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ANNOUNCEMENTS

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome the newest members to the NAGE/NAGEC network. Our organization is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of older adults through health professions education by supporting Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Programs (GWEPs) and Geriatric Education Centers (GECs).  Your membership allows the network to improve the education, supply, distribution, diversity, and quality of health professionals serving older adults, and to educate policy makers and the public about the need for geriatric education. Check this page for current information on news and events of interest to NAGE and NAGEC members including Brian Lundberg’s Washington Posts. Outdated information and past Washington Posts are available on the Public Policy and Archive Page.

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                                                                                                                       November 15, 2017

Senator Bob Casey, the Ranking Member of the Special Committee on Aging has authored a detailed overview on the Republican Tax Reform Bill explaining in detail how the proposed legislation will negatively impact older Americans and people with disabilities. 

The Republican Tax Scheme Harms Older Americans & People with Disabilities
                                                                                                                      


                                                                                                                       November 08, 2017

             GWEP-CC Abstract Writing and Submitting Webinar Available

Greetings GWEP Directors and colleagues,

Thank you to everyone who participated in yesterday’s GWEP-CC Abstracts Webinar and made it such a great success! I wanted to share the link to the full webinar as well as the PowerPoint slides for those who were unable to attend or wish to reference the information in the future.

As a reminder, you can submit your abstract for the 2018 AGS Annual Meeting here. The deadline to submit abstracts is December 1, 2017 at 11:59pm. Remember to use “GWEP” in your keyword selection, and check the box designating that HRSA is the funder when submitting your abstract.

Please let me know if you have any questions or if I can be helpful in providing any additional information.

Best,

Julia Seibolt
C
oordinator, Special Projects
New York NY

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                                                                                                                       November 02, 2017

Washington Posts – The Latest:

 The Republican Tax Legislation – The next major Republican legislative initiative was unveiled today.  There is a lot of information is becoming available, although lobbyists all across town are still analyzing it and writing talking points in support and in opposition to various provisions.  Attached are the primary documents released by the House Ways and Means Committee and below are links to the bill and the Democratic response, and a good summary of the provisions from a Congressional Quarterly article.

Individuals and Families

  • Tax brackets. The bill would collapse seven tax brackets into four: 12 percent, 25 percent,  35 percent and 39.6 percent
    • The existing top rate of 39.6 percent would remain unchanged but the income threshold would be kicked up to $1 million for joint filers — more than double the threshold for 2018. For individual filers, the threshold would rise to $500,000 from $426,700 in 2018.
    • The existing 35 percent bracket, which for 2018 will start at about $425,000 for married couples, would now kick in at $260,000; for individuals, the 35 percent bracket would start at $200,000 for individuals, also down from nearly $425,000.
    • The 25 percent bracket would start at $90,000 (couples) and $45,000 (individuals), up from $77,400 and $38,700 respectively.
    • The 12 percent bracket would apply above the new standard deduction thresholds, which would rise from $6,350 to $12,000 for individuals and from $12,700 to $24,000 for joint filers.
    • For high-income earners, the benefit of the lowest 12 percent bracket would be phased out at a rate of $6 per $100 of adjusted gross income above $1 million (single filers) and $1.2 million (joint filers).
    • Bracket thresholds would be indexed for inflation annually, but at a slower rate basked on the so-called chained CPI threatened.
  • Consolidated family credit. The measure would create a new Family Credit, including an expanded Child Tax Credit — the benefit increases from $1,000 per child to $1,600 — and a new $300 nonrefundable credit per parent and non-child dependent, which expires in 2023. The combined credit amounts would phase out at household incomes up to $230,000, up from $110,000, and $115,000 for single filers, up from $75,000.
  • Personal exemptions would be repealed.
  • Education tax credits would be consolidated into a unified American Opportunity Tax Credit; deductions for student loan interest, tuition and related expenses and other education deductions would be repealed.
  • Mortgage interest deduction for newly purchased homes after Nov. 2 would be available on up to $500,000 in mortgage debt, down from $1 million in current law. Deduction for interest paid on home equity debt of up to $100,000 would also be repealed for new debt incurred. Refinancing debt incurred after Nov. 2 also would be limited to $500,000 and deductions for second homes would be disallowe
  • ‘SALT’ deductions. State and local income and sales tax deductions would be eliminated, and property tax deductions capped at $10,000 per year.
  • Capital gains tax on home sales. Capital gains tax exclusion on sale of primary residence, which exempts up to $500,000 in profits for married couples ($250,000 for individuals), would be eligible for use once every five years, up from two years in current law. It phases out by one dollar for each dollar of adjusted gross income above $500,000 for married couples ($250,000 for individuals). A homeowner must have lived in the residence for five out of the previous eight years to benefit, up from two out of the last five years in current law.
  • Charitable deductions would be reserved, but with changes including repeal of special rule allowing 80 percent of the value of donated tickets for athletic events.
  • Eliminates miscellaneous deductions, including for gambling losses, alimony payments, medical expenses, tax preparation fees, and moving expenses.
  • Retirement savings. Existing retirement savings incentives, such as pre-tax 401(k) contribution limits, would be maintained. The ability to re-characterize Roth IRA conversions to avoid the tax hit would be repealed.
  • Alternative Minimum Tax would be repealed.
  • Estate tax would be eliminated after six years, but the existing $5.6 million exemption (adjusted annually for inflation) per spouse is doubled immediately with the current 40 percent rate of tax unchanged through 2022. Gift tax parameters would not change but tax rate would be reduced to 35 percent.
  • Treatment of capital gains/dividends. No change is proposed to preferential treatment of long-term capital gains and qualified dividends, currently subject to a top rate of 23.8 percent for households earning more than $250,000 and individuals making more than $200,000.
  • Carried interest. The bill would not change the treatment of “carried interest,” or the ability of investment fund managers to claim preferential capital gains treatment resulting from growth in their clients’ investment portfolios, beyond earnings attributable to fund managers’ own invested capital.

General Business

  • Corporate rate cut. Corporate tax rate would be slashed by 15 percentage points, to 20 percent, immediately and permanently; except for personal services-related firms organized as C corporations, which would pay a 25 percent rate.
  • Pass-through rate cut. The bill would establish anew rate on “pass-through” business income — income earned by closely held businesses such as partnerships, limited liability companies and subchapter S corporations — at 25 percent.
    • Business owners generally could choose whether to apply the lower rate to 30 percent of their net business income, or claim a higher portion of income subject to the pass-through rate based on the firm’s level of capital investments.
    • Personal services firms (lawyers, accountants, physicians, investment fund managers, architects) would generally be ineligible for the lower rate unless they have made capital investments.
  • Full and immediate expensing of capital expenditures starting Sept. 27, 2017 (when the GOP’s unified framework for the bill was released), and before Jan. 1, 2023. However, regulated public utilities and real estate-related businesses would be ineligible; the election to use stockpiled AMT credits in lieu of expensing would be repealed.
  • Sec. 179 expensing limits on business equipment purchases would be expanded from $500,000 in first-year expenses to $5 million, with the amount available for expensing phasing out above $20 million in total eligible purchases, up from $2 million in current law; energy efficient heating and cooling property now included in Sec. 179 property; provision expires in 2023.
  • Business interest expense deductions would be disallowed in excess of 30 percent of adjusted taxable income, with an exemption for firms with average gross receipts of $25 million or less, as well as regulated utilities and real estate businesses. Disallowed interest expense could be carried forward for five years. Current law “earnings stripping” rules under Sec. 163(j) would be repealed.
  • Net Operating Loss deductions (NOLs) would be limited to 90 percent of taxable income; disallowed NOLs could be carried forward with an interest factor to preserve their value.
  • “Like-kind” exchanges of capital assets, which do not trigger tax on gains, would be repealed for all exchanges other than for real property, but with a transition period for non-real property transactions entered into before Dec. 31, 2017.

Energy

  • Sec. 199 domestic production deduction would be repealed.
  • Business entertainment expense deductions would be repealed,  but the current 50 percent deduction limit on business meals would be retained. Deductions for employee fringe benefits, such as transit, would be disallowed for expenses that are primarily personal in nature.
  • Production Tax Credit. Inflation adjustment for the renewable electricity Production Tax Credit would be repealed for qualified projects placed in service after Nov. 2, 2017, with the credit amount reverting to 1.5 cents per kilowatt hour (from 2.3 cents in 2016)
  • Investment Tax Credit would be extended to qualified fuel cell, geothermal and other energy properties with the same phase-out schedule as solar energy property; the 10 percent ITC available for solar installations after 2022 is repealed for property placed in service after 2027.
  • Credit for residential energy efficient property, which expired at the end of 2016, would be renewed and extended through 2022, subject to a phaseout beginning in 2020.
  • $1.00 per gallon biodiesel blenders tax credit would not be renewed.

Miscellaneous Business

  • FDIC premiums. Deductions for premiums paid to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation would be disallowed for large financial institutions, phasing out between $10 billion and $50 billion in consolidated assets.
  • Tax credit for clinical testing expenses for certain drugs intended to treat rare diseases or conditions would be repealed.
  • Credits for rehabilitation of historic buildings, for hiring certain employees who have faced barriers to employment (Work Opportunity Tax Credit), for investing in community development projects in low-income areas (New Markets Tax Credit) would be repealed.
  • Interest on newly-issued private activity bonds and advance refunding bonds after 2017 would be subject to tax.
  • Life insurers. Numerous curbs are proposed on life insurance industry tax breaks/
  • Employee compensation. The benefit of certain deferred compensation plans for highly-paid employees would be repealed. The bill also proposes to repeal the exception for commissions and performance-based compensation, such as stock options, from an existing $1 million deduction limit for compensation paid to employees of publicly traded corporations. The measure would also impose an excise tax equal to 20 percent of compensation in excess of $1 million for any of a tax-exempt organization’s five highest-paid employees.

International Taxes

  • Territorial regime. The bill would move to “territorial” tax system, exempting most foreign income from U.S. corporate tax; however, a 10 percent tax would be levied on “high returns” of foreign subsidiaries, defined as greater than 7 percent plus the federal short-term rate. This would be mainly applicable to income from intangible property such as patents for software and pharmaceutical products.
  • ‘Deemed’ repatriation. The bill would impose a one-time, 12 percent tax on previously stockpiled foreign earnings (5 percent for earnings reinvested in illiquid assets), payable as a lump sum or in installments for up to an 8-year period.
  • ‘Look through’ rule. The ability of a U.S. parent to avoid triggering tax on passive income distributed between foreign subsidiaries (the so-called look through rule), currently set to expire in 2020, would become permanent.
  • Thin capitalization rule. Interest expense deductions by a U.S. multinational would be limited to 110 percent of the U.S. corporation’s share of the worldwide consolidated group’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA), with disallowed interest allowed to be carried forward for five years
  • Payments to related foreign corporations. Deductible payments (other than interest) by a U.S. corporation to a related foreign corporation, applicable to both U.S. and foreign-headquartered firms, would be disallowed, other than for intercompany services which a U.S. company pays for with no markup and certain commodities transactions.
  • Treaty shopping.’ The bill would restrict “treaty shopping” tax benefits whereby payments to foreign related parties in jurisdictions with which the U.S. has a tax treaty with can skirt the normal 30 percent withholding tax on such payments.

Tax-exempt Organizations

  • Foundations, endowments. The bill would change the tax treatment of private foundations and university endowments, including a uniform 1.4 percent excise tax on investment income. Private college and university endowments would be taxed in this manner for the first time, and limited to institutions with at least 500 students and assets valued at least $100,000 per full-time student.
  • Churches would be able to take write-offs for expenses related to political campaigns.

 Brian W. Lindberg, NAGE Public Policy Advisor

1612 K Street, NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20006

202-789-3606


                                                                                                                    October 20, 2017

Notice: The HRSA monthly GWEP teleconference call will be held on November 15. There will be no call in December.


                                                                                                                       October 20, 2017     
Reminder: GWEP-CC Small Consult Grants Request for Applications Due 11/1 

Dear GWEP Directors and Colleagues:

As many of you know, last Wednesday October 11, 2017, the GWEP Coordinating Center released the Request for Applications for Innovative Geriatrics Programs and Approaches to Care for your GWEP Program. The deadline for this submission is November 1, 2017. The turnaround time has been expedited as this consultation could potentially help frame the next round of HRSA GWEP applications.

For more information about the Consultation Grants and the application process, our CEO Nancy Lundebjerg has written a comprehensive blog post, linked here.

Applications are available and should be submitted at GWEP-CC Small Grants for Consults – Innovative Geriatrics Programs and Approaches to Care Application, Second Round

Along with your application, please email the following materials to me at jseibolt@americangeriatrics.org:

  • A letter of support from a leader at your institution (not currently engaged in a key leadership role with the GWEP) that would be involved in program implementation.
  • A budget detailing how the $7,500 will be used (travel, consultant fees, etc.).
  • Optional: commitment from your institution to cover additional expenses if travel expenses are not included in the $7,500 fee.

(***If more than three sites select a specific program/model, we will work with the sites and the developer on timing of consultations) 

If you have any questions or require additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me at jseibolt@americangeriatrics.org.

Thank you, and we look forward to receiving your applications!

Best,
Julia Seibolt
Coordinator, Special Projects
New York NY

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                                                                                                                       October 20, 2017

Washington Posts – The Latest:

Budget and Appropriations – On October 10, the Senate passed its FY 2018 budget resolution that will enable them to pass tax legislation with a simple majority under the budget reconciliation process.  All Democrats and one Republican voted against the bill.  The bill may be similar enough to the House bill that the House will agree without amending the bill further.  A deal on final appropriations funding levels for FY 2018 has not been completed.  This will need to be a bipartisan bill. The continuing resolution that is keeping government running ends on December 8, 2017. 

GWEP Reauthorization Progress – The House Energy & Commerce Committee has still not determined a date to consider the GWEP and other workforce reauthorization bills.  NAGE has held meetings this week and is very hopeful that we have identified a Republican sponsor for the Senate GWEP reauthorization bill.  

HPNEC – NAGE is an active member of the Health Professions and Nursing Education Coalition (HPNEC).  We collaborate on funding and authorization issues related to HRSA, and have been participating in Hill meetings with fellow HPNEC members.  We will be sending a letter to congressional leadership supporting a bipartisan FY 2018 budget agreement that would raise the non-defense discretionary (NDD) spending cap and would enable at least $551 million for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Title VII health professions and Title VIII nursing workforce development programs.  HPNEC is also planning a Hill briefing for this fall.

President Trump Moves to Undermine ACA; Senate Moves to Repair It

In two separate actions, President Trump worked to undermine the ACA this past week.  First, by signing an executive order allowing insurers to sell policies that provided less coverage than required under the Affordable Care Act.  Draft regulations will follow.

Second, the Administration announced that they would no longer reimburse health insurers for the cost-sharing reductions or discounts that they make for low-income individuals.  Such reductions cost insurers an estimated $7 billion per year, and under current law they will still have to provide the discounts.  Prior to the Senate’s recess this past week, Senator Alexander, Chairman of the HELP Committee, had stated that he had agreed with Senator Murray, Ranking Minority Member, on a two-year extension of these subsidies.

Meanwhile, Senators Alexander (R-TN) and Murray (D-WA) announced an agreement supported by twelve Republicans and twelve Democrats that would attempt to stabilize the health insurance marketplace for 3 years: 24 Senators, including 12 Republicans, Cosponsor Temporary Legislation to Keep Premiums from Rising 20 Percent, Keep Federal Debt from Spiking $194 Billion in 10 Years

Elder Justice On October 18, 2017, the President signed into law S. 178, the “Elder Abuse Prevention and Prosecution Act,” which establishes certain requirements for the Department of Justice with respect to investigating and prosecuting elder abuse crimes, and amends Federal criminal law to expand telemarketing fraud to include “email marketing” fraud:
President Donald J. Trump Signs S. 178, S. 652, and H.R. 1117 into Law

Brian W. Lindberg, NAGE Public Policy Advisor
1612 K Street, NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20006

202-789-3606                                                                                               


                                                                                                                           October 20, 2017

Webinar: How to Write a Research Abstract that will be Accepted for AGS Presentation:
Tuesday, October 24 from 4:00 to 5:00 PM Eastern time

Led by Drs. Camille P. Vaughan (Abstract Selection Committee member) and Cathleen Colon-Emeric (Abstract Selection Committee member & Abstract Review Category Chair), this webinar will focus on preparing and writing abstracts for presentation at the AGS Annual Scientific Meeting (May 3-5, 2018 in Orlando).  Preparing a well-written abstract takes time and effort.  It is a skill that can be learned and that will increase the likelihood that your research will be selected for presentation.  This webinar will focus on how to write a good abstract, what reviewers look for when reviewing abstracts, and an overview of the abstract submission website, with tips on how to complete your submission.

4:00 PM How to Write a Good Abstract
Camille P. Vaughan, MD, MS 
4:15 PM What Reviewers Look For
Cathleen S. Colon-Emeric, MD 
4:30 PM Overview of the Abstract Submission Site
4:45 PM Questions and Answers

 

 

 

 

 


                                                                                                                           October 20, 2017

The American Geriatric Society Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program PRE-CONFERENCE SESSION will be held on Wednesday, May 17 from 11:30am – 5:30pm in Room 304

AGS 18th Annual Scientific Meeting Registration


                                                                                                                           October 13, 2017
HRSA Grant Office Grantee Conference Calls      

The HRSA electronic grants administration system known as Electronic Handbooks (EHBs) is an important tool for administering your HRSA grant(s).  The EHB enables you to efficiently submit and retrieve HRSA grant information electronically.  To ensure that all HRSA grantees are informed, the grants office is conducting two presentations to review recent news, the HRSA grants process, and to answer your questions.

Each presentation will be presented in Adobe Connect and will include the same introduction and review of slides followed by a question and answer session. HRSA experts will be available on each presentation to answer your questions. There is no need for you to participate in more than one presentation.

Conference Call Dates/Times:
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (EASTERN TIME)
Thursday, October 26, 2017 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (EASTERN TIME)
Adobe Connect URL : https://hrsaseminar.adobeconnect.com/ta_call/
Conference call number for both sessions: 800-369-1861
International call number for both sessions: 1-415-228-3898          
The passcode for both international and domestic callers is: 2862640

The first portion of the presentation will refer to the slides, you may wish to have these in front of you during the conference call, although it is not required.  Please click here to download the presentation: HRSA Grantee Conference Call October 2017.  The calls are recorded and uploaded on the HRSAs website, typically within a week, and will be available for 60 days.

The HRSA team looks forward to working with you to efficiently manage all your grant needs.

Sincerely,

HRSA Grants 


                                                                                                                           October 11, 2017

Washington Posts

Please mark your calendars for the next NAGE Advocacy Mentoring Network Webinar which will be held on October 23 at 12:00 PM until 1:00 PM EST.

Topic: Educating Policymakers: Sharing Your Expertise with Capitol Hill.

GSA and NAGE members, each experts in the aging field who have testified on Capitol Hill will share their perspectives on the process, preparation, and experience of testifying before a congressional committee. This webinar is co-hosted by NAGE and The Gerontological Society of America.

Presenters include
Brian Lindberg, MMHS, GSA and NAGE Policy Advisor (Moderator)
Dr. Kathryn Hyer, PhD, MPP, Professor/Director Policy Center, School of Aging Studies/Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging, University of South Florida
Janice Knebl, MBA, DO, Chief, Geriatrics Section and Dallas Southwest Osteopathic Physicians, Endowed Chair in Geriatrics, University of North Texas Health Science Center and Dr. Frank Lin, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Geriatric Medicine, Mental Health, and Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Registration link: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1559146357082289409

This webinar is free, but space is limited. Pre-registration is required. Please contact Greg O’Neill at goneill@geron.org for further information. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Webinar Date Saver

Thank you,
Brian

Brian W. Lindberg, NAGE Public Policy Advisor
1612 K Street, NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20006

202-789-3606


                                                                                                                     September 28, 2017

NAGE/NAGEC Members testify before Congress

Several of our members have are making their presence known at the Congressional level when it comes to GWEP funding and raising awareness regarding the need for disaster planning for older Americans. To view their testimonies please go to the quarterly feature area

NAGE/NAGEC Quarterly Features


                                                                                                                  September 28, 2017

Washington PostsThe Latest:

Budget and Appropriations – Congress is moving forward with a budget resolution for FY 2018 that would enable them to pass tax legislation with a simple majority under the budget reconciliation process.  In the meantime, Republicans and Democrats need to work out the final numbers on the FY 2018 appropriations.  The continuing resolution that is keeping government running ends on December 8, 2017.  NAGE continues its outreach and advocacy for at least the current $38.737 million funding level provided by the Senate Appropriators.  A Leadership Council of Aging Organizations letter that NAGE contributed to reiterates this position as well.

GWEP Reauthorization Progress – The House Energy & Commerce Committee is occupied trying to pass the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in the next week, so it is likely that the GWEP and other workforce reauthorization bills will have to wait a bit longer.  But we won’t know for sure until the list of bills to be considered is released.  NAGE and EWA continue our discussions with Senate staff on reauthorization sponsors there.

ACA Repeal and Replace – The U.S. Senate cancelled a planned vote for this week on the latest legislative proposal to repeal and replace the ACA.  The Graham-Cassidy bill would have block-granted much of the ACA funding and given states authority to change many of the programs and patient protections.  Although the Congressional Budget Office did not release a complete analysis, it did state that millions of individuals would lose coverage.  The President has said he will continue to push for a vote on this bill.  The Senate HELP Committee has returned to its bipartisan effort to pass legislation to help stabilize the insurance marketplace.

The Families USA Talking Points on the Graham-Cassidy Bill

Here’s the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations Letter opposing the Graham-Cassidy Bill

Tax Reform – Congress and the President have moved to the next enormous issue on their to do list, a major overhaul of the tax code.  We will be reading and hearing a great deal about the Republican plans to reform the tax code in the coming weeks and months.  Below is the link to the House Ways and Means Committee press release which includes links to their framework and a one-page overview.  Also, here is a link to the progressive Center for Budget and Policy Priorities’ article released this week.

Senate Republicans Take Big First Step Towards $1.5 Trillion Revenue-Losing Tax Cut

RAISE Family Caregivers Act – S. 1028 – The full Senate passed this bill this week.  The bill’s primary objectives are to direct the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop, maintain, and periodically update a National Family Caregiving Strategy and to have HHS convene a Family Caregiving Advisory Council to advise it on recognizing and supporting family caregivers.

Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act of 2017 – S. 870 – The full Senate also passed this bipartisan bill designed to ensure, among other things, that Medicare beneficiaries living with advanced illness receive the highest quality care.

 More to come on all of this in the NAGE Monthly Update.

Brian W. Lindberg, NAGE Public Policy Advisor
1612 K Street, NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20006

202-789-3606                                                                                         


                                                                                                                      September 13, 2017

Washington PostsThe Latest:

GWEP Reauthorization Progress

The Bills

As we hope you have heard, on Friday, September 8, 2017, Representatives Schakowsky (D-IL), Matsui (D-CA), and McKinley (R-WV) introduced the “Geriatrics Workforce and Caregiver Enhancement Act,” H.R. 3713.  This bill authorizes the GWEP for five years at $45.8 million per year.  It also authorizes the Geriatric Academic Career Awards at $5.2 million per year.  Chairman Burgess (R-TX) of the Health Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee has introduced a similar bill (H.R. 3728) this week using current funding levels ($38.7 million for the GWEP).  Although there is no funding amount in his bill for the GACAs, it does include the authorization of the program and we are working with staff to find funding.  It also authorizes several other parts of Title VII.  NAGE is now working to secure Senate bill sponsors.

Rep Schakowsky’s Bill:
H.R.3713 – Geriatrics Workforce and Caregiver Enhancement Act

Rep. Burgess’ Bill:
H.R.3728 – EMPOWER Act of 2017

The Hearing (and Our Very Own Dr. Janice A. Knebl)

Below is the link to the September 14th hearing in Energy and Commerce’s Health Subcommittee on Title VII reauthorization. Janice Knebl, our esteemed colleague from the University of North Texas Health Science Center, is testifying and her testimony is found on the link. I have also included NAGE President Kathryn Hyer’s testimony which was submitted for the hearing record.

Examining Workforce Programs Under the Public Health Service Act

Kathryn Hyer’s Testimony

GWEP Appropriations Progress:

Attached is the latest funding chart prepared by the Health Professions and Nursing Education Coalition (HPNEC).  NAGE is an active member of the Coalition and has been participating in many Hill educational meetings with other HPNEC members.  Last week the Senate Appropriations Committee provided full funding for the GWEP at $38.7 million, which is $4 million higher than the House bill. 

Title Vll and Title Vlll Health Professions Programs: FY 2018 Funding ($ in thousands)

As you know, NAGE continues to work closely with the Eldercare Workforce Alliance, the  American Geriatrics Society, and The Gerontological Society of America to secure funding for and reauthorize the GWEP.

For more on appropriations and many other aging issues see the NAGE  September Public Policy Update.

Thank you, Brian

Brian W. Lindberg, NAGE Public Policy Advisor
1612 K Street, NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20006

202-789-3606


                                                                                                                        September 8, 2017

 Washington Posts: The Latest:

Appropriations – The Senate Appropriations Committee passed its LHHS FY 2018 appropriations bill yesterday and provided the GWEP with level funding of $38.7 million – the same as last year.  This is a very positive accomplishment since the House had reduced funding by $4 million.  Now the House and Senate will need to work out the differences between their bills.  So keep up the advocacy! 

 Here is the report language and the report is attached.

Geriatric Programs
The Committee provides $38,737,000 for Geriatric Programs. The Committee recognizes the importance of geriatric training programs incorporating culturally sensitive training programs and encourages HRSA to work to ensure training programs are collaborative, interdisciplinary, and culturally competent.

Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services , and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriation Bill, 2018

 GWEP Reauthorization Progress:

 As you know, NAGE continues to work with the Eldercare Workforce Alliance, The Gerontological Society of America, and the American Geriatrics Society on a bill that would reauthorize the GWEP.  The bill may be introduced today by Rep. Schakowsky (D-IL).

Brian W. Lindberg, NAGE Public Policy Advisor
1612 K Street, NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20006

202-789-3606


                                                                                                                        September 5, 2017

Washington Posts – The Latest:

Budget and Appropriations – Congress returned this week to a long list of must-do legislation, including funding to keep the government running past September 30th – the end of the FY 2017 fiscal year.  Here are the key points on this topic:

  • The House Appropriations Committee has already passed their FY 2018 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies bill, which cuts many programs, including a $4 million cut to the GWEP – down from $38.737 million.  Here is the link to the bill summary:
    Fiscal Year 2018 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education Funding Bill
  • House Republican leadership has said they will work to pass a continuing resolution appropriations bill in the near future that will extend funding for about three months.  This puts off some of the tough decisions until the end of the calendar year, including funding for the Trump wall.
  • The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on LHHS and the full Committee will mark up their LHHS FY 2018 appropriations bill this week (Wednesday and Thursday).  Advocates are anxiously waiting to see the funding levels, which should be higher because the allocation for this bill is higher in the Senate that in the House.  Here are the links:
    Subcommittee Markup of the FY2018 Labor, HHS, Education Appropriations Bill
    Committee Markup of the FY2018 State, Foreign Ops Appropriations Bill, and the   FY2018 Labor, HHS, Education Appropriations Bill
  • NAGE members and Brian Lindberg (Public Policy Advisor) have been meeting with members of the Senate and staff during the August/September congressional recess pushing them to increase funding for the GWEP.  Please keep contacting your Members of Congress requesting meetings, site visits, and asking for the NAGE request of $51 million for FY 2018…you can still make a difference.
  • Congress will also turn this week to plans for an Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill to fund the recovery efforts in Texas for Hurricane Harvey.

GWEP Reauthorization Progress:

As you know, NAGE continues to work with the Eldercare Workforce Alliance, The Gerontological Society of America, and the American Geriatrics Society on a bill that would reauthorize the GWEP.  Much positive progress has been made over the last several weeks.  We have been working with Chairman Burgess (R-TX) of the Health Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee and he has agreed to include the GWEP authorization language in the Title VII bill that he is introducing.  The funding level is likely to be our current funding level.  In addition, Rep. Schakowsky (D-IL) plans to introduce a free-standing bill that would reauthorize the GWEP for a five-year period at $51 million per year. The bill would increase the number of GWEP sites by eight and provided funding for GWEPs and other institutions to compete for GACAs.  Both of these bills will be introduced shortly.

 Senate ACA Repeal and Replace – Although repeal and replace efforts have died down, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee begins a series of hearings this week to determine how (in a bipartisan fashion) Congress could stabilize the health insurance marketplace for a year while Congress re-thinks how it should proceed with health care reform:
Full Committee Hearing Stabilizing Premiums and Helping Individuals in the Individual Insurance Market for 2018: Health Care Stakeholders

Brian W. Lindberg, NAGE Public Policy Advisor
1612 K Street, NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20006

202-789-3606


                                                                                                                                 July 20, 2017

Washington Posts –  The Latest:

Appropriations:

Better funding news in the U.S. Senate.  On July 20, 2017, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved 16-15 the allocations for the 12 spending bills under the committee’s jurisdiction.  The Labor, HHS, Education bill allocation is $164.06 billion, a $3.04 billion increase from fiscal 2017 enacted levels.  This is good news, particularly since the bill that passed yesterday in the House Appropriations Committee had an allocation for Labor, HHS, Education that was more than $5 billion less than for FY 2017.  NAGE will be keep working for a higher GWEP funding level in the Senate.

More on yesterday’s Roybal-Allard Amendment for Health Care Professionals Education from HPNEC.  The amendment was not approved. Congresswoman Roybal-Allard’s amendment would have made the following changes to the Labor, HHS, Education bill:

  • Increase overall workforce funding by $90.5 million
  • Increase Centers of Excellence funding by $12 million (Total of $21.7 million, FY 17 level)
  • Reinstate the Health Careers Opportunity Program by granting it $14.2 million (FY 17 level)
  • Increase Geriatric Programs funding by $ 4 million (Total of $38.7 million, FY 17 level)
  • Increase Mental and Behavioral Health by $25 million (Total of $ 50 million, FY 17 level)
  • Reinstate the Public Health and Preventative Medicine programs by granting them $17 million (FY 17 level)
  • Increase the Nursing Workforce Development allocation by $18.3 million ((Total $229.5 million, FY 17 level for all Title VIII funding)
  • Requires HRSA to utilize $15.3 million to create a more diverse nursing workforce by increasing nursing education opportunities for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds

Congresswoman Roybal-Allard has posted a video of her remarks regarding her Title VII/Title VIII amendment on twitter. 

Brian W. Lindberg
NAGE Public Policy Advisor
1612 K Street, NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20006

202-789-3606


                                                                                                                                 July 18, 2017

Dear Colleagues:

The House LHHS Appropriations bill was released this morning with its report and details and will be put before the full committee for consideration tomorrow.  The “Geriatric Programs” (GWEP) were funded at $34.737 million for FY 2018.  This is a $4 million cut.  The president’s budget eliminated the program.  It appears on page 21 of the report.  The link is below.

I am in ongoing discussions with Hill staff and our partners to see how we will proceed.  We would need an amendment to put the funds back into the program to be offered during the bill’s consideration.  That would put members on record but we don’t know if the amendment would pass at this point.  The Senate has not begun to mark-up their bill and it is possible that they will provide a higher funding level.

 We will be back to you ASAP.

 Thanks, Brian

The bill and summary  are available on the Labor-HHS website –

Appropriation Committee Releases the Fiscal Year 2018 Labor, Heath and Human Services Education Funding Bill

Brian W. Lindberg
NAGE Public Policy Advisor
1612 K Street, NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20006

202-789-3606


                                                                                                                                 July 14, 2017

Washington Posts – The Latest:

Budget and Appropriations – Late into the evening on July 13, the House Labor HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee marked-up its FY 2018 appropriations bill.  Below are links to a summary and the bill.  In many cases the subcommittee ignored the president’s budget proposals, but it did cut the LHHS funding by more than $5 billion from FY 2017 levels.  HRSA’s health workforce programs are reduced less than Trump proposed, but the full details were not made available. The health workforce section starting on page 42 (Titles, III, VII, and VIII) has been reduced to $748,236,000 (page 43).  In the final Consolidated Appropriations Act for 2017, that level was $838,695,000.  We do not know yet how much funding the bill provides for each of the HRSA programs.  The bill does increase NIH by $1.1 billion, whereas Trump proposed a $5 billion cut.  The full Appropriations Committee is likely to meet to mark-up the bill on July 19.  During that mark-up, the bill could be modified by committee amendments.  NAGE (Brian) met today with the Ranking Democrat on the subcommittee (Rep. Rosa DeLauro and her staff) to discuss the possibility of an amendment to restore funding if the GWEP has been cut.  More to come on this as it unfolds.

Senate ACA Repeal and Replace – The Republicans have released the latest version of their repeal and replace legislation.  After ten days back in their states, many Republican senators have still not decided whether to support the bill.  The Congressional Budget Office should release its report on the cost of the bill and how many individuals will lose coverage early next week. The Senate may vote on the bill July 20 or July 21. Read all about the revised bill at:  https://www.budget.senate.gov/bettercare

Here is a piece on the Cruz amendment: https://www.cbpp.org/research/health/cruz-amendment-would-worsen-already-harmful-senate-health-bill-for-people-with

GWEP Reauthorization:

 NAGE continues to work with the Eldercare Workforce Alliance, The Gerontological Society of America, and the American Geriatrics Society on a bill that would reauthorize the GWEP for a five-year period at $51 million per year.  The bill would increase the number of GWEP sites by eight and provided funding for GWEPs and other institutions to compete for GACAs.  NAGE and its partners are working to secure the original sponsors of the bill.  House legislative counsel is working on drafting the bill now.

Brian W. Lindberg

NAGE Public Policy Advisor
1612 K Street, NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20006

202-789-3606


                                                                                                                                July 10, 2017

Dear NAGE Colleagues:

On June 15, 2017, NAGE members partnered with the Eldercare Workforce Alliance (EWA) and the American Geriatrics Society’s (AGS) GWEP Coordinating Center to educate Members of Congress and their staff members about the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program.  As part of this effort, members of NAGE, and the GWEP Coordinating Center Board met with key Senate staff from 11 states.  Brian Lindberg, NAGE’s Public Policy Advisor and lobbyist, Amy York and her staff from EWA, Nancy Lundebjerg and her staff, and colleagues from the Alzheimer’s Association, the American Psychological Association, and the Paraprofessional Health Institute led teams of advocates up to Capitol Hill for the meetings.

GWEP Directors led the discussions focusing on the value of our programs to health care professionals, older adults, family caregivers and their communities.  Having advocates from GWEPs from the Senators’ states present helped raise real-life ramifications of the proposal to eliminate the GWEP funding in the Trump budget. Educating staff with leaders from each state is extremely effective and the responses from Senators and staff were very positive.

We must continue this education and advocacy! 

Join us on July 12 at 4 pm for the next NAGE Advocacy Mentoring Network call and webinar to learn what is happening in DC and how to help us win the support or your Members of Congress.  Details below.

Agenda:

  • Update on Appropriations – Brian Lindberg
  • Top Ten Points to Remember in a Meeting with Members or Staff – Brian Lindberg
  • Personal Experiences from Congressional Meetings
  • Q&A

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/968223409 r

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Or Telephone: +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll) or +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll)

Meeting ID: 968 223 409

Thank you. 

Brian W. Lindberg
NAGE Public Policy Advisor
1612 K Street, NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20006

202-789-3606 


GWEP Presentations at IAGG

We would like to share with the network the GWEPs that will be presenting at the 21st International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) World Conference in San Francisco, CA between July 22-July 27, 2017. The presentations are listed both by presenting GWEP and by date and time. We look forward to seeing many of you at this conference and hope that you find time to attend a GWEP presentation.

IAAG presentations by GWEP

IAGG presentations by Date/Time


NAGE/NAGEC 2017 Membership Letter


GWEP Funding for 2015 -2018

The recent announcement of the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) awards in conjunction with the White House Conference on Aging marked a significant change from past decades of federal funding provided to Geriatric Education Centers.  The purpose of the GWEPs is to maximize patient and family engagement, and to improve health outcomes for older adults by integrating geriatrics with primary care.  The awards emphasize providing the primary care workforce with knowledge and skills to care for older adults, and collaborating with community partners to address gaps in healthcare through individual, system, community and population level changes.

We congratulate the GWEP awardees and encourage them to join or maintain their membership in the National Association for Geriatric Education (NAGE) and National Association of Geriatric Education Centers (NAGEC).  We hope that GECs who did not receive this award will continue to belong to our organizations either as a GEC or through individual memberships.  We look forward to strengthening NAGE and NAGEC as we create a collaborative organization composed of members working together to advance geriatric education.

Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) Webpage


UPCOMING MEETINGS

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March 1-4, 2018: AGHE’s 44th Annual Meeting and Educational Leadership Conference in Atlanta,Georgia

The AGHE Annual Meeting and Educational Leadership Conference is the premier international forum for discussing ideas and issues in gerontological and geriatric education. Educators, clinicians, administrators, researchers, and students share their experiences, expertise, and innovations regarding teaching and learning about aging and older persons. The 2018 conference theme is “The Global Business of Aging”.

Abstract submission date is closed

Follow this link for Conference Information


March 26 – 29, 2018: American Society on Aging (ASA) Aging in America Conference in San Francisco, California

ASA’s Aging in America Conference is the nation’s largest and most dynamic multidisciplinary event focused on improving the lives of older people. We invite you to join our conference community by submitting a proposal to present at the conference. We are still accepting late submissions and have flexibility in the sponsored Highlighted Session and posters session formats. The 2018 conference will have a strong focus on technological innovation across the aging sphere. Additionally, we welcome proposals that offer innovative policies, programs, practices, business models, and learning across the field of aging and related disciplines.

Abstract submission date is closed

Follow this link for Conference Information


May 3 – 5, 2018: American Geriatrics Society (AGS) Annual Scientific Meeting in Orlando, Florida (Pre-conference day Wednesday, May 2)

The AGS Annual Scientific Meeting will provide the latest information on clinical care, research on aging, and innovative models of care delivery, meeting the needs of geriatrics professionals from all disciplines. Physicians, nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants, social workers, long-term care and managed care providers, health care administrators, and others can update their knowledge and skills through state-of-the-art educational sessions and research presentations.

Call for Abstracts will open in mid-September and close Dec. 1, 2017 at 11:59pm. Abstract submission information.

Follow this link for Conference Information


August 9 – 12, 2018: American Psychological Association (APA) in San Francisco, California

Proposals are now being accepted for The 126th Annual APA Convention.  If you are planning to submit a program or individual proposal, the deadlines are as follows:

Collaborative Program Proposals: October 13, 2017
Standard Division Proposals: December 1, 2017

All proposals must be submitted to the APA online at  Call for Convention Proposals. Sign in using your MyAPA login and password.


November 14 – 18, 2018: Gerontological Society of America (GSA) in  Boston, Massachusetts

The Annual GSA Scientific Meeting theme will be “The Purpose of Longer Lives”. The meeting offers nearly 4,000 international professionals in the field of aging the opportunity to learn the latest trends and development from industry leaders, build strategic partnerships to address aging challenges, and network with peers.

Call for Abstracts will open on December 15, 2017 and close March 15, 2018. More information will be available in November. Abstract submission information.

Follow this link for Conference Information
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NAGE – NAGEC JOB BOARD

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Illinois – University of Illinois at Chicago
Assistant Professor, Health Promotion & Aging Among Ethnic Minorities
Posted: 10.17. 2015 – Close Date 12.01.2015
Application information

Oregon – Western Oregon University, Monmouth
Assistant Professor of Gerontology
Posted:  9.16.2015
Application information

California – University of California, Long Beach
Assistant/Associate Professor of Gerontology
Posted: 8.11.2015
Application information

 

NAGE announcements  are free for NAGE-NAGEC members and geriatric professional organizations. Contact the WDC for questions or to submit announcements. Non-members can contact the WDC to inquire about rates.