Call To Action: Reach Out to Your Members to Advocate for Aging Programs TODAY

Please complete the 2 Action Steps provided below TODAY! It is critical that as Congress and the Administration move forward with major policy and funding decisions in 2017 that they hear from your agency about the work you are doing locally to keep their older constituents and their caregivers healthy and independent in the community for as … Continue reading

9 Tips for Attending Town Hall Meetings

While members of Congress spend much of their time in Washington, D.C., they are keenly interested in the thoughts and opinions of their constituents back home. One way lawmakers get a pulse on what constituents are thinking is to hold town hall meetings when they return to their districts during a Congressional recess. This gives … Continue reading

MSN: Social Security Hot-Button Topic Among Presidential Hopefuls

Hal M. Bundrick Social Security is not just a gray-hair issue. Millennials are not only a major force as voters, but the massive generation now comprises the majority of the American workforce. And one thing all workers take note of — all of the deductions from our paychecks. We’re all paying into the Social Security … Continue reading

California Healthline: Health Committee Members Announced

by David Gorn Senate leadership yesterday announced the members of the Senate Committee on Health, along with releasing the makeup of its other committee memberships. As expected, Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) returns as chair of Senate Health. The vice chair this session is Janet Nguyen (R-Garden Grove), serving in the Senate for the first … Continue reading

Sacramento Bee: Bills, oaths and receptions mark California Legislature’s first day

BY LAUREL ROSENHALL AND JEREMY B. WHITE Assemblywoman Young Kim, R-Fullerton, is sworn in Monday at the state Capitol. HECTOR AMEZCUA With a room full of freshly sworn-in state legislators looking back at her, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, offered a few hints on Monday of how this incoming legislative class will differ from … Continue reading

LA Times: California lawmakers set goals as new Legislature convenes

Assemblyman Roger Hernandez (D-West Covina) carries 4-year-old nephew Nathan Rogelio Hernandez while taking the oath of office. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press) By MELANIE MASON, PATRICK MCGREEVY  The new legislative session officially began Monday, with lawmakers converging on the Capitol to take the oath of office and legislative leaders signaling that the proposed University of … Continue reading

NY Times: Election Will Leave Medicaid Policies Largely Unchanged

Election Results 2014: The Effect on Medicaid Expansion By Josh Barro and Margot Sanger-Katz This article has been updated with election results. The re-election of four Republican governors means that the future ofMedicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act is unlikely to change course. Republicans in Florida, Wisconsin, Maine and Kansas won their bids for … Continue reading

California Healthline: Will Rate Regulation Return to Legislature?

by David Gorn What’s next after Proposition 45? Will the subject surface again in the Legislature? California voters yesterday rejected the proposal to give the state insurance commissioner power to deny health insurance rate increases deemed excessive. “I’d be surprised if it wasn’t back in some form,” said Micah Weinberg, senior policy adviser at the Bay Area Council. … Continue reading

Sacramento Business Journal: Supporters of Prop. 45 predict health plan rate gouging after the measure’s defeat

Kathy Robertson Proponents of Proposition 45, which would have given California’s insurance commissioner the authority to regulate some health plan rates, say that those rates will continue to skyrocket, following the measure’s defeat at the polls. Commissioner Dave Jones has tried to get this authority into law for almost 10 years, dating back to his … Continue reading

LA Times: On California initiatives, money talked, the public interest walked

By Michael Hiltzik It was obvious from the start that the cascade of corporate cash into ballot initiative campaigns in California this year would be overwhelming. The reality did not disappoint. That reality had to please the biggest spenders, notably the insurance companies and agents who defeated propositions 45 and 46, two pro-consumer healthcare measures. The … Continue reading

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