Category Archives: Public Policy

2 October 2014

Adult Day Services are Person- and Family-Centered

Posted October 2, 2014 in Public Policy in Research in Uncategorized

The AARP Public Policy Institute has released a new blog post on adult day services (ADS).  Lynn Friss Feinberg writes that that ADS provides supportive services for both the adult with functional limitations and  their family caregiver.  With more consumers rejecting nursing homes in favor of home and community-based services, ADS can help build a better person-and family-centered system of long-term services and supports in the community.

Read more:  http://blog.aarp.org/2014/10/02/adult-day-services-a-model-of-person-and-family-centered-care/

 

30 October 2013

Older American’s Act Passes HELP Committee and Moves to Full Senate

Posted October 30, 2013 in Public Policy

Great news! The U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing this morning, where legislation to reauthorize the Older Americans Act (OAA) passed with full bipartisan support!

This achievement is a huge milestone, since the OAA has not been reauthorized since 2006. The bill (S. 1562) now awaits consideration by the full Senate, and we will keep you posted on its progress. While the OAA still has a long way to go, passing the HELP Committee is a major move forward.

Many thanks to all of you who communicated your support for this important bill!

For more information on the Act and its benefits to adult day services consumers, click here: http://www.theconsumervoice.org/advocate/reauthorize-older-americans-act.

23 October 2013

Medicare Adult Day Services Bill 2013 (H.R. 3334) Introduced

Posted October 23, 2013 in Public Policy

Linda Sánchez Fights for More Care Choices for Seniors

Legislation gives families option to choose adult day care under Medicare

 Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Linda Sánchez (CA-39) introduced the “Medicare Adult Day Care Services Act of 2013” (H.R. 3334) which would provide more cost-effective, skilled care options for seniors, people with disabilities, and families in the Medicare program.

H.R. 3334 would allow patients who qualify for home health services or nursing home care under the Medicare program to choose the option of adult day care services instead.

By paying adult day care providers 98% of the home health rate, the “Medicare Adult Day Care Services Act of 2013” could also yield savings to Medicare.

“We owe it our seniors to provide them with quality health care, and they deserve to have the full range of care choices,” said Congresswoman Sánchez.    “Adult day care is an important option for seniors who need rehabilitative care or help with daily life tasks, but don’t need around-the-clock care.  This legislation provides a cost-effective Medicare choice by paying adult day care providers 98% of the home health rate.  This bill also provides crucial relief to family caregivers, who often struggle to balance work and caring for their loved ones fulltime.”

In addition to increasing choices for seniors and people with disabilities, the bill would provide a vital service to family caregivers.  While taking care of their loved ones, these caregivers lose an average of $659,139 in wages, pension benefits, and Social Security benefits over a lifetime, according to the Family Caregiver Alliance.  By providing this adult care choice to Medicare beneficiaries, H.R. 3334 helps protect a family’s economic well-being, without adding to the cost of Medicare.

Congresswoman Sánchez has introduced Medicare Adult Day Care legislation in every session of Congress since the 111th Congress.  The National Adult Day Services Association (NADSA) supports H.R. 3334 and encourages support for the Bill.  Please contact your members of Congress to request their support if they are not listed below.  Thank those who are already cosponsors.

COSPONSORS(22), ALPHABETICAL [followed by Cosponsors withdrawn]:     (Sort: by date)

Rep Blumenauer, Earl [OR-3] – 10/23/2013 Rep Bordallo, Madeleine Z. [GU] – 10/23/2013 Rep Carson, Andre [IN-7] – 10/23/2013 Rep Cartwright, Matt [PA-17] – 10/23/2013 Rep Clarke, Yvette D. [NY-9] – 10/23/2013 Rep Conyers, John, Jr. [MI-13] – 10/23/2013 Rep Davis, Danny K. [IL-7] – 10/23/2013 Rep Frankel, Lois [FL-22] – 10/23/2013 Rep Jackson Lee, Sheila [TX-18] – 10/23/2013 Rep Johnson, Eddie Bernice [TX-30] – 10/23/2013 Rep Langevin, James R. [RI-2] – 10/23/2013 Rep Loebsack, David [IA-2] – 10/23/2013 Rep Lowenthal, Alan S. [CA-47] – 10/23/2013 Rep Lujan Grisham, Michelle [NM-1] – 10/23/2013 Rep Michaud, Michael H. [ME-2] – 10/23/2013 Rep Napolitano, Grace F. [CA-32] – 10/23/2013 Rep Norton, Eleanor Holmes [DC] – 10/23/2013 Rep Rangel, Charles B. [NY-13] – 10/23/2013 Rep Roybal-Allard, Lucille [CA-40] – 10/23/2013 Rep Schakowsky, Janice D. [IL-9] – 10/23/2013 Rep Schwartz, Allyson Y. [PA-13] – 10/23/2013 Rep Waters, Maxine [CA-43] – 10/23/2013

21 October 2013

The Afflerbach Group Selected to Lobby for National Adult Day Services Association

Posted October 21, 2013 in Public Policy

The National Adult Day Services Association (NADSA) has selected The Afflerbach Group, LLC to represent its members and strengthen the national voice of adult day services.  Senator Roy Afflerbach, Retired will lead the effort to assist NADSA in developing and implementing effective public policy advocacy efforts and will provide direct advocacy representation to policy makers. 

 The Afflerbach Group, LLC (TAG) was founded by retired Pennsylvania State Senator Roy Afflerbach in March 2005. The company is a networking organization that brings together the talents of seasoned successful professionals and advocacy experts to provide their services to a few select clients.  TAG’s present public policy advocacy clients are the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS); The Pennsylvania Adult Day Services Association (PADSA); The Pennsylvania Association of Senior Centers (PASC). In addition, they maintain collaborative arrangements with the Pennsylvania Senior Support Coalition (directed by the Pennsylvania Association of Area Agencies on Aging), the South Western Pennsylvania Partnership for Aging (SWPPA), and national advocacy firms. 

This new venture is another step in helping advance the national development, recognition and use of adult day services. 

 

25 March 2013

South Carolina Adult Day Services Representatives Talk with Lt Governor

Posted March 25, 2013 in Public Policy in Uncategorized

Adult day services representatives in South Carolina recently landed an outstanding opportunity to educate the public about adult day services when they were invited to appear on a television broadcast.  Barbara Wright, owner of Helping Hands and Hope Bridge, and Coretta Bedsole were invited to appear on Lt. Governor McConnell’s weekly television show broadcast on SC Educational Television. This unique opportunity educates policy makers and the public about the benefits of adult day. Please take some time to review the interview and consider how you can make a difference in your community.

http://www.scetv.org/index.php/this_week_state_house/entry/march_7_2013_adult_day_care/

(Used with permission of SC Educational Television)

 

Join us in Washington, DC, on April 15-16, 2013, for the annual public policy event as we approach federal leaders about the importance of adult day services.  Learn more at http://nadsa.org/public-policy/nadsa-capitol-hill-day-april-2013/.

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