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Action Update

Advocates Meet with Top CMS Official About Nursing Home Rule

June 27, 2018

Consumer Voice staff joined several advocacy organizations in a meeting with CMS officials to discuss recommendations for the nursing home Requirements of Participation.

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Consumer Voice's Robyn Grant Speaks About the VA's "Secret" Nursing Home Ratings

June 18, 2018

Consumer Voice’s Robyn Grant was quoted in a recent article in USA Today about the VA’s hidden nursing home ratings and their poor quality care.

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Consumer Voice's Lori Smetanka Interviewed on Benefits of Caregiving

June 13, 2018

Consumer Voice’s Executive Director Lori Smetanka was interviewed in a recent article on caring.com on the benefits of being a caregiver.

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Consumer Voice Opposes Florida’s Medicaid Wavier Amendment to Eliminate Retroactive Coverage

June 04, 2018

Consumer Voice has sent a letter to CMS opposing Florida’s proposal to waive retroactive Medicaid coverage.

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Consumer Voice Opposes Arizona’s Medicaid Prior Quarter Coverage Waiver Amendment

May 22, 2018

Consumer Voice has sent a letter to CMS opposing Arizona’s proposal to waive retroactive Medicaid coverage.

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Consumer Voice Recommends Increased Funding for Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program

May 15, 2018

Consumer Voice sent a letter to the House Committee on Appropriations recommending an increase of $24.98 million in funding for the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program.

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Spending Bill for Remainder of 2018: The Good and the Sad

March 27, 2018

Congress has passed and the President has signed a $1.3 trillion spending bill to fund the federal government through September 2018.

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Thank You to Those Who Signed Our Letter to CMS on Arbitration

August 05, 2016

Thank you to all the individuals and organizations who signed onto our letter to CMS calling for the agency to ban pre-dispute arbitration clauses in nursing home agreements once and for all.

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U.S. Senate Approves Older Americans Act Reauthorization

April 08, 2016

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved a bill to reauthorize the Older Americans Act!  House-amended S. 192, the Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2015, will now be sent to President Obama to sign.

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Older Americans Act Passes in the House

March 22, 2016

The House passed the Older Americans Act! The Reauthorization bill will help older adults age with independence and dignity in their homes and communities, and protect elders in long-term care facilities and other settings.

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Additional Federal Funding Secured for Certain Aging Programs in 2016

December 22, 2015

On December 18th, 2015, the U.S. Congress approved the FY 2016 Omnibus Appropriations bill, legislation that will continue the funding of federal programs through Fiscal Year 2016. This bill, which has since been signed into law, will increase funding for elder justice programs as well as Alzheimer’s research in the coming year.

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Consumer Voice & Network Submit Comments on Proposed Changes to the Federal Nursing Home Regulations

October 16, 2015

On Wednesday, October 14th, Consumer Voice and members of the Consumer Voice network submitted final comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on proposed changes to the federal nursing home regulations. Click below to learn more & read our final comments.

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Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2015 Passes in the Senate

July 21, 2015

Exciting news! The Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2015, S. 192 passed out of the U.S. Senate on on July 16th, 2015! Thanks to all of you who contacted your Senators asking them to support the bill - you helped make this success happen! Click above to learn more.

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Legislation to Require Round-the-Clock Registered Nurse Coverage in Nursing Homes Reintroduced in Congress

February 19, 2015

Consumer Voice is pleased to share that Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) has reintroduced legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives to require round-the-clock registered nurse (RN) coverage in nursing homes. H.R. 952, the Put a Registered Nurse in the Nursing Home Act, was reintroduced by Congresswoman Schakowsky in the 114th Congress last Thursday, February 12th, and we need your help again in advocating for its passage! Click above to learn more.

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Bipartisan Legislation to Reauthorize Older Americans Act Introduced in the U.S. Senate

January 26, 2015

Great news! Bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the Older Americans Act has already been introduced in the new 114th Congress. S. 192, the Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2015, was introduced by Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Patty Murray (D-WA), Richard Burr (R-NC) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT). This bill would update and strengthen the current Older Americans Act (OAA) law and includes provisions that would aid long-term care consumers. We need your help in moving it forward!

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Congress Passes Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Including Funding for Elder Justice, State Survey Activities

December 16, 2014

Congress has passed a Fiscal Year 2015 budget that includes important funding for an Elder Justice Initiative as well as an increase in funding for state survey activities at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Click above to learn more.