PARCR - Posts Tagged with "Election"

LeadingAge hosting a Presidential Candidate forum

1/13/2016 - PARCR Admin

Seniors Decide 2016: What Do Presidential Candidates Say on Issues that Matter to Seniors?

by Marsha R. Greenfield, Published On: Jan 13, 2016

On February 17, LeadingAge and the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations are sponsoring Seniors Decide 2016, the only forum where all of the presidential candidates have been invited to talk about issues that are important to older adults.

The forum will be held in Arlington, VA, and streamed live throughout the country. This is a critical time in the election calendar – just before Super Tuesday, March 1, when 15 states hold their primaries.

This is your opportunity -- to urge the candidates to attend, to submit questions for the candidates, to host a watch party at your community for your residents, their families, and your staff. Help us show the campaigns the importance of addressing issues of importance to our field and the people we serve.

Go to Seniors Decide 2016 to:

  • Record a short video posing a question to the candidates that will be posted to the website.
  • Send questions to candidates.
  • Organize a watch party to participate from anywhere in the country – see the “We’ll Be Watching” page on the website and fill out the webform so we can track turnout.

As nonprofit organizations, Leadingage and its members do not campaign on behalf of candidates or make political contributions. However, we want candidates from both parties to focus on issues that matter to seniors. We want the candidates to discuss the policies they will pursue addressing these issues if they are elected.

For more information, contact Marsha Greenfield, VP of legislative affairs.

More information can be obtained at the following Link: http://www.seniorsdecide.org/

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Tidbits for the New Year 2017

2/1/2017 - PARCR Admin

The Department of Heath Services and Aging Announced the delay in Community Health Choices implementation. The implementation will now begin January 1, 2018 in the Southwest region; July 1, 2018 in the Southeast region; and January 1, 2019 in the remainder of the state (as previously planned).

The 2017-2018 session of the Pennsylvania General Assembly officially started on, January 3, 2017, when members of both the House and Senate were sworn into office. While there are 28 new freshman, 6 in the Senate and 22 in the House, there are little changes in the leadership. The only new leader is Stan Saylor (R-York) who was elected chair of the House Appropriations Committee following the retirement of Bill Adolph (R-Delaware). The other change of committee chair that is relevant to LeadingAge PA is the Senate Health and Human Services Committee which will now be led by Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne) following the retirement of Pat Vance (R-Cumberland). The LeadingAge PA Government Affairs team is scheduling legislative breakfast across the state for spring. More details will be shared as plans are finalized.

At the January 11, 2017 Quarterly PARCR Meeting, Scott and Steve Dardick from AIA Benefits Resource Group gave a presentation titled Understanding Medicare and Jennifer Holcomb, Director of Memory Support at Cross Keys Village - The Brethren Home Community presented on Memory Support Today and Tomorrow. The power point presentations can be seen on the PARCR website.

The General Assembly came back in session Monday, January 23 through Wednesday, January 25, 2017. According to LeadingAge PA 's report, as an open solvo to the budget, House Republicans led by Stan Saylor (R, York), Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, introduced HB 218. LeadingAge PA is currently reviewing the bill to determine Medicaid funding for long-term care and will provide additional information at a later date.

As a reminder, the Governor will unveil his budget proposal on Tuesday, February 7. There is no information on this time regarding what the Governor will include in his proposal for long-term care and senior service providers The LeadingAge Government Affairs team will closely monitor the budget process and provide you with information as it becomes available.

On January 27, 2017, LeadingAge PA participated on a conference call with Governor Wolf’s office regarding his intention to form a brand new state agency which will bring together the Departments of Health, Human Services, Aging and Drug & Alcohol Programs into the Department of Health & Human Services. This change is being made in order to better serve Pennsylvanians as well as to provide efficiency in state government. All affected state agency staff were also informed of this change the same day. A public announcement will be made early next week and further details will be shared in the Governor’s Budget address on February 7, 2017. LeadingAge PA will inform you as further detail becomes available.

Save the Dates! LeadingAge PA's 2017 Annual Conference & Exposition happens June 21-23 in Hershey. This year's theme? CONNECT.

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