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Free Webinar: Medicaid Retroactive Coverage: What’s at Stake for Older Adults When States Eliminate this Protection?

This webinar took place on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 11 am-12 pm PT/2-3 pm ET.

Medicaid retroactive coverage is an important financial protection that helps ensure prompt access to care for low-income, uninsured, and under-insured older adults and families. By authorizing states to provide payment for care and services that an individual received up to three months prior to applying for Medicaid, the policy helps protect people who cannot otherwise afford coverage—especially older adults—from crushing medical debt. Retroactive Medicaid coverage is an especially critical protection for people experiencing health emergencies, needing long-term services and supports (LTSS) following an acute illness, or facing other unexpected high-cost health care needs. The policy also relieves uncompensated care burdens on providers. Despite the immense value retroactive Medicaid coverage provides, several states have received federal permission to eliminate this protection.

This webinar—sponsored by Justice and Aging and the AARP Public Policy Institute—will highlight key findings from a new Justice in Aging issue brief on Medicaid retroactive coverage. Experts will discuss a survey of states that have eliminated retroactive coverage and the implications for older adults, families, and providers.

Who Should Participate:
Aging and legal advocates, policymakers, and others wanting to learn more about how waiving Medicaid retroactive coverage impacts older adults, their families, and providers.

Natalie Kean, Senior Staff Attorney, Justice in Aging
Edem Hado, Policy Research Senior Analyst, AARP Public Policy Institute

Amber Christ, Directing Attorney, Justice in Aging

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