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Argentum’s Senior Living Impact Initiative Offers Data on the Widespread Effects of the Industry

April 17, 2019

(Alexandria, Va.)—Today, Argentum introduced Senior Living Impact at the 2019 Senior Living Executive Conference in San Antonio. The initiative was born from the need to share the story of senior living’s far-reaching impact at both the federal and state levels. In support of the initiative, Argentum partnered with Tripp Umbach, a nationally recognized consulting firm…

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Senate Aging Committee Holds Hearing on Alzheimer’s Disease and Caregiver Benefits

April 5, 2019

On Tuesday, April 2, before an audience of Alzheimer’s advocates, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee introduced the Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization Act of 2019. The bipartisan legislation introduced with Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) authorizes $20 million for Fiscal Year 2020 to Lifespan Respite Care program, with scheduled funding increasing by…

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Argentum Hosts Senior Living Professionals and Partners at Annual Public Policy Institute

April 2, 2019

The annual Argentum Public Policy Institute & Fly-In was held March 5-6 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The event provided attendees with the opportunity to learn about Argentum’s public policy priorities from industry experts and distinguished guests while becoming a more effective advocate. The sessions at the Public Policy Institute on March 5 highlighted…

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Unveiling of the Medicare for All Act of 2019

March 24, 2019

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), the co-chair of the House Progressive Caucus, unveiled HR 1384, the Medicare for All Act of 2019 which would transition our current health care system to a public single-payer system over a two-year period. Rep. Jayapal’s plan does not detail how it would be paid for but includes comprehensive and generous…

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Trump Administration Moves to Finalize Rule on Pre-Dispute Arbitration

March 24, 2019

The Trump Administration is working to finalize a rule to make clear that long-term care communities can require residents or their families to agree—before a dispute arises—to settle complaints through arbitration rather than through litigation.  Simultaneously in Congress this week, legislation has been introduced in the House and Senate to eliminate the agreements.  Rep. Hank…

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House Committee Approves $15-an-Hour Federal Minimum Wage Legislation

March 24, 2019

The House Education and Labor Committee approved a bill on March 6th that would increase the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.  HR 582, was approved along party lines and would increase the federal minimum wage by 2024.  The legislation would eventually phase out lower wage levels for tipped workers and disabled workers. Currently…

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Department of Labor Releases Proposed Overtime Rule

March 24, 2019

As anticipated, earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would make more than a million more American workers eligible for overtime.  This proposed rule is generally referred to as the “Overtime Rule”. Under currently enforced law, employees with a salary below $455 per week ($23,660 annually)…

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Argentum Advocates for You State Update

March 22, 2019

ARIZONA SB 1244 – Assisted Living Caregivers Training Requires that training for assisted living facility caregivers be consistent with the training, competency and test methodology standards developed by the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) for in-home direct care workers. Directs the Arizona Board of Nursing Care Institution Administrators and Assisted Living Facility Managers…

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Senate Aging Committee Holds Hearing on Elder Fraud

January 18, 2019

Two senators Wednesday introduced bipartisan legislation designed to curb scams targeting seniors during the Senate Committee on Aging’s first hearing of the 116th Congress, “Fighting Elder Fraud: Progress Made, Work to Be Done”. The legislation, Stop Senior Scams Act introduced by Sens. Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Bob Casey (D-PA), ranking member of the aging committee, would create a federal…

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Of Passion and Postage: Channeling Grief into Action

August 28, 2018

You may not think much about the stamps you use for mail—generally anything in stock at the post office will do. However, with the Alzheimer’s semipostal fundraising stamp, you’re not just getting postage: You’re getting a story. That’s because this stamp is the culmination of two individuals’ hard work and determination to raise funds that…

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Chronic Care Act Included in Balanced Budget Act May Present Model for Expanding Long-Term Care and Supports

August 20, 2018

Legislation included in the BBA earlier this year may present Congress with a model to expand certain long-term care and supports. Passed with bipartisan support as part of the budget bill approved earlier this year, the “Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act of 2018,” provides Medicare Advantage plans the…

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HHS Office of Inspector General Report Identifies Vulnerabilities in Medicare Hospice Program

August 20, 2018

As part of OIG’s ongoing efforts to fight waste, fraud, and abuse in Medicare, Medicaid, and more than 100 other HHS programs, it recently released a report identifying vulnerabilities to fraud and poor care. The new report covers hospice care since 2005 and increases in utilization and reimbursement. OIG made more than a dozen recommendations…

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