Developing/Revitalizing Aging and Disability Stakeholder Coalitions
January 30, 2012 12:00 am
Cosponsored by: Grantmakers In Health and Grantmakers In Aging
Monday, January 30, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern / 11:00 a.m. Central / 10:00 a.m. Mountain / 9:00 a.m. Pacific
Bruce Chernof, The SCAN Foundation
Henry Claypool, Office on Disability, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Tim Engelhardt, Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
Casey Young, AARP California and the California Collaborative
State governments are making substantial changes to delivery systems that provide services for low-income older adults and adults with disabilities. These changes have potential to better integrate medical care and long-term supportive services for these populations, making care options easier and more efficient for consumers and their family members to access and navigate. Much of the impetus for state program changes is due to an infusion of federal dollars, including funds available from the CMS Innovation Center through the Affordable Care Act. However, to ensure that services are designed and implemented in the most consumer-friendly manner possible, stakeholders from the aging and disability communities must be engaged in program design and oversight processes and need to present their collective voice to be heard by state officials and implementing organizations.
Philanthropy has a substantial role in helping organize the aging and disability stakeholder voice and arming these coalitions with tools to be effective consumer champions in difficult budgetary and policymaking times. This webinar discussed the time-sensitive need for robust state-based aging and disability stakeholder coalitions. The speakers described ways that funders can support new coalitions or revitalize existing coalition efforts.