• How Does the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 Affect Medicare?

    By on February 22, 2018

    In early February, Congress passed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 which includes several changes to the Medicare program and to other health programs affecting older adults, people with disabilities and families with low incomes. Below is a summary of the Medicare changes outlined in Justice in Aging’s fact sheet. Funding for Outreach to...

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  • Trump Administration Moves to Ease Rules on Short Term Health Insurance Plans

    By on February 21, 2018

    Under a new proposed rule, insurers will once again be able to sell short-term health insurance plans for up to one year, a step that would further undermine the Affordable Care Act marketplace. These plans would be less expensive, as they would not have to meet the current federal standards for coverage and can...

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  • Do You Know What Preventive Care Medicare Covers?

    By on February 15, 2018

    Did you know that Medicare covers the entire cost of some preventive services? Preventive care is the care you receive to prevent illness, detect medical conditions, and keep you healthy. If you meet the eligibility requirements and guidelines for a preventive service, Part B of Original Medicare or your Medicare Advantage Plan must cover...

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  • As Valentine’s Day Nears, Watch Out for Romance Scams

    By on February 12, 2018

    With Valentine’s Day upon us, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) reminds elders to be aware of romance scams and to “guard your wallet as well as your heart.” Below is an article from the CFPB on what to watch out for and how to protect yourself from such scams. Judging by the flowers,...

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  • H.R. 620 Threatens American Disabilities Act ~ Take Action Today!

    By on February 9, 2018

    The House of Representatives is planning to vote on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Education and Reform Act (H.R. 620) next week. This bill would seriously weaken the ADA by delaying requirements that businesses be accessible to people with disabilities. Take Action Now! Call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 today and ask...

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  • GAO Report Reveals Little Accountability for Regular “Critical Incidents” in Assisted Living Facilities

    By on February 7, 2018

    The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a report revealing that thousands of “Critical Incidents” in assisted living facilities occur regularly with little accountability. Because older people and people with disabilities receiving Medicaid assisted living services—over 330,000 in 2014—are vulnerable to abuse, neglect or exploitation, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is charged with...

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  • SMP Helps Beneficiary Clear Her Medicare Record of False Claims

    By on February 5, 2018

    Our California Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) staff and volunteers continually work with beneficiaries across the state on cases of suspected fraud. In some situations, beneficiaries experience medical identity theft with their Medicare number being used to bill for services or items never received. Other cases may be a simple, honest billing error from a...

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  • National Call-In Day! Fund Medicaid’s Money Follows the Person Program

    By on February 1, 2018

    Join a national effort to urge Congress to fund a critical program that helps older adults and people with disabilities move out of institutions and into the community. Call the Capitol Switchboard today at (202) 224-3121 and ask to be connected with your Senators. Tell them to support the bi-partisan bill called the EMPOWER...

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