Archive August 2022

All of the articles archived for the month that you have specified are displayed below.

Democrats' Big Bill Includes Important Medicare Provisions

Later today, the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to pass the Democrats’ legislation on prescription drugs, climate change and deficit reduction—the Inflation Reduction Act. The Senate, after finally brokering a deal with Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) to reach 50 votes, passed the sweeping legislation last week with the 51st vote coming from Vice President Kamala Harris. Democrats only needed 51 votes for passage because they used the budget reconciliation process to advance the bill.
The health provisions in the reconciliation bill include:
  • directing the HHS Secretary to negotiate the price of 10 drugs covered by Medicare starting in four years (increasing to 20 drugs in 2029), based on the 10 drugs Medicare spent the most on in the previous year;
  • capping out-of-pocket drug costs for Medicare beneficiaries at $2,000 annually beginning in 2025;
  • capping at $35 the cost of insulin for Medicare beneficiaries;
  • making vaccines free in Medicare beginning next year;
  • beginning in 2024, increasing the income limit for Medicare LIS to 150% of the federal poverty level, up from the current 135 percent, making hundreds of thousands more beneficiaries eligible for the subsidies; and
  • extending by three years enhanced subsidies in the Affordable Care Act that keep premiums affordable and were set to expire at year’s end.
The passage of the measure, which also included provisions to address climate change, reduce the deficit and upgrade the IRS’s computer systems, was a long-sought but oft-paused victory for the White House and Congress. While a pale shadow of the multi-trillion dollar Build Back Better proposal initially desired (including the lack of Older Americans Act, Medicaid HCBS and other provisions originally in the larger bill that USAging championed), the measure represents the best that Democrats can achieve on party lines at this point in time.
USAging will continue to review the legislation and share any key updates with our members in future newsletters and other communications.
Other resources:

Stay Connected to USAging Programs!

Looking for ways to stay connected to USAging and our programs? Sign up for our program newsletter and follow and engage with us on social media—it’s the fastest and easiest way to keep up to date on the most recent happenings in and USAging and our programs!

Aging and Disability Business Institute
Sign up for the Aging and Disability Business Institute update.
Commit to Connect
Sign up for the Commit to Connect newsletter.
Community Care Corps
Sign up for the Community Care Corps newsletter.
Stay connected on social media: Facebook | Twitter | Vimeo
Dementia Friendly America
Sign up for the Dementia Friendly America newsletter.
Stay connected on social media: Facebook | Twitter | YouTube
Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL)
Stay connected on social media: Facebook | Twitter
Eldercare Locator
Stay connected on social media: Facebook | Twitter
engAGED: The National Resource Center for Engaging Older Adults
Sign up for the engAGED newsletter.
Stay connected on social media: Facebook | Twitter | YouTube
Grandfamiles and Kinship Support Network
Sign up for the Grandfamilies and Kinship Support Network newsletter.
National Aging and Disability Transportation Center
Sign up for NADTC eNews.
Stay connected on social media: Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn | YouTube



USAging Fact: Learn about your peers’ work—and how it can fit into your agency’s goals! The AIA Awards recognizes successful and innovative programs that USAging members have developed to serve older adults. Get inspiration from our 2022 winners!