MedPAC Announces April Agenda

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) is holding a public meeting later this week, April 6-7. The agenda includes sessions on drug payment policy, premium support, and regional variation in spending and service use, among other topics. The session of most relevance to LeadingAge members again focuses on implementing a unified payment system for post-acute care. We will provide a summary of that session next week following the meeting.

CRunch Time

After Members of Congress return from in-district work periods the weeks of April 10 and 17, they’ll have just 5 legislative days to do something, or nothing, about the Continuing Resolution (CR) that’s funding federal programs at fiscal year 2016 (FY16) levels expiring on April 28. Both the Senate and House will need to take action the last week of April to fund programs at new fiscal year 2017 (FY17) levels, enact another CR to keep funding programs at insufficient FY16 levels, or simply walk away from their appropriations duties and cause a government shutdown.

LeadingAge prefers the first option, which would hopefully provide the $72 million increase, compared to FY16 funding, that HUD’s Section 202 Housing for the Elderly needs for FY17 in order to avoid not renewing two months of Project Rental Assistance Contracts (PRACs) later this calendar year. We also are urging Congress to include authority in the FY17 HUD bill to expand the Rental Assistance Demonstration to include PRACs to help preserve these communities in the future. Of course, these in-district work weeks are the perfect time for LeadingAge members to reach out to their Senators and Representatives (se information below).

Members of Congress Head Home April 10-21

Members of Congress will head home April 10-21--their first extended district work period this year. LeadingAge members are encouraged to continue advocacy efforts and make every effort to meet with them. Following are priority issues we would like to address with them:

LeadingAge members are encouraged to participate in a variety of advocacy efforts including: invite lawmakers to tour their communities, schedule meetings with them in the district office, attend scheduled town halls, and participate in our “Fund Section 202 and Fund OAA Supportive Services, Nutrition and National Family Caregiver Support Program.” twitter campaigns. Our goal is to reach lawmakers in a variety of ways so that they can hear us loud and clear.

If you have any questions or need additional details, please contact Marsha Padilla-Goad at (202) 508-9442.