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.


Public Comments

Letter to HHS Secretary Tom Price on Maintaining and Enforcing Important Patient Protections and Access to Prescription Drugs

Author: I Am Essential

Date: 2017

The Alliance joined with 200 other organizations to call on Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price in his review of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act "to maintain the many important protections patients have gained that ensure they can access the care and treatment their providers prescribe."



Our Best Shot: Expanding Prevention through Vaccination in Older Adults

Date: 2015

Our Best Shot: Expanding Prevention through Vaccination in Older Adults reviews vaccination levels, trends and targets, incidence rates, relevant health insurance coverage policies, and the cost effectiveness literature and other reports that have evaluated vaccine utilization in the older adult population.


Alliance Takes Part in Hill Briefing on Medicare Advantage

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: January 15th, 2015

Type: Article

Yesterday the Alliance had the privilege of participating in a Capitol Hill briefing hosted by the Coalition for Medicare Choices (CMC) on the value of Medicare Advantage.

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.    

CER for More Patient-Centered Care

Author: Cynthia Bens

Date: May 23rd, 2014

Type: Blog

There is increasing emphasis on shaping a system that makes optimal patient outcomes a priority. The Alliance has been paying close attention to Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s (PCORI) initial work to provide information on which treatments and technologies deliver the best results. 

Turning a Blind Eye on Patients

Author: Cynthia Bens

Date: May 22nd, 2014

Type: Blog

Alliance Vice President of Public Policy Cynthia Bens discusses AMD and older adults. 


Save the SHIP

Date: August 4th, 2016

In this edition of Get Mad before You Get Old, learn about the importance of the Medicare State Health Insurance Program (SHIP), which provides in-person and over-the-phone Medicare counseling to seniors and people with disabilities.

A Look at the Medicare Advantage Risk Adjustment Model

Date: March 9th, 2016

In this edition of Get Mad before You Get Old, Ryne Carney discusses the Medicare Advantage Risk Adjustment Model.

CMS Should Maintain Focus on Prevention

Date: February 1st, 2006

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is the federal agency that administers Medicare, Medicaid, and related programs, to ensure that beneficiaries are aware of health care services and that these services are accessible. CMS' mission includes a commitment to policies and actions that promote efficiency and quality in health care delivery.


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