November 3, 2021 | Guest blog by James Tucker, Esq. and Lisa Mills, PhD
Like most states, the backbone of Alabama is countless individual women and men who wake up and go to work on most days. Yet, like many other states, too few Alabamians with disabilities have this same opportunity to work and earn a living making a meaningful contribution to the economy. Even as…
October 29, 2021 | Guest blog by Erik Carter, Ph.D and Bill Gaventa, M.Div
How do most of us get our job? It is often through personal relationships and networking that we find out about openings or others connect us to a job of interest. Or, in other words, social capital is often the pathway to work. One source of such social capital is faith communities. There are…
October 29, 2021 | Vicki Gottlich, Director - Center for Policy and Evaluation
What’s in today’s Policy Round Up? Updated CDC guidance on COVID-19 vaccine boosters and additional doses Call for comments on: Proposed rule that would prohibit payment of subminimum wages by nonprofits in the AbilityOne Program.  HHS Strategic Plan  FDA’s landmark proposal to improve…
October 29, 2021 | Edwin Walker, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aging
Every October, we join residents and staff of long-term care facilities, state Long-Term Care Ombudsman programs, families, and advocates to celebrate Residents’ Rights Month. This month serves as an extra opportunity to celebrate, and increase awareness of, the rights that people living in long-…
October 22, 2021 |
This week is National Retirement Security Week, a chance for people of all ages to join together and raise awareness about the importance of saving for retirement -- especially for those who at greatest risk of financial insecurity. Four of ACL’s resource centers are working to address some of the…
October 18, 2021 | Vicki Gottlich, Director - Center for Policy and Evaluation
You probably know that the CDC is recommending COVID-19 vaccine boosters for many older adults and people with disabilities, but the recent guidance includes an important provision – and an opportunity – that you might have missed. This ACL Policy Round Up recaps the highlights of that guidance and…
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…

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