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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Victor Regnier, FAIA, is an ACSA (Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture) Distinguished Professor of Architecture with a joint appointment in the Davis School of Gerontology at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, Calif. Regnier holds the country’s only joint appointment in both an architecture school and a school of gerontology, and is a fellow of the American Institute of Architects and the Gerontological Society of America.
The long-awaited day for registering for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act–mandated insurance exchanges has arrived. For anyone encountering questions from constituents confused by the process, please see the simple instructions below.
The Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee of the U.S. Senate will be marking up the 2013 Reauthorization of the Older Americans Act on October 2. A new draft of the legislation can be downloaded here.
Have an opinion about the legislation, or the impact of the OAA? We hope you’ll post a comment to share your perspective.
Financial Education and Literacy Event - Open to Community
The Third Annual Art of Financial Well Being Resource Fair
@ The Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
Sunday, November 17, 2013 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Free – Everyone is welcome
Advance registration requested, please call 415.292.1200
For more information, contact Shiva Schulz @ firstname.lastname@example.org or 415. 292.1260.
Or go to www.jccsf.org/fwb
The Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
3200 California Street @ Presidio
Last week we asked what you were doing to help raise awareness about Alzheimer's Disease for World Alzheimer's Month. Many of those who responded had plans in addition to going purple, joining a Walk to End Alzheimer's and sharing and reading stories that inspire. Here are a few of the responses we received:
In a milestone win for a long-fought advocacy battle, on Sept. 17 the Obama Administration announced it was extending a guaranteed minimum wage of $7.25 and overtime pay of time-and-a-half to homecare workers. Live-in domestic workers are exempt from the overtime pay regulation, but must be paid minimum wage for all hours worked.
Fifteen states had already provided such benefits, and six states and the District of Columbia already mandated the state minimum wage for homecare workers.
Beth Kallmyer is the vice president of constituent services for the National Alzheimer's Association in Chicago, Ill., and oversees the Association’s many services for people with Alzheimer’s, their families and caregivers. Kallmyer has worked in nonprofits for 20 years and has been with the Association since 2001.
ASA is one of more than 325 national, state and local organizations to have signed on to a recent letter (PDF) to the Congressional Tri-Caucus (comprising the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, the Congressional Black Caucus, and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus), applauding their leadership to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities and their intent to introduce the Health Equity and Accountability Act to the 113th Congress.