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A Legacy of Survival: Part 3 of 3

Legal and funding breakthroughs

There’s an old saying that goes, “As California goes, so goes the rest of the nation.”  Known for its innovation in policy, the Golden State was a pioneer in the field of healthy aging.

A Legacy of Survival: Part 2 of 3

“For the family it becomes a matter of survival.”   — Sue Harris

 

A Legacy of Survival: Part 1 of 3

1970s: Combativeness at home and little help to be found

“Mrs. Bashkiroff, you must realize that society isn’t ready for problems such as yours.”

The psychiatrist’s words enraged Anne Bashkiroff. He was only one of the hundreds of people and agencies she had contacted during the nine years she struggled to care for her husband, Alexander, who was diagnosed with pre-senile dementia in 1969.

Statement on Defeat of the Graham-Cassidy Bill to Repeal the ACA

The latest effort to repeal the ACA was defeated just as the CBO released its analysis that millions of persons would lose coverage among other deleterious consequences of the Graham-Cassidy bill. Aside from repealing basic healthcare protections, this effort would have had an enormous impact on caregiving families as it severely limited Medicaid services through block grants, and thus would have curtailed community-based services and supports.

Statement on Senate Action on Repeal of Affordable Care Act

Last night, the current version of the Republican-led repeal and replace of the ACA—the Healthcare Freedom Act—failed by a dramatic vote cast by Senator John McCain joining with the stalwart opposition of Senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski. These three Republican Senators voted with the Democrats to halt efforts to disrupt the current healthcare policies of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that have extended healthcare and community-based long-term care to millions more Americans.

GOP Bills to Repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Will Have a Critical Impact on Family Caregivers

Every day we talk with family caregivers from across the country and hear their stories of love, struggle, and heartbreak. Many families count on Medicaid for services and they know that their loved one will need home and community based services or a nursing home in the future.

The Time is Now: Let Senators Know the AHCA is Bad for Family Caregivers

The American Health Care Act (AHCA) is moving swiftly through the U.S. Senate and heading to a vote by the end of June. To date there have been no hearings on the specifics of the bill and development has been behind closed doors with just a handful of Senators taking part. The CBO score on the bill is expected within the next week that will provide an analysis of bill prior to a final vote.

House-Passed Trumpcare Bill is a Loss for Family Caregivers, Disabled, and Older Americans

It is a sad day indeed that the Republican-led majority in the House of Representatives voted today to pass the American Health Care Act that effectively repeals the Affordable Care Act. This will mean millions of Americans — especially those with pre-existing conditions — will lose their health care insurance. It shreds the Medicaid safety net for millions of frail elders, disabled adults, and special needs children.

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Call it TrumpCare Now: Regulatory Changes Diminish the Affordable Care Act to the Detriment of Family Caregivers

While wholesale repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) failed to get the required votes for passage out of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Trump Administration has issued new regulations that will increase the cost of insurance premiums and make it harder to enroll in coverage in 2018.

Changes to Medicaid: A Bad Deal for Family Caregivers

By Kathleen Kelly, Executive Director, Family Caregiver Alliance

As of this writing, the policy battle over repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues in Congress. The issue that gets the most coverage at the moment is how big the loss of health insurance coverage for individuals will be under the proposed Republican sponsored American Health Care Act. Just released estimates by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office state that 24 million Americans will lose their health insurance coverage within a decade.

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