House Approves Labor-HHS Spending Blueprint for FY2020

Last week the House of Representatives approved legislation that provides discretionary funding for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In total, H.R. 2740 would dole out a combined $192 billion for the Departments of Labor, HHS, and Education, and their related agencies. Every year in the appropriations process specific funding levels need to…

Emergency Planning Toolkit for the Aging and Disability Networks

A new Capacity-Building Toolkit for Including Aging and Disability Networks in Emergency Planning is now available called the Capacity-Building Toolkit. This resource guides aging and disability networks to increase their ability to plan for and respond to public health emergencies and disasters. This toolkit helps programs that support older adults and people with disabilities, through…

Home and Community-Based Services Webinar Series on Promising State Approaches to Implementing Federal Criteria

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Administration for Community Living (ACL) have partnered with other national organizations to host a technical assistance webinar series highlighting innovative strategies and approaches states are taking to effectively implement the federalĀ settings criteria for home and community-based services (HCBS). The webinar series is intended to help…

House Approves Funding for Key Home Health Programs

On Wednesday, September 27th, the House of Representatives approved legislation funding much of the government for Fiscal Year 2019, and moving the deadline for the rest to early December, after the mid-term elections. The legislation, H.R. 6157, was largely the appropriations bill for the Defense, Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Departments. In total,…

Senate Approves Funding for Home Care Programs

On August 23rd, the Senate approved an appropriations package for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education, and other related agencies. In total, the package totaled $854 billion in spending, accounting for approximately 60 percent of spending on all appropriations bills. This marks the first time since 2007 that the Senate…

NAHC Urges Administration for Community Living to Support Technical Assistance on HCBS Settings Rule

Late in February, the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) and a group of like-minded organizations wrote a letter to the Administration for Community Living, a part of the Department of Health and Human Services, supporting the important technical assistance and guidance they have been providing on implementation of the HCBS Settings Rule,…