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Public Policy News and Updates

Articles on senior living
The following articles are designed to educate and inform senior living professionals of legislation, regulations, hearings and advocacy efforts.

7/29/2015
Federal Agency Activity, Memory Care Education
The National Institutes of Health presented a special budget this week for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias to the Health and Human Services ...
7/29/2015
Federal Agency Activity, Medicare
Medicare’s hospital insurance coverage will remain solvent until 2030, according to a new Medicare Trustees report. This remains largely unchanged ...
7/29/2015
Policy in the States, Reports
ALFA executive report “ALFA Advocates for You” is now available for members, showcasing the many ways ALFA engages on the state and federal levels to ...
7/21/2015
Federal Agency Activity, Financing Senior Living – Consumer Education, Health Care, Medicare
The White House has launched Aging.gov, an online resource designed for older adults, their families, friends and other caregivers to find government-...
7/20/2015
Affiliate/Chapter, Engage, Policy in the States
The Massachusetts Assisted Living Facilities Association (Mass-ALFA) board of directors has selected Richard T. Moore of Uxbridge as the new president...
7/15/2015
Consumer Funding Resources, Hearings, Medicaid
A bipartisan group of senators who sit on the Senate Special Committee on Aging have asked the General Accountability Office to prepare a report on th...
7/7/2015
Federal Agency Activity, Health and Wellness, Health Care
The White House Conference on Aging will be held July 13 and there are a variety of ways to get involved.
7/7/2015
Elder Abuse, Hearings, Medication Management, Memory Care Best Practices and Research, Memory Care Education
A top lawmaker on the Senate Special Committee on Aging has launched an examination of products, regulations and retailers in the dietary supplement i...
7/1/2015
ALFA's Public Policy Positions, Policy in the States, Public Policy Brief, Regulations
Arizona ALFA put down its senior living roots in 1997 at a time when the state was populated by adult care homes serving 10 or fewer older adults. Sta...
6/24/2015
Advocacy, ALFA's Public Policy Positions, ALFAPAC, CEO, cheatsheet, Engage, Membership, Policy in the States, Regulations
ALFA executive report “ALFA Advocates for You” is now available for members, showcasing the many ways ALFA engages on the state and federal levels to ...
6/17/2015
Advocacy, ALFA's Public Policy Positions, Federal Agency Activity
ALFA has signed on to a letter written by the National Health Council supporting a patient-focused bill currently before federal lawmakers that advanc...
6/10/2015
Elder Abuse, Federal Agency Activity
Many people misunderstand reverse mortgages after viewing advertisements about them, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau found after conducting a...
6/2/2015
Human Resources, Labor Relations
A U.S. District Court judge recently issued a decision upholding a new rule crafted by the National Labor Relations Board that significantly shortens ...
5/27/2015
Business Planning, CEO, cheatsheet, Human Resources, Labor Relations, Risk Management
ALFA has released a newly updated Labor Relations Guide & Tool Kit designed to aid senior living companies as they navigate the often changing field o...
5/27/2015
Advocacy, Affiliate/Chapter, cheatsheet, Policy in the States
Florida ALFA, the Florida chapter of the Assisted Living Federation of America, announced that thanks to its collaboration with the Agency for Health ...
5/20/2015
Advocacy, Affiliate/Chapter, ALFA's Public Policy Positions, Legislation, Policy in the States, Public Policy Awards, Statesman Award
ALFA applauds state partner the Texas Assisted Living Association for its success in advocating for meaningful assisted living legislation at the Texa...
5/20/2015
The White House Conference on Aging has released a retirement security policy brief focusing on issues related to Social Security, increasing retireme...
5/15/2015
Advocacy, Affiliate/Chapter, Policy in the States, Statesman Award
TALA applauds state partner the Texas Assisted Living Association for its success in advocating for meaningful assisted living legislation at the Texa...
5/13/2015
End of Life, Federal Agency Activity, Managed Risk, Medication Management, Memory Care Best Practices and Research
Federal and state policies generally encourage the use of available generic drug products as do private payers such as insurers and others, which is w...
5/13/2015
Family Relations, Federal Agency Activity, Health Care
To clarify ambiguities and resolve “long-standing issues” within the Long-Term Care Ombudsman programs, the Administration on Community Living has bee...
5/1/2015
Step too close to the regulations and you might get burned, say experts. No one wants to be on the wrong side of a $1.5 million penalty.
5/1/2015
Communicate with lawmakers and make a difference in statehouses across the country.
4/28/2015
Advocacy, Affiliate/Chapter, CEO, cheatsheet, Legislation, Policy in the States
Senior living had a reason to celebrate in Florida this week with the passage of a meaningful assisted living reform bill by the state legislature.
4/28/2015
Hearings, Legislation
The top Democrat on the Senate Aging Committee this week asked the Government Accountability Office to conduct a study on the effects on senior househ...
4/28/2015
Social Security announced a new strategic plan, Vision 2025. The vision is designed to serve as a guide for the agency and show how it will accomplish...
4/21/2015
Federal Agency Activity, Health and Wellness
Consumers now have a new way of choosing a hospital and understanding the quality of care thanks to a government website, Hospital Compare, which comp...
4/15/2015
End of Life, Federal Agency Activity, Health and Wellness
The White House Conference on Aging has issued a policy brief on healthy aging – the first in a series of briefs it plans to release this year. The...
4/15/2015
Federal Agency Activity, Medicare
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid recently revised rules relating to hospice care patients who are Medicare beneficiaries. Upon electing hospice c...
4/7/2015
Health and Wellness, Hearings, Managed Risk, Medication Management, Memory Care Best Practices and Research, Memory Care Education
Two senators last week sent a letter seeking more information from the Health and Human Services Department on its efforts to address the improper pre...
4/7/2015
Compliance, Federal Agency Activity, Physical Plant, Risk Management, Security
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration last week released an update to its Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence for Healthcare and ...