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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 Preventive…
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 all…
April 28, 2023 | Naomi Hess, Office of Disability Services Innovation within ACL’s Administration on Disabilities
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. It was created to raise awareness about sexual violence around the world and to educate communities on how to prevent it. This is a critical issue for the disability community, and particularly for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/…
April 26, 2023 | Erin Long, MSW, Team Lead, Alzheimer’s Disease Programs Initiative, ACL and Melissa Hunter, MSW, National Alzheimer’s and Dementia Resource Center
In this blog, Erin Long, who leads ACL’s Alzheimer’s Disease Programs Initiative, and Melissa Hunter, from the ACL-funded National Alzheimer’s and Dementia Resource Center, reflect on ways ACL’s dementia grantees are broadening their reach and serving more people living with dementia and their…
April 24, 2023 | Jill Jacobs, Commissioner on Disabilities, and Erica McFadden, Director, ACL’s Office of Independent Living Programs
Many people with disabilities move through their entire educations without ever being taught self-advocacy skills, having conversations about possible careers, or getting information about independent living (IL) opportunities. Most are not exposed to the IL philosophy, which centers the right of…
April 20, 2023 |
The Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) and the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) improve program benefits, clarify enrollment rules, eliminate coverage gaps, and strengthen the program for the estimated 64.5 million Americans who have Medicare health care coverage. These changes…
April 12, 2023 | Vicki Gottlich, Deputy Administrator for Policy and Evaluation
In this policy round up: Input needed: Initial Guidance and Information Collection Request for Medicare Drug Price Negotiation Program New Unwinding Resources: Timelines, Civil Rights Protections, HCBS Waivers See also:  "Unwinding" of Policy Changes due to the COVID-19 Pandemic Autism…
March 31, 2023 | Acting Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging Alison Barkoff
Every March, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) and our networks proudly recognize Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month (DDAM). In collaboration with the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), we celebrate the full inclusion of people with…

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