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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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Free Webcast: Protecting Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services During COVID-19

By | Home & Community Based Services, Long Term Care, Medicaid, Medicare, WEBINAR, Webinar Trainings

During the COVID-19 crisis, it has become clear that the ability to receive services and care at home and in the community is critical to keeping people safe and healthy and to help stop the spread of the virus. Unfortunately, however, there are multiple barriers to adequate access to Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS).

A lack of investment in HCBS by federal and state governments, scarcity of personal protective equipment for home care workers, and state cuts to HCBS programs to address budget shortfalls threaten existing HCBS infrastructure and put the lives of millions of seniors and people with disabilities at risk.

In this webcast, you will hear from disability, aging, and state advocates on what actions you can take to protect and maintain access to HCBS in your state. The webcast will include:

  • An overview of HCBS advocacy at the federal level;
  • A summary of available funding for community-based providers to respond to COVID-19; and
  • Discussion of advocacy tools to maintain HCBS infrastructure and to combat efforts to cut HCBS in state budgets.

Who should participate:
Aging and disability advocates who want to learn how to protect Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services.

Presenters:
Nicole Jorwic, Senior Director of Public Policy, The Arc
Amber Christ, Directing Attorney, Justice in Aging
State Advocates from Washington and Oklahoma

The webcast took place on Thursday, July 9, 11:00 a.m. PT/2:00 p.m. ET.

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Free Webcast: Advocating Today and for the Future: Nursing Homes and Home and Community-Based Services in a COVID-19 World

By | Health Care, Home & Community Based Services, Medicaid, Nursing Homes, WEBINAR, Webinar Trainings

The COVID-19 pandemic presents difficulties and great risk for older Americans and people with disabilities who rely on hands-on assistance from others. Since early March, nursing home residents and others in congregate care settings have faced infection, injury, death, and relentless isolation. Home and community-based services (HCBS) programs have struggled to maintain services at necessary levels.

This Justice in Aging webcast, Advocating Today and for the Future: Nursing Homes and Home and Community-Based Services in a COVID-19 World, will look at both the present and the future. The session will bring attendees up to date on COVID-related policy changes for nursing homes and HCBS, including federal guidance for “reopening” nursing homes.

Also, the session will consider policy changes that the current crisis makes imperative. Shared-occupancy congregate care is a recipe for disaster in a COVID-19 world. The session will consider the immediate need for real change: both in remaking the nursing home model, and, more importantly, in making Medicaid HCBS available to all financially-eligible persons who need it.

Who should participate:
Aging and disability community advocates who want to learn more about advocating around nursing facility issues during COVID-19, and policy ideas for improving facilities and the long-term care system into the future.

Presenters:
Eric Carlson, Justice in Aging
Gelila Selassie, Justice in Aging

The webcast took place on Tuesday, June 30, 11:00 a.m. PT/2:00 p.m. ET.

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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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Free Webcast: Medicare Coverage and COVID-19

By | DUAL ELIGIBLES, Health Care, Medicaid, Medicare, WEBINAR, Webinar Trainings

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and new legislation have changed many of the rules in Medicare to respond to COVID-19. This webcast focuses on the changes to Medicare that most impact low-income older adults.

Who should participate:
Aging and legal advocates serving older adult Medicare beneficiaries who want to learn more about navigating the changes at CMS on behalf of their clients.

Presenters:
Amber Christ, Directing Attorney, Justice in Aging
Natalie Kean, Senior Staff Attorney, Justice in Aging

This webcast took place on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. PT/2:00 p.m. ET.

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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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Free Webinar: What’s Next for California’s Dual Eligibles? CalAIM and the Coordinated Care Initiative

By | CA Health Network Alert, Health Care, Medicaid, Medicare, WEBINAR, Webinar Trainings

When: Thursday, January 16, 2020 from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. PT/1-2 p.m. ET

In 2014, California’s Department of Health Care Services launched the Coordinated Care Initiative for dual eligibles in certain counties. It provided dual eligibles with an option to enroll in an integrated Medicare-Medicaid plan called Cal MediConnect. Now, California has proposed ending Cal MediConnect and transitioning to a statewide Dual Special Needs Plan (DSNP) model with managed Long-Term Services and Supports (MLTSS). It is also proposing changes to the Medi-Cal Long-Term Care benefit and the Multipurpose Senior Services Program (MSSP) and requiring dual eligibles to enroll in Medi-Cal managed care across the state. This webinar will unpack the major proposed changes that affect dual eligibles, including:

  • A brief overview of the Coordinated Care Initiative and Cal MediConnect;
  • Discussion of the major components of the CalAIM proposal that impact dual eligibles, including the D-SNP transition, mandatory Medi-Cal managed care enrollment, and changes to long-term care and MSSP, and what these changes mean to counties in and out of the Coordinated Care Initiative;
  • Areas that are ripe for advocacy based on the CalAIM proposal; and
  • How advocates and other stakeholders can provide input on the proposed changes.

Who should participate:
Advocates who work with California’s dual eligibles, individuals interested in California’s dual eligible demonstration, and other stakeholders.

Presenter:
Denny Chan, Senior Staff Attorney, Justice in Aging

This webinar took place on Thursday, January 16, 2020, from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. PT/ 1-2 p.m. ET. 

Closed captioning will be available during this webinar. A link with access to the captions will be shared through GoToWebinar’s chat box shortly before the webinar start time. 

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Free Webinar: Medicaid Retroactive Coverage: What’s at Stake for Older Adults When States Eliminate this Protection?

By | Health Care, WEBINAR, Webinar Trainings

When:  Tuesday, October 1, 2019 11 am-12 pm PT/2-3 pm ET​

Medicaid retroactive coverage is an important financial protection that helps ensure prompt access to care for low-income, uninsured, and under-insured older adults and families. By authorizing states to provide payment for care and services that an individual received up to three months prior to applying for Medicaid, the policy helps protect people who cannot otherwise afford coverage—especially older adults—from crushing medical debt. Retroactive Medicaid coverage is an especially critical protection for people experiencing health emergencies, needing long-term services and supports (LTSS) following an acute illness, or facing other unexpected high-cost health care needs. The policy also relieves uncompensated care burdens on providers. Despite the immense value retroactive Medicaid coverage provides, several states have received federal permission to eliminate this protection.

This webinar—sponsored by Justice and Aging and the AARP Public Policy Institute—will highlight key findings from a new Justice in Aging issue brief on Medicaid retroactive coverage. Experts will discuss a survey of states that have eliminated retroactive coverage and the implications for older adults, families, and providers.

Who Should Participate:
Aging and legal advocates, policymakers, and others wanting to learn more about how waiving Medicaid retroactive coverage impacts older adults, their families, and providers.

Presenters:
Natalie Kean, Senior Staff Attorney, Justice in Aging
Edem Hado, Policy Research Senior Analyst, AARP Public Policy Institute

Moderator:
Amber Christ, Directing Attorney, Justice in Aging

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Free Webinar: Issues in the Representative Payee Program for Older Adults

By | Economic Security, WEBINAR, Webinar Trainings

When: Tuesday, September 24, 2019 11 am-12 pm PT/2-3 pm ET​

The Social Security Administration’s (SSA’s) representative payee program is critical for ensuring that older adults who cannot manage their own finances have the necessary support to age in dignity. Justice in Aging focuses our work on addressing the major issues facing the representative payee program as they specifically relate to older adults. To protect seniors from financial exploitation or interruptions in their benefits, it is imperative that those providing oversight of the payee program are aware of key issues related to ensuring that older beneficiaries are not harmed by this arrangement.

In this webinar, we will explore these key issues, in particular when creditors, such as nursing facilities or other residential facilities, act as representative payees for residents. We will also review the resources available from Justice in Aging that focus on the needs of older beneficiaries with a payee. This webinar will prepare you for the upcoming P & A Initiated Reviews in nursing homes.

Presenter:
Kate Lang, Senior Attorney, Justice in Aging

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Free Webinar: The Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB) Program—An Update for Advocates: Part 2 of 2

By | Health Care, Medicaid, Medicare, WEBINAR, Webinar Trainings

When: Wednesday, July 24, 2019 11 am-12 pm PT/2-3 pm ET​

The Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB) program provides significant Medicare cost savings to low income individuals, including payment of Medicare premiums and protection from liability for any Medicare co-insurance or deductibles for health services. Those enrolled in the program also are automatically enrolled in the Part D Low Income Subsidy program (LIS). Despite its value, the QMB program is chronically under-enrolled. Many eligible individuals don’t know about the program or face barriers when they try to enroll. Those who are enrolled often face difficulties in accessing QMB protections.

This two-part webinar series gives advocates updated information on the QMB benefit and tools to use to ensure that their clients are enrolled and can use the benefit effectively.

Part One provides an overview of the QMB program, including eligibility criteria and program basics and focus on the specifics of QMB billing protections. We focus on recent improvements that make it easier for QMBs and their advocates to understand their payment responsibilities and the tools available to address problems with providers who improperly bill QMBs. We also distinguish between the QMB program and a Medicaid agency’s Part B buy-in agreement, and discuss QMB issues in Medicare Advantage.

Part Two focuses on enrollment. It looks at barriers to QMB enrollment, including problems that have arisen in various states and advocacy approaches, especially for individuals with Medicaid linked to Supplemental Security Income. We explore both ways to untangle individual problems and ways to work with your state to improve QMB enrollment systemically.

Who should participate:
Aging and legal advocates, community-based providers and others who counsel older adults on health benefits.

Presenters:
Denny Chan, Senior Staff Attorney, Justice in Aging
Georgia Burke, Directing Attorney, Justice in Aging

Part 1 occurs on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 11 am-12 pm PT/2-3 pm ET​

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