About the Session

The current policy and regulatory landscape has opened up new opportunities to improve care and quality of life for individuals with advanced illness and their families and communities. Recent changes to the Medicare Advantage program have ushered in increased flexibility that could greatly accelerate health plan advanced illness-focused innovation. Additionally, there is a growing recognition of the value that aging network community-based organizations (CBOs) with expertise in non-medical services can bring to advanced illness models of care. The Older Americans Act (OAA), the primary federal funding vehicle for the aging network, will be up for reauthorization in the Fall of 2019, and there are opportunities now to develop priorities and advocacy strategies around the incorporation of advanced illness issues into a new OAA bill.