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Support for White House’s Proposed Nursing Home Reforms

March 1, 2022 Dignity Alliance released a statement applauding the White House’s proposed nursing home reforms(pdf). The release highlights DignityMA priorities. The Release and White House Proposal are copied in full below. Media Release on White House’s Proposed Nursing Home Reforms March 1, 2022— (Boston, MA)–The COVID-19 pandemic exposed longstanding problems in nursing homes that […]

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S 331 / HR 1219 – ABLE Age Adjustment Act

Federal Bills S 331 and HR 1219 support the Dignity Alliance MA Goal 1 – Home and Community-Based Supports and Services improvement and expansion of opportunities. DAM has endorsed this legislation. This bill increases from 26 to 46 the age threshold for tax-favored ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) accounts. (ABLE accounts are designed to enable […]

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S 1773 – Prescription Drug Pricing Dashboard Act

Federal Bill S1773 supports the Dignity Alliance MA Goal 3 – Home and Community-Based Supports and Services improvement and expansion of opportunities. A bill to amend title XI of the Social Security Act to establish internet website-based dashboards to allow the public to review information on spending for, and utilization of, prescription drugs and biologicals […]

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HR 598 – Quality Care for Nursing Home Residents and Workers During COVID–19 and Beyond Act

Federal Bill HR 598 supports the Dignity Alliance MA Goal 1 – Nursing Home Reform that is person-centered and respectful of human dignity with oversight, accountability and transparency. DAM has endorsed this legislation. This bill modifies several requirements for Medicare skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and Medicaid nursing facilities (NFs) to address the public health emergency […]

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(Oppose) S 1295 – Trust Act of 2021

Federal Bill S1295 is relevant to Dignity Alliance MA Goal 3: Home and Community-Based Supports and Services improvement and expansion of opportunities. DAM opposes this legislation. Whenever a Trust Fund is depleted automatic cuts take place in the program if Congress fails to act. Medicare and Social Security would be two examples of Trusts where […]

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HR 2812 – Fairness in Nursing Home Arbitration Act

HR 2812 supports: DAM Goal 1: Nursing Home Reform that is person-centered and respectful of human dignity with oversight, accountability and transparency. DAM Goal 3: Home and Community-Based Supports and Services improvement and expansion of opportunities. DAM has endorsed this legislation. Points: Prohibit pre-dispute binding arbitration agreements allowing legal action if needed. Ban Pre-Dispute Arbitration […]

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The Budget Reconciliation Legislation which includes nursing home reform, HCBS funding, workforce enhancements and elder justice provisions

The nursing home provisions will promote DAM Goal 1 – Nursing Home Reform that is person-centered and respectful of human dignity with oversight, accountability and transparency Improved accuracy and reliability of data submitted to CMS through the payroll-based journal and quality measures or resident assessment data.  This is important for obtaining accurate data on staffing levels […]

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S2694 / HR 5169 – Nursing Home Improvement and Accountability Act of 2021

Federal Bills S 2694 and HR 5169 support the Dignity Alliance MA Goal 1 – Nursing Home Reform that is person-centered and respectful of human dignity with oversight, accountability and transparency. DAM has endorsed this legislation. The COVID-19 pandemic has taken an enormous toll on nursing home residents and staff, who represent more than one-third […]

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S 2618 – Medicare and Medicaid Dental, Vision, and Hearing Benefit Act of 2021

Federal Bill S 2618 supports the Dignity Alliance MA Goal 3 – Home and Community-Based Supports and Services improvement and expansion of opportunities. DAM has endorsed this legislation. U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, held a hearing on August 20, 2021 entitled, “Eyes, Ears and Teeth: Expanding […]

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S 880 / HR 2062 – Protecting Older Americans Against Discrimination Act (POWADA)

Federal Bills S 880 and HR 2062 support the Dignity Alliance MA Goal 3 – Home and Community-Based Supports and Services improvement and expansion of opportunities. DAM has endorsed this legislation. Enacting POWADA would restore critical protections in the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and make it easier for employees to prove when they […]