Legislation and Laws
Articles, analyses and general information about legislation and laws that relate to aging and the services that LeadingAge members offer.
Phase I of the lame duck session of the 113th Congress is over. Everyone has left Capitol Hill to go home for the Thanksgiving holiday. Phase II will begin Monday, Dec. 1, when Congress will return. The primary issue that will have to be dealt with next month is a spending bill to keep federal agencies functioning past Dec. 11, when the current continuing resolution expires.
Following the November 4 elections, the lame duck Congress will return to Washington to complete its unfinished business. See where aging services issues stand and where we still have opportunities to make a difference.
Speaking at a staff briefing organized by the National Council on Aging and sponsored by Senators Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Larry Minnix told congressional staff that the United States faces "a perfect storm" of challenges to the current patchwork approach to financing long-term care.
The Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT) Act was signed into law by President Obama on Oct. 6, 2014. The legislation not only puts forth specific additional reporting requirements for post-acute care providers, but also sets the stage for overhauling the Medicare payment methodology for these services. We will work closely with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on the implementation of the legislation.
On July 30, the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging held “Admitted or Not? The Impact of Medicare Observation Status on Seniors,” a hearing to examine the rising use of observation stays for Medicare patients. Our Heather Boyd reports...