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Policy and Advocacy

ASA may not send staffers to Capitol Hill to advocate on behalf of elders, but many organizations in our membership community certainly do. These advocates and stakeholders—many of them prominent policymakers in the aging services network—fill us in on a regular basis on their progress, whether it be fighting for elder justice, defending Social Security, supporting the beneficial policies embedded in the Affordable Care Act or pressuring a reauthorization of the Older Americans Act. Find the inside scoop on new policies affecting older adults and advocacy in the works here. And check often as the gears of government grind on: our members are there at the forefront to report on this complex landscape.  



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Should Medicare Rely More on Market Competition?: What the Healthcare Market Will Bear

posted 06.10.2015

Generations Guest Editors Tricia Neuman and John Rother devised and posed the questions in this discussion between Joseph Antos, Wilson H. Taylor Scholar in Health Care and Retirement Policy of the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., and Thomas Rice, Distinguished Professor of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health’s Department of Health Policy and Management in Los Angeles, California.


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Can Medicare Be a Vehicle for Improving Coverage for Long-Term- Care Services and Supports?

posted 06.09.2015

Few issues have flummoxed policy makers more than how to address the need to improve coverage of long-term-care services and supports (LTSS). Two leading experts, Sheila Burke, adjunct lecturer and faculty research fellow at the Malcolm Weiner Center for Social Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Judith Feder, founding dean and professor at the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy and Institute Fellow at the Urban Institute, both in Washington, D.C., provide their perspectives on the role Medicare can play.

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Medicare: The View from Inside the Administration

posted 06.09.2015

This roundtable offers perspectives from two former Medicare administrators, Bruce Vladeck, who is currently a senior advisor for the healthcare consulting firm Nexera, Inc., in New York City, and Gail Wilensky, who is an economist and senior fellow at Project HOPE, an international health foundation in Washington, D.C. What are their frustrations with Medicare and what are their prescriptions for improvement? Generations Guest Editors Tricia Neuman and John Rother moderated this discussion.


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Out of Balance: Medicare, Interest Groups, and American Politics

posted 06.09.2015

By Jacob S. Hacker

Medicare was born of interest group politics. The hostility of the American Medical Association (AMA)—the fiercest lobby in Washington from the 1930s to the 1960s—convinced advocates of public health insurance to start with the most vulnerable and difficult-to-insure segment of the population, the elderly. It also convinced Medicare’s advocates and early administrators to foreswear serious instruments for cost control that were in use in other rich democracies, such as fee schedules and restrictions on capital expenditures.

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Advanced Illness Care: We Can Do Better

posted 06.09.2015

By Bill Novelli and Raca Banerjee

There’s a wistful story noised about among gerontologists that everyone should live in good health to a ripe old age, well into their nineties, and then have life end with a quick bullet—fired by a jealous lover. But we all know that is not the way most people in America head off into the Great Beyond. Too much of the time, in our current American culture, dying can be protracted and especially painful, isolating, and costly.

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