Legislation and Laws
Articles, analyses and general information about legislation and laws that relate to aging and the services that LeadingAge members offer.
The U.S. House of Representatives Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) Subcommittee released its 2016 funding bill, which drastically reduces the Section 202 account, cutting funds well below the $365 million that is necessary to renew existing PRAC contracts.
Next year will be important and symbolic for aging programs and services, as we celebrate the 80th anniversary of Social Security, the 50th anniversaries of Medicare and Medicaid and the fifth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act.
Our protests against another extension of Medicare's 2% sequestration of health care provider payments to pay for international trade legislation appear to be having effect. The U.S. House committee with jurisdiction over the trade bill sent it to the House floor without a recommendation and senators are searching for an alternative offset mechanism. Please continue to Contact Congress and tell your legislators that Medicare sequestration is not a piggy bank for other programs!
The Veterans Access to Extended Care Act of 2015, legislation to move forward on the changes that were in the Veterans Administration proposed rule on provider agreements, was introduced in both houses of Congress on March 16. On April 23, Rep. Dan Benishek (R-MI), chair of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Health, and Ranking Member Rep. Julia Brownley (D-CA) held a hearing to discuss the legislation.
On April 16, President Obama signed H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, better known as the “doc fix” bill. This legislation has important implications for post-acute care providers. On April 21, the White House invited LeadingAge CEO Larry Minnix to a bipartisan reception to honor all those who worked to get the legislation passed. You can see some of Larry's photos on our Facebook page.