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Docket: Health

    

Case Name: Home Care Ass'n of Am. v. Weil

Court: U.S. Ct. App. D.C. Cir.    Docket: 15-5018

Decided: 8/21/2015

Read AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Result: Court held that the Department of Labor has the authority to require third-party employers (such as home health care staffing agencies) to pay home health care workers minimum wage and overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Case Name: Friedman v. The Hebrew Home for the Aged at Riverdale

Court: Supreme Ct. N.Y. Appellate Div.   Docket: 24793/13E

Decided: 8/1/2015

Read AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Result: An arbitration clause in a residential facility's admission agreement was determined to be valid because the Federal Arbitration Act preempted a New York state law governing private actions by residents of health care facilities. The court also found that the arbitration clause was not unconscionable.

Case Name: N.B. v. District of Columbia

Court: U.S. Ct. App. D.C. Cir.    Docket: 14-7054

Decided: 7/17/2015

Read Summary and AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Result: The D.C. circuit reversed the district court's dismissal of the Plaintiffs' due process claims, but affirmed the district court's dismissal of the Plaintiffs' Medicaid causes of action.

Case Name: U.S. ex rel. Ortolano v. Amin Radiology

Court: U.S. Ct. App. 11th Cir.   Docket: 15-10838

Filed: 7/8/2015

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Case Issue: Do diagnostic services meet Medicare's requirements that health care srvices be "reasonable and necessary" to be reimbursable where the services were performed by people who allegedly were not trained, supervised, or licensed as required by law?

Case Name: Thorpe v. District of Columbia

Court: U.S. Ct. App. D.C. Cir.    Docket: 14-8001

Decided: 6/26/2015

Read Summary and Decision from Ct. App. D.C. Cir.

Case Result: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit denied the government's petition for an interlocutory appeal, allowing the class action lawsuit against the District of Columbia on behalf of its nursing home Medicare beneficiaries to go forward.

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Find cases in which AFL has advocated in courts nationwide for the rights of older persons, and filed AARP’s amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) briefs that help courts decide precedent-setting cases. The cases within the drop-down categories below are in alphabetical order for ease of searching.

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Our legal advocacy initiatives  - conducted by AARP Foundation Litigation (AFL) - reflect nearly 20 years of work in federal and state courts across the country. Through our efforts, we support the Foundation’s four impact areas: Tackling Senior Hunger, Paving the Way to Stable Income, assuring the adequacy and availability of Safe and Afffordable Housing and Reconnecting People to Families and Communities, and ensure that those 50 and older have a voice in the laws and policies that affect their daily lives.