Policy and Advocacy
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This is the starting page for topics related to Policy and Advocacy which covers such areas as Advocacy Initiatives; Elder Rights; Healthcare Reform; Livable Communities/Environments; Medicare; Older Americans Act; Politics and Aging; and Social Security.
Online Learning: ASA members have free access to all web seminars.
One of the greatest challenges we face in the immediate future is building a skilled, stable caregiving workforce to help meet the daily needs of America’s rapidly aging population. Homecare is the nation’s fastest growing job category, underscoring the reality that insufficient numbers of family members—primarily spouses and adult children—are available to provide needed care. Millions of Americans struggle to balance paid employment with caregiving.
The 2012 election should have strengthened the hand of those working to maintain the critical protections of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. The open question is whether elected officials will, in its aftermath, refrain from voting for potentially devastating cuts to these programs.
The November 2012 election is being referred to as the “groundhog day” election. President Obama was re-elected. Democrats retained control of the Senate. Republicans maintained control of the House and all respective congressional leaders remained the same (technically the Democrats increased their majority in the Senate and the Republicans saw their majority decrease in the House).
Recognizing the signs and symptoms of elder abuse is crucial in getting help for older adult victims. Professionals often initially miss many signs and symptoms that can indicate abuse as they can overlap with other symptoms of deteriorating mental health. Recognizing elder abuse is central to prompt intervention and to reducing the impact of abuse on the older person’s psychological and physical well-being.
Meet people face-to-face who you’ve been emailing with or talking to on the phone. In person conversations are always the best way to communicate, and the Aging in America Conference brings together thousands of people who are dedicated to the same thing as you: Improving the quality of life for older adults.
Presented by the Center for Medicare Advocacy. A federal ruling now gives increased access to Medicare, learn about it here.
The Center for Medicare Advocacy recently announced a settlement of the landmark case, Jimmo v. Sebelius. The settlement effectively ends the “improvement standard”, an illegal practice in which thousands of people with chronic or stable conditions were denied Medicare coverage if they were not determined to be “improving”.
In order to fully explain the case and its implications, The Center for Medicare Advocacy is hosting a webinar on December 12.
Brief history and status of Jimmo;
Judith Stein - Executive Director, Center for Medicare Advocacy
Gill Deford - Litigation Director, Center for Medicare Advocacy
Margaret Murphy - Associate Director, Center for Medicare Advocacy
The fee for the webinar supports the nonprofit work of The Center for Medicare Advocacy