Public Policy

One of the Alliance’s most important missions is to advocate for aging research by working with legislators, health experts and other like-minded organizations. Our public policy efforts are summarized here.

Press Room

Alliance Statement on the Medical Expense Deduction in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017

Author: Susan Peschin, MHS

Date: November 9th, 2017

The Alliance for Aging Research’s President and CEO Susan Peschin, MHS, has released the following statement regarding the elimination of the Medical Expense Deduction in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017:



Public Comments

Letter to CMS on Proposed Rule Change regarding Infection Prevention and Control Programs in Long-Term Care Facilities (LTCFs)

Author: Susan Peschin

Date: 2015

This is a letter from the Alliance to Centers to the Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding its issuing of a proposed rule change regarding Infection Prevention and Control Programs (IPCP) in long-term care facilities (LTCFs).

Public Comments

Letter to Ayotte, Bennet, Black, and Grisham on Assisting Caregivers Today (ACT) Caucus

Author: Various

Date: 2015

The Alliance for Aging Research joined other organizations in this letter commending Sen. Kelly Ayotte,  Rep. Diane Black, Rep. Michael Bennet, and Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham for  their leadership in establishing and co-chairing the bipartisan, bicameral Assisting Caregivers Today (ACT) Caucus.


From Plan to Practice: Implementing the National Alzheimer's Plan in Your State

Author: National Alliance for Caregiving and the Alzheimer's Foundation of America

Date: 2014

A new report from the National Alliance for Caregiving and the Alzheimer's Foundation of America focuses on the next steps in developing comprehensive plans to provide support and services to people with Alzheimer's disease and their family caregivers.  The Alliance is very proud to have been able to help support this important report.


Congress and the Omnibus Miracle

Author: Susan Peschin, MHS

Date: December 17th, 2015

Congress gave Americans a holiday miracle this week and reached a deal on a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill for FY 2016, increasing funding for NIH, NIA, and FDA.

Recognizing Family Caregivers Everywhere

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: November 18th, 2015

During November we celebrate National Family Caregivers Month to honor family caregivers. Every day millions of Americans selflessly juggle busy schedules, jobs, and other responsibilities to provide essential care for their loved ones.

Sen. Kelly Ayotte on the Value of NIH and Caregivers

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: October 15th, 2015

U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (NH) was the recipient of the Alliance's Distinguished Public Service Award.

Alliance President and CEO Sue Peschin on Being at the White House Conference on Aging

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: July 14th, 2015

Yesterday, the White House Conference on Aging was held in Washington, D.C. Our President and CEO Sue Peschin was among the individuals in attendance. 

The Alliance Comments on White House Aging Conference Policy Brief

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 27th, 2015

This summer the 2015 White House Conference on Aging will take place in Washington, D.C.

This Grandparents Day Put Your Medications Up and Away

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: September 4th, 2014

This Sunday we celebrate National Grandparents Day.

Revised Guidance on Medicare Hospice Benefit by CMS Deserves Praise

Author: Sue Peschin

Date: July 24th, 2014

Type: Blog

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a policy this past week that is really important for people with terminal conditions who receive the Medicare hospice benefit, and it deserved to be noted.    

The Medicare Advantage Experience

Author: Guest Contributor

Date: December 13th, 2012

The most effective way to slow Medicare spending is to reduce the cases of preventable chronic conditions and incorporate evidence-based care coordination into the traditional Medicare program.

IOM Recommends Boost to Mental Health and Substance Use Workforce

Author: Lindsay Clarke

Date: July 16th, 2012

Groups like the Alliance for Aging Research and the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) have long been calling attention to the looming crisis that we face with extreme current and projected shortages in our geriatric workforce. According to recent data from AGS there are currently only 7,029 certified geriatricians in the U.S. —half of what we currently need—and those numbers are in steep decline. Just imagine what these numbers will look like when our 65 and older population grows from 40.3 million now to 72.1 million in 2030.

Easing the Burden for Alzheimer's Caregivers

Author: Guest Contributor

Date: May 9th, 2008

About 10 million of the almost 45 million caregivers in the United States care for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. Most of these caregivers are not prepared for their new role, which takes a toll on their mental and physical health. Furthermore, Alzheimer’s disease is often called a “family disease,” because the daily stress of watching a loved one slowly decline affects the whole family.


Alliance Annual Dinner Highlights Caregivers, Alzheimer’s Research

Date: December 7th, 2015

The Alliance's annual dinner, held this year on September 29, focused on the importance of caregivers and exciting breakthroughs in Alzheimer’s disease research.

Caring for An Aging America: Moving from Study to Action

Date: July 1st, 2008

In April the prestigious Institute of Medicine (IOM) released its latest report and recommendations about what needs to be done to build the health care workforce to care for an aging population. The report, Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce, provides a snapshot of the health care challenges posed by elderly patients living with multiple chronic conditions, and highlights the increasingly complex health needs of this rapidly aging population and the inability of the nation’s current health care workforce to meet these needs.

Caring for Caregivers

Date: July 1st, 2007

Chronic illness takes its toll in many ways, including decreased quality of life and increased mortality. But while the suffering of patients is well known, the effect such illness has on caregivers can be just as crippling, and even deadly.

High Quality Health Care from Home

Date: May 1st, 2007

Living with chronic illness is time-consuming and costly. Frequent (or unnecessary) trips to the doctor's office or emergency room take a toll, not just physically, but emotionally and socially as well. With an aging population and chronic diseases on the rise, the ability of the health care system to effectively cope is threatened. But a promising new technology can ease the burden on both health care facilities and patients and improve the quality of life for elderly Americans living with conditions such as diabetes, heart failure, and cardiac arrhythmia.

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