Policy Round-Up: What’s New in 2022
Thursday, February 10, 2022
Section: February Associate Newsletter

For any questions, please reach out to USAging’s Director of Public Policy & Advocacy, Monica Billger (mbillger@usaging.org).

What’s new with Congress?

Registration for USAging Policy Briefing Now Open!
Ready to grow your advocacy alongside Washington, DC’s cherry blossoms? Join us in person March 29-30 to learn about recent developments in aging and health policy, hone your advocacy skills, hear from expert speakers and engage your Members of Congress. The event will start with a pre-conference intensive on measuring and paying for the social determinants of health, brought to you by USAging’s Aging and Disability Business Institute. For more details about the event and to register, visit usaging.org/apb!
Advocates in Action!

Once again USAging is proud to highlight USAging member, Patti Szarowicz, an information counselor working within Aging and Disabilities Resource Connection for the Atlanta Regional Commission. Patti provided testimony to the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging on financial literacy for older Americans and people with disabilities. Following the hearing, the Senators unveiled a new, bipartisan report entitled, “Financial Literacy in Retirement: Providing Just-in-Time Information and Assistance to Older Americans and People with Disabilities.” The report examines the real-time information and help older Americans and people with disabilities need as they face changes in their lives, known as “just-in-time” financial literacy.

Read the report.
Read the brochure

OAA Legislation Supports Provisions in BBB
At this time, the Build Back Better Act (BBB) is at a standstill as Congress prioritizes voting issues and the FY 2022 budget. To ensure momentum for OAA investment is not lost, Senator Bob Casey has introduced two separate pieces of legislation with Senators Angus King and Mark Kelly that take most of the OAA provisions in the BBB and turn them into standalone bills. The purpose of doing so is to highlight the critical importance of OAA funding and to reinforce the need for additional investments in Aging Network programs and services. Having this standalone legislation also increases the likelihood of retaining OAA provisions in BBB in future negotiations, should they resume.

Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Angus King (I-ME) introduced legislation on January 11, 2022 that supports funding for ACL’s Research, Demonstration, and Evaluation Center for the Aging Network—which was a priority for USAging and several other national allies in the 2020 OAA reauthorization. Read Senator King’s press release on the Innovations in Aging Act (S. 3473).

Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Mark Kelly (D-AZ) introduced legislation on December 17, 2021 that aligns with most of the other OAA funding allocations included in BBB. The senators hope that by introducing this standalone bill, they can emphasize the importance of getting this supplemental OAA funding over the finish line this year. Read Senator Kelly’s
press release on the Revitalizing the Aging Network Act.