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Elder Justice Act

Have you heard of the Elder Justice Act? The Elder Justice Act was passed in an effort to combat the growing problem of elder abuse and neglect in this country. Current statistics show that one of every 10 elderly persons are victims of elder abuse or neglect. The Act was designed to provide federal resources to prevent, detect, intervene in, and prosecute elder abuse. Sadly, however, before adjourning for the holidays, Congress failed to provide funding for the Elder Justice Act. Without government funding, the Elder Justice Coalition is unable to carry out the intent of the act. This is especially sad when you consider that the amount needed to fund elder justice equates to only five percent of what was recovered last year by the federal government in fraud and waste of Medicare and Medicaid.