2019 Aging Policy Briefing Recap
More than 170 Aging Network advocates convened March 5-6, 2019 in Washington, DC to mark the milestone 25th anniversary of the annual n4a Aging Policy Briefing & Capitol Hill Day. Once again, local aging leaders joined aging and health care policy experts in the nation’s capital to get the latest policy news from the Administration and Congress before taking to the Hill to meet with their Senators and Representatives to make their voices heard!
The Aging Policy Briefing commenced with a big picture overview of the demographic, policy and advocacy trends shaping the current and future aging and health care landscape. Assistant Secretary for Aging and ACL Administrator Lance Robertson addressed a host of timely issues and shared his view from the Administration during his lunchtime keynote remarks. In the afternoon, advocates delved deep into housing, workforce and advanced illness policy issues. Attendees also heard from key Capitol Hill staff about the prospects and issues emerging during the 2019 Older Americans Act reauthorization discussions and they got the latest on the budget and appropriations outlook from national experts. n4a’s policy team also helped participants message the association’s 2019 policy agenda.
The event wasn’t all business, however! On Tuesday evening, attendees gathered at a reception on Capitol Hill celebrating the 25th anniversaryof the Aging Policy Briefing & Capitol Hill Day. n4a leadership and members honored Representatives Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) and Tom Cole (R-OK) with n4a’s Advocacy in Aging Award for their ongoing and tireless commitment to advancing funding for critical Older Americans Act and other aging programs. At the celebration, attendees were joined by a number Members of Congress, including Chairman Bobby Scott (D-VA), who leads the House Education and Labor Committee, which has jurisdiction over OAA authorization.
On Wednesday morning, advocates gathered for a few last-minute advocacy tips and talking points before taking to Capitol Hill where AAA and Title VI leaders conducted nearly 200 meetings with Members of Congress and congressional staff to discuss n4a’s 2019 Policy Priorities and Recommendation’s for the 2019 Reauthorization of the Older Americans Act.
See event materials, speaker presentations and photos.
Mark your calendars now for the next three years of n4a Aging Policy Briefings at our new Capitol Hill location, the Washington Court Hotel:
- March 17-18, 2020
- April 27-28, 2021
- March 29-30, 2022