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Washington D.C. March 23, 2018 -- LeadingAge, the association for nonprofit providers of aging services, celebrates Congress’ support for the expansion and preservation of affordable housing for low-income older adults. The inclusion of funding for new, affordable senior housing coupled with the inclusion of a new housing preservation tool, known as RAD for PRAC, in the fiscal year 2018 omnibus spending bill, are significant advocacy wins for LeadingAge and its members.

“This victory caps years of focused, persistent, and heartfelt advocacy,” said Katie Smith Sloan, president and CEO of LeadingAge. “It would not have been possible without the support and effort by many of our members.”

As part of the omnibus, expected to be signed into law this week, Congress would expand HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) to include Section 202 Housing for the Elderly homes in need of capital investment. The new authority provides over 2,800 Section 202 nonprofit-sponsored communities nationwide, all serving Americans age 62 and older, with the ability to seek out private financing to meet capital repair needs in order to preserve this affordable housing well into the future. In addition, the spending bill includes some of the highest funding levels provided to most housing programs in recent years, including $105 million for more than 760 new affordable homes for low-income older Americans.

“Given the extreme shortage of housing affordable to low-income seniors, the inclusion of new construction funding and the new preservation tool in the omnibus are important steps forward for LeadingAge’s members,” said Linda Couch, vice president of housing policy. “The average income of seniors assisted by the Section 202 program is $13,300; we must preserve and expand this critical housing.”

LeadingAge members around the U.S. share Ms. Couch’s enthusiasm for lawmakers’ support. “This much-needed statutory change will allow us to upgrade and renovate the homes of thousands of our seniors nationwide,” said Patrick Sheridan, executive vice president, housing, Volunteers of America.

For New York City-based Selfhelp Community Services, “This policy will enable us to finance critical upgrades, including new roofs, new heating and cooling systems, and façade work. Combined with our social service model, this will enable older adults to age with the independence and dignity they deserve, in housing that best meets their needs,” said Evelyn Wolff, vice president, Real Estate Development.

“We have a forecasted capital needs gap of approximately $45 million over the next decade. This will help us to address our communities’ needs, and to safely and affordably house some of our country’s most vulnerable elders for many years to come,” said Michelle Norris, executive vice president of external affairs and strategic initiatives, National Church Residences.

LeadingAge is grateful to the Senate’s inclusion of RAD for PRAC authority in its FY18 HUD bill, and for Representative Mike Quigley’s (D-IL) championing of this new authority during the House’s consideration of its FY18 HUD spending bill.

About LeadingAge

The mission of LeadingAge is to be the trusted voice for aging. Our 6,000+ members and partners include nonprofit organizations representing the entire field of aging services, 38 state associations, hundreds of businesses, consumer groups, foundations and research centers. LeadingAge is also a part of the Global Ageing Network, whose membership spans 30 countries. LeadingAge is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization focused on education, advocacy and applied research.

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Inclusion of More Funding and New Tools to Provide Access to Additional Financing Resources in Omnibus Legislation Achieves Longstanding Advocacy Goal for Association’s Nonprofit Affordable Housing Members

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Washington D.C. March 23, 2018--LeadingAge, the association for nonprofit providers of aging services, commends Congress’ passage of the omnibus 2018 spending bill yesterday. The legislation currently awaits approval from President Trump.

“We are especially pleased that Congress recognized the need to make much-needed renovations to aging housing properties,” said Katie Smith Sloan, president and CEO.

The bill includes RAD for PRAC, a provision for which LeadingAge and our members have worked very hard for many years. RAD for PRAC is shorthand for provisions that will give housing properties with project rental assistance contracts access to the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Rental Assistance Demonstration program. This provision will bring new preservation opportunities to aging project rental assistance contract communities and is a key priority for LeadingAge. We commend Congress for including this provision in the spending bill and congratulate the many LeadingAge members who joined us in advocating for it.

The omnibus spending bill provides some of the highest funding levels most housing programs have seen in years, including $105 million for more than 760 new affordable homes for low-income older adults.

We also are pleased that low-income home energy assistance (LIHEAP), social services block grants, and other programs on which older people rely for home and community-based services received increased funding. In addition, the omnibus spending bill provides $4.5 million in health promotion dedicated to Alzheimer’s disease and $2 million for initiatives to prevent falls among older people. Research funding on Alzheimer’s disease also received a $414 million boost.

Because Medicare and Medicaid are not subject to the annual appropriations process, this legislation does not affect the funding of those programs, although Congress included language encouraging CMS to support mental health treatment for older individuals, especially in rural and underserved areas, noting that Medicare does not cover such care completely.

“We applaud Congress for the funding they approved for essential services for older adults through the remainder of 2018, and we will continue working with legislators on the budget for fiscal year 2019,” Sloan added.

About LeadingAge

The mission of LeadingAge is to be the trusted voice for aging. Our 6,000+ members and partners include nonprofit organizations representing the entire field of aging services, 38 state associations, hundreds of businesses, consumer groups, foundations and research centers. LeadingAge is also a part of the Global Ageing Network, whose membership spans 30 countries. LeadingAge is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization focused on education, advocacy and applied research.

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LeadingAge Statement on the President's Proposed Budget

The President’s budget prioritizes cuts to programs important to older adults. LeadingAge is deeply concerned about the future of affordable housing for older adults, as the request seeks to cut HUD by more than 18% compared to FY17-enacted funding. It would reduce funding for HUD’s elder-specific housing program, and deeply cut the voucher program as well as phase out the nation’s public housing program. While the document’s language suggests support to Medicaid and Medicare, details to back up that claim are lacking. What we do know: the budget proposes Medicaid per capita caps and block grants, which LeadingAge continues to oppose. It also proposes cuts to Medicare, which can have negative consequences for beneficiaries and providers and threaten important community supports funded under the Older Americans Act.

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Washington DC – The LeadingAge Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST) today announces the launch of its latest resource created to educate aging services providers and LeadingAge members on the technologies designed for the long-term and post-acute care market.

The negative impact of social isolation—the experienced or perceived lack of personal relationships with family, friends and acquaintances who can be relied upon—is a health concern for people of all ages, but becomes more pronounced as people age. Its prolonged health risk is significant, matching the effect of smoking 15 cigarettes a day!

“This is a real problem that older adults, caregivers, and providers want to—and need to—address. Fortunately, a growing number of companies are responding to this market demand with innovative technological solutions and services,” said Majd Alwan, Ph.D., LeadingAge Senior Vice President of Technology and Executive Director of CAST. “From relatively simple applications, such as text and picture chats, to the more complex, like virtual reality companion avatars, and robots, tech-based tools and solutions can help. This resource helps providers and consumers alike select solutions that meet their needs.”

CAST’s new offering includes:

  • A whitepaper and interactive guide explaining the issue and its significance to LeadingAge members, aging services providers, and consumers.
  • A product selection matrix compiled by CAST compares and contrasts 40 different products developed for older adults and long-term and post-acute care objectively, based on functionalities, features and capabilities that each product offers
  • An online selection tool to help prospective buyers/users select the tools and approaches best suited to their needs
  • Provider case studies providing real-life examples of a technology solution implemented by aging services providers, with details on approach, implementation strategy, outcome and lessons learned

To participate in future CAST portfolio development, please contact Scott Code, Associate Director of CAST at 202-508-9466.

About the LeadingAge Center for Aging Services Technologies

The LeadingAge Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST) is focused on accelerating the development, evaluation, and adoption of emerging technologies that will transform the aging experience. An international coalition of more than 400 technology companies, aging-services organizations, businesses, research universities, and government representatives, CAST works under the auspices of LeadingAge, an association of 6,000+ members and partners that include nonprofit organizations representing the entire field of aging services, 38 state partners, hundreds of businesses, consumer groups, foundations and research partners.

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LeadingAge’s Robyn Stone, Kathryn Roberts Named Influencers in Aging


Washington, DC -- Dr. Robyn Stone, senior vice president of research at LeadingAge, and Kathryn Roberts, LeadingAge board chair and CEO of Ecumen, have both been named Influencers in Aging by Next Avenue.


The award recognizes advocates, researchers, thought leaders, innovators, writers, and experts who continue to push beyond traditional boundaries and change our understanding of what it means to grow older.


“Robyn and Kathryn epitomize innovation and influence in the aging services field,” said Katie Smith Sloan, president and CEO of LeadingAge. “Their unique contributions will have a lasting effect on the lives of older adults for years to come.”


LeadingAge member Richard Browdie, president and CEO of the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging, was also recognized.


“The mission of LeadingAge is to be the trusted voice for aging, and it’s clear that these 3 honorees are living out this message,” continued Smith Sloan. “I’m excited to see what they do next.”


Read more about why they were chosen and browse the full list of all this year’s Influencers in Aging.


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About LeadingAge

The mission of LeadingAge is to be the trusted voice for aging. Our 6,000+ members and partners include nonprofit organizations representing the entire field of aging services, 38 state associations, hundreds of businesses, consumer groups, foundations and research centers. LeadingAge is also a part of the Global Ageing Network, whose membership spans 30 countries. LeadingAge is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization focused on education, advocacy and applied research.

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Washington, DC -- Today, LeadingAge unveils its vision for the future of long-term services and supports (LTSS) in a new report: A New Vision for Long-Term Services and Supports.

LeadingAge has been at the forefront of LTSS financing reform for more than a decade. We strongly believe that America must create a new system of paying for LTSS so families alone don’t shoulder the burden of paying for care their loved ones need.

LTSS, or needing help with everyday activities such as bathing, eating, or dressing, will affect about 50% of people over the age of 65. LTSS are expensive and not currently covered by Medicare. As a result, individuals must pay out of pocket. Families often resort to depleting savings and other retirement funds to pay for care. Eventually, people turn to Medicaid when they run out of money.

“We must no longer tolerate a system that bankrupts families and leaves older adults without the services they need to lead productive lives,” said Katie Smith Sloan, president and CEO of LeadingAge.

The report outlines 3 essential features of a universal LTSS insurance program:

  1. A universal approach to coverage.
  2. A catastrophic benefit period.
  3. A “managed cash” benefit structure.

“LeadingAge recognizes that a universal, catastrophic insurance approach might not be accepted readily in today’s budgetary and political environment,” continued Sloan. “However, given projected demographic trends, we are confident that the need for reform of the LTSS system will not disappear. We continue to advance the movement for reform that is guided by the principles of rationality, equity, and affordability.”
 

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LeadingAge Supports CMS Decision to Delay RoPs Enforcement

Washington, DC -- LeadingAge is encouraged that the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) has decided to delay issuing enforcement remedies for specific phase 2 requirements of the revised Requirements of Participation. Requirements will continue to be enforced, but penalties for violations will be limited. This will give providers a chance to understand, prepare, and comply with some of the most complex and challenging aspects of the new requirements.

“We are pleased that CMS has heard our collective voices on the absolute need for longer lead time to put new procedures and practices in place to come into full compliance with the new requirements,” said LeadingAge President and CEO Katie Smith Sloan. “This is the way they should be phased in, giving nursing homes the opportunity to absorb wide-ranging new requirements, get expert help implementing them, and thoroughly train their staff.”

The phase 2 requirements include a facility-wide assessment of competencies of staff, new requirements on medical chart review and psychotropic drugs, and antibiotic stewardship. These and other new requirements represent a significant change in nursing home regulation, and it is appropriate that nursing homes have more time to put new procedures and staff training in place.

LeadingAge had the opportunity to meet with CMS officials earlier this year to voice its concerns and submitted a lengthy document outlining our specific comments with input from more than 40 of its nursing home members.

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The mission of LeadingAge is to be the trusted voice for aging. Our 6,000+ members and partners include nonprofit organizations representing the entire field of aging services, 39 state associations, hundreds of businesses, consumer groups, foundations and research centers. LeadingAge is also a part of the Global Ageing Network whose membership spans 30 countries. LeadingAge is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization focused on education, advocacy and applied research.

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LeadingAge Responds to Senate Repeal and Replace Legislation

Statement from Katie Smith Sloan, LeadingAge President & CEO:

“LeadingAge continues to strongly oppose the fundamental changes to the Medicaid program made by both the House and Senate legislation repealing the Affordable Care Act.

Medicaid is not just for poor people. It is the way middle-class families pay for long-term services and supports. The Senate bill actually cuts funding for Medicaid even more deeply than the House bill in the long run due to a lower annual growth rate.

These cuts and caps on Medicaid have the potential to hurt every American family.”

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About LeadingAge

The mission of LeadingAge is to be the trusted voice for aging. Our 6,000+ members and partners include nonprofit organizations representing the entire field of aging services, 39 state associations, hundreds of businesses, consumer groups, foundations and research centers. LeadingAge is also a part of the Global Ageing Network, whose membership spans 30 countries. LeadingAge is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization focused on education, advocacy and applied research.

 

 

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Washington, DC -- The LeadingAge Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST) has updated its Telehealth and Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) Selection Tool with 5 new telehealth products/vendors and 2 new case studies that show how telehealth:

  • Reduced blood pressure through a multi-user telehealth, gamification, and engagement platform.
  • Helped patients manage their conditions at home and improved outcomes.
     

CAST’s telehealth and RPM selection tool is designed to help long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) provider organizations identify and select the telehealth system that best fits their needs. Users can pick the basic requirements they need in a telehealth or RPM system from a set of 12 major categories of functionalities and get a shortlist of only products that meet those requirements.

“The telehealth and RPM selection tool is updated every year so that it continues to be relevant and useful to those interested in telehealth,” said CAST Executive Director, Majd Alwan. “In addition to LTPAC providers, other consumers, such as caregivers and older adults, can use this as a resource to help them understand telehealth technologies.”

The updated telehealth selection portfolio includes these components:

  • An enhanced Product Selection Matrix and Online Selection Tool that compares 20 different products to help providers better understand the functionalities offered by commercially available telehealth/RPM vendors. The product selection matrix is published in Excel format to allow providers to sort and delete products, and to perform side-by-side functionality comparisons of only products of interest to them.
  • A white paper, Telehealth and Remote Patient Monitoring for Long-Term and Post-Acute Care: A Primer and Provider Selection Guide, that is designed to help organizations understand the range of issues surrounding telehealth. The white paper also outlines technology solutions available in the marketplace, as well as their uses and benefits.
  • An interactive guide that gives a quick overview of telehealth, the white paper, and the planning and selection process.
  • 2 new case studies that join existing examples that show how telehealth protocols improved efficiencies in LTPAC organizations.

For more information or to participate in helping to develop future CAST portfolios, contact Scott Code, CAST associate director, at scode@leadingage.org or 202-508-9466.

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The campaign, Save HUD 202, focuses on:

  • Preventing cuts to HUD 202.
  • Maintaining 100% funding for people served by affordable housing today.
  • Expanding funding to create new affordable housing for older adults.

A large and rapidly expanding population of low-income older adults faces the dual challenges of finding affordable, safe housing that can accommodate changing needs as they grow older. HUD 202 provides funding for housing with services so this population can age in place longer and with more positive health results.

A confluence of complex threats compels us to launch this campaign,” says Linda Couch, vice president of housing policy at LeadingAge. “But our goals are simple: preserve every 202 home we have, and bring affordable housing to every older adult who needs it.”

The campaign is a comprehensive, multi-month effort to convince lawmakers to fully fund the 202 program. Due to proposed spending cuts, funding for the program is at risk. Any cuts would reduce the availability of affordable housing for vulnerable, older adults.

At the end of June, LeadingAge, its state partners, and members will hold a rally on Capitol Hill to amplify the campaign’s messages.

We want to be very loud and very clear that cuts to the HUD 202 program will have a devastating effect on many older adults who rely on affordable housing options,” says Katie Smith Sloan, president and CEO of LeadingAge. “As the number of older adults increases rapidly, more -- not less -- funding is needed.”

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LeadingAge launched a new campaign today targeting the Department of Housing and Urban Development Section 202 Housing for the Elderly program (HUD 202).

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