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Fostering Independence Through Technology Act of 2013 Introduced in U.S. Senate

The Fostering Independence Through Technology Act of 2013 (S. 596) has been introduced in the United States Senate by Senators John Thune (R-SD) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN). This bipartisan bill calls on the Secretary of Health and Human Services to implement remote monitoring pilot projects within Medicare to provide incentives to home health agencies to use home monitoring and communications technologies.

Older Americans Act Reauthorization Focus of U.S. Senate Hearing

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), chairman of the subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging, held a hearing on June 19 to discuss the role of the Older Americans Act in addressing poverty and hunger among seniors. This hearing takes place as the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee attempts to pass the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act before the August recess.

Medicare Adult Day Services Act of 2013 Introduced

The Medicare Adult Day Services Act of 2013 (H.R. 3334),  if passed, would expand Medicare beneficiaries care options by adding skilled nursing, rehabilitation and social services in a Medicare Certified Adult Day Services Center. LeadingAge strongly supports this legislation and urges you to contact your legislators and urge their support.

Rep. Bonamici Introduces Older Americans Act Reauthorization Bill

On Feb. 28, Rep. Suzanne  Bonamici (D -OR) introduced H.R. 4122, a bill "to reauthorize the Older Americans Act of 1965, and for other purposes." Funding for the Older Americans Act Programs are at risk because the Older Americans Act’s authorization ended in 2011.

New Bill Would Establish 6 Workforce Demonstration Projects

On Thursday, April 10, U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA) and U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) issued a press release for an upcoming bill, “The Improving Care for Vulnerable Older Citizens through Workforce Advancement Act of 2014." The bill would amend Title IV of the Older Americans Act of 1965 to establish 6, 3-year demonstration projects. While we have yet to see the actual legislative language, we support the ideals of demonstration projects to test models of care that use direct-care workers in advanced roles.