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  • 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
  • Congress returns to tackle federal budget

    Congress returns from recess this week to start negotiating a final budget package, with the goal of completing work by April 15. See what we know so far about appropriations, the Older Americans Act, Medicare, Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and more.

    Get the details Apr 12
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