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California Advocacy Group Takes Aim at Federal Legislation

A California-based advocacy group representing the interest of nursing home residents and their families says Congress is considering a bill that will effectively end the Golden State’s 20-plus year civil protection system for victims of elder abuse or neglect perpetrated by health care providers.

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Direct Care Workers’ Advocacy Group Gets Behind Obamacare

PHI, a Bronx, NY-based advocacy organization representing home health aides, personal care aides, and nursing assistants who provide care and support for older Americans and people with disabilities, has released an issue brief showing how the ACA has benefited the organization’s nearly 5 million member constituency.

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Groups Says It’s Time to Bolster Advocacy Ranks for SSI

With leaders in Congress intent on cutting safety net benefits, it’s critical that advocates proactively educate lawmakers, the media, and fellow advocates about the important role SSI plays in ensuring that some of the most vulnerable people in our communities can meet their basic needs for shelter, food, and other necessities.

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Poll of Voters Shows Strong Support for Social Security. Medicare

At a time when congressional Republicans are proposing to fundamentally alter both programs, strong majorities of surveyed voters want Congress to protect Social Security and Medicare -- and intensely disagree with key provisions of GOP plans.

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Advocacy Group Urges GOP Senators to Protect Medicare

One of the nation’s leading advocates for seniors has called upon four Republican senators to serve as a “firewall” against harmful changes to Medicare.

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Multiple Advocacy Groups Urge Caution on Repeal of ACA

In particular, the organizations urge that any legislation to repeal the ACA be rejected unless it is accompanied by a detailed replacement plan that provides American families with equal or improved access to high-quality, affordable health coverage.

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Tell the New Congress: It’s Time to Fix the COLA Formula

When government officials announced earlier this year that the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for Social Security (SS) would be .3 percent, they neglected to tell the whole story. What they didn’t say -- until a few days ago -- is that no one is going to even see the minuscule $5 a month that the small raise purportedly represents.

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Campaign Focuses on Social Isolation, Loneliness in Older Adults

The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), in collaboration with AARP Foundation, this week launched a national public education campaign to raise awareness of the growing problem of social isolation and loneliness in older Americans. It is estimated that one in five people over age 50 are affected by isolation, a problem that has been associated with higher rates of chronic disease, depression, dementia and death.

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American Benefits Council Sees Opportunity in Lame-duck Session

“The lame-duck congressional session presents lawmakers with an opportunity to advance several measures that would improve workers’ retirement security,” says Lynn Dudley, senior vice president, global retirement and compensation policy for the American Benefits Council. “We urge Congress to focus its energies on enactment of retirement policy reforms with broad bipartisan support.”

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National Campaign Launched to ‘Get Ahead of Stroke’

Many areas in the United States lack the proper protocols to ensure severe stroke patients have access to the best possible care. On World Stroke Day, Oct. 29, a new campaign is shining light on this issue to save and reclaim thousands of lives each year.

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