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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There has been a concentrated focus on care transitions in recent years: now there are many models for ameliorating faulty transitions, but these models are not coordinated, nor do they adequately measure outcomes. The consensus at the March 16 National Forum on Care Transitions was that we are in a creative time of many solutions—bright news that portends better care for frail and vulnerable elders.
Last week we asked what you were doing for Older Americans Month and we got LOTS of great responses. Here are some of our favorites:
Graduating from USC with my MSW with a concentration on the elderly.
ASA has joined with 15 other Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO) in submitting statements to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee and the Ways & Means Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. Each committee is currently conducting hearings on Medicare reimbursement with a view toward potentially significant and permanent changes.
The results of a recent study conducted for Kaiser Permanente analyzed physicians’, health reporters’ and Congress members’ social media discussion of certain prevalent diseases. Of the diseases identified in 2.3 million tweets over a three-year period, diabetes and cancer topped the list for physicians; HIV/AIDS was first for those in Congress.
Workshops generally include formal presentations (such as lectures with slides) and interactive activities, as well as time for questions and answers. These sessions are either 60 or 90 minutes in length.
The global population is aging, especially in developed nations: Japan and Italy are tied as having the oldest population cohorts in the world, with nearly one in five people ages 65 and older. The rest of the nations with the largest elder populations are in Europe, with the United States rounding out the top 15.
Presented by The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, Human Right Campaign Foundation and UCSF
In February, 2013 in Washington, D.C. a policy brief was released in a public briefing with Rep. Linda Sanchez in the Rayburn building of the U.S. House of Representatives. The report, Living Outside the Safety Net – LGBT Families & Social Security, was produced by the Foundation of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (NCF) and the Foundation of the Human Rights Campaign (HRCF).
In San Francisco on June 3, 2013, NCF and HRCF and the Institute for Health and Aging; the Lesbian Health & Research Center of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF); Openhouse and others are co-sponsoring, a panel of experts who will discuss the disparities and real life consequences of present Social Security law for same-sex couples and their children. Participating on the panel will be:
The report urges Congress to strengthen the protections provided by Social Security to spouses and family members of America’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community (LGBT). The event is timely as it precedes the June Supreme Court ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s Proposition 8. Legislation to amend Social Security law and provide full benefits to LGBT Families was introduced by Linda Sanchez (D-California) in the 112th Congress and is expected to be re-introduced in the 113th.
For more information about the panel at The Laurel Heights Auditorium, UCSF, please contact: