Legislation and Laws
Articles, analyses and general information about legislation and laws that relate to aging and the services that LeadingAge members offer.
On Dec. 2, Larry Minnix will be sending a letter to kick off our next round of advocacy. We'll be conducting 2 major call-in campaigns: one around financing senior housing and the other around both extending the Medicare therapy caps exception and passing a measure that would allow observation days to count as part of the 3-day requirement for Medicare Part A coverage. Stay tuned!
The U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging held a hearing on Nov. 6 to identify the transportation needs of older adults and how coordination and innovation could address these demands. LeadingAge is pleased that the Senate Special Committee on Aging is addressing the importance of transportation as a key component in care delivery.
Members of the United States House and Senate now are making budget decisions that could affect all aging services programs, not only for the rest of this fiscal year but for the future as well. They need to hear from you on the importance of adequate funding for senior housing, Medicare, Medicaid and home- and community-based services under the Older Americans Act. Please contact your legislators today.
On Sept. 30, Sens. Bernie
Sanders (D-VT), Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Lamar Alexander (R-TN) introduced the Older
Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2013 (S.1562), a bipartisan bill that
would reauthorize the Older Americans Act of 1965. Even though this latest
reauthorization bill does not include many of our policy priorities, we believe
it has a chance of moving forward in the U.S. Senate Health Education Labor and
Pension (HELP) Committee as well as the full Senate.
Conferees from the U.S. House of Representatives and from the U.S. Senate will hold their first meeting October 30. Their job is to come up with a number for federal spending in the remainder of this fiscal year.