Posted July 22, 2015
in Public Policy
This past Thursday, July 16th, the Senate quietly and unanimously passed by voice vote S.192 to reauthorize the Older Americans Act (OAA) through 2018. For the past two years, NADSA joined with 48 other national organizations to urge passage of this legislation because it contains new provisions relating to Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) and Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRC) that could be helpful to Adult Day Services as Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) providers. (Capitol Hill Lobby Day participants will recall that this was one of our “asks” to the legislators.) Access the summary and other information about the bill via this link:
The effort now moves to the House of Representatives to obtain approval by that body. Now is the time to contact your Member of Congress to urge him/her to support S.192 as passed by the Senate on July 16th. Note that this is a bipartisan compromise bill that has been negotiated over the past two years.
Here is a link to obtain the contact information for Members of Congress:
http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/index.aspx (If you are uncertain who is your Representative, click on the “find your representative” link on the page and enter your zip code.)
Posted July 13, 2015
in Public Policy
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today urged Congress to act expeditiously and approve its pending request for fiscal year 2015 budget flexibility. The request, formally transmitted on June 23, seeks the transfer of funds from the Choice Program to continue VA’s efforts to increase Veterans’ access to care and life-saving pharmaceuticals.
“It is essential that Congress pass legislation to provide the requested budget flexibility by the end of July 2015,” Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson wrote. “This is necessary to replenish critical operations funding that VA had to reallocate from other medical services programs to sustain Care in the Community, after those funds were depleted. If these program funds are not restored, VA will face shutting down hospital operations during August 2015.
The letter and full text of the documents submitted to Congress today are available for download here:
Nationally, VA completed more than 56.2 million appointments between June 1, 2014, and May 31, 2015 – 2.6 million more appointments than were completed during the same time period in 2013-2014. VA also made more than three million authorizations for outside care.