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Oppose the Repeal of the ACA & Changes to Medicaid!

When the House of Representatives returns after President’s Day, it will take action to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Current replacement plans include making a major overhaul in Medicaid. Such” repeal and replace” changes could jeopardize both access to and quality of care for nursing home residents and other long-term care consumers. Let your federal legislators know this is not acceptable!

The ACA didn’t just expand coverage for millions of Americans, it was the first law in many years to address the quality of care in nursing homes that receive Medicare and Medicaid funding. The ACA provides accountability, better oversight, improved nurse aide training and a system for collecting more accurate data about staffing in nursing homes.  It also makes prevention of elder abuse a national priority through mandatory reporting requirements, support for national criminal background checks, and better coordination among agencies that respond to abuse of the elderly. 

The ACA improves access to home care services too, which keep people at home and help nursing home residents move back into the community.

Repeal of the ACA could eliminate these protections, improvements, and services.

At the same time, proposals to replace the ACA include significant changes to Medicaid. These plans would impose spending caps per enrollee or convert Medicaid into block grants – resulting in Medicaid cuts.   Such approaches could harm residents of long-term care facilities and others receiving long-term services and supports because less care would be available and it would be harder to obtain.  In addition, federal nursing home quality standards could be eliminated because states would receive federal monies with relatively few requirements.

Please contact your members of Congress by February 28 and urge them to vote to keep Medicaid as it is AND to vote against repeal of the Affordable Care Act!

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Help to Honor World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15th June 03, 2014

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15th, 2014. Find out more information about how you can participate in this important event.

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Let Your Legislators Know You Support Elder Justice Funding! May 02, 2014

Elder abuse is rising, while federal funding for the Elder Justice Act has remained the same – nothing. However, progress may finally be underway. The President has done his part and included important elder justice funding in his budget. Now it’s up to Congress! Tell your legislators to support the Administration’s request today.

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Tell Congress to Reauthorize the Older Americans Act! April 25, 2014

The OAA was supposed to be reauthorized in 2011.  With every day that passes, the future of critical programs that serve seniors is more and more uncertain.  Help us send a message to Congress about this important program.

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Progress on the Elder Justice Initiative in the Senate, but your help is still needed! June 11, 2014

Yesterday, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor-HHS-Education concluded the markup of its Fiscal Year Appropriations bill. This legislation, which puts forth funding amounts for all programs under the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education, included $10 million for the President’s Elder Justice Initiative. However, your help is still needed to urge Congress to fund this important initiative!

Action Update
Join Us for the Virtual Kick-Off of our Staffing Campaign! June 11, 2014

You are invited to the Virtual Kickoff of our Nursing Home Staffing Public Awareness Campaign; Tuesday, June 24, 2014; 2:00 – 3:15 pm ET. This 75 minute webinar/teleconference that will include both an official launch and an educational and action component.

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Consumer Voice Staff Present on Nursing Home Transitions June 09, 2014

On May 28th, the Consumer Voice’s Sara Cirba and Amity Overall Laib presented in a webinar hosted by the National Legal Resource Center entitled “Supporting Consumers Who Transition Out of Nursing Homes.”

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Applications Now Available For FREE Advocacy Skills Trainings! June 09, 2014

As part of our Consumers for Quality Care, No Matter Where initiative, the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care (Consumer Voice) is offering FREE state-based, in-person advocacy trainings for individuals and groups with the capacity to make an impact on policy and contribute to the Consumer Voice’s national efforts. Applications for these trainings are now available - we welcome long-term care ombudsman programs, Citizen Advocacy Groups, family/caregiving groups, consumer alliances, disability groups, community organizations, senior organizations and others to apply to receive these trainings.

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