Policy and Advocacy
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This is the starting page for topics related to Policy and Advocacy which covers such areas as Advocacy Initiatives; Elder Rights; Healthcare Reform; Livable Communities/Environments; Medicare; Older Americans Act; Politics and Aging; and Social Security.
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Deadline to submit a proposal to present at the 2012 Aging in America Conference
DEADLINE EXTENDED! Submit before 6pm PDT on July 5
If you have a best-practice program, area of expertise, research or innovation you wish to share with more than 3000 professionals in the field of aging, the Aging in America conference, scheduled for March 28-April 1, 2012 in Washington, DC, is the place to do it.
Robin Barr, Director of the National Institute on Aging (NIA) Division of Extramural Activities, has just launched a research blog on the NIA website; visitors can sign up to get new posts.
There has been a concentrated focus on care transitions in recent years: now there are many models for ameliorating faulty transitions, but these models are not coordinated, nor do they adequately measure outcomes. The consensus at the March 16 National Forum on Care Transitions was that we are in a creative time of many solutions—bright news that portends better care for frail and vulnerable elders.
ASA has joined with 15 other Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO) in submitting statements to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee and the Ways & Means Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. Each committee is currently conducting hearings on Medicare reimbursement with a view toward potentially significant and permanent changes.
The results of a recent study conducted for Kaiser Permanente analyzed physicians’, health reporters’ and Congress members’ social media discussion of certain prevalent diseases. Of the diseases identified in 2.3 million tweets over a three-year period, diabetes and cancer topped the list for physicians; HIV/AIDS was first for those in Congress.
Workshops generally include formal presentations (such as lectures with slides) and interactive activities, as well as time for questions and answers. These sessions are either 60 or 90 minutes in length.
Contribute your expertise by submitting a proposal to present at Aging in America!
The global population is aging, especially in developed nations: Japan and Italy are tied as having the oldest population cohorts in the world, with nearly one in five people ages 65 and older. The rest of the nations with the largest elder populations are in Europe, with the United States rounding out the top 15.
Presented by The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, Human Right Campaign Foundation and UCSF
In February, 2013 in Washington, D.C. a policy brief was released in a public briefing with Rep. Linda Sanchez in the Rayburn building of the U.S. House of Representatives. The report, Living Outside the Safety Net – LGBT Families & Social Security, was produced by the Foundation of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (NCF) and the Foundation of the Human Rights Campaign (HRCF).
In San Francisco on June 3, 2013, NCF and HRCF and the Institute for Health and Aging; the Lesbian Health & Research Center of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF); Openhouse and others are co-sponsoring, a panel of experts who will discuss the disparities and real life consequences of present Social Security law for same-sex couples and their children. Participating on the panel will be:
The report urges Congress to strengthen the protections provided by Social Security to spouses and family members of America’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community (LGBT). The event is timely as it precedes the June Supreme Court ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s Proposition 8. Legislation to amend Social Security law and provide full benefits to LGBT Families was introduced by Linda Sanchez (D-California) in the 112th Congress and is expected to be re-introduced in the 113th.
For more information about the panel at The Laurel Heights Auditorium, UCSF, please contact: