September 30, 2021 | Keri Lipperini, Director of the Office of Nutrition and Health Promotion Programs
Each year, thousands of lives are lost to suicide across the U.S. And although suicide can affect people of any age, older adults are particularly at risk. Serious illness, chronic pain, mental health conditions such as depression, and social isolation all increase risk of suicide, and all of these…
September 27, 2021 | Vicki Gottlich, Director - Center for Policy and Evaluation
On Friday, CDC announced recommendations for boosters of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for people who: are 65 and older, live in long-term care settings, are at high risk for severe illness, or work in a high-risk job. Today’s Policy Roundup includes those details, along with the following: CMS…
September 18, 2021 | Brian Altman, Deputy Director, Administration on Aging and Andrea Callow, Program Analyst, Office of Policy Analysis and Development
September 18th marks National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day—a day we celebrate the growing number of people living long and active lives with HIV. When HIV emerged in the early 1980s, people who contracted the virus could expect to live only a few years with their diagnosis. Thanks to advances…
September 1, 2021 | Vicki Gottlich, Director - Center for Policy and Evaluation
In this Policy Round Up, we’re bringing you: Input needed: New public charge rule New CMS vaccination guidance for ICF/IIDs Update to SSA policy: Exclusion of COVID benefits from income for determining SSI eligibility Input needed: Proposed HCBS quality measures Input needed: New “Public…
September 1, 2021 |
A guest blog post for Suicide Prevention Month. Contributors: Laura Shannonhouse, Afroze Shaikh, Matthew Fullen, Hannah Cowart, Jordan Westcott, and Brittany Jones Since 2017, ACL’s Administration on Aging has funded “Innovations in Nutrition” grants to support the testing and documentation of…
August 5, 2021 | Vicki Gottlich, Director - Center for Policy and Evaluation
The ACL Policy Round Up is a new blog feature intended to help the aging and disability networks stay informed about new policies (and policy changes) that impact our work, and to ensure our networks are aware of opportunities to provide input on issues that affect older adults and people with…
August 2, 2021 | Tisamarie Sherry, MD, PhD, Deputy Assistant Secretary; & Emma Plourde, BS, Public Health Analyst; Office of Behavioral Health, Disability, and Aging Policy; Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, HHS
ASPE/BHDAP Announces $1.5 Million Investment in ID/DD Data Infrastructure As HHS commemorates the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Office of Behavioral Health, Disability, and Aging Policy (BHDAP) is working to advance data capacity to generate evidence to implement…
July 30, 2021 | Mary Willard, Director of Training and Technical Assistance for the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL)
Equal access to health care is one of the rights guaranteed by the Americans with Disabilities Act. In this guest blog, Mary Willard, Director of Training and Technical Assistance for the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL), talks about how Centers for Independent Living…
July 30, 2021 | Vicki Gottlich, Director - Center for Policy and Evaluation
  Summary:  Earlier this year, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) rescinded the “public charge” rule implemented in 2019. This means that receiving or applying for most Medicaid benefits, public housing, or nutrition assistance are no longer grounds for denying an individual seeking a visa…
July 26, 2021 |
Courtney Felle, an intern in ACL’s Center for Policy and Evaluation, shares a personal reflection on the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the future of disability advocacy. I was born disabled at the end of 1999, nearly a decade after the historic passage of the…

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