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2019 Senior Housing NOW Rally Calls for Affordable Senior Housing

2019 Senior Housing NOW Rally Calls for Affordable Senior Housing
AASC’s national policy consultant, Health Benefits ABCs (Bill Benson, Kendra Kuehn, and Alayna Waldrum), participated in the May 8th rally coordinated by the American Association of Service Coordinators’. AASC President and CEO, Jan Monks, addressed the Senior Housing NOW Rally calling for increased funding and attention to service coordinators in senior affordable housing. More than 1,100 housing advocates, Congressional members, residents, and national leaders gathered on the Capitol lawn to highlight the importance of affordable housing and services to seniors.  Watch Jan’s call to action here: https://tinyurl.com/y4lv9trg.

ASA Public Policy Webinar Features Bill Benson

ASA Public Policy Webinar Features Bill Benson
HBABCs’ Bill Benson participated in an American Society on Aging (ASA) webinar on May 16th that reprised ASA’s Public Policy Town Hall Meeting that was the opening session at the recently concluded ASA annual meeting in New Orleans. Benson addressed current federal policy issues concerning elder justice/elder abuse for the webinar on “ASA’s Public Policy Priorities for 2019.” Benson joined Paul Downey, President & CEO of Senior Services of San Diego; Amy Herr, Director of Health Policy at West Health Policy Center; and, Lisa Swirsky, Policy Advisor at the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare Foundation. Paul addressed homelessness and other housing issues and Lisa addressed Medicare and Medicaid. These topics are the priority focus areas for ASA. Paul and Lisa co-chair ASA’s public policy committee. Bill’s term as co-chair of the ASA public policy ended as of the April ASA conference.

Benson to Present @ American Society on Aging – Policy, Dementia, Elder Abuse & More

ASA Meets in New Orleans
The annual conference of the American Society on Aging begins today, April 15th, and continues through April 18th, in New Orleans. Health Benefits ABCs and the International Association for Indigenous Aging (IA2) will be represented by Bill Benson, who will speak several times at the conference.

He will be part of the opening plenary session on April 15th, Raising Our Voice: ASA Public Policy Town Hall Meeting. Benson will address current federal policy issues concerning elder abuse. The Town Hall will also address Medicare and homelessness issues.

On Tuesday, April 16th, Benson speaks twice, first at the session, Medicare and Medicaid Coverage Policy: A Critical Behavioral Health Issue and then at a session entitled Seven Habits of Highly Effective Consultants, which is presented by the ASA CAPs initiative.

On Wednesday, April 17th, he will represent IA2 at the session Starting Conversations about Dementia in Indian Country: A Public Health Roadmap. Benson joins CDC’s Lisa McGuire, the Alzheimer’s Association’s John Shean and their consultant Mike Splaine, and ASTHO’s Kelsey Donnellan, to introduce the newly released Healthy Brain Initiative’s Road Map for Indian Country; IA2 was involved in its development. Kelsey Donnellan of ASTHO will present the just released communications materials for Indian country concerning the link between healthy hearts and healthy minds that were developed by IA2. Benson will speak again at the closing plenary session, The National Forum on Politics and Aging on April 18th. The Forum is based upon the Winter 2018-2019 edition of ASA’s journal Generations, which among several thoughtful articles, featured Benson’s article, “Reflections on Aging Advocacy – and Imperatives for Its Future.”

HBABCs to Evaluate Grant: Protocols for Banks Sharing Client Records with Adult Protective Services

Protocols for Banks Sharing Client Records with Adult Protective Services

The National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA) has received a new grant from The Huguette Clark Family Fund for Protection of Elders to continue work on national protocols around records requests in APS investigations of elder financial abuse. HBABCs will work with NAPSA to evaluate current use of the Official Request for Customer Records form for banking institutions by state and local APS agencies. HBABCs will support evaluation of a similar form to be developed for reaching out to the securities industry.
This grant will build on work done by Joe Snyder, retired from the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, and Kathleen Quinn, retired from NAPSA, to provide guidance on APS usage of the 2013 release of the Interagency Guidance on Privacy Laws and Reporting Financial Abuse of Older Adults by eight federal agencies. The National Protocol to Implement Federal Guidance on Banks Sharing Client Records to Investigate Elder Financial Exploitation, developed by Snyder and Quinn, provided materials and language for APS agencies to request crucial client bank records as authorized by the federal Gramm Leach Bliley Act. The new grant will bring this work into the securities industry. More information about the National Protocol can be found through NAPSA: http://www.napsa-now.org/get-informed/banks-and-aps/.

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