Category Archives: Viewpoint

Talk Poverty Blog — Senior Poverty: Now You Know

In a blog for Talk, Kevin Prindiville writes: “So now you know: senior poverty is a real and growing problem in America. If you want to live in a society in which people can age in dignity and no … Continue reading

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Statement on Medicare Observation Status

In a statement submitted to the Senate Special Committee on Aging dated August 8, 2014, the National Senior Citizens Center throws its support behind the Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act of 2013 (H.R. 1179/S. 569).  The bill would “protect … Continue reading

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Action Needed Now to End Elder Abuse Among the Poor

Most recently, the Labor/HHS Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee approved, for the first time, $10 million for the Elder Justice Initiative. Let’s not let federal support for elder abuse prevention wither in another appropriations cycle. This must be the … Continue reading

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Income Inequality among America’s Seniors Means It’s Not Time to Cut the Safety Net

In May, a USA Today story revealed that the U.S. has the fourth most uneven income distribution in the developed world. We rank just behind Chile, Mexico, and Turkey with one of the developed world’s largest income gaps. While income … Continue reading

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Policymakers Can Blunt the Sharp Impacts of Elder Poverty in America

By Kevin Prindiville (column from May/June 2014 Aging Today). There are a number of ways the National Senior Citizens Law Center believes policymakers can act to address elderly poverty and blunt its negative impact… Proposals to weaken the programs have … Continue reading

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Senior Poverty: Action Needed to Address a Growing Problem

Written statement from NSCLC to the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging on March 5, 2014 in which NSCLC recommends strengthening the safety net, improving SSI, increasing the availability of health care programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, Medicare Savings Programs … Continue reading

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Seniors Remain on Frontlines in War on Poverty

By Kevin Prindiville The 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty brings a welcome and much needed debate about how best to eradicate poverty in the world’s wealthiest country.  Unfortunately, few commentators are focusing on how poverty impacts the lives … Continue reading

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Statement on Long Term Services and Supports

In a statement shared with the Senate Special Committee on Aging Dec. 19, 2013, NSCLC says that the first step in improving Long Term Services and Supports is addressing the imbalance that exists in  financing of services.  Medicaid, for example, … Continue reading

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Dual Eligible Demonstrations Policy Issue Brief 2013 – Focusing on the Individual

The Affordable Care Act authorized the creation of demonstration programs that seek to integrate the financing of and delivery of care to dual eligibles. The Medicare Medicaid Coordination Office (MMCO) within the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) used … Continue reading

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Why SSI Needs an Appeal Process that Works

September 2013 –An NSCLC issue brief, Why SSI Needs an Appeals Process that Works, provides an overview of how Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients are harmed when the Social Security Administration decides to stop or decrease their benefits, and they …

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