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‘Fast-Track’ AHCA Effort Bodes Ill for Medicaid Preservation

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has started the process to “fast-track” the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the House-passed measure that would replace and repeal the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare. McConnell appears to be aiming for a Senate floor vote sometime before the July 4th recess. This pretty much confirms that committees will not hold any hearings, which means we may not see a draft bill until just a few hours before the Senate votes.

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Long-Term, Post-Acute Care Professionals Descend on Congress

Hundreds of members of the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), which represents long-term and post-acute care professionals, converged Monday (June 5) on Capitol Hill to press the case for improved access to quality care for seniors and people with disabilities.

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House Bill Weakens Consumer Financial Protections, Groups Say

The House Financial Services Committee has voted to advance HR 10, a bill that would roll back key provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act and block federal agencies from restoring crucial legal rights of consumers and investors. The bill now moves to the House floor. An advocacy group, the Fair Arbitration Now coalition, sent a letter urging members of the House Financial Services Committee to reject Chairman Jeb Hensarling’s (R-TX) HR 10, titled the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017, ahead of the bill’s hearing last week. Obviously, the letter had little or no effect.

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Free Webinar Addresses Seniors with Immigration Issues

Are your senior clients coming to you with immigration-related questions? Recent events have left many people understandably confused and anxious. Need clarification on an immigrant older adult eligibility for safety net programs like Medicaid or SSI?

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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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