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Archive December 2018

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Area Agency on Aging and Disabilities of Southwest Washington

We're highlighting the cutting-edge programs and successful strategies used by the 2018 recipients of n4a's Aging Innovations Awards in this weekly spotlight feature. This week we're focusing on Area Agency on Aging and Disabilities of Southwest Washington, winner in the Workforce Development category.

Short-Term Money Follows the Person Extension and Spousal Impoverishment Protections Pass House

In an eleventh-hour legislative effort, lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill, the IMPROVE Act (H.R. 7217), that would provide a three-month reauthorization of the Medicaid Money Follows the Person (MFP) program and a short-term extension of spousal impoverishment protections for Medicaid HCBS recipients. While modest in length, these extensions still represent progress.

n4a Raises Concerns about Proposed Immigration Policy's Effects on Older Adults

In response to a proposed rule from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that would change federal immigration regulations, n4a submitted comments highlighting concerns that the proposed changes would adversely affect older adults and their caregivers by expanding the “public charge” test that is used determine whether individuals seeking legal permanent residency, or “green card” status, in the US would be primarily dependent on public assistance for support.

Alabama Expands Dementia-Friendly Training for Law Enforcement and First Responders

  • By: n4a
  • On: 12/14/2018 11:28:46
  • In: News
Dementia Friendly America member, the Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging (M4A), has developed an innovative program to provide customized training to its local fire and police departments. A small grant helped M4A develop training materials and recruit volunteer trainers. Find out more and consider if your community could replicate this great program!

Short-Term MFP Reauthorization Attached to Funding Bill; Path Unclear

A three-month extension of the Money Follows the Person (MFP) program passed the Senate earlier this week as part of a short-term funding package aimed at averting a partial government shutdown. However, political posturing over funding for a border wall will likely block final passage as Congress and the Administration appear to be careening toward a partial government shutdown. 

Spotlight on Innovation: EmPowerment: Emergency Readiness for Older Adults

We're highlighting the cutting-edge programs and successful strategies used by the 2018 recipients of n4a's Aging Innovations Awards in this weekly spotlight feature. This week we're focusing on Arlington Agency on Aging (Virginia), winner in the Information & Referral/Access to Services category.

Instead of Wrapping Gifts, Lawmakers Are Wrapping Up Legislative Term

Members of Congress won’t be heading home for the holidays for at least another week or two as they work through year-end efforts to avoid a partial government shutdown and address a few other legislative priorities. Lawmakers will have until December 21 to come up with a long-term funding plan for seven federal agencies, including the Departments of Housing and Transportation. Fortunately long-term funding for Older Americans Act and other aging programs was adopted in the fall.

Dementia Friendly America Welcomes Two New Communities

  • By: n4a
  • On: 12/07/2018 14:16:29
  • In: News
The Dementia Friendly America community continues to grow and recently welcomed two new communities—Dementia Friendly Evanston and Martin County HUGS. n4a is a member and administrator of DFA, as we believe this movement offers tremendous value as the Aging Network supports growing numbers of people living with dementia. If your community isn’t yet involved, put it on your 2019 to-do list to learn more!

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