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.
Online Learning: ASA members have free access to all web seminars.
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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…
Part of the “Conversations with GIA,” Series, sponsored by Grantmakers in Aging.
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.
Presented by the LGBT Aging Issues Network (LAIN)
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.
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Falling under the category “are they thinking about their futures?,” fewer than one of three adults ages 50 to 64 are up-to-date on recommended preventive health services like mammograms, Pap tests, colorectal cancer screenings and flu vaccines." This is according to an October report from the AARP Public Policy Institute, “Use of Clinical Preventive Services and Prevalence of Health Risk Factors among Adults Aged 5
Last week was Mental Illness Awareness Week and so we asked how you help to raise awareness about mental illness among older adults. Here are a few of the responses we received:
By getting the word out about existing programs and also continuing the collaboration between community-based programs and mental health providers.
Join us to explore modernizing Medicaid to enable people who need long-term services and supports (LTSS) to live where they choose.
Join us to explore modernizing Medicaid to enable people who need long-term services and supports (LTSS) to live where they choose, including their own homes and communities. This discussion comes at a time of growing bipartisan support for changing Medicaid's requirement to fund LTSS in nursing homes while funding home and community-based services (HCBS) on a limited and optional basis. In addition to restricting choice, the half-century old provision makes it difficult to meet a growing demand for LTSS in a cost-effective way.
The recent federal Commission on Long-Term Care called for building a system that promotes "services for persons with functional limitations in the least restrictive setting appropriate to their needs." A major step toward accomplishing this goal would be to reform Medicaid to put coverage for HCBS on par with coverage for nursing homes. Please join the AARP Public Policy Institute for a discussion of policy options and lessons learned in the states. Speakers and panelists include:
G. Lawrence Atkins, Long-Term Care Commission Staff Director
President, National Academy of Social Insurance
Josefina Carbonell, Senior Vice President for Long-Term Care and Nutrition, Independent Living Systems; Former Assistant Secretary for Aging
Henry Claypool, Executive Vice President, American Association of People with Disabilities
Former Director, HHS Office of Disability
Stephen Kaye, Professor, Institute for Health & Aging, University of California, San Francisco
Charles Milligan, Deputy Secretary, Health Care Financing, Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
Susan Reinhard, AARP Senior Vice President; Director, AARP Public Policy Institute
Jami Snyder, Operations Administrator, Acute and Long-Term Care, AZ Health Care Cost Containment System
Debra Whitman, AARP Executive Vice President, Policy, Strategy, and International Affairs
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ASA today supported a Chair's Letter from the Leadership Council of Aging Organiztions, a coalition of 69 national aging organizations, to Congressional leadership. The letter (PDF) urges Congress to quickly resolve the current impasse by approving both a continuing resolution and debt-ceiling increase unencumbered with attempts to change policy or existing federal expenditures.