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July 24, 2023 | Vicki Gottlich, Deputy Administrator for Policy and Evaluation
In this Policy Round Up: Input needed: Due TODAY: Proposed rule to lower transfer height standards for medical diagnostic equipment Due TOMORROW: Proposed rule to improve prescription drug transparency in Medicaid Due SUNDAY: Input and nominations needed for quality measures…
July 13, 2023 | Acting Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging Alison Barkoff
We need your help get the word out to people enrolled in Medicaid that they may have to take action to remain covered and that there are steps they can take if they lose Medicaid. As we’ve discussed on this blog before (on 3/22 and 5/15), at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic,…
June 30, 2023 | Acting Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging Alison Barkoff
During Pride Month, we celebrate the strength, resilience, and diversity of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI+) community—which includes people of all ages and abilities. We center the idea of “pride” to celebrate the countless LGBTQI+ people around the world who…
June 15, 2023 | Edwin Walker, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aging
Staff from ACL's Administration on Aging wear purple in support of WEAAD. This year AoA staff have come together to participate in the virtual Walk for WEAAD as a team. Seventeen years ago, Canadian researcher and founder of the Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse Dr. Elizabeth…
June 8, 2023 | Rebecca Kinney, Director, Office of Healthcare Information and Counseling
I’ve dedicated my career to helping people understand and navigate Medicare, including what they can do to avoid becoming a victim of fraud. Each year, Medicare loses an estimated $60 billion due to fraud, errors, and abuse. I’ve seen firsthand how these issues affect people, often costing them…
May 30, 2023 | Vicki Gottlich, Deputy Administrator for Policy and Evaluation
In this Policy Round-Up: Coming this Fall: FDA-approved RSV Vaccine for Older Adults Comments Needed: HUD to Update Section 504 Disability Rules Interagency RFI on Food is Medicine Research Opportunities CMS Proposed Rule to Expand Health Coverage to DACA Recipients HHS Office of the…
May 23, 2023 | Edwin Walker, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aging
Aging today isn’t what we thought of 60 years ago, when Older Americans Month (OAM) was celebrated for the first time. Older Americans are living longer and staying active in their communities in more ways than ever before. Their active engagement in work, volunteerism, education, and civics…
May 15, 2023 | Vicki Gottlich, Deputy Administrator for Policy and Evaluation
The federal Public Health Emergency (PHE) and Major Disaster Declaration (MDD) for COVID-19 ended Thursday, May 11, and federally funded programs are continuing the process of returning to normal operations. This transition will end the temporary, but significant, changes made to Medicaid…
May 3, 2023 | Vicki Gottlich, Deputy Administrator for Policy and Evaluation
In this policy round up: CDC now allows additional COVID-19 shots for older adults and immunocompromised adults Input needed: NIH Office of Disease Prevention Strategic Plan Ownership Data for All Medicare-Certified Hospice and Home Health Agencies Now Publicly Available Update on ACA…
April 28, 2023 | Acting Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging Alison Barkoff
Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a proposed rule, Ensuring Access to Medicaid Services (Access Rule) to improve access to — and quality of — Medicaid services and promote health equity across the Medicaid program. The proposed rule applies to…

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