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AJFCA and JFNA applauded the passage of the Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act, S.192, in the House of Representatives on Monday, March 21. The House passed version of S. 192, the Senate's version of the bill that passed in July 2015, included language related to Holocaust survivors for which both organizations have long advocated. In advance of the vote, AJFCA and JFNA sent a joint letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce voicing strong support for the legislation.

Because of changes in the House's version of the bill, S.192 will now return to the Senate for a vote. Should it pass there, it will head to the President's desk. We will continue to follow this bill and provide updates. If you have any questions regarding this bill, please email Liz Leibowitz.

Last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a limited initiative to permit some Medicaid providers, such as long-term care facilities, behavioral health providers, substance abuse treatment centers, and others to connect to health information exchanges. An issue of importance to many AJFCA agencies, additional funding in this area could help some providers move forward in their efforts to coordinate patient care with physicians and hospitals in their communities through the use of health information technology. To learn more, we encourage you to read this memo created by our colleagues at JFNA's Strategic Healthcare Resource Center that provides an initial analysis of CMS' recent announcement.

The Interfaith Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, of which AJFCA is a member, is circulating a clergy sign-on letter for H.R. 3130, the Zero Tolerance for Domestic Abusers Act, and S.1520, the Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act. These bills would close loopholes that currently allow some convicted abusers and all convicted stalkers to buy and own guns. If you think a clergy member in your community would be interested in joining the letter, we encourage you to share this information with them.