n4a Advocacy Alert

#SaveMedicaid

Dear Susan:  

We are at a major health and long-term care crossroads. Unless 51 Senators oppose the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) when a vote is called in less than two weeks, Medicaid will never be the same. By capping the federal government’s commitment to this safety net program, BCRA leaves states, providers and consumers holding the bill…or in the case of older adults, without the Medicaid home and community-based or nursing home services they need to live.  

Susan, we know that IL's Senators are united in opposing these devastating cuts to Medicaid. If you haven’t yet, it is important to thank them for defending this critical safety net program, and reach out to see how else you can help their efforts. There won’t be another chance to stop these devastating cuts.  

If the Senate passes BCRA after the 4th of July recess, the House is likely to follow suit immediately and within days, the President would sign a bill that would end Medicaid’s safety net promise and structure.  

While you don’t need to worry that your Senators are committed to protecting Medicaid, there are still other things you can do to contribute to the overall advocacy effort!

Here are some other things you can do:

  • Acknowledge your Senators’ support. Members of Congress who are opposed to health care and Medicaid reform proposals are working tirelessly to protect these critical programs. Make sure they know you see that and appreciate it.
  • Reach out to your Members in the House of Representatives. If a health care reform bill passes the Senate, it will have to get back through Congress. Did any of your Representatives in the U.S. House support the American Health Care Act (AHCA) that passed in May? If so, reach out and tell them you oppose any further support of devastating cuts to Medicaid.
  • Take the next advocacy step. If you’ve used n4a’s #SaveMedicaid campaign toolkit to send a formal letter, make calls or send out an Alert in your community, excellent. Now do a letter to the editor, submit an op-ed, send a press release! And keep the calls coming into DC and local offices!
  • REACH OUT in your local and nationwide community. Host a call to educate about the bill and the effect it would have on seniors’ health and Medicaid services and invite your providers, your boards and advocates, other community stakeholders who need to understand what’s at stake. Also consider reaching out to colleagues, friends and family in decisive states* and ask THEM to call their Senators in opposition to the bill!
  • Join with others to advocate at town halls or other recess events! Even if your Senators steadfastly support health and long-term care services and protections for older adults, they still need to see their constituents engaged! Share your stories and expertise at local events during the recess. You can find a list of local events at https://townhallproject.com/.

Here’s what we can offer:

Again, advocacy in every state is critical. We have only a couple of weeks to prevent devastating cuts to health and long-term care services for older adults.

* Key target states: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Louisiana, Maine, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Kansas, Kentucky, Texas, Utah, West Virginia

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If you have questions or concerns about this Advocacy Alert or n4a’s policy positions, please contact Autumn Campbell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Amy Gotwals at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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n4a Advocacy Alert

Keep Up The Pressure! 

Senate Delays Health Care Vote but Action Still Needed to #SaveMedicaid

June 27, 2017

In breaking news from Washington this afternoon, Senate Leadership has delayed an expected vote on the Senate’s health care reform proposal, the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), until after the July 4th recess.  

However, urgent advocacy action is still needed to demand that lawmakers reject any health care reform effort that would increase costs, decrease coverage and weaken Medicaid long-term services and supports (LTSS) for older adults. As written, both the House and Senate bills to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and restructure the Medicaid program would undermine health care coverage and LTSS support for older adults.  

As a resource for n4a members and Aging Network advocates and stakeholders, n4a has released a video update about what the Senate’s bill could mean for older adults. We encourage you to watch and listen to this presentation, and feel free to share it with your local advocacy stakeholders.  

Watch the Video

Advocacy Still Needed!

Now that the Senate has postponed a vote on the BRCA, advocates MUST weigh in over the July 4 recess against the devastating cuts to Medicaid in the Senate and House bills.

We have updated the n4a #SaveMedicaid (www.n4a.org/savemedicaid) campaign page, and urge you to use these advocacy tools and resources to engage your grassroots and local partners while lawmakers are at home next week!

Watch today’s video, check out the n4a #SaveMedicaid campaign page and use n4a’s June 20 Advocacy Alert for ideas on how you can weigh in with your Members of Congress against these harmful health care proposals! Again, advocacy NOW is critical. We have only a couple of weeks to prevent devastating cuts to health and long-term care services for older adults.

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If you have questions or concerns about this Advocacy Alert or n4a’s policy positions, please contact Autumn Campbell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Amy Gotwals at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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2017 AAA Survey Report and Toolkit Now Available!

A special announcement from n4a. 

 

2017 AAA Survey Report and Toolkit Now Available!

Across the country, Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) are developing and coordinating critical services and supports that help older adults age at home and in the community. But what are the latest trends in the Aging Network and how does your AAA stack up against its peers?

Learn all this and more in n4a's brand-new National Survey of Area Agencies on Aging 2017 Report and Toolkit!

The National Survey is conducted every two to three years and tracks important new trends in AAA programs, services and funding. How are AAAs engaging in new opportunities, such as livable and dementia-friendly community efforts? What funding sources are AAAs exploring to innovate and adapt to shifting policy priorities?

AAAs and local, state and federal partners and stakeholders can use data from the report in a variety of ways! Survey data is essential for analyzing policy issues, benchmarking services, supporting requests for funding, preparing local issue briefs, speaking with funders or legislators and more.  

And this year, as an additional value, n4a is providing AAAs with a comprehensive toolkit developed to help you tell your agency's story in relation to national trends. The toolkit includes:

  • “Fast Facts” snapshot of survey data
  • PowerPoint slidedeck on key findings to strengthen your local presentations
  • Customizable brochure based on the popular "Local Leaders" booklet
  • 25 State Reports for states that met the required response rate

Visit the n4a website to view the full report and toolkit. All AAA directors will receive a hard copy of the report later this month.

Interested in learning more? Join us for a July 18 webinar on the report, toolkit, and how your agency can use the data to drive local action.

 

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House overrides Rauner; 2-year state budget impasse ends

By John O’Connor and Sophia Tareen, The Associated Press

Illinois House approves state budget, ends historic impasse

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois House voted Thursday to override Gov. Bruce Rauner's vetoes of a budget package, giving the state its first spending blueprint in more than two years and ending the nation's longest fiscal stalemate since at least the Great Depression.

The budget is retroactive to July 1 — the start of the fiscal year. That's the date a permanent 32 percent tax increase takes effect. Individuals will pay 4.95 percent instead of 3.75 percent. The corporate rate jumps to 7 percent from 5.25 percent.

Rauner vetoed the measures because he sees no indication that the Democratic-controlled Legislature will send him the "structural" changes he's demanded. Those include a statewide property tax freeze, cost-cutting restrictions on compensation for injured workers, changes to pension benefits for state employees, and reforms making it easier for voters to merge or eliminate local governing bodies.

The standoff has had potentially disastrous side effects.

Credit-rating houses threatened to downgrade the state's creditworthiness to "junk," signaling to investors that buying Illinois debt is a highly speculative venture. The bond houses predicted a downgrade without a fix by the July 1 start of the fiscal year — the third consecutive fiscal year Illinois has opened without an approved budget plan. But Fitch Ratings and S&P Global Ratings gave Illinois some breathing room on Monday, issuing notices marking the House tax increase approval a day earlier and indicating they wouldn't take immediate downgrade action.

Government has limped along for two years on the strength of court-ordered spending, but the state comptroller says the treasury will be $185 million short of what's needed to cover basic services by August.

With a $6.2 billion annual deficit and $14.7 billion in overdue bills, the United Way predicts the demise of 36 percent of all human services agencies in Illinois by year's end. Billions of dollars in road construction work is shutting down. Public universities have been cut to the bone and face a loss of academic accreditation.

The budget bills are SB6 and SB9.

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