This also includes those that receive Social Security retirement or Social Security Disability. Amber discusses, this as well as some of the health care provisions in the CARES Act.