ADEA Washington Update

CBO Projects Deficit Decline Despite Health Care Spending Growth

Funding, ACA, Legislation, House, Senate | Permanent link

The latest projections issued by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) indicate that the budget deficit for 2015 will be $426 billion—$60 billion less than what the CBO predicted in March. Although the deficit has been declining for six years and is expected to continue to decline, the CBO... Click Here To Read More

Department of Education Releases New College Scorecard

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President Obama Announces FAFSA Filing Changes

Education | Permanent link

President Obama announced two major changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in September. Starting with the 2017–2018 financial aid application cycle, families will have three additional months to complete the FAFSA application. The filing... Click Here To Read More

HHS Proposes Anti-Discrimination Rules

ACA, HHS | Permanent link

On Sept. 8, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) along with the Office of Civil Rights announced a series of proposed regulations aimed at preventing discrimination in health care.

The new rules will prohibit discrimination based on gender or sexual identity. They also expand existing bans that... Click Here To Read More

HHS Proposes Policy Changes to Protect Human Research Subjects

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FDA Pressed by State Department to Curb Mercury Dental Fillings

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Sixty United States and foreign environmental groups say the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is not complying with an international treaty that calls for curtailing the use of dental fillings containing mercury, and they want the State Department to pressure the FDA to comply.

The U.S. is one of 128 signatories to the... Click Here To Read More

CMS Reports ACA Marketplaces Now Cover 9.9 Million People

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Last month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a June 30 “snapshot” of enrollment in coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Roughly, 9.9 million consumers had... Click Here To Read More

Oral Health Now Part of Senate’s Older Americans Act

Legislation, House, Senate | Permanent link

The Senate unanimously approved reauthorization of the Older Americans Act (OAA), and with the insertion of two words—”oral health”—opened the door for state and area aging agencies to use funds to improve the oral health of seniors. Oral... Click Here To Read More

Proposed Legislation Links Institutional Accountability to Student Loan Repayment

Legislation, Senate, Education | Permanent link

In August, Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) introduced a bill that would replace default rates with a new formula for measuring institutional accountability for federal student aid. The... Click Here To Read More

Senate Holds Hearing on Campus Sexual Assault Bill

Legislation, Senate, Education | Permanent link

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing this summer on campus sexual assault. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) chaired the hearing, which featured testimony from Janet Napolitano,... Click Here To Read More