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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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Online Learning: ASA members have free access to all web seminars.

 

Medicare Fraud: Still crazy after all these years?

posted 11.07.2013

By Nancy Aldrich and Bill Benson

Busted! A Week’s Worth of Fraud Victories

A glance at recent DOJ and FBI enforcement announcements shows that many criminals are arrested weekly. During one week in August 2013:


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OAA Reauthorization Passes HELP Committee Vote

The U.S. Senate HELP Committee voted today to approve the OAA reauthorization bill after defeating the Burr amendment by a margin of 14-7—the amendment would have eliminated the “hold harmless” provisions in the Act, which were introduced in the Act’s 2006 Reauthorization.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

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

Part of the “Conversations with GIA,” Series, sponsored by Grantmakers in Aging.

Thanks to our co-sponsors the John A. Hartford Foundation and the Retirement Research Foundation

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What’s new at #AiA14?

posted 10.23.2013

Every year at AiA, we strive to build on our success, sharpen our content and find new ways to bring the best and brightest ideas to YOU and the over 3,000 other professionals in the field of aging who attend the Aging in America Conference. This year is no exception. So, when you register for #AiA14 you can look forward to some new features including…

 

Web Seminar: Why the Affordable Care Act Matters to Diverse Older People

Event Date: 
11.06.2013 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Time Zone: 
(GMT-08:00) Pacific Time
Short Description: 

Part of the “Conversations with GIA,” Series, sponsored by Grantmakers in Aging.

Full Description: 

The health coverage expansions under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will affect you, your loved ones and your communities. The Diverse Elders Coalition represents millions of diverse older people age 50+ who are among those affected by the these expansions. They include the Health Insurance Marketplace, the Medicaid expansion, new benefits for elders 65+ on Medicare, and a range of protections that make health care more accessible for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older people and older people of color. The number of uninsured older adults age 50-64 continues to rise—from 3.7 million in 2000 to 8.9 million in 2010. In addition, people of color make up more than half of uninsured people in the U.S.— and research shows that people of color, across the age span, face significant disparities in physical and mental health. Additionally, many people of color delay care because of potential medical costs and out of fear of discrimination or cultural incompetence from medical providers. These issues are especially true for LGBT people of color who face challenges on multiple aspects of their identities. The ACA has the ability to create a path to better health by offering more affordable health insurance options, improving services and eliminating the usual obstacles.

This webinar will highlight both national and state-specific examples on what is being done to ensure that older people know about the changes that are taking place under the ACA and how it affects them.

Web Seminar: HIV & Aging

Event Date: 
11.07.2013 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Time Zone: 
(GMT-08:00) Pacific Time
Short Description: 

Presented by the LGBT Aging Issues Network (LAIN)

Full Description: 

It is estimated that by 2015, 50% of those living with HIV will be at least 50 years of age, a proportion that will rise to 70% by 2020. This is a remarkable shift from just 30 years ago when HIV/AIDS was considered a “death sentence” imparted upon mostly younger men who have sex with men. However, there are still challenges to aging with the virus given the phenomenon some have described as accelerated or accentuated aging. That is, many of these older adults are experiencing multiple comorbid conditions decades earlier than their non-infected peers. The diversity of experiences of aging with HIV remains a novel and consequently poorly understood phenomenon.

This webinar will review some of the most current research on aging with HIV/AIDS primarily drawing from two large recent studies in San Francisco and New York City. Common patterns and city-specific differences will be noted focusing on physical and mental/ behavioral health issues, and how these impact the need for and utilization of informal social support and caregiving resources, as well as formal community-based health and social services. Implications of these findings will be discussed with particular relevance for policy, service providers and funders.

Why the Affordable Care Act Matters to Diverse Older People

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

11:00 AM Pacific / 12:00 PM Mountain
1:00 PM Central / 2:00 PM Eastern