LeadingAge Grassroots Connector
Part of expanding the world of possibilities for aging is advocating for policies that remove barriers to care, develop new services, improve reimbursement and make America a better place to grow old. But who's got the time to keep up with it all? We do. LeadingAge's advocacy team tracks legislation and regulatory updates to make sure that policy makers understand how changes will impact our members and the people they serve.
But we can't do it all without you. Your work as an advocate is crucial to motivating legislators and other policymakers. We make it easy with a range of tools that summarize the issues, provide sample letters and help you contact your members of Congress. Visit here often to engage in advocacy that will create the future of aging services.
Hosting a visit offers a chance for your member of Congress to meet with elder constituents and to learn more about your organization’s work for older adults. These meetings also provide an opportunity for you to become a valuable resource for your legislator in the future. Use LeadingAge's Congress to Home guide to help plan your visit.
This guide features tips for effective media relations that can advance advocacy agendas.
In an op-ed column published in the Capitol Hill newspaper The Hill, U.S. Senators Bill Nelson (FL) and Tammy Baldwin (WI) called on their colleagues to meet the challenges of long-term services and supports, especially as Congress continues work on the 2014 budget. Sens. Nelson and Baldwin pointed out the multiple difficulties individuals and family members face when an elder needs long-term services and supports. We are pleased to see this awareness and commitment on the part of these senators and we will continue working with them and others on the future of aging services.
This fall, Congress faces a double-barreled government shutdown threat. In addition to their by-now routine need to pass a continuing resolution to keep the government in operation when fiscal year 2014 begins on October 1, an increase in the federal debt ceiling also will be necessary.
Rep. Rob Woodall
(GA) recently visited Gwinnett
Christian Terrace (GCT) in order to learn more about affordable senior
housing in his district. Notably, this visit was made following up on a promise he made during a visit to his office as part of the 2013 PEAK Leadership Summit in Washington, DC.