May 07, 2018

Elder Law/Health Law

Letters & Testimony

The ABA frequently corresponds with Members of Congress, the Executive Branch and other governmental bodies and testifies before Congress on matters of importance to the administration of justice and the legal profession.

115th Congress

Date Recipient Description
5/4/18 Department of Health and Human Services' Centers For Medicare and Medicaid

ABA Letter in Support of Exemption from Medicaid Work Requirement Rules

2/21/18 Senate Finance Committee

ABA Supports S. 2227, the EMPOWER Care Act

12/18/17 Senate and House

ABA Letter in Support of Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization

9/25/17 Senate Finance Committee

ABA Letter in Opposition to Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson Healthcare Reform

8/7/17 Department of Health and Human Services' Centers For Medicare and Medicaid

ABA Letter in Opposition to DHHS CMS Proposed Rule

7/24/17 Senate

ABA Letter on Affordable Care Act Repeal

6/12/17 House of Representatives

ABA Opposes H.R. 1215, the Protecting Access to Care Act of 2017

5/31/17 Sen. Isakson and Warner, Rep. Roe and Blumenauer

ABA Letter in Support of Patient Choice and Quality Care Act of 2017

3/1/17 Senate Judiciary Committee ABA Supports S. 178, the Elder Abuse Prevention and Prosecution Act
2/27/17 House Judiciary Committee ABA Opposes H.R. 1215, the Protecting Access to Care Act of 2017

 

114th Congress

Date Recipient Description
9/14/16 Senators Grassley and Blumenthal ABA Urges Support for S. 3270, the Elder Abuse Prevention and Prosecution Act
6/29/16 Representatives Blumenauer and Roe ABA Commends Introduction of Personalize your Care Act 2.0
5/18/16 Senator Blumenthal and Senator Capito

 

ABA Commends Senators for Work on Advance Care Planning Legislation

 

 

1/7/16 Speaker of the House of Representatives ABA Urges Reestablishment of House Permanent Select Committee on Aging 
12/9/15 Senator Blumenthal

 

ABA Commends Efforts to Enhance Advanced Care Planning

 

 

11/4/15 House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health

 

ABA Urges Opposition to Portions of the Helping Families in Mental Crisis Act of 2015 (H.R. 2646)

 

 

10/1/15 Department of Health and Human Services ABA Urges HHS to Strengthen Resident Protections in Proposed Nursing Home Rule
6/12/15 Senator Mark Warner & Senator Johnny Isakson ABA Letter Commending the Introduction of the Care Planning Act of 2015
3/25/15 Speaker of the House of Representatives and Minority Leader of the House of Representatives ABA Urges the Exclusion of Nursing and Skilled Nursing Facilities from the “Rule of Construction Regarding Healthcare Providers Standards of Care” in H.R. 1470
1/26/15 Chair and Ranking Member of Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions ABA Urges Reauthorization of the Older Americans Act of 1965

 

 

113th Congress

Date Recipient Description
11/12/14 Senate Appropriations Committee Chair and Ranking Member, Senators Barbara Mikulski and Richard Shelby, and the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor-HHS-Education and Related Agencies Chair and Ranking Member, Senators Tom Harkin and Jerry Moran ABA Urges Funding for Elder Justice Programs
09/23/14 Senator Bill Nelson & Senator Rob Portman ABA Commends Introduction of Medicare Set-Aside Bill (S. 2731)
08/01/14 Senator Harkin ABA Commends Introduction of the Community Integration Act
06/16/14 Chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, Representative John Kline ABA Letter Supporting the Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2014
06/16/14 Ranking Member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, Representative George Miller ABA Letter Supporting the Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2014
04/25/14 House Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies ABA Letter Urging Funding for Elder Justice Act
04/25/14 Senate Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies ABA Letter Urging Funding for Elder Justice Act
04/25/14 House Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies ABA Letter Urging Funding for Elder Justice Act
4/1/14 House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health ABA Opposes Provisions of H.R. 3717 related to Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness Act (PAIMI) Programs
10/23/13 Senate ABA Letter Supporting the Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act
9/16/13 US Department of Health and Human Services ABA Testimony Regarding Health Decisions
7/11/13 Senate ABA Letter Supporting in Principal the Vision for Legal Assistance in Reauthorization of the Older Americans Act
6/25/13  Senate ABA Letter Regarding the Court-Appointed Guardian Accountability and Senior Protection Act 
5/15/13 Administrative Conference of the United States  ABA Comments on the Social Security Administration's Region I Pilot Program 
4/1/13 House ABA Letter Supporting the Personalize Your Care Act of 2013

 

112th Congress

Date Recipient Description
12/5/12 House

ABA Letter Urging Score of Medicare Set Aside Bill (H.R. 5284)

3/19/12 House

ABA Letter Opposing Title I of H.R. 5

12/16/11 Senate ABA Letter to Senator Sanders Supporting Key Provisions of His Proposed “Older Americans Act Amendments of 2011”
10/19/11 Senate ABA Letter Commending Senator Klobuchar on Her Attention to Adult Guardianship Reform and the Impending Introduction of S. 1744, the Guardian Accountability and Senior Protection Act
10/19/11 Senate

ABA Letter Urging Rejection of Provisions to Ban Federal Funding for Syringe Exchange Programs

9/22/11 Senate ABA Submits Comments on Issues in the Appointment and Oversight of Court-Appointed Guardians of Adults
7/12/11 Administration on Aging ABA urges Administration on Aging to consider four recommendations in its pursuit of reauthorization of the Older Americans Act
6/15/11 House ABA opposes legislation to place restrictions on the ability of state Protection and Advocacy Agencies to bring class action lawsuits on behalf of disabled individuals in intermediate care facilities
6/9/11 Senate ABA Urges the Senate Special Committee on Aging to amend the Older Americans Act to improve the delivery of legal services to older Americans.
5/10/11 House

ABA Expresses its concerns regarding key provisions in H.R. 5, relating to damages, proportionate liability, contingent fees, and the collateral sources rule.

3/30/11 Senate

ABA opposes banning federal funding for syringe exchange programs.

3/30/11 House

ABA opposes banning federal funding for syringe exchange programs.

3/1/11 Senate ABA Commends the Senate Special Committee on Aging for Holding a Hearing on Elder Abuse, and Urges Implementation of Several Actions.
2/8/11 House ABA Expresses its Concerns Regarding H.R. 5, the "Help Efficient, Accessible, Low-cost, Timely Healthcare (HEALTH) Act of 2011"

 

111th Congress

Date Recipient Description
11/19/10 House

On November 19, 2010, the ABA sent a letter to Congressman Blumenauer applauding his efforts in advocating for meaningful access to patient-centered advance care planning for all Medicare beneficiaries.

06/22/10 House The ABA supports the goals of H.R. 1237, the Fairness in Nursing Home Arbitration Act, but advises members of the House Judiciary Committee to take a different approach rather than amending Chapter 1 of the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) to accomplish the goals
06/09/10 Senate ABA Urges the Senate Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies to provide no less than the President’s Budget Request for the Social Security Administration for FY 2011
06/09/10 House ABA Urges the House Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies to provide no less than the President’s Budget Request for the Social Security Administration for FY 2011
05/03/10 DOL ABA submits comments in response to the Department of Labor's Interim Final Rules Request for additional comments under the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008
05/03/10 DOL Cover letter for ABA comments in response to the Department of Labor's Interim Final Rules Request for additional comments under the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008
01/11/10 Senate ABA Expresses its Strong Support for Several Important Provisions Found in H.R. 3962 and H.R. 3590.
01/11/10 House ABA Expresses its Strong Support for Several Important Provisions Found in H.R. 3962 and H.R. 3590.
12/18/09 Senate ABA Urges the Senate to Pass a Health Reform Bill with the Elder Justice Act and Elder Abuse Victims Act Fully Incorporated
12/03/09 House Senate Letter to House and Senate Leadership offering principles regarding H.R. 3962 and H.R. 3590
11/18/09 Senate ABA and other Organizations urge the Senate to include an end-of-life care measure in their health reform package
11/06/09 Senate ABA Supports S. 1821, the Elder Abuse Victims Act (Special Committee on Aging)
09/14/09 Senate ABA Urges Senate Finance Committee to Include Parity Provisions in Health Care Reform Legislation (Senate Finance Committee)
07/29/09 House ABA Opposes Medical Malpractice and Other Amendments in H.R. 3200 (House Committee on Energy and Commerce)
07/21/09 SSA ABA Supports the Use of Electronic Signatures for Disclosure of Medical Records when Appropriate (SSA Commissioner Astrue)
07/06/09 House ABA Supports Components of H.R. 2911, the Advance Planning and Compassionate Care Act of 2009 (Representative Blumenauer)
06/29/09 Senate ABA Supports Components of S. 1150, the Advance Planning and Compassionate Care Act of 2009 (Senator Rockefeller)
06/22/09 House ABA Comments on Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2009 (Representative Kennedy)
06/11/09 Senate ABA Supports Full Funding for the Social Security Administration (Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies)
06/11/09 House ABA Supports Full Funding for the Social Security Administration (Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies)
05/28/09 DOL ABA Comments on Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (Department of Labor)
05/08/09 Texas House of Representatives ABA Supports HB 889 on Determination of Capacity in Guardianship Proceedings (Representative Elliott Naishtat)
02/23/09 House ABA supports Nursing Home Arbitration Legislation (Committee on the Judiciary)
02/23/09 Senate ABA supports Nursing Home Arbitration Legislation (Special Committee on Aging)
02/10/09 Maryland Senate ABA supports SB 122 and SB 193 which address guardianship jurisdiction and guardianship monitoring (Judicial Proceedings Committee)
02/09/09 House ABA urges support for H.R. 448, the Elder Abuse Victims Act of 2009 (House of Representatives)
01/22/09 House Letter sharing ABA health care access policies and offering the expertise of ABA members (Committee on Ways and Means)
01/22/09 Senate Letter sharing ABA health care access policies and offering the expertise of ABA members (Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions)
01/14/09 Senate Letter supporting Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (SCHIP) (Committee on Finance)


 

110th Congress

Date Recipient Description
12/23/08 SSA Letter regarding payment for medical records under Social Security (SSA Commissioner Astrue)
09/19/08 House Letter supporting compromise mental health and addiction parity legislation on H.R. 1424 and S. 558
09/19/08 Senate Letter supporting compromise mental health and addiction parity legislation on H.R. 1424 and S. 558 (Leadership)
06/16/08 Senate Letter supporting no less than $240 million above the President's Budget Request for the Social Security Administration's administrative expenses in the FY 2009 Appropriations bill. (Appropriations Subcommitee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies)
06/16/08 House Letter supporting no less than $240 million above the President's Budget Request for the Social Security Administration's administrative expenses in the FY 2009 Appropriations bill. (Appropriations Subcommitee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies)
03/05/08 House Letter supporting H.R. 1424, the Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Actof 2007(Representative Patrick Kennedy)
01/24/08 Senate Letter supporting S.1200, the Indian Health Care Improvement Act Amendments of 2007.
01/31/08 Senate Written statement regarding the need to address the voting practices of older citizens (Special Committee on Aging)
10/17/07 House Letter supporting the Juvenile Crime Reduction Act of 2007 (Representative Patrick Kennedy)
12/27/07 SSA Letter expressing concerns with the proposed rulemaking amendments to the Administrative Law Judge, Appeals Council, and Decision Review Board of Appeals levels. (Social Security Administration)
10/17/07 House Letter supporting the Juvenile Crime Reduction Act of 2007 (Representative Patrick Kennedy)
06/05/07 House Letter urging removal of the Congressional restriction preventing funds of the District of Columbia to be used to address HIV/AIDS epidemic through needle exchange programs (Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, Committee on Appropriations)
02/08/07 House &
Senate
Letter urging reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act
02/08/07 Senate Letter urging reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act(Committee on Budget)
02/08/07 Senate Letter urging reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (Committee on Finance)
02-08-07 Senate Letter urging reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions)
02/08/07 Senate Letter urging reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (Committee on Indian Affairs)
02/08/07 House Letter urging reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (Committee on Energy and Commerce)
02/08/07 House Letter urging reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (Committee on Natural Resources)
02/08/07 House Letter urging reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (Committee on Ways and Means)
01/10/07 House Letter supporting human embryonic stem cell research (to all members).


 

109th Congress

Date Recipient Description
12/27/06 Senate Written statement related to "Improving Guardianship for the Elderly" (Special Committee on Aging)
08/02/06 Senate Letter commenting on the mark-up of S. 2010, the Elder Justice Act (Committee on Finance)
07/19/06 House Letter supporting human embryonic stem cell research
07/17/06 Senate Letter supporting human embryonic stem cell research
06/14/06 House Letter commenting on the Social Security Administration's improved disability determination process (Subcommittee on Social Security, Committee on Ways and Means)
05/09/06 Senate Letter commenting on Legal Services and reauthorization of the Ryan White CARE Act (Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions)
05/09/06 House Letter commenting on Legal Services and reauthorization of the Ryan White CARE Act (Committee on Energy and Commerce)
04/04/06 Senate Letter commenting on S. 2010, the Elder Justice Act (Committee on the Judiciary)
02/07/06 Senate Letter regarding oversight hearings on the issue of Section 1115 waivers under the Medicaid program (Committee on Finance)
11/11/05 House Letter opposing proposed cuts in the Medicaid program
09/28/05 House Letter commenting on proposed regulations to revise the disability claims process (Subcommittee on Social Security, Committee on Ways and Means)
09/27/05 SSA Letter expressing appreciation for advancements in the Social Security administrative review process (Social Security Administration)
07/15/05 Senate Letter supporting the reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (Committee on Indian Affairs)
07/11/05 Senate Letter supporting a National Cord Blood Stem Cell Bank Network
06/27/05 Senate Letter commenting on S. 681, legislation to establish a National Cord Blood Stem Cell Bank Network (Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions)
05/19/05 House Letter commenting on H.R. 810 to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for stem cell research
05/12/05 House Letter commenting on H.R. 2058, the Advance Directives Improvement and Education Act of 2005
04/19/05 Senate Letter commenting on Hyde/Weldon Amendment to the 2005 Consolidated Appropriations Act
03/17/05 Senate

Letter commenting on S. 539, the Incapacitated Persons Legal Protection Act of 2005

02/18/05 Senate Letter commenting on transfer of responsibility for Medicare appeals
02/08/05 Senate Letter commenting on the Advance Directives Improvement and Education Act of 2005
ABA Commends Introduction of Personalize your Care 2.0
ABA Commends Introduction of Personalize your Care 2.0