Aging Policy Briefing
2018 n4a Aging Policy Briefing Recap and Resources
2018 Aging Policy Briefing Agenda and Event Materials
Presentations: Pre-Conference / Aging Policy Briefing
At n4a’s 24th annual Aging Policy Briefing & Capitol Hill Day, we welcomed nearly 170 participants representing Area Agencies on Aging and Title VI Native American aging programs from across the country. Aging Network advocates convened in our nation’s capital, April 18-19, for a deep dive into health care and aging policy updates and an in-depth look at n4a’s 2018 Policy Priorities.
This year’s pre-conference “Productive Partnerships with Health Care—What You Need to Know About Medicare Payment and Quality Assurance” was hosted by n4a’s Aging and Disability Business Institute and featured experts—including former Congresswoman and current President & CEO of the Better Medicare Alliance Allyson Schwartz, n4a’s health care consultant Timothy McNeil and several local Area Agency on Aging leaders—discussing emerging opportunities for CBOs within Medicare. Attendees took a deep dive into new opportunities to support supplemental health benefits under Medicare Advantage, as well as learning best practices fur successful Medicare reimbursement and quality assurance efforts.
Following the pre-conference, the Aging Policy Briefing commenced with remarks from Lance Robertson, Assistant Secretary for Aging and Administrator of the U.S. Administration for Community Living, who shared the Administration’s priority focus areas in serving older adults, including critical issues such as caregiver supports, elder justice and addressing an expanding epidemic of opioid abuse. Ellen Nissenbaum, Senior Vice President for Government Affairs at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities gave attendees a big-picture overview of current federal budget and appropriations debates and flagged some potential policy pitfalls that could have adversely affect older adults around the country.
APB participants also heard from national Medicare and Medicaid experts about the current legislative and administrative opportunities and challenges facing these critical health care safety net programs. Additionally, the briefing featured a “policy potpourri,” highlighting a quick overview of the latest developments in workforce, dementia, caregiving and elder justice policy.
The n4a policy and advocacy team shared an overview of the association’s 2018 Policy Priorities developed in concert with leaders on the n4a Board, as well as the activities underway to promote those priorities on Capitol Hill and within the Administration. In order to prepare aging advocates to take to Capitol Hill, the n4a team also hosted an advocacy training where attendees heard directly from their peers about successful federal advocacy strategies, as well as stories of tough lessons learned.
The minority staff director for the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, Kate Mevis, closed out the briefing with a look at many of the bipartisan priorities the Committee’s leaders are taking up before sharing some advice and advocacy insight for attendees.
n4a CEO Sandy Markwood concluded the 24th annual Aging Policy Briefing & Capitol Hill Day with a final call to action! She sent advocates off to the Hill to share with their elected officials the importance of supporting a strong Aging Network to preserve and enhance community supports that allow older adults to age with dignity, health and independence in their homes and communities for as long as possible.
We hope to see you next year!
25th Annual Aging Policy Briefing
March 5-6, 2019
Read the recap and materials and see photos from the 2017 Aging Policy Briefing