Medicaid Funding Caps Would Harm Older Americans

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Recent months have seen increased discussion of proposals to cap federal Medicaid spending. Under these proposals, the federal government would provide limited funding through either block grants or per capita payments to states, and states would have broad discretion to set their own Medicaid standards. A new issue brief from Justice in Aging explains how … Continue reading

Health Network Alert

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Older adults rely on Medicaid, Medicare, and programs under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to get the health care they need. As Congress begins work to repeal the ACA, it’s important to understand how changes to the ACA will dramatically alter these programs, jeopardizing the care seniors rely on to stay healthy. Because of the … Continue reading

CALL TO ACTION: Call Congress TODAY!

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President Trump and the new Congress are moving quickly to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Major restructuring and cuts to Medicaid may not be far behind. This is your chance to tell Congress to protect these programs for seniors and people with disabilities. Join thousands of aging and disability advocates in calling Congress on Tuesday, … Continue reading

Call To Action: Reach Out to Your Members to Advocate for Aging Programs TODAY

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Please complete the 2 Action Steps provided below TODAY! It is critical that as Congress and the Administration move forward with major policy and funding decisions in 2017 that they hear from your agency about the work you are doing locally to keep their older constituents and their caregivers healthy and independent in the community for as … Continue reading

California Budget and Policy Center: Twelve Key Health and Human Services Issues in the 2015-16 Budget Debate: Which Way Forward?

By Scott Graves With just two weeks remaining until the Legislature’s June 15 deadline for passing a budget bill, state policymakers are at odds over whether — and by how much — California should boost funding for an array of health and human services in 2015-16, the fiscal year that begins this coming July 1. … Continue reading

NY Times: Senate Approves Budget of G.O.P. Wishes in All-Night Session

In Washington, it's called the Affordable Care Act. In Sacramento, it could be become known as another budget buster. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times / July 9, 2012)

By JONATHAN WEISMAN WASHINGTON — Emerging from an all-night session that contained more exhaustion than drama, Senate Republicans squeaked through a budget blueprint Friday morning that would repeal the Affordable Care Act, fundamentally remake federal health care for the poor and elderly, and push the federal deficit toward zero over the next decade. The 52-46 … Continue reading

California Healthline: LAO Report: State Could Lose $1 Billion

by David Gorn California stands to lose about $1 billion in federal health care funding through potential elimination of the current managed care organization tax if the governor’s proposed revision of the tax is not approved by federal officials, according to a report issued last week by the state Legislative Analyst’s Office. The Feb. 12 LAO … Continue reading

The Wall Street Journal: The Economic Argument for More Aid to the Elderly Poor

iStock     KAREN LINCOLN: A rising tide lifts all boats. This idiom, typically referring to the economy, suggests that a good outcome will benefit all. There has been much debate about whether economic growth benefits the rich, middle class and poor, equally. But, what if the debate was framed differently? Can policies that benefit … Continue reading

TSF: 2015-2016 Proposed Budget: Impact on California’s Older Adults and People with Disabilities

From our colleagues at The SCAN Foundation: On January 9, California Governor Jerry Brown released his proposed budget, outlining his spending plan for the coming fiscal year beginning on July 1. Download/read our latest fact sheet below that highlights key initiatives and program adjustments in California’s proposed 2015-16 budget impacting the state’s older adults and … Continue reading

The Sacramento Bee: John Chiang: Numbers reveal unfunded health care crisis

BY JOHN CHIANG A few numbers to remember: 1.9, 72, 24, 92, 25, 67 and 121. No, they are not related to last week’s lotto, nor are they the residual carnage of a Sudoku factory meltdown. But they are important numbers to remember as Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers prepare to tackle a fiscal liability … Continue reading

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