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With America’s ever-increasing population of older adults comes an ever-expanding cadre of individuals taking advantage of them. Financial, physical, emotional and sexual elder abuse is unfortunately still with us, but ASA’s membership community has the advocates and policymakers to inform us as to how we might fight—and prevent—these abuses. And then there’s the pervasive issue of ageism and employment in America: Many companies and businesses feel no compunction about firing or laying off older workers. Why can’t companies see that their older employees are a bonus not a burden? Also lurking in the health delivery system are unscrupulous scammers who are defrauding Medicare. ASA has the latest information on scams that are popping up, and news on how to address and prevent fraud and abuse. This page also offers stories on the latest hot-button legal issues, from assisted suicide rulings to residents’ rights in long-term care. 

 

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A Message to the President on Aging Policy

ASA Board Chair Bob Blancato, who is president of Matz, Blancato & Associates in Washington D.C. as well as a current AARP Board member, has an article on The Huffington Post concerning the new issue of ASA’s journal, Generations. The issue covers a comprehensive range of policy matters pertinent to older people as the new administration gets underway.

ASA Leadership Rejects Trump Budget

posted 02.14.2018

ASA leadership firmly rejected President Trump’s 2019 budget proposal today, denouncing the bleak vision of the future envisioned by a budget that would mean even further erosion in standards of living for tens of millions of vulnerable and low-income Americans.

Learning From the World to Build Age-Friendly, Inclusive U.S. Communities

posted 02.13.2018

By Susan Mende

America is aging--with a rising number of people over 65. It’s a trend that is growing--by 2060, the number of older Americans is expected to more than double, rising from 14.5 percent of the population to nearly 24 percent.

For LGBT Elders, Equality is Not a Piece of Cake

posted 02.02.2018

By Michael Adams, Robert Blancato and Jack Nadler

When Jack Phillips, owner of the Denver-based Masterpiece Cakeshop, told a young gay couple that he would not sell them a wedding cake because he has a religious objection to same-sex marriage, he set in motion a chain of events that led from an encounter in his bakeshop to a case now before the U.S. Supreme Court.


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Medicare Beneficiaries Must Beware of Costly Observation Services

posted 11.08.2017

By Carol Levine

Hundreds of thousands of Medi­care beneficiaries who received “observation services as an out­patient” after January 1, 2009, may be eligible to participate in a class-action lawsuit to appeal those financially costly decisions. On July 31, 2017, in the case Alexander v. Price, Judge Michael P. Shea, of the U.S. District Court of Connecticut, ruled in their favor over the objections of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). 


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