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State of the Union for America's Seniors

In his last State of the Union message, President Obama noted recent legislative accomplishments and set out his vision of the direction our country should take over the coming decade. LeadingAge also looks forward to a time when there will be no homeless elders. To when American families have better ways to plan for their future needs for long-term services and supports. To a fairer and more rational system of ensuring quality in long-term services and supports and paying for them.

Revised Community Based Independence for Seniors Act Introduced

A revised version of the Community Based Independence for Seniors Act was introduced by Rep Linda Sanchez D-CA, Rep Leonard Lance (R-NJ), Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-PA) and Rep Kurt Schrader (D-OR). H. R. 4212 would establish a Community-Based Institutional Special Needs Plan demonstration program to target home and community-based care to eligible Medicare beneficiaries.  

Senate Committees Approve Two Bills to Advance Aging Services

The U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee has approved S. 1916, legislation to  allow skilled nursing facilities access to programs helping in the delivery of telecommunications services in rural areas. In addition, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee approved S. 1719, the RESPITE Act, to establish and maintain a national family caregiving strategy. Both these measures are now ready for consideration on the Senate floor.

No Government Shutdown For Now

The U.S. Congress now appears to be on track to keep government operations and programs in operation by passing a continuing resolution before the 2016 fiscal year begins on October 1, 2015. We expect this continuing appropriation to last through December 11. Fiscal 2016 challenges remain, including possible budget reconciliation and debt ceiling legislation.

EUREKA Act Would Create Prizes for Alzheimer's Research

On Sept. 22, Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) introduced the Ensuring Useful Research Expenditures is Key for Alzheimer’s (EUREKA) Act (S. 2067), a bill that would create prize-based incentives to help encourage researchers to find a cure for Alzheimer's disease by 2025.