Many don’t know that same-sex spouses in non-marriage states still don’t qualify for all the same federal benefits that their different sex counterparts enjoy, simply because they are married to someone of the same sex. This is an issue that comes up in the context of Social Security, Veterans Administration, and some Medicare benefits. And it is all the more important for LGBT older adults who face pronounced poverty and lack of access to culturally competent healthcare.
This topic is one that our Executive Director, Michael Adams, examines in detail with his.... Read More
The 2015 Aging in America Conference: First Time Experiences and Diverse Perspectives
The 2015 Aging in America Conference wraps up today in Chicago, IL. This week has provided a unique opportunity for the Diverse Elders Coalition and its members to share their work and connect with thousands of other participants from around the country working on issues of concern for elders. As a first time attendee, I was particularly impressed with (and maybe a bit overwhelmed by) the size and scope of the conference.
I kicked off the conference on the first day with a morning session talking about HIV/AIDS as part of an inter-generational dialogue entitled “Being Gay Ain’t What it Used to Be” with my colleague and friend, Read More
A Response to “It’s Never Too Late To Make a Change”
This blog post was written by SAGE‘s Executive Director, Michael Adams, as a response to “It’s Never Too Late To Make a Change,” a New York Times article focusing on transgender aging and originally appeared on the SAGE Blog.
As “It’s Never Too Late To Make a Change,” New York Times, March 8, 2015, demonstrates, more and more transgender people are making the decision to embrace their gender identity later in life. As the New York Times points out, the pull to live your life as who you truly are runs deep at every stage of life. The stories shared by the Times.... Read More
The Diverse Elders Coalition and its five coalition member organizations will all be represented at this year’s Aging in America Conference. In the weeks leading up to the conference, we will be sharing blog posts from coalition members who are presenting or attending ASA, and what it means to them. This week’s post comes from Aaron Tax, JD, Director of Federal Government Relations at SAGE.
In approximately one week, I will be heading to the American Society on Aging convention in Chicago to present on, among other things, HIV/aging, along with HIV and aging experts Mark Brennan-Ing, Richard Gollance, Ron Swanda, and Ben de Guzman of the Diverse Elders Coalition. The.... Read More
As we round the corner on Black History Month, I am encouraged to take the heritage and history we’ve all been reminded of over these past few weeks and use it to create a better world today for our Black elders. You may have seen the hashtag #BlackFutureMonth being used on social media as a reclamation of Black History Month and an affirmation of our commitment to equality, equity, and an end to injustice. In that spirit, I am such a fan of the SAGEWorks program. This national employment support program for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people age 40 and older expands participants’ job hunting skills and career options, and connects employers to diverse high-caliber candidates..... Read More
DEC Member Spotlight: Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE)
Housing is a critical need for elders across the board. On one hand, economic insecurity is an issue facing many LGBT elders and elders in communities of color. The Diverse Elders Coalition’s document, “Securing Our Future” [PDF] discusses what this issue looks like for diverse elder communities and includes policy recommendations. For these communities, senior housing often provides a low-cost alternative that can mean the difference between having a home or being on the street.
At the same time, senior housing settings provide the ability to create spaces and living arrangements that can better meet the cultural needs of specific communities. For groups that are linguistically isolated because of limited English proficiency, or for LGBT elders who would.... Read More
Fred Korematsu Day and George Takei: Asian Americans and Civil Rights for ALL
Last week, our blog noted the nation’s celebration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This week, our friends in California are recognizing the contributions made by the life and legacy of Fred Korematsu. Since 2010, California state legislation has designated January 30 as Fred Korematsu Day. To mark the 5th anniversary of this commemoration, the Fred Korematsu Institute in San Francisco is hosting a special evening featuring the inimitable George Takei.
Fred Korematsu’s actions in defiance of the incarceration of Americans of Japanese ancestry by the U.S..... Read More
This week, we wanted to spend some time sharing some of the fast moving information happening at the federal level. The items below are drawn from government sources, Diverse Elders Coalition (DEC) members, and important partners.
This past Monday, the nation celebrated Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The ideals he worked and sacrificed for inform our work and we dedicate this blog post to him, his family, and his legacy.
We at DEC are hard at work on a variety of fronts. Our #SignUpB4TimesUp campaign is up and running- check out our blog for the tools to help raise awareness about the second enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act and what it means for our.... Read More
Sign Up Before Time’s Up: DEC’s ACA Enrollment Campaign
With just one month left in the second round of enrollment for the Marketplace to get health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act, the Diverse Elders Coalition is launching “Sign Up Before the Time’s Up”- a mini campaign for ACA enrollment.
Until the February 15 deadline, new participants can sign up for health care coverage in the Marketplace. Those that are currently receiving health care coverage in the exchange can make adjustments to their plans. Note that American Indians/ Alaska Natives that are members of federally recognized tribes are not subject to deadlines and can enroll at any time.
by Ben de Guzman, Diverse Elders Coalition National Managing Coordinator
On Tuesday, November 25, the Diverse Elders Coalition (DEC), in partnership with the U.S. Department on Health and Human Services (HHS), hosted a briefing on the Affordable Care Act and diverse elders. As the new National Managing Coordinator for the DEC, I was excited to open the event by welcoming the audience and introducing Michael Adams, Executive Director of Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), a DEC member. Michael provided a wealth of data on health care challenges faced by diverse communities, including Latinos, American Indians/ Alaska Natives (AI/ AN), Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI), African Americans, the LGBT community, as well as people living with HIV/AIDS..... Read More
Webinar: New Opportunity to Address Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities for Medicare and Medicaid Beneficiaries (Dual Eligibles)
The Diverse Elders Coalition joins Community Catalyst for their latest Health Equity webinar
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) offers a unique opportunity to address racial and ethnic health disparities for individuals who are eligible for Medicare and Medicaid, sometimes referred to as “dual eligibles.” The dual eligible population is disproportionately non-white and they experience a high rate of health disparities. Through provisions of the ACA, more than a dozen states are launching demonstration projects focused on improving care for vulnerable dually eligible Americans. But very few states are using this new opportunity to address racial and ethnic health disparities, even though the demonstration design.... Read More