Yesterday, LeadingAge policy staff participated in a Congressional briefing, hosted by AARP and National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care, which highlighted reforms that are being proposed in the White House nursing home proposal released in February and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) report released in April.  Panelists included long-term care policy experts, a member of the NASEM advisory panel, a nursing home resident, and family member. The briefing focused on minimum staffing standards, including CMS’s request for information in the 2023 Skilled Nursing Facility proposed payment rule that LeadingAge provided written comments on last week. Additional topics of discussion included financing, transparency and compliance reforms recommended by the White House proposal and NASEM report. As a reminder, LeadingAge recently received a $1 million grant from the John A. Hartford Foundation (JAHF) to further the recommendations in the NASEM report. JAHF leaders stated they selected LeadingAge for the grant because of the breadth of its membership across the full continuum of nonprofit providers of aging services, as well as its efforts in building coalitions of stakeholders with diverse perspectives and forging policy approaches with broad appeal. 

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Debra is LeadingAge Kansas’ President and CEO. She leads the overall affairs of the association, works closely with the Board of Directors, and is responsible for the implementation of the strategic plan, oversight of financial resources, and of course, inspiring and leading the team. Additionally, she’s the primary spokesperson for the association, the liaison to LeadingAge National, and serves as the President and CEO of the association’s sister organizations, the Foundation and Employee Benefits, Inc. Her commitment and passion for aging services stems out of her deep love for her grandparents. She finds that helping the association’s members make a difference in the lives of the people they serve and being part of an organization that is not content simply preserving the status quo, are her favorite parts of her job. Debra, her husband, and their dog love traveling the open road together in a tiny 5th wheel Scamp. You can contact her directly at 785.233.7443 ext. 111.