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OAA Reauthorization Update: Our III D Priority Introduced by Senator Braun

USAging’s policy team continues to work closely with key Senate staff to advocate for our OAA reauthorization recommendations and respond to other proposals being floated for inclusion in the reauthorization bill. While not all Senators’ proposals will be introduced as stand-alone bills, some have been, including bills from Senator Mike Braun (R-IN), Ranking Member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging. USAging has endorsed several of these bills, including Senator Braun’s bill to allow OAA Title III D health and wellness programs to be evidence-informed, not just evidence-based, which is based on USAging’s recommendation. Allowing evidence-informed programs under III D will expand the Aging Network’s ability to reach older adults with emerging interventions and will extend the reach of these programs, especially in rural and underfunded areas. USAging hopes this proposal will be included in the final OAA reauthorization bill as there appears to be broad support for the measure in the Senate. 
 
The Senate working group on OAA reauthorization continues to consider and debate a range of proposals to amend the Act and hopes to mark up a bill by the end of July. The House has not yet begun work on reauthorization, but USAging hopes the Senate momentum can jumpstart that process in July.  
 
As the reauthorization process continues throughout the summer, we need your help to keep our momentum! We encourage you to visit our OAA reauthorization campaign page to use our template letter to write to Congress, spread the message across social media with our toolkit and activate your grassroots network with our template advocacy alert.  

USAging Partners With Amazon on Successful Policy Event

Last week, USAging hosted a special policy briefing sponsored by Amazon, “Our Aging Nation: Policies and Programs Supporting Older Adults in Aging Well at Home.”  
 
The event took place at Amazon’s DC office and kicked off with a fireside chat featuring USAging CEO Sandy Markwood and Sarah Lloyd Stevenson, Senior Public Policy Manager at Amazon. Sandy and Sarah Llyod discussed the current state of aging in America and how the home and community-based services provided by the Aging Network are key in supporting healthy aging and livable communities. They also discussed the role of technology in aging and how AAAs are working with health care organizations to better address health-related social needs. Following the discussion, Amy Gotwals, Chief, Public Policy and External Affairs, and Olivia Umoren, Director, Public Policy and Advocacy, presented a policy update highlighting USAging’s OAA reauthorization priorities. USAging looks forward to continuing our partnership with Amazon in the future! 
 
USAging has teamed up with Amazon Ring on a new community initiative to help older adults maintain their independence and quality of life as they age. Ring is donating up to 5,000 Ring Video Doorbells and Stick Up Cams, and a free subscription for the life of each device to 10 AAAs located across the country. Learn more about this exciting new initiative.  

Save the Date for the 2025-2027 Aging Policy Briefings!

2025 is sure to be another busy policy year with a new Congress and possibly a new Administration, so it will be more important than ever for Aging Network advocates like you to join us in Washington, DC! USAging's 2025 Aging Policy Briefing (APB) will take place March 31 to April 1, 2025, at the Grant Hyatt DC, conveniently located in the Penn Quarter neighborhood just two miles from Capitol Hill. Details on registration and hotel reservations to come in fall 2024. 
 
We also have dates and a location secured for the 2026 and 2027 briefings, so be sure to mark your calendars for all three years! The 2026 APB will be held March 16–17, 2026, and the 2027 APB will be held March 15–16, 2027. Both events will take place in downtown Washington, DC, at the Marriott at Metro Center. Capitol Hill is a short Metro or rideshare trip away from this location. 

ICYMI: New HHS Regs to Affect AAAs, Title VI Programs

In the past month, USAging has published analyses for members on three final rules that have implications for the Aging Network. In case you missed an update during this extra busy time of year, we have included a roundup of our publications below. 
 
This week, USAging published a Legislative Update detailing the final update to Section 1557, which sets new nondiscrimination provisions for all HHS-funded programs including AAAs and Title VI programs. Requirements include providing language assistance services, posting notices of nondiscrimination, designating a staff person to lead training and regulatory compliance and other new requirements.   
 
Last month, USAging detailed the final rule updating Section 504, which will require AAAs and Title VI programs to adopt new web, mobile and kiosk accessibility requirements for people with disabilities, as well as an updated integration mandate to prohibit disability segregation.  
 
USAging also published a Legislative Update detailing the final HCBS access rule, which sets new requirements covering the direct care workforce and access to HCBS, most notably requiring at least 80 percent of all Medicaid payments for specific types of HCBS to be spent on compensation for direct care workers. 
 
If you have any questions about any of these legislative updates, or other policy questions, please reach out to your policy team at policy@usaging.org.  

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