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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.

2/9/2016
Federal Agency Activity, Health Care
The White House has requested a $2.076 billion 2017 budget for the Administration for Community Living, an increase of $28.4 million over the FY 2016 ...
2/1/2016
Advocacy, ALFA's Public Policy Positions, Legislation, Policy in the States, Public Policy Brief, Regulations
As 2016 dawns on the community of senior living executives, Argentum continues to take a leading role in policy-making at the state and national level...
1/26/2016
Earlier claiming of Social Security benefits by men and women has detrimental effects on widowed seniors, particularly.
1/20/2016
ALFA's Public Policy Positions, CEO, cheatsheet, Dignity, Policy in the States, Regulations
A Utah lawmaker is reviving a bill that would permit residents of assisted living communities, or their representatives, to install cameras in their r...
1/20/2016
Federal Agency Activity, Health Care, Managed Risk
The U.S. Health and Human Services Department has issued new guidelines designed to make it easier for patients to access their medical records.
1/5/2016
CEO, cheatsheet, Federal Agency Activity, Medication Management, Regulations
Argentum in late December sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency outlining its support for agency efforts in ensuring proper handling of...
1/5/2016
Federal Agency Activity, Health and Wellness
The White House Conference on Aging has released its final report from a year-long dialogue with older Americans, families, caregivers, and advocates ...
1/5/2016
Active & Engaged Seniors, Community Awareness and Education, Federal Agency Activity
The Administration for Community Living has announced the 2016 Older Americans Month theme – Blaze a Trail.
1/5/2016
Advocacy, ALFA's Public Policy Positions, Legislation, Policy in the States, Public Policy, Regulations
One of Argentum’s top priorities is to monitor legislative and regulatory activity in Washington and throughout the 50 states, with a goal to advocate...
12/22/2015
As you begin the new year, make sure you don’t miss the biggest senior living stories of 2015. Last year’s most widely read topics include reports on ...
12/22/2015
Advocacy, ALFA's Public Policy Positions, Legislation, Policy in the States, Public Policy, Regulations
One of Argentum’s top priorities is to monitor legislative and regulatory activity in Washington and throughout the 50 states, with a goal to advocate...
12/14/2015
Federal Agency Activity, Health and Wellness, Memory Care Education
The National Institute on Aging offers a free toolkit to spur healthy aging and research participation by older adults. NIA, along with the Centers fo...
12/14/2015
Federal Agency Activity, Health and Wellness, Memory Care Best Practices and Research, Memory Care Education
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has shared revised survey materials developed for the 2014 Focused Dementia Survey Pilot and 2015 expansi...
12/9/2015
Elder Abuse, Hearings, Medication Management
The Senate Special Committee on Aging this week is holding a hearing on the sudden price spikes in off-patent drugs. Witnesses offering their perspect...
12/2/2015
Federal Agency Activity, Health Care, Medicare, Medication Technology & Informatics
Expenditures for new drugs were concentrated among just a few drugs and most were costly for Medicare beneficiaries, shows a new Government Accountabi...
11/30/2015
Advocacy, ALFA's Public Policy Positions, Public Policy Brief
Both state and federal legislative and regulatory activity impact the senior living industry, and a top priority of Argentum is to ensure meaningful a...
11/23/2015
Federal Agency Activity, Hearings, Research
More than 100 House members sent a letter to the chamber’s Appropriations Committee to fund the National Institutes of Health at a level of at least $...
11/23/2015
Federal Agency Activity
President Obama signed the PACE Innovation Act into law this month, enabling the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to develop pilot projects ba...
11/17/2015
Federal Agency Activity, Health and Wellness, Health Care
The Centers for Disease Control offers a free, downloadable flu app called FluView, showing flu-like illness activity levels across the United States,...
11/17/2015
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has unveiled an interactive, online tool designed to aid consumers in deciding when to claim Social Security ...
11/17/2015
Consumer Funding Resources, Consumer Intelligence, Long Term Care Insurance, Medicaid, Medicaid
Although there is no ideal solution, more Americans would have a greater incentive to purchase long-term care plans if those plans were changed and th...
11/4/2015
cheatsheet, Federal Agency Activity, Health and Wellness, Health Care, Medicaid, Medicaid, Medicare
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is asking for feedback on a proposal to revise the discharge planning requirements that hospitals, incl...
10/28/2015
Elder Abuse, Hearings, Medicaid
Criminal enterprises are a pervasive problem in fraud schemes involving home health, durable medical equipment, prescription drugs, transportation and...
10/20/2015
Ageism, Elder Abuse, Federal Agency Activity
The Administration for Community Living has awarded the first-ever federal grants specifically designated to improve states’ Adult Protective Services...
10/20/2015
ALFA's Public Policy Positions, Federal Agency Activity, Medicaid
Argentum has filed comments opposing the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposed regulations that would revise the requirements for long ter...
10/13/2015
Ageism, Elder Abuse, Federal Agency Activity
The Justice Department and the Corporation for National and Community Service have announced Elder Justice AmeriCorps, a new grant program providing l...
10/13/2015
cheatsheet, Policy in the States, Regulations
New government data is available on states’ residential care setting regulations through a new compendium from the Office of the Assistant Secretary f...
10/13/2015
Advocacy, ALFA's Public Policy Positions, cheatsheet, Financing Senior Living – Consumer Education
ALFA sent a letter last week to the Veterans Benefits Administration regarding proposed annual reporting requirements for veterans and surviving spous...
10/1/2015
Advocacy, ALFA, Engage
New fund to support stronger engagement in the states
9/30/2015
Advocacy, ALFAPAC
As part of ALFA's continuing effort to increase its voice in Washington, ALFA recently hired a full-time PAC Administrator – Neil Cohen. As PAC admini...