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Trump Administration Opens Door for States to Block Grant Medicaid

An announcement this week from the top CMS official, Administrator Seema Verma, outlines the steps taken by the Administration to allow states to implement spending restraints for certain Medicaid beneficiaries. While the administration avoided using the term “block grant,” the introduced guidance would allow states to apply for Medicaid waiver authority to implement program flexibility in exchange for a capped federal Medicaid contribution.

Congress Announces a Deal on OAA Reauthorization, n4a Webinar to Detail

This week, Democrats and Republicans in the House and the Senate released a bicameral compromise proposal that would reauthorize the OAA for five years through FY 2024. The Supporting Older Americans Act of 2020, H.R. 4334, builds upon provisions in the 2019 House-passed and Senate-introduced reauthorization proposals.

Spotlight on Innovations and Achievements: Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources

Learn how a AAA transformed its nutrition program by adding fresh, local foods prepared in an on-site kitchen to create nutritious, cost-effective and delicious meals for older adults in its community.

ACL Issues Call for Falls Prevention Grant Application Reviewers

Do you have insight into the nitty gritty of what makes a falls prevention program work? If so, consider applying or nominating a colleague to serve as a reviewer for two funding opportunities offered by ACL’s Office of Nutrition and Health Promotion Programs. Reviewers should have experience in falls prevention, healthy aging, health promotion and/or integrated care.

n4a's Preferred Providers: Medline

Do older adults in your community contact your agency seeking information on where they can find supplies—canes, walkers or wheelchairs, for example—that help them continue living in their homes and in the community? If so, Medline, an n4a Preferred Provider, can help your agency better serve the older adults in your community.

Spotlight on Innovations and Achievement: Arlington Agency on Aging

Read about how a AAA addressed decreasing participation at congregate nutrition sites through focus groups, vendor management and, ultimately, rebranding the program.

Legislation Addressing Age Discrimination in the Workplace Passes House

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives concluded a multi-year, bipartisan effort to pass a bill that would lower the burden of proof for age discrimination claims against employers. On Wednesday, by a vote of 261-155, House lawmakers approved H.R. 1230, the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act (POWADA).

New Aging and Disability Business Institute Resource Available

In a continued effort to highlight best practices and draw attention to successful examples of how partnering with health care entities can help AAAs and other CBOs improve health outcomes among older adults and people with disabilities in their communities, a new publication from n4a’s Aging and Disability Business Institute highlights the successes Camarillo Health Care District experienced as it navigated a cross-sector partnership to provide HCBS in California.

Community Care Corps RFP is Out!

A new funding opportunity released this week will provide National Community Care Corps grants to establish, enhance or grow innovative models in which volunteers assist older adults and/or people with disabilities to help them maintain their independence while continuing to live in the community.

Agenda and Additional Hotel Rooms Available for the 2020 n4a Aging Policy Briefing!

Spring flowers won’t be the only thing blooming this March in Washington, DC! Make your plans today to join your colleagues from far and wide at n4a’s upcoming Aging Policy Briefing & Capitol Hill Day—where your policy knowledge and relationships with your lawmakers will also blossom!
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