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Spotlight on Innovations and Achievements: Area Agency on Aging for Seattle-King County Advocates for Accessible Events and Meetings

Learn how this AAA developed a guide to provide information and tools to ensure that community members with disabilities receive the consideration and support they need to enjoy meaningful participation in events, meetings, or processes.

New Business Institute Report on Future Directions for CBO-Health Care Contracting

A new report from n4a’s Aging and Disability Business Institute identifies actionable steps that can move the field of health care contracting among AAAs and other CBOs forward. A View from the Field: Future Directions for Contracting Between Health Care and Community-Based Organizations, is the result of a meeting of leaders from the Aging and Disability Networks, including government partners, private philanthropy, national organizations, AAAs and other CBOs that are leading the field in health care contracting.

ACL Releases CARES Act Funding While Congress Considers Next Relief Measure

In response to the coronavirus crisis, the Administration for Community Living announced that it has allocated more than $800 million in federal OAA funding to states and tribes for nutrition services, supportive services, caregiver support and long-term care ombudsman activities.

Spotlight on Innovations and Achievements: Johnson County Area Agency on Aging Provides Home-Based Mental Health Services

Learn how this Kansas AAA implemented in-home counseling services to older adults in need of mental health care by directly hiring a mental health employee on a contractual basis to provide services to AAA clients.

n4a Joins With Aging and Disability Advocates to Urge Guidance Against Health Care Rationing

n4a has joined dozens of aging, disability and patient advocacy groups on multiple letters led by the Alliance for Aging Research and other national aging and disability organizations calling on HHS to ensure that health care providers follow federal nondiscrimination laws when allocating scarce health care resources during COVID-19.

New COVID-19 Resources from n4a and a Salute to #AAAsAtWork

Earlier this week, n4a launched a new COVID-19 Peer Resources page to allow our members to share information on best practices, tips, policies and more that you have developed in response to the coronavirus crisis. This members-only page is intended for you—so take a look and share any resources that you think may be helpful to other AAAs on the front lines of this crisis.

Spotlight on Innovations and Achievements: Marin County Area Agency on Aging Combats Older Adult Financial Abuse

Learn how this AAA provided community education, training and consultation to recognize, investigate, stop and prevent the financial abuse of older and dependent adults.

More Time to Tell n4a's Aging and Disability Business Institute About Your Health Care Contracting Experience

We’ve always known how valuable your time is—and now more than ever with the COVID-19 pandemic affecting all levels of AAA operations. And so n4a’s Aging and Disability Business Institute has extended the deadline for its health care contracting survey. The goal of the survey is to gain insights on how health care contracting is evolving for AAAs and other aging and disability community-based organizations.

New Evidence That AAA-Health Care Partnerships Lead to Reduced Health Care Spending and Usage

  • By: n4a
  • On: 04/10/2020 12:17:57
  • In: News
A new article in Health Affairs confirms what AAA directors and staff already know—when AAAs work with health care to address the social determinants of health, health outcomes improve and spending decreases. The article, Linking Health And Social Services Through Area Agencies On Aging Is Associated With Lower Health Care Use And Spending, is accompanied by a blog post that touts the value of AAAs in addressing COVID-19 in pandemic in communities around the country.

Make Sure Your Community is Counted in the 2020 Census

In the coming days, about 64 million households across the country will receive a paper questionnaire from the U.S. Census Bureau. Even in these trying times, it is important to help ensure that older adults in your community are counted. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some areas will now receive a letter in the mail instead of an in-person visit reminding them to participate.
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