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The Voice

September 23, 2019

In this Issue:

The FAIR Act Passed  -  Regular Registration Ending Soon  -  Attorneys General Urge CMS to Protect Nursing Home Residents  -  Webinar on Medicaid Retroactive Coverage  -  Consumer Voice Hiring

The FAIR Act Passed

Find out how your Representative voted.

HR 1423, the Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal (FAIR) Act, passed out of the House on Friday. This bill would end forced pre-dispute arbitration in contracts between consumers and corporations, including nursing homes and assisted living communities. You can read the bill here. Thank you to all those who contacted their Representatives to urge them to pass this important bill!

Enter your zip code here to find out how your Representative voted and then send a message thanking them for their vote in favor or expressing your disappointment in their vote against the FAIR Act. Learn more »

2019 Consumer Voice ConferenceRegular Registration Ending Soon
The regular registration period for the 2019 Consumer Voice Conference is ending soon.  Register by September 30th to get up to $55 off the late registration rate.  An agenda with session titles is now available.

Don't miss the Elder Justice Coordinating Council Listening Session with official listener Lance Robertson, Administrator, Administration for Community Living, and Assistant Secretary for Aging on Monday during the conference.  The Elder Justice Coordinating Council (EJCC) is a federal entity under the Administration of Community Living (ACL) that seeks to coordinate federal response to elder abuse, neglect and exploitation. This listening session will be an opportunity to provide input to the Council about your ideas regarding federal efforts related to elder justice. Learn more about the listening session here. Learn more and register »


Scales of JusticeAttorneys General Urge CMS to Protect Nursing Home Residents
Attorneys General from six states sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) challenging a proposed federal rule that would weaken nursing home regulations.  Attorneys General from New York, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada and Oregon outlined several recommendations and stated that "CMS' proposed regulations place too great an interest on minimizing facilities' obligations." In a press release, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said, "The bottom line is that these proposed rules do not improve the lives of vulnerable residents; they improve the lives of business executives and the bottom lines of nursing home businesses across Michigan and the nation."Read the letter to CMS »

ComputerWebinar on Medicaid Retroactive Coverage
Justice in Aging and the AARP Public Policy Institute are holding a webinar Tuesday, October 1 at 2:00pm ET entitled "Medicaid Retroactive Coverage: What's at Stake for Older Adults When States Eliminate this Protection?" Medicaid retroactive coverage permits states to provide payment for care and services that an individual recieved up to three months prior to applying for Medicaid.  This coverage is especially important for people who experience health emergencies, need long-term services and supports following an illness or are facing other unexpected health care needs.  The webinar will highlight key findings from Justice in Aging's new issue brief and will discuss a survey of states that have eliminated retroactive coverage and the implications for older adults, families, and providers. Register for the webinar »  

shaking handsConsumer Voice Hiring: Program-Policy Specialist
The Consumer Voice is seeking a Program-Policy Specialist to work with staff and the Executive Director in the development and implementation of programmatic, legislative, and regulatory activities affecting long-term care consumers nationwide. See the job posting » 


Calendar of Events

Wednesday, September 25: Advocacy Tools and Successful Practices to Protect Residents from Nursing Facility Discharges, 3:00 ET, NORC Webinar

October: Residents' Rights Month

November 3-6, 2019: Consumer Voice Annual Conference, Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, Virginia

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