Medicare & the Windsor Decision: Where do we stand?

    By Aaron Tax and Kira Garcia

    Last year’s Windsor decision has triggered a series of ongoing changes that impact many of us on a day-to-day basis. For LGBT older adults, Medicare is one of the most critical Federal programs undergoing change. So where do Medicare recipients currently stand? Our Q&A with Casey Schwarz of the Medicare Rights Center answers some important questions.

    I live in a same-sex marriage state like Massachusetts, Iowa, New Mexico or one of the other 18 states and the District of Columbia (as of May 19, 2014) that allow for same-sex marriage. What new or increased Medicare benefits am I eligible for as a spouse in a same-sex.... Read More

                 

    From Coverage To Care

    A message from Cara James, Ph.D., Director of the Office of Minority Health at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services:

    We are excited to tell you about From Coverage to Care: A Roadmap for using your new coverage

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    If you’re one of the millions of Americans who recently obtained health coverage through the new Health Insurance Marketplace, or Medicare, Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance (CHIP), From Coverage to Care materials can help answer questions you might have so you can make the most of your health coverage. Resources are available at marketplace.cms.gov/c2c. Some of.... Read More

                 

    LGBT seniors face AIDS, limited housing options, isolation, discrimination and more

    This seven part series by Matthew S. Bajko (m.bajko@ebar.com) originally appeared in the Bay Area Reporter/New America Media. Matthew explores a range of issues facing LGBT elders including aging with AIDS, isolation, limited housing options, discrimination on many fronts and a lifetime of struggle.

    Trauma of AIDS Epidemic Impacts Aging Survivors

    SAN FRANCISCO–The nightmares terrorized San Francisco resident Tez Anderson for years. He would dream he was buried deep underground and wake in the middle of the night feeling panicked.

    “It felt like I was in a lot of danger. It was not so much about death, it was more that I was in peril,” recalled Anderson, who is.... Read More

                 

    8 Ways the U.S. Must Prepare for More Seniors with HIV

    This article by David Heitz originally appeared on HealthlineNews.com

    On the eve of National HIV/AIDS Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day, a new report shows that the median age of Americans with HIV is 58 and that the the United States is woefully unprepared for a growing population of seniors with the virus.

    By the end of 2010, more than 630,000 people in the United States had died from AIDS, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At the end of 2009, more than 1.1 million people in the U.S. ages 13 and older were living with HIV. Some 80,000 of these people have been living with the disease for decades, and they are known as long-term.... Read More

                 

    Creating unlikely partnerships to improve the health of diverse older adults

    Community Catalyst and the Diverse Elders Coalition (DEC) are thrilled to announce the launch of two new partnerships on the ground in New Mexico and Georgia. The unlikely partnerships will facilitate the ongoing education and enrollment of Native American, Bhutanese and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older adults (age 50+)—and their loved ones—in these two states.

    In both states, partner organizations are working collaboratively to inform their communities about the Affordable Care Act’s benefits. While the Health Insurance Marketplace closed on March 31 for most, enrollment continues year round for Native Americans and those eligible for Medicaid. In Georgia, these new partnerships also serve as additional, targeted support for the state legislature and administration to take.... Read More

                 

    Aging and HIV: New Insights, New Recommendations

    by Kira Garcia

    In the early days of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, most people diagnosed faced death within a few years, if not sooner. Thirty years on, much has changed; HIV has become a more manageable chronic illness and many people are aging with the disease.

    The proof is in these startling statistics: it’s predicted that 50 percent of people with HIV in the U.S. will be age 50+ by 2015—and by 2020, more than 70 percent of Americans with HIV are expected to 50+.

    With that in mind, SAGE, the Diverse Elders Coalition (DEC) and ACRIA (AIDS Community Research Initiative of America) have created a report outlining eight recommendations to address the needs of a growing.... Read More

                 

    Dion Wong: A conversation with a 69-year-old Chinese gay man (AAPI Heritage Month)

    In recognition of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, the Diverse Elders Coalition is featuring stories relevant to AAPI older adults (their successes, their struggles, their history) during May. A new story will be shared every Thursday with additional posts shared throughout the month. Be sure to visit diverseelders.org regularly during the month of May.

    By Dion Wong

    Dion Wong is a 69-year-old Chinese gay man. Retired since 2002, Dion was a middle school teacher for over 34 years in San Francisco and was married in Canada in 2006 to his partner, Benjamin Aquino, Jr. They have been together for 18 years. Read his experience as a gay Chinese man and his views on the broader.... Read More

                 

    What can we do to honor older Americans? Reauthorize the Older Americans Act (OAA)! (Older Americans Month)

    By Aaron Tax, Director of Federal Government Relations at Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE).

    May is of course Older Americans Month. And given that it is Older Americans Month, what is one of the most important things we can do to honor older Americans? Reauthorize the Older Americans Act (OAA)! What is that, you ask? It’s probably the most important piece of aging legislation that most people in our country don’t know anything about.

    Did you know? The OAA originally passed in 1965 as part of Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society? The OAA is one of three big pieces of legislation that form the safety net for older adults in the United States, with Social Security providing.... Read More
                 

    AGING INTO POVERTY: Economic Insecurity among Older Adults of Color & LGBT Elders

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    By most economic measures older adults of color and LGBT elders are aging into poverty. Recent research from the Racial Justice & Equal Economichighlights that over 90% of older African American and Latino elders are financially vulnerable and will be unable to support themselves over the course of their lifetime. Elders of color report greater difficulty in affording necessities, such as food, health care, and.... Read More

                 

    Call for stories/interviews: diverse older adults 50+ living with HIV/AIDS

    Please help us make a difference by sharing your story. We’re looking for stories (we can use your name or an alias) to include in our upcoming report. About the report: In May, the Diverse Elders Coalition will publish a critically needed and groundbreaking report about diverse older adults living with HIV/AIDS. It will detail how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has affected health coverage for diverse older people (people of color and/or LGBT) and now that enrollment has concluded offer policy recommendations to our nation’s decision.... Read More

                 

    HHS announces important Medicare information for people in same-sex marriages

    Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that the Social Security Administration (SSA) is now able to process requests for Medicare Part A and Part B Special Enrollment Periods, and reductions in Part B and premium Part A late enrollment penalties for certain eligible people in same-sex marriages. This is another step HHS is taking in response to the June 26, 2013 Supreme Court ruling in U.S. v. Windsor, which held section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional. Because of this ruling, Medicare is no longer prevented by DOMA from recognizing same-sex marriages for determining entitlement to, or eligibility, for.... Read More

                 

    One Last Push: What you must know before March 31 if you are HIV+

    Time is ticking. You and your loved ones only have until March 31st to apply for health insurance. Don’t delay.

    Under the Affordable Care Act (or ACA), the Health Insurance Marketplace ensures that no application for health insurance is rejected due to preexisting medical conditions, such as HIV, which disproportionately affects communities of color and older people. Did You Know? Research projects that within the next few years, one in two people with HIV in this country will be age 50 or older. One in Two!

    The Diverse Elders Coalition (DEC) knows that understanding the Health Insurance Marketplace can feel a lot like piecing together a puzzle.  With only days left to apply for insurance, it can be especially overwhelming—and.... Read More

                 
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