CBP: Requirements for Approving Key Legislative Actions in California

NCOA: Update on appropriations in Congress

From our colleagues at NCOA:  The FY 2015 appropriations process is now underway. Both the House and the Senate appropriations committees have provided allocations to their respective subcommittees. The Senate spending level for the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHSE) subcommittee (which includes Older Americans Act and other senior programs) is $156.8 billion, … Continue reading

CAADS: Call to Action – 10% RATE RESTORATION ADVOCACY UPDATE

From our colleagues from CAADS: We need every friend of CBAS to contact the Assembly and Senate Budget Sub-Committees and Committee Chairs Skinner and Leno along with new Speaker Toni Atkins (San Diego) and incoming Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León (Los Angeles) to convey the urgent need to restore the CBAS rate to keep … Continue reading

Administration for Community Living: How the Older Americans Act Helps More Americans Stay “Safe Today, Healthy Tomorrow”

From our Colleagues at the Administratinon for Community Living:  By Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary for Aging and Administrator of ACL During the month of May, our nation observes Older Americans Month. This tradition dates back to 1963 when President John F. Kennedy encouraged Americans to celebrate the contributions and sacrifices of older people with a … Continue reading

NCOA: OAA Reauthorization

3 of 9Adult Day Health Care dilemma Trinidad Contreras is a fixture at Gardner Family Health Network Adult Day Health Care facility in San Jose, Calif. on Wednesday, June 6, 2012. Due to budget cuts, the state declared Contreras no longer eligible for benefits, but Gardner Family Health Network Adult Day Health Care is continuing to let him participate in its programs without getting reimbursed while he appeals. He spends the hours between about 10 am and 2 pm playing dominos, walking the courtyard and tending the small garden boxes. (Dan Honda/Staff)

The Older Americans Act (OAA) funds critical services that keep older adults healthy and independent—services like meals, job training, senior centers, caregiver support, transportation, health promotion, benefits enrollment, and more. The Act is overdue for reauthorization—and we’re urging Congress to seize this opportunity to update and renew its commitment to these programs and those they … Continue reading

n4a: Push Congress to Boost Funding for OAA!

From our colleagues at n4a:  May is Older Americans Month: Tell Congress that Funding Decisions Matter to Older Adults! As the nation celebrates Older Americans Month to recognize older Americans for their contributions to our country, Congress meanwhile is making critical decisions about funding services and supports for older adults. This is an important time for Congress … Continue reading

CANHR: Restructuring California’s Medi-Cal Recovery System SB 1124 (Hernandez) – Your Support in Needed!

SB 1124 (Hernandez) was introduced on Thursday, March 27, 2014 – no bells and whistles rang out, but they should have. SB 1124, co-sponsored by CANHR and Western Center on Law and Poverty, includes the most important Medi-Cal Recovery changes since 1993, when the current law was passed via Governor Wilson’s budget proposal. The new … Continue reading

The SCAN Foundation: Bipartisan Policy Center – America’s Long-Term Care Crisis: Challenges in Financing and Delivery

The demand for long-term care will substantially outpace the rate of growth in the U.S. economy over the next decade. An estimated 12 million Americans are currently in need of long-term services and supports (LTSS)—defined as institutional or home-based assistance with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, or medication management—including both seniors and … Continue reading

The Hill: Democrats unload on ‘reckless’ budget

By Mike Lillis  House Democratic leaders wasted little time Tuesday hammering Rep. Paul Ryan’s 2015 budget proposal, framing it as a “reckless” and “unrealistic” document designed only to score political points with the Republican base. [READ RYAN’S BUDGET PROPOSAL.] The plan from Ryan (R-Wis.), the chairman of the House Budget Committee, aims to eliminate deficit spending over … Continue reading

MedPage Today: SGR Repeal Passes House; Patch Still Expected

By David Pittman  WASHINGTON — A full repeal of Medicare’s sustainable growth rate (SGR) payment formula hit a snag Friday, but political insiders say another temporary stay from drastic cuts in Medicare reimbursement is likely on its way. The House passed a bill in a 238-181 vote that repeals the SGR and replaces it with a systemthat … Continue reading

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