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LEGISLATION AFFECTING OLDER ADULTS & THEIR CAREGIVERS

Federal aging legislation, policy and initiatives:

S192 Older Americans Act Reauthorization

The Older Americans Act (OAA) Reauthorization Act, S.192, has officially passed the Senate again unanimously and was signed into law by President Obama on April 19, 2016!

Full text of the Senate bill

Bill summary

Major changes in the House version of the bill

FY2016 funding Bill provides a number of increases for aging programs:

Other programs received "flat funding," the same funding levels as FY2015, including:

No Older Americans Act programs received cuts this year.

S.1719 Recognize, assist, include, support, and engage family caregivers act of 2015 or the raise family caregivers act (raise)—Sponsor: Susan collins (R) maine:

Introduced—July 8, 2015
Congressional Action—Passed by unanimous consent by the Senate on 12/8/2015

This bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop, maintain, and periodically update a National Family Caregiving Strategy.

S. 2425: patient access and medicare protection act—Sponsor: Robert Portman (R) Ohio:

Introduced—December 18, 2015
Enacted —December 28, 2015

This bill amends the Social Security Act to improve payments for complex rehabilitation technology and certain radiation therapy services, to ensure flexibility in applying the hardship exception for meaningful use for the 2015 EHR reporting period for 2017 payment adjustments; establishes Medicare administrative contractor error reduction incentives; strengthens penalties for the illegal distribution of Medicare, Medicaid, or CHIP identification.

Ohio legislation, Policy and Initiatives:

Healthy ohio program legislation included in the FY2016—2017 biennium budget bill signed by Gov. Kasich on June 30, 2015, if approved by CMS, will change how the state's Medicaid program works for non-disabled adults receiving Medicaid. The Healthy Aging Ohio Program would include a requirement for certain individuals receiving Medicaid to contribute 2% of their family income or $1 per month, whichever is greater, to a health saving account called a "Buckeye Account." Additional elements of health Ohio include as outlined by the Ohio Hospital Association (10/15) includes rules that:

Streamline Medicaid Disability Eligibility and Eliminate Spend Down—Under the Medicaid program Ohio will transition from what is known as a 209(B) State under Title XIX of the federal Social Security Act (SSA) to what is known as a 1634 state under Title XVI of the SSA.

What's the difference?

209(B) State

1634 State

What is the impact?

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