2016 n4a Aging Policy Briefing Recap
The 22nd annual n4a Aging Policy Briefing & Capitol Hill Day was a great success and brought together 150 n4a AAA and Title VI Native American aging program executives and staff, local and national aging advocates and aging policy experts in Washington, DC April 25-26, 2016.
For two days, AAA and Title VI leaders and advocates from other organizations gathered to learn the latest in health care and aging policy issues, to educate Members of Congress about the important work being done in communities across the country, and to advocate for n4a’s 2016 Policy Priorities.
The event started off with a pre-conference intensive sponsored by Humana, “Challenges and Opportunities in an Evolving Integrated Care Landscape,” where attendees heard from CMS officials the state Medicaid association, MCOs and innovative colleagues.The sessions focused on how federal regulatory changes are being interpreted and implemented on state and local levels, as well as how AAAs can find new business opportunities and models amidst an evolving landscape of integrated health care.
On Monday afternoon, the Aging Policy Briefing officially kicked off with a a panel of polling and election analysis experts discussing how seniors are responding to the national election dynamics, and what the election could mean for key supports and services that older adults depend on. Also on Monday, attendees welcomed an official from CMS to dig deep into Medicaid conflict-of-interest issues that AAAs in many states are struggling with. The n4a policy and advocacy team also gave an in-depth update on the status of federal funding debates for FY 2017 and highlighted emerging aging and health care policy issues that the association is tracking on Capitol Hill.
Following a jam-packed day of policy news and education, n4a hosted a reception on Capitol Hill on Monday evening to celebrate achieving reauthorization of the Older Americans Act. The reception brought AAA and Title VI colleagues from all over the country together with many Capitol Hill staff and other national leaders. Key staff who shepherded OAA though the legislative process and leadership at the Administration on Aging made remarks and congratulated n4a and the Aging Network on finalizing OAA reauthorization.
Tuesday morning started with a session on caregiving featuring national experts who provided a look at current policy initiatives to support caregivers. Kathy Greenlee then spoke to the crowd both about her reflections on her tenure at AoA/ACL and her vision for the future AoA/ACL and the Aging Network. The policy briefing ended with a candid discussion with leadership from national associations representing local government leaders about strategies that AAAs can employ to work more effectively with their local elected officials.
After the briefing, advocates from across the country attended more than 100 meetings with their Members of Congress and staff to discuss the critical role of AAAs and Title VI aging programs in ensuring that older adults age successfully in their communities, as well as the need for Congress to focus on adequately funding important OAA programs and other top priorities.
Presentations from the 2016 Aging Policy Briefing are now available online!
See pictures from the 2016 Aging Policy Briefing!