Legislation and Laws
Articles, analyses and general information about legislation and laws that relate to aging and the services that LeadingAge members offer.
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.
The White House released Part I of the President Obama’s FY 2015 budget proposal, which includes reductions in funding for some programs as well as increases in funding for programs that the administration wants to expand within the Older Americans Act, Medicare, and other programs affecting older adults. LeadingAge members should reach out to their members of Congress to encourage them to maintain funding for these programs at the pre-sequester funding level.
U.S. House Ways and Means Committee Chair Dave Camp (R-MI) released for discussion a draft bill revising the Internal Revenue Code. The draft contains a number of provisions that will affect charitable organizations like LeadingAge’s members.
The Affordable Care Act shared responsibility provisions for employers with between 50 and 100 employees has been delayed until Jan. 1, 2016, according to newly released U.S. Treasury Department final rules.
On February 11, the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training, chaired by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), held a hearing entitled, “Serving Seniors Through the Older Americans Act.” The hearing is a good beginning toward developing a bipartisan bill that could pass through the committee and the full House.