Tell Congress: We Need Better Infrastructure For Aging

 

Aging services are an essential part of the nation’s infrastructure. There are 52 million people over age 65, a population that is expected to double by 2040. RIght now, we don’t have the infrastructure for aging services that we need—and the systems we do have are crumbling. The COVID-19 pandemic made clear the tragic human consequences that can happen when our systems are weak. 

It is no longer acceptable that our health care system largely ignores a set of services that half of older adults need or will need in our country.

ACT NOW by contacting your U.S. Representative and Senators and urge them to invest in our aging services infrastructure.

LeadingAge’s Blueprint for a Better Aging Infrastructure is a set of recommendations that address the economic, social, and racial inequities older Americans face by: 

  • Expanding access to long-term care at home and in our communities.
  • Increasing affordable housing for older adults
  • Investing in the physical  and technological infrastructure of aging services—including high-speed broadband access. 

The blueprint, which LeadingAge has shared with Congress, also addresses the fundamental need to better support and grow our aging services workforce. Build awareness and support for these recommendations by asking Congress to invest in these vital programs today.

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As a constituent who is concerned for older adults and those who serve them, I ask that you please co-sponsor the Home Health Emergency Access to Telehealth (HEAT) Act (S.4854/H.R. 8677) and push for its inclusion in any future COVID-relief or other health care package. 

Under current law, Medicare cannot reimburse home health providers for virtual care and, as a result, our home health members have been put in the untenable position of forfeiting adequate reimbursement to better protect their staff and patients. The HEAT Act (S.4854/H.R. 8677) would provide home health providers with the ability to receive reimbursement for providing telehealth visits with appropriate protections for patients and families. 

Home health providers are a critical component of the aging services infrastructure and they need the flexibility provided by this legislation to ensure that they can safely serve their patients without forfeiting adequate reimbursement. Please act to protect older adults and those who serve them by co-sponsoring the HEAT Act  (S.4854/H.R. 8677).