Legislation and Laws
Articles, analyses and general information about legislation and laws that relate to aging and the services that LeadingAge members offer.
On July 29, 2015 the PACE Innovation Act of 2015 (H.R. 3243) was introduced by Rep. Christopher Smith (R-NJ-4), Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR-3), Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX-8), and Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA-7), with 15 other representatives. LeadingAge strongly supports this legislation.
The Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2015 (S. 192) was unanimously approved by the U.S. Senate on July 16. LeadingAge strongly supports this measure, which now moves on to the U.S. House of Representatives Education and Workforce Training subcommittee for consideration.
The positive results from the Independence at Home demonstration was a catalyst for a legislative victory. Both houses of Congress have passed the Medicare Independence at Home Medical Practice Demonstration Improvement Act, which would extend for 2 years the Independence at Home (IAH) program under way in 14 states. The Independence at Home (IAH) Demonstration showed higher quality care and lower Medicare expenditures in its first performance year.
Monday, July 13, is the date for the 2015 White House Conference on Aging. This once-a-decade event will be livestreamed so that elders and other stakeholders from around the country are able to participate. We hope as many LeadingAge members, residents, family members, and staff as possible will take this opportunity to discuss and help formulate aging services policies to take us through the next 10 years.
We are pleased to report that Medicare sequestration will not be extended to pay for international trade legislation. Hundreds of you joined us in advocating against using Medicare as a piggy bank to pay for programs unrelated to health care for seniors. Your voices were heard!