This page is Justice in Aging’s clearinghouse for COVID-19 resources for advocates serving older adults. As the situation evolves, Justice in Aging will continue to gather and add trusted resources including new policy announcements, advocacy tips, and other actions you can take to ensure that the older adults you serve remain safe, healthy, and able to get what they need.
For the latest information from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, visit CMS’s COVID-19 page.
As states reopen and COVID-19 hospitalizations surge, some states are implementing illegal care rationing policies that are ageist, racist, and ableist. Justice in Aging is working with partners in various states to stop these policies and help states write policies that don’t discriminate.
Complaint to the Office of Civil Rights U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Against the Arizona Department of Health Services for the state’s Crisis Standards of Care that discriminate on the basis of age and disability in allocating scarce medical resources, 7/17/2020
Complaint to the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, re the North Texas Mass Critical Care Guidelines that discriminate against adults and children with disabilities, older adults, individuals from communities of color, prisoners, and others with co-morbid conditions, 7/22/2020
With more than 40% of all COVID-19 deaths across the country tied to nursing facilities, Justice in Aging is pushing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Congress to enact and enforce policies that protect nursing home residents and help keep them connected to their families during this difficult time.
CMS Issues New Visitation Guidance, 9/17/2020
Statement to the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis in Nursing Facilities, 6/11/2020 (Eric Carlson)
Justice in Aging is pushing Congress to pass relief packages that will help older adults, who are most impacted by this pandemic, weather the crisis.
What Older Adults Need From Congress, 7/15/2020
In California, we are working with state leaders to ensure that the state collects and releases demographic data on COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths, and we succeeded in getting the state to rewrite its care rationing standards in ways that don’t discriminate on the basis of age and disability.
Primer: Medicare and People Leaving Incarceration, 08/2020
Letter: To the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) Regarding the Policy of Denying Project Roomkey Services for Homeless Individuals with Disabilities, including Those who Need Help with Activities of Daily Living, 08/3/2020
DHCS Redetermination Guidance, DHCS, 3/12/2020
State Health & Emergency Officials Encourage Individuals at Higher Risk of Severe Illness due to COVID-19 to Take Precautions, California Department of Public Health, 3/9/2020
DHCS COVID Response, California Department of Health Care Services, Updated regularly
Justice in Aging and the National Center on Law & Elder Rights have created a number of timely trainings and resources to help advocates serve their older adult clients during the COVID-19 crisis.
Practice Tip: New COVID-19 Medicare Enrollment Information, 05/2020
How States are Modifying HCBS Programs to Address COVID-19 Emergency, (information and frequently updated table)
Legal Assistance & COVID-19, 3/18/2020
Justice in Aging Statement, 3/11/2020
Supporting Communication with Patients who have COVID-19, Patient Provider Communication
Helpline for Older Adults in 8 Languages, National Asian Pacific Center on Aging
In Language Resources for Asian Americans and Asian American Pacific Islanders, Asian Pacific Islander American Health Forum, 3/16/2020
CARES Economic Impact Payment, 5/1/2020 (Justice in Aging with Disability Rights California)