Larry Minnix explains the post-Thanksgiving advocacy agenda for LeadingAge and it's members.
In a recent Washington Post op-ed, former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson and former U.S. Senator Tom Daschle (D-SD) acknowledged the potential long-term services and supports financing solutions contained in the LeadingAge task force report.
Members of the United States House and Senate now are making budget decisions that could affect all aging services programs, not only for the rest of this fiscal year but for the future as well. They need to hear from you on the importance of adequate funding for senior housing, Medicare, Medicaid and home- and community-based services under the Older Americans Act. Please contact your legislators today.
Dr. Cheryl Phillips, our senior vice president for advocacy and public policy, discusses accountable care organizations and what LeadingAge members will need to do to engage with them in the future.
The impasse that shuttered
most of the federal government and came close to officially reaching the limits
on the authority of the government to borrow to pay for on-going debts came to
an end on October 16, literally at the 11th hour. Both houses of
Congress passed, by comfortable bi-partisan margins, a deal negotiated by Sen.
Harry Reid (D-NV) and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY). The legislation was then
signed by President Obama, and went into effect immediately. We greatly
appreciate the hundreds of calls and messages LeadingAge members sent to their
legislators urging an end to the shutdown.