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. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) on Jan. 28, 2015, voted to approve S. 192, a bill that would reauthorize the Older Americans Act. We strongly support S. 192, which now moves on to the full senate for a vote. LeadingAge members can help make sure this bill makes it to the president's desk by using Contact Congress to tell your senators to support S. 192.
The final FY15 funding bill passed by Congress on December 16, 2014, allocated $420 million for the Section 202 program, including funds for PRAC renewals and service coordination. Congress rejected the president’s request for additional funding for Section 202 demonstration projects and cut the Service Coordinator program from $72 to $70 million. Although the House tried to restrict the $20 million in demonstration funds available from the FY14 law, the language did not make it into the final FY15 bill. LeadingAge continues to work with the U.S. Departmetn of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on the demonstration model and expects a NOFA sometime this year.
Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Director Mel Watt issued letters directing the CEOs of government-sponsored entities Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to begin setting aside and allocating funds to the National Housing Trust Fund and to the Capital Magnet Fund.
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.
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.