LeadingAge’s advocacy efforts aim to continually make America a better place to grow older.
We are the trusted voice for aging, representing mission-focused providers of aging services in our work with Congress and the Executive Branch. Our advocacy is bipartisan, data-grounded, and evidence-based—and driven by the on-the-ground experience of our members.
In 2020, three factors aligned to increase the importance of our advocacy work: the Coronavirus Pandemic; the country’s racial reckoning; and the Presidential election.
COVID, especially deadly to people over age 65 and those with chronic conditions, has reinforced the need for policymakers to attend to LeadingAge’s longstanding advocacy aims: a qualified, committed workforce; dependably excellent nursing home care; affordable housing for everyone who needs it; innovative and integrated managed care; a high-quality continuum of home and community-based services (HCBS); financing for people who need long-term services and supports (LTSS); and a health care system that includes robust hospice and palliative care. The differential impact of the pandemic on people of color further underlies and propels our efforts.
Our work in direct response to the COVID crisis motivated a rapid evolution of LeadingAge advocacy in 2020 and is reflected throughout our 2021 priorities, including a specific priority focus on COVID relief. Mental health and telehealth have come into clearer focus for LeadingAge members.
Click on the topics below for details on each of our policy priorities for 2021. We address some of these issues daily, and our work on others ebbs and flows. In all that we do, we promote adequate financing, responsive legislation, and thoughtful regulation that support the best health, quality of life and quality of care for older Americans.