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Archive May 2020

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All Eyes Turn to Senate for Next Round of Virus Response

Senators are in their states this week, but advocates of all stripes, including n4a, are preparing to push for Senate action on another round of coronavirus relief legislation when lawmakers return to DC. In a letter sent this week to Senate leaders, n4a urged Senators to incorporate funding for the Aging Network to support technology and outreach activities to mitigate widespread social isolation among older adults into phase-four legislation responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

New Report Finds Transportation Barriers to Health Care in the United States

  • By: n4a
  • On: 05/29/2020 09:49:51
  • In: News
A new report from the American Journal of Public Health sheds light on the number of Americans who delay medical care each year because of lack of available transportation. The report also found that transportation barriers to health care have a disproportionate impact on individuals who have low incomes and those who have chronic conditions. The study documents a significant problem in access to health care during a time of rapidly changing transportation technology.

Upcoming ACL Training Webinars

In light of recent changes to ACL’s State Performance Report (SPR) and Older Americans Act Performance System (OAAPS), ACL is hosting a series of webinars to help AAAs learn how the changes affect reporting of Title III B programs and services. Register for the next webinar. For those unable to attend, ACL will provide self-directed training materials on the OAAPS website to ensure that you are informed of the changes. 

n4a Leaders Brief Congress on Critical Aging Issues During COVID-19

It was a busy week virtual week for aging advocates on Capitol Hill. This week, Executive Director of the San Francisco Department of Disability and Aging Services and n4a board member briefed the U.S. House Education and Labor Committee about how the Aging Network is responding to increased and changing needs during COVID-19, and n4a CEO, Sandy Markwood, briefed staff from the House Ways and Means Committee about the network’s role and opportunities to address social isolation among older adults.
 

Update on n4a’s Annual Conference

  • By: n4a
  • On: 05/22/2020 10:39:32
  • In: News
For years, n4a’s Annual Conference and Tradeshow has been the must-attend Conference for Area Agency on Aging leadership, payers, policymakers and others in the Aging Network. And this year we had hoped to bring an exciting slate of workshops and presentations to Conference attendees in Portland, OR. Then COVID-19 changed our plans. Due to statewide restrictions on large gatherings in Oregon, our in-person event cannot take place this July.

Dementia Friends USA Now in 23 States/Territories! Will Your State Be Next?

Dementia Friends USA is excited to add Guam to the list of 23 states and territories participating in the initiative! Dementia Friends Guam plans to offer Dementia Friends sessions for senior centers, middle and high schools, as well as for faith communities, first responders and other community partners. Dementia Friends Guam will be administered by the Guam/Micronesia Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) at the University of Guam’s School of Health.

House Members Return to the Hill to Vote on HEROES

Later today the House of Representatives will take its fifth vote on legislation to provide economic relief and stimulus in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The $3 trillion HEROES Act, H.R. 6800, is expected to pass the chamber on a largely partisan vote, but we expect it will be several weeks at least until the Senate responds. 

Senate Returns to DC; House Looks to Next Relief Bill

Senators returned to Capitol Hill this week while House lawmakers remained in their Districts. Despite their absence from the chamber, Members of the House are expected to take the lead on the next round of coronavirus relief legislation. n4a is advocating for a number of aging policies in that package—but we need advocates to weigh in, too!

Resources to Help Grandfamilies

The needs of grandfamilies are often large and always complicated, even in good times. Add online learning, stay-at-home precautions and reduced access to services and supplies, and you have a population in need of extra help, now! As n4a members continue to serve these particularly stretched family caregivers, n4a partner Generations United has new resources that can help.

Congress and Advocates Pivot to Next Round of Pandemic Response Legislation

After Congress passed and the president signed into law the latest COVID-19 relief package, lawmakers and advocates are now turning to broader policy priorities and opportunities for what will be the fourth phase of a legislative response to the coronavirus crisis. n4a previously sent a letter to congressional leadership outlining key Aging Network priorities for the next round of emergency policymaking. However, input from local advocates will be crucial in the coming weeks as lawmakers weigh priorities from many constituencies.

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