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December 13, 2016

New Consumer Voice Governing Board and Leadership Council Members

Consumer Voice is pleased to announce new members to the 2017 Governing Board and Leadership Council.  

Leadership Council
Kathy Bradley (2nd term)
Marvin Dawkins
Arlene Germain
Rita Morris
Jennifer Golle (2nd term)
Linda Beck
Rachel Edwards
Hillary Kaylor
Kezia Scales
Cynthia Rudder (2nd term)
Deanna Okrent (2nd term)
Josh Casper (2nd term)

Governing Board
Hanna Fink
Lori Walsh
Yvette Green

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Theme for OAM 2017 is Age Out Loud

The Administration on Aging has announced the theme of 2017 Older American's Month (OAM) - Age Out Loud.  The theme highlights how more than ever before, older Americans are working longer, trying new things and engaging in their communities.  The theme helps give aging a new voice.  What it means to age has changed, and older Americans insist on living their lives to the fullest.  The theme is meant to celebrate what getting older looks like today. OAM is celebrated annually during the month of May. Start promoting OAM 2017 by using #OAM17 and #AgeOutLoud.

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CMS Suspends Enforcement of Prohibition of Arbitration Agreements

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a memorandum "Long-Term Care (LTC) Regulation: Enforcement of Rule Prohibiting Use of Pre-Dispute Binding Arbitration Agreements is Suspended so Long as Court Ordered Injunction Remains in Effect."  The memo, dated December 9, 2016, states that CMS will not enforce the new rule prohibiting skilled nursing facilities, nursing facilities and dually-certified facilities from using pre-dispute binding arbitration agreements while there is a court-ordered injunction in place prohibiting enforcement of this provision. Read the full memo here.

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Spotlight on Educational Resources

The Consumer Voice and the National Ombudsman Resource Center (NORC) have a multitude of resources available online covering a wide range of long-term care topics.  Visit the Consumer Voice website and the NORC website to explore all the available resources.  Take a look at this week's highlighted resource:

The Real Life Consequences of Mandatory Arbitration Clauses in Nursing Home Contracts - Individual stories of the dangers of arbitration clauses on nursing home residents

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In this Issue

New Consumer Voice Governing Board and Leadership Council Members

Theme for OAM 2017 is Age Out Loud

CMS Suspends Enforcement of Prohibition of Arbitration Agreements

Spotlight on Educational Resources

Combined Federal Campaign


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GAO Report "The Extent of Abuse by Guardians Is Unknown, but Some Measures Exist to Help Protect Older Adults"

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