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NainalSnirCiiznsLawCnrLadrshipPrspcivWearethevoicefor6.5millionelderlypoorinthiscountrywhodeservetoagewithdignityandgraceyettragicallyfailtogettheirbasicneedsmet.thats6.5millionofourmothersfathersunclesauntsgrandmothersgrandfatherswhostruggledailytoaffordfoodandrenttoaccessneededhealthcareandlong-termservicesandsupportsandtoremainconnectedtotheirfamiliesandactiveintheircommunities.Weadvocateonthestateandfederalleveleducatethousandsoflegalservicesandotheradvocatesaroundthenationandwhennecessaryuseourlegalmightincourttofightfortherightsofourmostvulnerableseniors.NSCLCexistsastheonenationalorganizationuniquelyfocusedonadvocatingfortheelderlypoor.Asanorganizationwegivepoorseniorsavoiceinpolicycirclesinfederalandstategovernmentagenciesandinthecourts.Throughouradvocacyweprotecttheiraccesstoqualityhealthcareandeconomicsecurity.In2013wenMadesurethatonemillionpeoplewithbothMedicareandMedicaidthedualeligibleshadthehelptheyneedasstateschangehowtheirhealthcareisdeliveredandpaidfornWerethedrivingforceindraftingCongressionallegislationthatwouldupdateandmaketheSupplementalSecurityIncomeProgramworkfarbetterforuptotwomillionpoorseniorswhorelyonitfortheirincomesecuritynTrainedover10000advocatesandoffered700caseconsultationsnOfferedconvincingargumentstotheU.S.SupremeCourtthatledtotheoverturningoftheDefenseofMarriageActnEnsuredthroughlitigationthat370000CaliforniaseniorsandpersonswithdisabilitiescouldstayhomeandoutofinstitutionsThecomingyearwillnodoubtbringchallengesforallofthenationslow-incomeolderadults.Thehealthsystemcontinuestochangedramatically.Heatedconversationsaboutthefutureofretirementsecurityandthesocialsafetynetwillcontinue.ThroughitallNSCLCwillbetheretorepresenttheneedsandconcernsoflow-incomeolderadultstokeepadvocatesinformedandengagedandtohelppolicymakersunderstandtheimportanceofgovernmentprogramslikeMedicareMedicaidSocialSecurityandtheSupplementalSecurityIncomeprogramtothedailylivesofrealpeople.Wearebothdeeplyhonoredtoleadanorganizationthathasforover41yearsprovidedfocusedhigh-impactadvocacyresponsiveanddependablesupportforadvocatesnationwideandeffectivelitigationwhenneeded.2013ANNuALRePoRtWWW.NSCLC.oRG3RobertJohnsonChairBoardofDirectorsKevinPrindivilleExecutiveDirectorWearethevoicefor6.5millionelderlypoorinthiscountry