Legislation and Laws
Articles, analyses and general information about legislation and laws that relate to aging and the services that LeadingAge members offer.
The Fostering Independence Through Technology Act of 2013 (S. 596) has
been introduced in the United States Senate by Senators John Thune
(R-SD) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN). This bipartisan bill calls on the
Secretary of Health and Human Services to implement remote monitoring
pilot projects within Medicare to provide incentives to home health
agencies to use home monitoring and communications technologies.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), chairman of the subcommittee on Primary
Health and Aging, held a hearing on June 19 to discuss the role of the
Older Americans Act in addressing poverty and hunger among seniors. This
hearing takes place as the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
Committee attempts to pass the reauthorization of the Older Americans
Act before the August recess.
The Medicare Adult Day
Services Act of 2013 (H.R. 3334), if passed, would expand Medicare
beneficiaries care options by adding skilled nursing, rehabilitation and
social services in a Medicare Certified Adult Day Services Center.
LeadingAge strongly supports this legislation and urges you to contact
your legislators and urge their support.
On Feb. 28, Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D -OR) introduced H.R. 4122, a bill
"to reauthorize the Older Americans Act of 1965, and for other
purposes." Funding for the Older Americans Act Programs are at risk
because the Older Americans Act’s authorization ended in 2011.
On Thursday, April 10, U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA) and U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) issued a press release for an upcoming bill, “The Improving Care for Vulnerable Older Citizens through Workforce Advancement Act of 2014." The bill would amend Title IV of the Older Americans Act of 1965 to establish 6, 3-year demonstration projects. While we have yet to see the actual legislative language, we support the
ideals of demonstration projects to test models of care that use
direct-care workers in advanced roles.