LeadingAge Repeats Its Message to Congress: Hands off Medicaid

LeadingAge staff members continue advocacy efforts on behalf of seniors who rely on Medicaid. Recently, LeadingAge has met with many key Hill offices and has more meetings scheduled this week - including top Congressional leadership. The message remains the same: changing Medicaid to a per capita cap or block grant would end Medicaid as we know it and hurt seniors. The timing of LeadingAge advocacy efforts is especially important as health care reform talks heat up again in the House of Representatives.

We remain concerned with any proposal to change the financing structure of the Medicaid guarantee, which could also well resurface in tax reform discussions should the AHCA not advance. We will continue to keep you informed of our efforts and encourage to reach out to your Members of Congress and Senators directly.

 

Contact Congress on Senior Housing and Services Funding

We are urging Congress to maximize 2017 funding for senior housing and home- and community-based services programs under continuing appropriations legislation that must pass by April 28.

Federal agencies and programs now are operating under a spending measure that expires on that date. Senior housing is operating at fiscal 2016 levels. If there is no increase, senior housing communities will face major challenges by the time this fiscal year ends on September 30.

We have scheduled a call-in day April 26 to gain congressional support for the funding levels needed to renew and fully fund rental assistance contracts. We hope that as many LeadingAge members as possible will participate.

We also are urging Congress to preserve funding for home- and community-based services under the Older Americans Act. Everyone's voice will matter on this essential spending issue. Please contact your legislators today.

 

April Recess Activity

While Members of Congress were back home for the first extended district work period of 2017--April 10-21, LeadingAge members continued their advocacy efforts by inviting lawmakers to tour their communities, meet with them in the district office or by attending town hall meetings. This vital outreach and grassroots effort is instrumental to our overall advocacy goals and keeps a continuous flow of communications between advocates for seniors and Members of Congress.

Contact during the recess was made with:​​​

  • Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC)
  • Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY)
  • Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD)
  • Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD)
  • Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS)
  • Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA)
  • Rep. French Hill (R-AR)
  • Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR)
  • Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL)
  • Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA)
  • Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY)

So far this year, LeadingAge members have participated in over 30 in-district Congressional events. We thank them for their continued support and advocacy. If you would like to share details of your event/meeting, please contact Marsha Padilla-Goad at mpadilla-goad@leadingage.org.

Check out April recess events photos on our Facebook page.

MACPAC Discusses Role and Reform of Medicaid

With Medicaid receiving a great deal of attention in potential health reform legislation, the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) meeting touched on several topics that are of interest to LeadingAge. Key themes that were addressed covered issues with the proposed legislation (H.R. 1628), along with sessions on payment and delivery system topics. LeadingAge was at the meeting and a full summary is available.