Tuesday at 11:59 pmTomorrow, Tuesday, April 18, is the deadline for bills to have a work session in the originating committee held by midnight. The exception to this deadline are bills that:
- Had already had a work session scheduled
- Were already in Ways & Means, Rules or Revenue (on the Senate side, Finance & Revenue)
Often, bills are moved to another committee simply for the purposes of keeping them alive and it is anticipated that the current language of the bill will be amended greatly before it is finalized.
Hearings This WeekDue to the Tuesday deadline, there are MANY bills being heard this week. We encourage your to stay up to date by visiting the "Committee Agendas Online" webpage of the Oregon Capitol website. As committee hearings occur and bills are moved around, this webpage is updated regularly. Visit this webpage HERE.
Due to the highly transitional nature of the schedule, please check out O4AD's most recent bill calendar HERE. O4AD will post an updated calendar AFTER the Tuesday deadline.
Please also reference O4AD's latest bill tracking report HERE. O4AD will post an updated bill tracking report after the Tuesday deadline as well.
Remember - bills that have not been scheduled for a work session or are not already in Ways & Means, Revenue or Rules is no long proceeding forward in the process.
If you are attending hearings, please note you may contact the Capitol if accommodations are needed in the room. For information on visiting the Capitol and Special Needs, please click HERE.
Oregon Project Independence - Remind Legislators that OPI must be protected.
As Legislators continue to work through development of budgets, priorities, revenue packages and more, it is critical that the importance of services and supports for older adults and people with disabilities remain at the forefront of their considerations in investments. Protecting OPI is not only the right thing to do, it is a wise investment. OPI is cost efficient and a proven effective program that helps protect the independence, dignity and choice of seniors and people with disabilities.
Services in OPI cost, on average, $332 per month in State General Fund per consumer served. Medicaid long term services and supports come at a much higher price tag to the State General Fund.
- Medicaid in-home services - approximately $803 per month in State General Fund
- Medicaid Community Based Care - approximately $846 per month in State General Fund
- Medicaid Nursing Facility Care - approximately $3,168 per month in State General Fund
- $21 million for services to older adults
- $6 million for services to people with disabilities via the pilot project.
Contact Ways & Means legislators to let them know the importance of this program. You can access their contact information HERE.
Read about O4AD's budget priorities HERE.
THANK YOU! Your voice is critical as we fight to protect this important program.
For more information or with questions, please contact O4AD. firstname.lastname@example.org.
O4AD Day at the Capitol
O4AD will host their Day at the Capitol on Wednesday, May 17. Register now through your local Area Agency on Aging or Advisory Council. We look forward to a busy day advocating for services and supports on behalf of Oregon's older adults and people with disabilities. For more information, please contact O4AD at email@example.com or your local Area Agency on Aging.
From n4a ~ Congressoman Bonamici calls for OAA Title III Funding
Reps. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Ted Deutch (R-FL) and Dave Loebsack (D-IA) this week sent a letter signed by 80 of their colleagues in the House supporting increased funding for OAA Title III B, C and E. The bipartisan letter was signed by 77 Democratic and 3 Republican Members of Congress. If your Member signed on to the letter, make sure to send thanks!
You can read a copy of the Congresswoman's letter HERE.
During the recess, n4a encourages you to keep reaching out while Congress is on recess in support of funding for Older Americans Act and other key aging programs. Lawmakers will make funding decisions for both the remainder of FY 2017 and FY 2018 this spring and summer, and need to hear from you about the importance of aging services in your community! Use n4a's FY 2018 Appropriations Campaign tools and resources to engage your lawmakers! Stay tuned for updates and additional resources as well. http://www.n4a.org