Multiple agencies and our elected representatives at the local, regional, state, and federal levels are responsible for policy, programs, and financing of aging information, services, and supports. This includes policies and programs that impact older adults such as housing, transportation, and emergency response. YHAA serves as the voice of older adults as proposals are considered and decisions made by testifying in public hearings, sponsoring legislation and budget requests, meeting with elected officials, and hosting candidate forums and Town Halls where residents can express their opinions and concerns. We engage residents and other organizations in these efforts through the Advocacy Committee.
The purpose of the Advocacy Committee is to discuss and implement strategies consistent with the YHAA Strategic Plan that advance policies, programs, and projects that promote the well-being of older adults in Yolo County.
In 2020 the Advocacy Committee will focus on the 2020 YHAA priority issues:
Alzheimer’s and dementia education, care, and services
Affordable and accessible housing
Advance care planning and long-term care financing
Expanded adult day services
Rural services and supports
In addition, YHAA is an active participant in the development of the California Master Plan for Aging and related legislative action and will be conducting public information and input forums for Yolo County residents.
The Advocacy Committee meets the first Thursday of every month, 10:00am-12:00pm via zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84233590521pwd=SmdxbUVaSGRybkN6K2hCSjhGMFdkUT09.
Members of the public are welcome to attend and/or join the Committee. To be added to the Advocacy Committee agenda email list, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Medicaid Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Support
collaborative letter to express strong support for the major investment in Medicaid Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) included in the Build Back Better Act legislative framework.
Build Back Better Support
Medicare additions of vision, hearing and dental benefits, reducing the Medicare age eligibility, Medicare able to negotiate lower medication prices, housing support, home and elder care funding
HR 1474 - S56
Support HR 1474 and S 56, “Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Act,” that amends the Public Health Service Act.
Simplified Senior and Disabled CalFresh Application and Telephonic Access in the 2021-2022 Budget Act
May Revision proposal
Opposition to May Revision proposal to eliminate Community-Based Adult Services (CBAS)
In strong support of AB 2047, which has recently been amended to respond to the grave COVID-19 crisis by ensuring that all counties in our state incorporate plans to address the unique needs of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in their emergency response during the next plan update.
AB 1382: Master Plan for Aging
Master Plan for Aging – Caregiver Workforce Development
Long-term Services and Supports
Budget request to support website that provides research-based, unbiased information about long-term services and supports such as nursing home, assisted living, and home care agencies
ADVOCACY COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES
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