This year’s 23rd annual n4a Aging Policy Briefing & Capitol Hill Day again saw record-breaking attendance, as 180 participants representing Area Agencies on Aging and Title VI Native American aging programs from across the country convened in the nation’s capital, April 3-4, 2017 for a deep dive into health care and aging policy updates and an in-depth look at n4a’s 2017 Policy Priorities.
This year’s pre-conference intensive “CBO Opportunities in Health Care Payment and Delivery System Reform,” hosted by the Aging and Disability Business Institute, invited experts including representatives from the Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics, the Administration on Community Living (ACL), and the National Council on Aging (NCOA). Attendees were immersed in information on policies related to Medicare payment reform and the important role that CBOs play in promoting health and wellness. Additionally, attendees listened to a panel discussion on establishing partnerships with primary care entities, headed by health care consultant Timothy McNeil RN, MPH, and Dr. Robert Schreiber from the Healthy Living Center of Excellence.
Following the pre-conference, the Aging Policy Briefing commenced with when Adriel Bettelheim, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and editor at POLITICO, shared a big-picture overview about how policies and priorities promoted by the 115th Congress and the new Trump administration could affect older adults. Experts from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the National Governors Association, the National Association of Medicaid Directors and several other national aging and health care advocacy organizations shared their thoughts about the future of health care and Affordable Care Act repeal efforts as well as predictions about anticipated budget threats from the new Administration and Congress.
Monday evening, following a very informative day of policy news and education, the n4a policy and advocacy team welcomed attendees to sit down for a roundtable discussion to about advocacy tips, tools and best practices in preparation for visits to Capitol Hill the next day.
Tuesday morning kicked off with representatives from AAAs in Wisconsin and North Carolina providing a look at effective strategies in their own federal and state advocacy efforts. Attendees also heard from Acting Assistant Secretary on Aging and Acting Administrator of the Administration for Community Living, Dan Berger, and Deputy Assistant Secretary on Aging at the Administration on Aging, Edwin Walker. Both shared updates from the administration. The policy briefing concluded with a robust panel discussion featuring leadership from national organizations providing updates on transportation, housing and elder justice policy.
n4a CEO Sandy Markwood concluded n4a’s 23rd annual Aging Policy Briefing & Capitol Hill Day, with a call to action, as advocates departed to Capitol Hill to meet with their Members of Congress. Attendees were encouraged to talk to their Members about strengthening community supports, in a manner in which older adults can age well within their communities, in addition to the need for Congress to invest in the Older Americans Act (OAA) and other supportive services for older adults.
Presentations from the 2017 Aging Policy Briefing and pre-conference are now available online!
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Read the recap and materials from the 2016 Aging Policy Briefing
Read the recap and materials from the 2015 Aging Policy Briefing