July 21, 2021 | Dr. Anjali J. Forber-Pratt, Director, National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research
I am a brown, disabled, adopted woman who acquired transverse myelitis as an infant, and I use a manual wheelchair. My experiences growing up with these identities shaped those I developed later—who I am as a person, researcher, and activist. I am proud of all of my identities, and I am excited to…
July 16, 2021 | By: Vicki Gottlich, Esq., Director, Center for Policy and Evaluation
On July 13, an interim final rule with comment period (IFC) was published in the Federal Register that implements requirements set forth in the No Surprises Act to establish protections against surprise billing and excessive cost-sharing in health care. Surprise billing can occur when someone…
June 30, 2021 | A guest blog by Paula Basta, M.Div., Director, Illinois Department on Aging
Aging can be a challenge for any community. But the lives of LGBTQ+ older adults bring distinct challenges. It is estimated that 4.3% of the adult population of Illinois identify as LGBTQ+. The Illinois Department on Aging’s (IDoA) mission is to provide high-quality, person-centered care to all…
June 28, 2021 | Rohmteen Mokhtari, ACL Public Affairs
Pride month is a time of celebration for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) community - including the many LGBTQ+ people with disabilities. It also is a time to honor the impact and sacrifice of early advocates for LGBTQ+ rights, and those who continue the fight today.…
June 22, 2021 | Alison Barkoff, Acting Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging
On June 22, 1999, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in Olmstead v L.C., making clear that people with disabilities have a civil right under the Americans with Disabilities Act to live and fully participate in their communities. In the opinion explaining that decision, the Supreme Court…
June 21, 2021 | By Kristi Hill, Deputy Director, ACL's National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research
As the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research works through the busiest time of our grants year, we have gotten a lot of questions from across the research community about how we are implementing the Executive Order On Advancing Racial Equity and Support…
June 16, 2021 | By Brian Altman, J.D., Deputy Director for the Administration on Aging
President Biden’s LGBTQ Pride Month Proclamation noted “many LGBTQ+ seniors, who faced discrimination and oppression throughout their lives, are isolated and need support and elder care.” At ACL, we are committed to ensuring that LGBTQ+ older adults receive the services and supports they need and…
June 14, 2021 |
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aging Edwin Walker (top left), Alaska Adult Protective Services (APS) Program Manager Sandra Jenkins (top right), and Alaska Long-Term Care Ombudsman Stephanie Wheeler (bottom center). Tomorrow, communities around the world will take a stand for the rights and…
May 31, 2021 | U.S. Health & Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra
I remember working alongside my father during my youth paving and repairing Sacramento roads. My father was a strong man who woke up in the early morning hours every day, went to work, and returned home to do more work around the house. As he grew older, his body might have aged, but his resilient…
May 31, 2021 | Vicki Gottlich, Director, Center for Policy and Evaluation, ACL
As we close Older Americans Month today, we wanted to call your attention to an important provision of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 that helps older people to live independently and participate in the community. Under Medicaid financial eligibility requirements for nursing home care…

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