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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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The Medicare and Medicaid Partnership at Age 50

posted 06.04.2015

Medicare is a critical source of coverage for our nation’s older adults and for people with disabilities. Medicare provides health insurance protection and enables access to medical care for 54 million beneficiaries (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2015). However, the coverage Medicare provides comes with premium and cost-sharing requirements as well as gaps in covered benefits, especially for long-term services and supports (LTSS).


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The Labor Pains of Giving Birth to Medicare

posted 06.03.2015

By Joseph A. Califano, Jr.

When President Harry Truman proposed national health insurance, the American Medical Association (AMA) defeated him through an unprecedented $2.8 million public relations campaign that effectively branded his national health insurance proposal as socialized medicine—even as part of a Communist plot. While Truman’s proposal was killed, in 1946, Congress passed the Hill-Burton program to increase the number of hospital beds, especially in poor states.


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Is There a Bright Future for Medicare?

posted 06.03.2015

At its 50-year mark, Medicare now covers 55 million people, provides insurance to one in six Americans, and accounts for 14 percent of the federal budget and 20 percent of national healthcare expenditures. This snapshot of Medicare-by-the-numbers reveals the program as firmly placed at the nexus of political will, social responsibility, and future sustainability. In our modern political climate, can we muster the will to retain this life-saving program at its current strength? Will impending demographics prove too unwieldy—or be manageable with substantial change?


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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Start : 11:00 AM Pacific
End : 12:00 PM Pacific

This web seminar is part of the “Conversations with GIA” Series, sponsored by Grantmakers in Aging.

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PLEASE NOTE: CEUs are not available for this web seminar.

Medicare at 50: Special Event on June 15 in Washington DC

posted 05.12.2015

June 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of Medicare. Since President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Medicare bill into law in 1965, Medicare has opened doors to healthcare and increased economic security for hundreds of millions of older adults, people with disabilities, and their families. In celebration of this milestone, the American Society on Aging (ASA) is devoting the Summer 2015 issue of its quarterly journal, Generations, to “Medicare at 50 Years.”

Medicare at 50: From Generation to Generation

Event Date: 
06.15.2015 03:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Time Zone: 
(GMT-05:00) Eastern Time
Event Location
Address 1: 
Barbara Jordan Conference Center,
Address 2: 
Kaiser Family Foundation 1330 G St. NW
City: 
Washington, DC
State: 
DISTRICTOFCOLUMBIA
Zip: 
20005
Short Description: 

American Society on Aging Presents: Medicare at 50: From Generation to Generation

Full Description: 

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June 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of Medicare. Since President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Medicare bill into law in 1965, Medicare has opened doors to healthcare and increased economic security for hundreds of millions of older adults, people with disabilities, and their families. In celebration of this milestone, the American Society on Aging (ASA) is devoting the Summer 2015 issue of its quarterly journal, Generations, to “Medicare at 50 Years.”

The issue, guest edited by John Rother, president/CEO, National Coalition on Health Care and Tricia Neuman, a senior vice president of the Kaiser Family Foundation and director of the Foundation’s Program on Medicare Policy and its Project on Medicare’s Future, delivers a timely and insightful exploration of Medicare—past, present and future. More than two dozen articles from expert contributors address  a broad range of topics, including personal reflections on the launch of Medicare, a focus on how well the program serves an aging population (and people with disabilities), the politics of Medicare, and, and most importantly, key opportunities and challenges facing Medicare’s future.

To kick off this issue’s release, ASA is hosting a free-of-charge special event on Monday, June 15, in Washington, D.C. (see details and agenda below). The late afternoon event will include a panel briefing and audience engagement session, with an early evening reception to follow.

Sponsored in part by the Robert Wood Foundation President’s Grant Fund of the Princeton Area Community Foundation, the Benjamin Rose Institute, and Compassion & Choices, we are confident this special issue of Generations will be a useful, insightful resource for professionals and advocates in aging, as well as all groups, organizations and stakeholders interested in health policy issues and the challenges affecting older adults.

We hope you will join us for what promises to be a stimulating discussion about Medicare with thought leaders and experts. 

American Society on Aging Presents:

Medicare at 50: From Generation to Generation

Barbara Jordan Conference Center
Kaiser Family Foundation
Monday, June 15, 2015
3:00 – 6:30 pm

3:00 Welcome Richard Browdie, MBA
President and CEO, Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging
3:10 Opening Remarks Tricia Neuman, ScD (Generations Guest Co-Editor)
Vice President and Director, Program on Medicare Policy, Kaiser Family Foundation
3:20 Panel Discussion: Challenges for the Future
(Moderated by John Rother & Tricia Neuman)
  • Patrick Conway, MD
    Deputy Administrator for Innovation & Quality and Chief Medical Officer, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • Joe Antos, PhD
    Wilson H. Taylor Scholar in Health Care and Retirement Policy, American Enterprise Institute
  • Marilyn Moon, PhD
    Director, American Institutes for Research Center on Aging Institute Fellow, American Institutes for Research
  • Diane Rowland, ScD
    Executive Vice President and Executive Director, Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, Kaiser Family Foundation
  • Linda Fried, MD
    Dean, Mailman School of Public Health and Professor, Columbia University
    Senior Vice President, Columbia University Medical Center
4:15 Audience Engagement: Questions and Answers 
4:45  Closing Remarks John Rother, JD (Generations Guest Co-Editor)
President and CEO, National Coalition on Health Care
5:00  Closing and Invitation to Reception Lynn Feinberg, MSW
Chair, American Society on Aging
Senior Strategic Policy Advisor, AARP Public Policy Institute 

G. Lawrence Atkins
President, National Academy of Social Insurance

5:00–6:30  Reception  

 

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