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Disabled and widowed, Jessie was living on just $1,200 a month until she found help through NCOA’s BenefitsCheckUp®. Now she has $300 more to pay for food, medicine, and other essentials. May is Older Americans Month, and 2015 is the 50th anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid, and the Older Americans Act. Help us fulfill our nation’s promise that all older Americans live with dignity.

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  • NCOA Falls Prevention Summit: A White House Conference on Aging event

    On April 30, NCOA will host a one-day Falls Prevention Summit to help inform the agenda for the 2015 White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA). The purpose of this event is to update the 2005 Falls Free® National Action Plan and engage key stakeholders to commit to implementing recommendations for the revised National Action Plan. Due to limited space, the summit is invitation-only, but you can follow along on Twitter using the hashtag #FallsSummit.

    Read the 2005 National Action Plan Follow the April 30 event on Twitter Apr 28
  • Use Older Americans Month to educate and advocate

    May is Older Americans Month, and the Administration for Community Living is recognizing the 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act (OAA) with the theme Get into the Act! Use this opportunity to educate your community, the media, and your elected officials about how the OAA helps seniors stay independent. Congress is in recess May 23-30—a great time to invite your lawmakers to see the OAA in action at your organization.

    Get OAM materials Plan a Congressional event Learn more about OAA Apr 21
  • Medicare bill a victory for low-income seniors

    Last week, President Obama signed a bill that offers critical protections for our nation’s most vulnerable seniors with Medicare. The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act makes the Qualifying Individual (QI) program permanent and expands resources for community-based organizations to conduct benefits outreach and enrollment.

    Get more details Apr 20
  • MusicianFest for seniors!

    We’re partnering with the Music Performance Trust Fund to bring live music to older adults this spring. MusicianFest will stage up to 500 free performances at senior centers nationwide. The concert series also will boost the employment of local musicians—many of whom will be contemporaries of their audiences.

    Watch a video and get performance dates Apr 14
  • Senate to vote on Medicare physician payment bill

    Thank you to the more than 1,200 advocates who emailed their Senators and many more who called in response to our action alert! Sen. Cardin (D-MD) will be offering an amendment to repeal arbitrary caps on outpatient therapy services, but prospects for passage are unclear. The amendment will not include other provisions that would have strengthened low-income protections and outreach and extended ADRC funding. Passage of the overall bill, which makes permanent the Qualifying Individual (QI) low-income premium protection program, is expected this evening or tomorrow morning.

    Read about the therapy caps Apr 13
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