Personal website of Corey Prachniak: healthcare policy, HIV, and LGBT rights attorney

Reforming Medicaid Nursing Home Rules to Protect Diverse Families

I’m excited to share that on Friday morning, I will be presenting at the American Bar Association’s Aging and Law Conference to be held at the AARP headquarters here in Washington, DC.  Specifically, my brief presentation will focus on how to reform Medicaid’s nursing home rules to protect diverse families - including many LGBT families - who are currently treated disparately under every state Medicaid program in the country.

One of the major functions of Medicaid, a public health insurance that is largely funded and regulated federally but run by the states, is to help people pay for nursing home care.  Neither Medicare (the government’s program for the elderly and disabled) nor private insurance plans will pay for extended stays in nursing homes.  Instead, people qualify for Medicaid after they’d spent their savings down to a certain level.

Married people are allowed to keep significantly more assets and income than single people, with the premise being that the spouse of someone in a nursing home needs to keep a lot of their shared savings - and the home they live in - in order to survive.  But unmarried loved ones are left completely without protection.  Therefore, two people who live with and care for one another but are not married - either because they choose not to be, are not allowed to under law, or are not in a romantic relationship - can lose everything.

On Friday, I will speak on how this inequality can be changed, and why the change is necessary.  You can read more about this issue in the materials I have written for the conference, available here.

Preview of my presentation at Trans-Health

On Saturday, June 14th, I’ll be presenting at Trans-Health in Philly on the rights of trans older adults with respect to healthcare (and I’ve already started compiling resources you may find helpful).  With the help of two colleagues joining who graciously agreed to join the panel, I will tackle some of the major issues that many trans people will face as they age.  Hopefully the presentation will be helpful both for older trans adults themselves, as well as those interested in advocating for this community.

What are these key issues?  To start out, I’ll address the range of laws that can protect trans individuals from discrimination across a variety of healthcare and elder care settings, including hospitals, doctor’s offices, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and in their own homes with the help of home healthcare aides.  I will explain how ongoing changes in the law raise questions but also present opportunities for trans older adults and their allies.

(More on the presentation beyond the fold.)

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Check out my author page (and “fan” me) on HuffPo!

Thanks to everyone who read, liked, and commented on my story earlier this week, I’m now added as a contributor to Huffington Post’s Gay Voices.  You can view my author page here and by clicking the “fan” button at the top, you can get notified of new posts.  If you haven’t read the post, you can read it here!

In case you missed it - my first story for Huffington Post was above the fold all day on Wednesday, 5/21!  You can read it here.
In case you missed it - my first story for Huffington Post was above the fold all day on Wednesday, 5/21!  You can read it here.

In case you missed it - my first story for Huffington Post was above the fold all day on Wednesday, 5/21!  You can read it here.