New Medicare Fact Sheets for LGBT People

LGBT people need to be aware of recent developments that change how Medicare and Medicaid work for them. First, the Supreme Court’s legalization of same sex marriage in all states, changed how Medicare and Medicaid evaluate the eligibility of same sex spouses for both  programs. Depending on the program and the individual’s circumstances, the changes can be positive or negative. Additionally, Medicare has begun covering Gender Reassignment Surgery and issued new rules that protect transgender older adults from sex discrimination in healthcare.

Three new fact sheets can help consumers learn how these changes may affect them, whether they are LGBT individuals married to someone of the same sex, or transgender individuals needing to access health care. These fact sheets were produced in partnership with SAGE (Services & Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Transgender Elders), the SHIP National Network (State Health Insurance Assistance Programs), and Administration for Community Living (ACL).

The three fact sheets are:

All are available for download at the National Resource Center for LGBT Aging

 

Breaking news to ACT ON Now!!!!

Bruce Darling – a co- NCIL member and Advocate for the Disability Integration Act has news that you need to act on today! Join your NCIL friends and make changes for all people with disabilities:

” We are excited to announce that Representative Gibson (NY-R) has introduced the Disability Integration Act in the House of Representatives!  The bill number is HR 5689.

 

We have been working for literally decades to assure that Americans with disabilities are not denied their inalienable rights guaranteed to them under the Constitution and Declaration of Independence by being forced into unwanted institutionalization, but this week is the last opportunity for members of Congress to cosponsor the bill before they take a long summer recess to campaign.    

 

TAKE ACTION!

 

Step One: Do this super easy electronic action alert.

http://ly.adapt.org/5689  

 

Step Two: Call Representative Johnson to ask the Representative to cosponsor the Disability Integration Act.  Call 1-866-220-0044 to connect with you Representative’s office.  Tell them:

 

I am calling to ask Representative Johnson to cosponsor the Disability Integration Act (HR 5689).  The Disability Integration Act has been introduced in the House by Representative Chris Gibson, a Republican Congressman from New York.  Please support him and Americans with Disabilities by becoming a cosponsor of the Disability Integration Act (HR 5689).  There isn’t much time before the break.  I am asking Representative Johnson to contact Representative Gibson’s office to sign on as a cosponsor before the week is out. Thank you.”

 

Thanks for your continued advocacy to FREE OUR PEOPLE!

MA Legislature Stalls on passage of S1984, Anti-Bullying of Seniors and Those Living With Disabilities Commission

We have a good chance for passage of S1984 in the current session. Action is unlikely by the end of the formal session this month, although it would be great. Our bill can become law during the informal session, which ends I believe early next January.

Success will depend on getting additional and continuing support in the form of letters and calls. Reach out to your elected state representative and/or directly to Brian Dempsey.

Please write to Brian S. Dempsey, Chair of the House Committee on Ways and Means. asking him to release S1984 from committee favorably

His contact information follows:

Phone: 617-722-2990 Fax: 617-722-2215Email: Brian.Dempsey@mahouse.gov

Have a great weekend and thank you for what you do.

Jerry Halberstadt
Coordinator, Stop Bullying Coalition
email: Jerry@StopBullyingCoalition.org
StopBullyingCoalition.org
978.310.9739

Join The Revolution

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all people are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

 

But those of us who are elderly or disabled and living in multifamily housing, may lose those rights because of bullying. Let us act together to stop the abuse of bullying, and bring freedom to each of us. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has a rich tradition of assuring the independence, freedom, and rights of every individual. Help us restore and protect our rights. We have begun the peaceful revolution against the tyranny of bullying through legislation and we ask for your help to advocate for change. Help pass S1984 to create a commission to study ways to prevent bullying of tenants in public and subsidized multi-family housing.

 

 

Bullying in the residential community restricts a victim’s rights as a tenant and citizen and is therefore a civil rights and human rights violation. Bullying has a terrible impact on victims, causing stress, emotional pain, mental disease, and physical disease. Bullying is bad for the institution as well as for everyone in the institution—the housing provider, bystanders, staff, service providers, and also for the perpetrators—those who bully.

 

Bullying is a contagious social disease that flourishes in the absence of a legitimate social order, creates a toxic environment and an unhealthy community life, all while causing psychological and physical harm to victims.

 

About 20% of elderly people living independently are the victims of bullying. Bullying targets elderly and disabled people, including those living in public or subsidized multifamily apartment housing.

 

Our bill, S1984, to create a commission on bullying has passed in the Massachusetts Senate. We are halfway to victory. We need to get the bill moved out of the House Ways and Means Committee, before it is too late. The formal legislative session ends in July. We hope to have passage by then, but if not we can still seek action in the informal session, but the sooner the better.

You won’t have to fire a shot, you won’t have to throw tea into Boston Harbor, you don’t have to throw off the yoke of an oppressive foreign ruler. All you have to do is make a phone call or send an email.

 

Please contact your own state representative, Letters, email, phone calls

SAMPLE LETTER:

Dear MY STATE REPRESENTATIVE,

Please write to Brian S. Dempsey, Chair of the House Committee on Ways and Means. asking him to release S1984 from committee favorably Bill S.1984 189th (Current) An Act—Resolve creating a commission to study ways to prevent bullying of tenants in public and subsidized multi-family housing Sponsors: Joan B. Lovely, Bradford R. Hill, William N. Brownsberger and other members of the General Court

The commission on bullying is the best way for all the stakeholders to come together, resolve their differences, and come up with an effective program to protect elderly and disabled from bullying.

Thank you,

 

Contact information for your own state representative—at: https://malegislature.gov/

 

Also please cc the following:

* Senator Joan Lovely Joan.Lovely@masenate.gov Legislative Director, Anna Roy, Anna.Roy@masenate.gov
* Representative Brad Hill. Brad.Hill@mahouse.gov Legislative Director, Maura.Driscoll@mahouse.gov
* The House Ways and Means Chair, Brian.Dempsey@mahouse.gov
* Coordinator@StopBullyingCoalition.org

 

Contact Information

The House Ways and Means Chair, Brian S. Dempsey State House Room 243, Boston, MA 02133 Phone: 617-722-2990 Fax: 617-722-2215 Email: Brian.Dempsey@mahouse.gov

Joan B. Lovely Senator State House, Room 413A, Boston, MA 02133, Phone: 617-722-1410; Email: Joan.Lovely@masenate.gov; Legislative Director, Anna Roy, Anna.Roy@masenate.gov

Bradford R. Hill Assistant Minority Leader State House, Room 128, Boston, MA 02133; Phone: 617-722-2100, Email: Brad.Hill@mahouse.gov; Legislative Director, Maura Driscoll. Email: Maura.Driscoll@mahouse.gov

ILCNSCA Stands Strong with Orlando

The tragic event in Orlando which has been determined as a hate crime by a lone shooter is shocking and painful for all of us at ILCNSCA. We send our support and stand with those who have suffered loss from this event, and send our strength to the survivors and the families and community affected. To those who live on the North Shore and Cape Ann, our service area of 25 municipalities, ILCNSCA has been a leader in serving those who are LGBTQIA and living with disabilities of all types and ages, and offers to you our support and encourage you to attend our monthly peer support group, held the third Thursday of each month, at 1:30 to  3:00 PM at our office. The meeting we are having on June 16, 2016 will provide an opportunity for us to share our responses to the Orlando tragedy, discuss how we are moving forward in our lives in the face of this homophobia, how we can cope with homophobia and ableism, as well as prepare for the 5th Annual North Shore Pride celebration on June 25. Orlando, we stand with you, and are here to provide you what we have to offer to you…alliance, solidarity, and strength.

Act Now to Stop the Bullying of Seniors and Persons with Disabilities in Subsidized Housing in MA

How HUD/Fair Housing impacts our advocacy. And we are making a push for action on Beacon Hill, we ask for your help today.
Act Now to Stop the Bullying.
Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Our bill, S1984, to create a commission on bullying has passed in the Massachusetts Senate. We are halfway to victory and need to encourage the House to pass the bill now, so that the Governor can sign it and the commission can get to work. We need your help today!
We also have strong new support from Fair Housing at HUD and from legal experts for our efforts to stop bullying, strong support from advocacy organizations, but challenges from some stakeholders in the housing industry. The commission is the best way for all the stakeholders to come together and resolve their differences and find effective solutions.
Letters, email, phone calls
We ask you to contact just two (2) individuals on Beacon Hill (with copies to sponsors):

• Your own state representative Contact information at: http://stopbullyingcoalition.org/Legislators Find a Representative at: https://malegislature.gov/
• The House Ways and Means Chair, Brian S. Dempsey State House Room 243, Boston, MA 02133 Phone: 617-722-2990 Fax: 617-722-2215 Email: Brian.Dempsey@mahouse.gov
• Also please copy to the key sponsors of the bill, Senator Joan Lovely and Representative Brad Hill.
• Joan B. Lovely Senator State House, Room 413A, Boston, MA 02133, Phone: 617-722-1410; Email: Joan.Lovely@masenate.gov; Legislative Director, Anna Roy, Anna.Roy@masenate.gov
• Bradford R. Hill Assistant Minority Leader State House, Room 128, Boston, MA 02133; Phone: 617-722-2100, Email: Brad.Hill@mahouse.gov; Legislative Director, Maura Driscoll. Email: Maura.Driscoll@mahouse.gov
Please reference this bill; Sponsored by Joint Committee on Housing, passed the Senate, now in House Ways and Means
S1984 An Act Resolve creating a commission to study ways to prevent bullying of tenants in public and subsidized multi-family housing Joan B. Lovely, Bradford R. Hill, Leah Cole, William N. Brownsberger.
Updates on Fair Housing and HUD
For more about recent developments and background on the legislation, please go to http://stopbullyingcoalition.org/analysis and other posts at http://StopBullyingCoalition.org
On behalf of the stop bullying coalition we thank each of you for your support, for your continuing efforts, and all you do to make a difference
All the best,
Jerry and Jonathan
Jerry Halberstadt Coordinator, Stop Bullying Coalition email: Coordinator@StopBullyingCoalition.org StopBullyingCoalition.org
978.310.9739
Jonathan Gale Associate Coordinator, Stop Bullying Coalition email: Jonathan.Gale@StopBullyingCoalition.org

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