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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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Senate Aging Committee Launches New Anti-Fraud Hotline, Enhanced Website to Assist Seniors

If you or someone you know suspect you’ve been victim of a scam or fraud aimed at seniors, the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging has set up a new toll-free hotline to help.

The Nursing Home Reform Law: A Partially Realized Vision

posted 11.13.2013

By Eric Carlson

Say you have just been elected to Congress, and find yourself sitting on the committee that considers healthcare bills. First up is a nursing home bill that would require nursing homes to make reasonable accommodations for a resident’s preferences, and allow family members to visit at any time of the day or night, at the resident’s discretion. Your congressional colleagues probably know little about the day-to-day reality in nursing homes, but nonetheless the decision rests with Congress. How do you vote?

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With DOMA’s (partial) defeat, a new world for LGBT elders

posted 11.12.2013

By Daniel Redman

On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as unconstitutional. This law barred the federal government from recognizing married same-sex couples. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote: “Under DOMA, samesex married couples have their lives burdened, by reason of government decree, in visible and public ways,” and that DOMA wrongfully “instructs all federal officials … that their marriage is less worthy than the marriages of others.”

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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…