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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 […]

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S 2210 – Better Care Better Jobs Act

Federal Bill S 2210 supports the Dignity Alliance MA Goal 3 – Home and Community-Based Supports and Services improvement and expansion of opportunities. DAM has endorsed this legislation. The bill would make an historic investment in the Care Economy. This vital legislation will strengthen and expand Home and Community-Based Supports and Services that are urgently […]

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S 2065 – Supplemental Security Income Restoration Act of 2021

Federal Bill S 2065 supports the Dignity Alliance MA Goal 3 – Home and Community-Based Supports and Services improvement and expansion of opportunities. DAM has endorsed this legislation. How Disabled Americans Are Pushing to Overhaul a Key Benefits Program Many older, blind and disabled Americans receive benefits from the Supplemental Security Income program. But it […]

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HR 3733 – The Essential Caregivers Act

Federal Bill HR 3733 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. The Essential Caregivers Act, which came about earlier this year, was introduced to Congress in June 2021 with bipartisan support The bill, […]

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S 4986 / HR 7499 Social Security Covid-19 Correction and Equity Act

Federal Bills S 4986 and HR 7499 are listed in the 116th Congress. and support Dignity Alliance MA Goal 3: Home and Community-Based Supports and Services improvement and expansion of opportunities. DAM has endorsed this legislation. Points: A precipitous drop in wages in 2020 could inadvertently lower Social Security benefits for one cohort. Whether or […]