Legislation and Laws
Articles, analyses and general information about legislation and laws that relate to aging and the services that LeadingAge members offer.
The 114th Congress has gotten off to a quick start and aging services issues are on the agenda. See where Medicare, senior housing, and home- and community-based services under the Older Americans Act stand as of the February President's Day district work period.
President Obama submitted his 2016 budget proposal, which contains both positive and negative funding levels for home and community-based services.
LeadingAge praises Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) for reintroducing the Adult Day Achievement Act, and for supporting the use of adult day programs to improve the care for younger people with neurological diseases or conditions (such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, traumatic brain injury, or other similar diseases or conditions).
We support President Obama’s call for healthy increases in funding for senior housing and in home- and community-based services. However, we are very disappointed by the president’s proposal for yet more across-the-board cuts in the annual Medicare payment update for post-acute care providers, especially nursing homes.
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.