This project is a partnership between the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) and the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN), the Disability Rights and Education Defense Fund (DREDF), the National Senior Citizens Law Center (NSCLC), and Health Management Associates (HMA); together these groups comprise the Aging and Disability Partnership. The Aging and Disability Partnership blends the on-the-ground community-based experience of both the aging and disability networks together with a strong consumer/legal advocacy voice and health/managed care technical experience.
The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) serves as the lead organization for the Partnership. n4a is the only organization that represents the nation’s 629 Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) and 246 Title VI Native American Aging Programs that serve millions of older adults, persons with disabilities of all ages and their caregivers. Established in 1975 and governed by a national Board comprised of AAAs and Title VI directors, n4a is dedicated to enhancing the capacity of its members to: advocate on behalf of older adults, people with disabilities and their caregivers; take action in every community in the country to support and enhance the health and well-being of older adults and people with disabilities; and serve as the focal point in their community to connect people with home and community-based services and supports. n4a also interfaces and serves as a resource for the 40+ State Associations of Area Agencies on Aging.
AAAs and Title VI tribal aging programs have been designated to address the needs and concerns of all older Americans and their family caregivers at the regional and local level. As part of the National Aging Network, AAAs and Title VI tribal aging programs and the thousands of service providers they contract with, have a 40 year history of designing, coordinating and delivering a broad range of person-centered home- and community-based services to assist older adults live with independence and dignity in their own homes and communities for as long as possible.
National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) is the non-profit membership association of the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy systems (P&A) located in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the United States Territories. P&A agencies are authorized under various federal statutes to provide legal representation and related advocacy services, and to investigate abuse and neglect of individuals with disabilities in a variety of settings. The P&A System comprises the nation’s largest provider of legally-based advocacy services for persons with disabilities. NDRN supports its members through the provision of training and technical assistance, legal support, and legislative advocacy, and works to create a society in which people with disabilities are afforded equality of opportunity and are able to fully participate by exercising choice and self-determination.
Ensuring coverage of necessary Medicaid services and due process protections for beneficiaries with disabilities is an important area of P&A work and of NDRN training and technical assistance, which is provided through face to face and electronic communication, participation as amicus in Medicaid cases of national significance, newsletters/publications, and national association trainings.
Health Management Associates (HMA) delivers research and consulting services in the fields of health system restructuring, health care program development, health economics and finance, program evaluation, data analysis and health information technology and exchange. Founded in 1985, HMA provides technical and analytical services to health care purchasers, payers, providers, and government agencies with a concentration on the medically indigent and publicly financed health care. HMA is especially known for its work with Medicaid, Medicare, and other public programs; and local, state and federal governments who administer these programs. The firm recently has focused on developing programs for dually eligible individuals, designing Medicaid waiver approaches for states, and offering technical assistance to emerging accountable care organizations. HMA has grown to over 150 consultants who are now located in 15 offices across the nation.
Justice in Aging is a national organization that uses the power of law to fight senior poverty by securing access to affordable health care, economic security, and the courts for older adults with limited resources. Since 1972 we’ve focused our efforts primarily on populations that have traditionally lacked legal protection such as women, people of color, LGBT individuals, and people with limited English proficiency.
Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) is a leading national disability rights law and policy center founded and led by people with disabilities, DREDF has advanced the civil and human rights of people with disabilities through legal advocacy, training, education, and public policy and legislative development for over 30 years. In 2003, DREDF launched the Health Care Equity for People with Disabilities Initiative to find solutions for the large-scale health care inequities and health disparities people with disabilities experience. Significant, recent activities related to the national demonstrations to move Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries into managed care include: organizing a national meeting of disability and senior advocates for the HHS Office on Disability to ensure beneficiary rights and protections during the rollout of the dual demonstrations; collaboration with the National Senior Citizens Law Center (NSCLC) on the development of a consumer protections managed long-term services and supports (MLTSS) toolkit including a guide to assist advocates identify outcome measures for MLTSS; and production of HEALTHCARE STORIES (http://www.dredf.org/healthcare-stories/), a video advocacy and education campaign aimed at reducing health and health care disparities experienced by people with disabilities.