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AARP Foundation Litigation: A Public Interest Law Firm at the Intersection of Aging and Social Justice

AARP Foundation conducts legal advocacy through its litigating arm, AARP Foundation Litigation, which advocates for systemic change in federal and state courts nationwide to advance the legal rights and interests of people 50 and older, particularly vulnerable individuals and those living with low income. Specifically, we file and support lawsuits that will have a significant impact on senior poverty by:

  • Reducing barriers to employment, including self-employment
  • Increasing access to public and private benefits
  • Protecting consumers by stopping unlawful business practices and securing refunds for those who lost money
  • Lowering out-of-pocket costs for key expenses, such as housing, food, and health care
  • Promoting more equitable outcomes across these areas             

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AARP Foundation Supreme Court 2021 Preview

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Coming off an unprecedented year when every single case was heard remotely, the Supreme Court this year will review a variety of cases with implications for older adults, especially those who are struggling with financial hardships or disabilities. AARP Foundation Litigation summarizes and comments on these cases in our annual Supreme Court Preview.

Health care, employee and retiree rights, and patient and consumer protections are among the issues in cases already on the docket or likely to come before the Court this term. AARP Foundation attorneys will either be actively participating in these cases or following them closely to assess their impact on older adults.


In the News

Court Remands and Vacates HHS’s Unlawful Approval of a California Medicaid Rate Cuts for Dental Services

 An amendment drastically cut reimbursement rates for periodontal care and instituted burdensome and potentially dangerous pre-authorization and x-ray processes for institutionlized patients. 

Read Complaint (PDF), Press ReleaseMotion for Summary Judgment (PDF), Decision (PDF)

New Hampshire Fails to Dismiss Lawsuit Challenging Its Failure to Provide Services to Older Adults and Those with Disabilities

The court rejected the State's efforts to evade responsibility for its home-and-community-based-services administration and oversight failures as "meritless," "fall[ing] flat," and "fruitless." 

Read Complaint (PDF), Press Release, ArticleDecision on Motion to Dismiss (PDF)

Kansas Agrees to Improve Mental Health and Community Services to Older Adults and Those with Disabilities

Everyone should be able to choose how they live as they age and not be forced into institutionalized settings. This is a critical first step toward reforming how we serve older adults with mental illness in the community.

Read Settlement Agreement SummarySettlement Agreement (PDF), Press ReleaseArticle KCUR by Koranda & Censky


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Eighty-one cents of every dollar we spend goes toward programs and services that help low-income older adults. We have met every one of the Better Business Bureau’s 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.