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ASA Leadership Responds to Interior Secretary Blaming Elderly for National Park Fee Increases

posted 03.15.2018

ASA’s Board Chair Bob Blancato, Chair-Elect Karyne Jones, and CEO Bob Stein today condemned remarks offered by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke during testimony to the Senate Energy and National Resources Committee on Tuesday.

Using Medicare to Achieve LTSS Financing Reform

posted 03.05.2018

By Walter D. Dawson and John Cutler

Developments in the acceptance of Medicare as part of the long-term services and supports system have taken place in recent weeks. The CHRONIC legislation (S.870) was incorporated into the Bipartisan Budget Act and signed into law on February 9. Just as significant, CMS released plan language on February 1 for 2019 Medicare Advantage plans that allows health plans to add non-medical services and benefits.

ASA on the Parkland Shooting

posted 02.16.2018

By Bob Blancato and Karyne Jones

The community of the American Society on Aging expresses its deep condolences to the families of the 17 students killed Wednesday in Parkland, Florida. We also mourn for the Parkland community whose psyche was ravaged by this horrific tragedy.

We are alarmed at the fact that our country is averaging at least one shooting incident per week in our schools so far in 2018. It is a situation which must be addressed with solutions and not sensationalism.

ASA Leadership Rejects Trump Budget

posted 02.14.2018

ASA leadership firmly rejected President Trump’s 2019 budget proposal today, denouncing the bleak vision of the future envisioned by a budget that would mean even further erosion in standards of living for tens of millions of vulnerable and low-income Americans.

Statement from American Society on Aging on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

posted 11.03.2017

The tax legislation released yesterday by the House Ways and Means Committee, dubbed the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” falls far short of an equitable and economically sensible proposal, and ASA joins numerous national organizations in opposing the bill as presented.

ASA Welcomes Abandonment of Graham-Cassidy Vote

posted 09.26.2017

ASA Board Chair Bob Blancato and Public Policy Committee Chair Bill Benson sent the following message to ASA members today welcoming the news that the latest and least acceptable effort to replace the Affordable Care Act will not move foward.

Here We Go Again! Stop Final Effort to Kill ACA

posted 09.19.2017

ASA Board Chair Bob Blancato and Public Policy Committee Chair Bill Benson have sent a call to action to ASA members concerning the latest effort in the Senate to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The text of the message follows.

We call on our members with Republican senators to make immediate contact with their senator’s office to urge these senators to oppose any effort to pass the so-called Cassidy-Graham Amendment (formally, the Cassidy-Graham Heller-Johnson Amendment to H.R. 1628, the “American Health Care Act of 2017”).

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