LeadingAge’s All-of-Government Approach to Workforce Solutions

Following President Biden’s State of the Union announcement of a renewed focus on nursing home care, LeadingAge urged President Biden to make long-term care workforce challenges priority #1.

We are calling for an all-of-government approach to solutions that ensure access to consistently high-quality nursing home care—and the entire aging services continuum— for older Americans and families across the country. 

We’re urging Congress to support a wide range of workforce-related initiatives and legislation, from allocating funds for the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) to support staffing wage subsidies, reauthorizing and expanding grants that train low-income workers for high demand jobs and enacting the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA) to providing a permanent HCBS Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) bump. Read more on the asks here

Legislation doesn’t happen overnight, so LeadingAge has also been actively engaged in efforts to connect with a range of Executive Branch agencies to tackle workforce issues with an all-of-government approach. In recent months, LeadingAge has made the following connections:

  • LeadingAge president and CEO Katie Smith Sloan, along with top association executives, met with chiefs at HHS, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and appointees to President Biden’s White House Domestic Policy and National Economic Policy councils. LeadingAge members from around the country have also participated, sharing valuable first-hand accounts of staffing issues and needed support. 
  • LeadingAge policy staffers and LTSSCenter @UMass Boston, joined by New Jewish Home CEO Jeff Farber, met virtually with team members from the Department of Education’s Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development and Office of Career Technical and Adult Education to explore possible opportunities to scale training programs. 
  • LeadingAge policy team members, joined by other aging services advocates, met with Department of Labor staffers to improve the process for allowing registered nurses to permanently enter the U.S. and to also highlight the need for increased federal funds to the National Apprenticeship Program.   
  • Sent letters to policymakers and elected officials on workforce-impacting issues ranging from proposed payment rules and staffing agency price gouging to immigration reform, COVID relief payments, and Medicare sequestration. 

LeadingAge continues to schedule congressional meetings and reach out to government agencies–every opportunity to strengthen our relationships and push for immediate action to address the growing workforce crisis with an all-of-government approach.