Federal Legislative Endorsements

The Legislation Workgroup studies the current Congressional, State Senate and House legislation to determine which bills align with the Dignity Alliance mission. A bill should contribute to one of our goals. The membership is notified of any bills of interest, and is given the opportunity to sign on.

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2023-2024 Federal Bills

Bill No.TitleCommitteesSponsorMore Info
Disabled and Elderly Jurors Non-discrimination Act’Senator Ed Markey (D-MA)No person may be disqualified from serving on grand and petit juries in the district court under paragraph (2) or (3) of subsection (b) on account of disability.’’.
S0762Home and Community Based Services Access ActHome and Community Based Services Access ActSen. Casey, Robert P., Jr. (D-PA)S 762 HCBS Access Act DAM Endorsement.pdf
HR2371REAADI for Disasters ActTransportation and Infrastructure
Education and the Workforce
Energy and Commerce
Rep. Dingell, Debbie (D-MI-6)HR 2371 READDI for Disaster Act DAM Endorsement.pdf
S1049REAADI for Disasters Act - A bill to ensure that older adults and individuals with disabilities are prepared for disasters, and for other purposes.Health, Education, Labor, and PensionsSen. Casey, Robert P., Jr. (D-PA)S 1049 READDI for Disaster Act DAM Endorsement.pdf
Nursing Home Improvement and Accountability ActRep. Richard Neal (D-MA)Nursing Home Improvement and Accountability Act DAM Endorsement.pdf

This bill establishes reporting, staffing, and other quality control requirements for Medicare skilled nursing facilities and Medicaid nursing facilities. The bill also establishes a demonstration program to evaluate the impact of certain changes to facility design, staffing, and care coordination on the health outcomes of residents in skilled nursing facilities. Among other requirements, selected facilities must serve between 5 and 14 residents, offer private rooms, and have resident and family councils.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Restoration Act ReintroducedSenator Sherrod Brown (D-OH)Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Restoration Act.pdf

As Senator Brown stated in 2021, “The promise of Social Security is to ensure that no one in America should live in poverty – least of all our nation's seniors and people with disabilities. By updating SSI we can deliver on this promise and ensure disabled and elderly Ohioans are able to live with dignity. Congress must prioritize these long-overdue reforms as part of upcoming recovery legislation.” The SSI Restoration Act would: Raise SSI's sub-poverty-level monthly benefits, currently $794 per month, to 100% of the federal poverty level--a 31% increase--and index them to inflation; Update and index the assets individuals or couples may have up to $10,000 and $20,000, respectively.
S1030Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination ActHealth, Education, Labor, and PensionsSen. Casey, Robert P., Jr. (D-PA)S 1030 Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act DAM Endorsement.pdf

The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, endorses the bipartisan bill, the “Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act.” Older Americans suffer from chronic job discrimination, and this important legislation would reestablish necessary legal protections giving them recourse in instances of age-based discrimination. In the 2009 decision Gross v. FBL Financial Services, the Supreme Court raised the legal standard that older workers must meet to prove age-based discrimination. Under the standard set by Gross and subsequent decisions, a worker must definitively prove that age was the decisive factor in instances of workplace mistreatment. This standard is virtually impossible to meet, given the complexities and dynamics of the workplace. In essence, the Court ruled that some age discrimination is acceptable, as long as employers are able to conjure up another reason to justify their harmful actions. Since the Court’s cruel decision, older workers have had to meet a higher standard of proof in discrimination cases than other protected classes, like plaintiffs in racial or gender-based discrimination claims. Bipartisan legislation would restore protections for older workers by reestablishing the pre-Gross employment discrimination standard.
HR7119Fairness in Nursing Home Arbitration ActHouse Ways and Means; Energy and Commerce

Referred to the Subcommittee on Health
Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA)HR7119 Fairness in Nursing Home Arbitration Act.pdf

Archive: 2021 – 2022 Federal Bills

Bill No.TitleGoalCommitteesMore Info
HR 0598Quality Care for Nursing Home Residents and Workers During COVID–19 and Beyond Act1Energy and Commerce,
Ways and Means
HR 598 Info
S 1295DignityMA OPPOSES this bill.
Trust Act of 2021
3Homeland Security,
Governmental Affairs
S 1295 Info
HR 2812Fairness in Nursing Home Arbitration Act1 and 3Ways and Means,
Energy and Commerce
HR 2812 Info
S 2694Nursing Home Improvement and Accountability Act of 20211FinanceS 2694 Info
See also HR 5169
HR 5169Nursing Home Improvement and Accountability Act of 20211Ways and Means,
Energy and Commerce
HR 5169 Info
See also S 2694
S 2618Medicare and Medicaid Dental, Vision, and Hearing Benefit Act of 20213FinanceS 2618 Info
S 0880Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act3Health, Education, Labor, and PensionsS 880 Info
See also HR 2062
HR 2062 Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act of 20213 Education and LaborS 2062 Info
See also HR 880
S 2210Better Care Better Jobs Act3FinanceS 2210 Info
S 2065Supplemental Security Income Restoration Act of 20213FinanceS 2065 Info
HR 3733Essential Caregivers Act of 20211Energy and Commerce,
Ways and Means
HR 3733 Info
S 4986Social Security COVID Correction and Equity Act3FinanceS 4986 InfoSee also HR 7499
HR 7499Social Security COVID Correction and Equity Act3Ways and Means,
Energy and Commerce
HR 7499 Info See also S 4986
S 1773Prescription Drug Pricing Dashboard Act3FinanceS 1773 Info
S 0331ABLE Age Adjustment Act3FinanceS 331 Info See also HR 1219

Able Age Adjustment Act included in Omnibus Spending Bill signed by President Biden
H 1219ABLE Age Adjustment Act3Ways and MeansH 1219 Info See also S 331
H 7676Home Modification for Accessibility Act of 20223Ways and MeansH 7676 Endorsement