December 04, 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

7/30/18
Department of Health and Human Services
ABA Comments Regarding the Proposed Rule on Title X Family Planning Clinics

7/20/18
Senate Special Committee on Aging
ABA Comment Letter on Adult Guardianship

6/12/18
Senate Appropriations Committee
ABA Letter in Support of Funding for Elder Abuse Prevention and Prosecution Act of 2017

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

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

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

9/23/14
Senator Bill Nelson & Senator Rob Portman
ABA Commends Introduction of Medicare Set-Aside Bill (S. 2731)

8/1/14
Senator Harkin
ABA Commends Introduction of the Community Integration Act

6/16/14
Chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, Representative John Kline
ABA Letter Supporting the Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2014

6/16/14
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

4/25/14
House Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
ABA Letter Urging Funding for Elder Justice Act

4/25/14
Senate Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
ABA Letter Urging Funding for Elder Justice Act

4/25/14
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

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

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.

6/22/10
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

6/9/10
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

6/9/10
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

5/3/10
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

5/3/10
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

1/11/10
Senate
ABA Expresses its Strong Support for Several Important Provisions Found in H.R. 3962 and H.R. 3590.

1/11/10
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

12/3/09
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

11/6/09
Senate
ABA Supports S. 1821, the Elder Abuse Victims Act (Special Committee on Aging)

9/14/09
Senate
ABA Urges Senate Finance Committee to Include Parity Provisions in Health Care Reform Legislation (Senate Finance Committee)

7/29/09
House<
ABA Opposes Medical Malpractice and Other Amendments in H.R. 3200 (House Committee on Energy and Commerce)

7/21/09
SSA
ABA Supports the Use of Electronic Signatures for Disclosure of Medical Records when Appropriate (SSA Commissioner Astrue)

7/6/09
House
ABA Supports Components of H.R. 2911, the Advance Planning and Compassionate Care Act of 2009 (Representative Blumenauer)

6/29/09
Senate
ABA Supports Components of S. 1150, the Advance Planning and Compassionate Care Act of 2009 (Senator Rockefeller)

6/22/09
House
ABA Comments on Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2009 (Representative Kennedy)

6/11/09
Senate
ABA Supports Full Funding for the Social Security Administration (Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies)

6/11/09
House
ABA Supports Full Funding for the Social Security Administration (Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies)

5/28/09
DOL
ABA Comments on Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (Department of Labor)

5/8/09
Texas House of Representatives
ABA Supports HB 889 on Determination of Capacity in Guardianship Proceedings (Representative Elliott Naishtat)

2/23/09
House
ABA supports Nursing Home Arbitration Legislation (Committee on the Judiciary)

2/23/09
Senate
ABA supports Nursing Home Arbitration Legislation (Special Committee on Aging)

2/10/09
Maryland Senate
ABA supports SB 122 and SB 193 which address guardianship jurisdiction and guardianship monitoring (Judicial Proceedings Committee)

2/9/09
House
ABA urges support for H.R. 448, the Elder Abuse Victims Act of 2009 (House of Representatives)

1/22/09
House
Letter sharing ABA health care access policies and offering the expertise of ABA members (Committee on Ways and Means)

1/22/09
Senate
Letter sharing ABA health care access policies and offering the expertise of ABA members (Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions)

1/14/09
Senate
Letter supporting Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (SCHIP) (Committee on Finance)

110th Congress

12/23/08
SSA
Letter regarding payment for medical records under Social Security (SSA Commissioner Astrue)

9/19/08
House
Letter supporting compromise mental health and addiction parity legislation on H.R. 1424 and S. 558

9/19/08
Senate
Letter supporting compromise mental health and addiction parity legislation on H.R. 1424 and S. 558 (Leadership)

6/16/08
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)

6/16/08
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)

3/5/08
House
Letter supporting H.R. 1424, the Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Actof 2007(Representative Patrick Kennedy)

1/24/08
Senate
Letter supporting S.1200, the Indian Health Care Improvement Act Amendments of 2007.

1/31/08
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)

6/5/07
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)

2/8/07
House &Senate
Letter urging reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act

2/8/07
Senate
Letter urging reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act(Committee on Budget)

2/8/07
Senate
Letter urging reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (Committee on Finance)

2/8/07
Senate
Letter urging reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions)

2/8/07
Senate
Letter urging reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (Committee on Indian Affairs)

2/8/07
House
Letter urging reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (Committee on Energy and Commerce)

2/8/07
House
Letter urging reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (Committee on Natural Resources)

2/8/07
House
Letter urging reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (Committee on Ways and Means)

1/10/07
House
Letter supporting human embryonic stem cell research (to all members).

109th Congress

12/27/06
Senate
Written statement related to "Improving Guardianship for the Elderly" (Special Committee on Aging)

8/2/06
Senate
Letter commenting on the mark-up of S. 2010, the Elder Justice Act (Committee on Finance)

7/19/06
House
Letter supporting human embryonic stem cell research

7/17/06
Senate
Letter supporting human embryonic stem cell research

6/14/06
House
Letter commenting on the Social Security Administration's improved disability determination process (Subcommittee on Social Security, Committee on Ways and Means)

5/9/06
Senate
Letter commenting on Legal Services and reauthorization of the Ryan White CARE Act (Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions)

5/9/06
House
Letter commenting on Legal Services and reauthorization of the Ryan White CARE Act (Committee on Energy and Commerce)

4/4/06
Senate
Letter commenting on S. 2010, the Elder Justice Act (Committee on the Judiciary)

2/7/06
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

9/28/05
House
Letter commenting on proposed regulations to revise the disability claims process (Subcommittee on Social Security, Committee on Ways and Means)

9/27/05
SSA
Letter expressing appreciation for advancements in the Social Security administrative review process (Social Security Administration)

7/15/05
Senate
Letter supporting the reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (Committee on Indian Affairs)

7/11/05
Senate
Letter supporting a National Cord Blood Stem Cell Bank Network

6/27/05
Senate
Letter commenting on S. 681, legislation to establish a National Cord Blood Stem Cell Bank Network (Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions)

5/19/05
House
Letter commenting on H.R. 810 to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for stem cell research

5/12/05
House
Letter commenting on H.R. 2058, the Advance Directives Improvement and Education Act of 2005

4/19/05
Senate
Letter commenting on Hyde/Weldon Amendment to the 2005 Consolidated Appropriations Act

3/17/05
Senate
Letter commenting on S. 539, the Incapacitated Persons Legal Protection Act of 2005

2/18/05
Senate
Letter commenting on transfer of responsibility for Medicare appeals

2/8/05
Senate
Letter commenting on the Advance Directives Improvement and Education Act of 2005