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House Tax Reform Bill Negatively Impacts Older Americans

Leadership in the House of Representatives is moving forward with its version of a tax bill that calls for enormous tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans and will drive up the deficit to the tune of $1.5 trillion.  Such a deficit will necessarily lead to cuts in programs that low-income older ...

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Age-Friendly Health System Initiative Reaches 3,500 Patients

The John A. Hartford Foundation, in partnership with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), the American Hospital Association, Catholic Health Association and The Joint Commission, launched a national initiative to grow age-friendly health systems earlier this year, which has already improved care for approximately 3,500 older adults and is growing steadily.

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Trump Tweets as Administration’s ACA Sabotage Continues

Over the weekend, the president tweeted “As usual, the ObamaCare premiums will be up…but we will Repeal & Replace…” What he failed to mention is that premiums are spiking in large part due to the administration’s own refusal to fund the ACA’s Cost-Sharing Reductions (CSRs).

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Harvey, Irma and Medicare: Info for Advocates in Texas and Florida

In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, older adults and people with disabilities will require additional help to ensure they have access to the Medicare benefits they rely upon.

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Advocacy Group Seeks Probe into Irma-Related Deaths

At least eight elderly people died Wednesday at a South Florida nursing home that had no air conditioning due to power outages after Hurricane Irma. A second, dramatic last-minute evacuation took place at a nursing home in North Miami Beach due to dangerous temperatures and a lack of electricity. Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) announced that he is launching two state investigations into the deaths.

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Elder Law Group Opposes Maine Medicare Waiver

The National Association of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) is raising serious concerns about Maine’s proposed waiver of certain Medicare rules, including an unprecedented move to add new restrictions to the transfer of asset rules in Section 1917 of the Social Security Act.

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Trump Administration Accused of Sabotaging Obamacare

The Trump administration is cutting Affordable Care Act (ACA) Navigator Grants by almost $30 million -- from $62.5 million to $36 million. Navigators help people enroll in plans through health insurance marketplaces, with the next open enrollment period running from Nov. 1 to Dec. 15. Some critics accuse the administration of sabotaging the ACA.

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CMS Urged to Protect Retroactive Medicaid Eligibility

The state of Iowa has asked the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to waive this protection for the Iowa Medicaid program. Iowans and others should write to protest this proposal. Nationwide, retroactive coverage protects hundreds of thousands of persons annually.

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Consumer Protection Rule Faces Challenge by GOP-Led Congress

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has finalized a new rule to protect consumers’ right to join together with other consumers in court when banks and other companies violate the law. The rule prohibits the use of fine print including forced arbitration clauses on contracts for bank accounts, credit cards, payday loans and other financial services.

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Advocacy Group Poised to Launch Law, Elder Rights Center

The California-based advocacy group Justice in Aging is planning to launch of the National Center on Law and Elder Rights (NCLER).

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