Public Policy & Advocacy
2014 Policy Priorities
With the population of Americans 65 and older expected to nearly double, to more than 70 million by 2030, providing high quality, cost-effective healthcare to older adults is imperative. The Society’s public policy advocacy efforts center around the following core areas of focus, each in keeping with AGS’ overarching aim of ensuring older adults access to quality healthcare.
Health Care Reform
In March 2010, President Obama signed into law the Affordable Care Act, which includes a number of provisions aimed at improving care for older Americans. Since then, AGS has been very involved in the regulatory process by which laws are implemented into practice to ensure that the needs of geriatrics health care providers and older Americans are taken into consideration.
Address the acute and growing nationwide shortage of geriatricians and all geriatrics healthcare professionals; and ensure that other healthcare providers have training that prepares them to meet the unique healthcare needs of older people.
Effect healthcare financing reform that ensures all older adults access to high quality healthcare.
Strengthen primary and preventive care and care coordination.
Quality & Patient Safety
Ensure that value-based purchasing and other quality initiatives take into account the unique healthcare needs of all older patients.
Step-up research concerning healthy aging, the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of age-related health problems, and the cost-effectiveness of various approaches to care; and ensure that older adults are adequately represented in research trials.