Scenes From Domestic Worker Organizing

“I am a home care worker, and I save lives. So why am I paid poverty wages?” LaTanya Cline demanded of an ebullient crowd of domestic workers, unionists and their families at the Justice for Homecare Tribunal in Sacramento. In March 2015, more than 200 members of the California Domestic Workers Coalition traveled to the […]

Florida Assisted living bill offers positive changes

After four years of delays and infighting, the Legislature has finally given Florida a chance to atone for letting elderly and mentally disabled citizens suffer in abusive assisted living homes. Lawmakers passed legislation that would give regulators new tools for monitoring and disciplining homes that do not measure up. The bill is far from perfect […]

Medical Spending of the U.S. Elderly

We use data from the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS) to document the medical spending of Americans aged 65 and older. We find that medical expenses more than double between ages 70 and 90 and that they are very concentrated: the top 10% of all spenders are responsible for 52% of medical spending in a […]

Older Americans Act

Per 2013 data, many older adults with low incomes who likely need meals services do not receive them. An estimated 90 percent of low-income older adults (those age 60 and older with incomes below 185 percent of the poverty threshold) do not receive meals services like those funded by Older Americans Act (OAA) Title III […]