Hundreds of letters, email and phone calls to legislators this week asked them to help #SaveMedicaid. Many residents and staff members have contacted U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown and Senator Rob Portman as well as US Representatives to preserve Medicaid. For vulnerable, frail adults, Medicaid is an important part of Ohio’s safety net that provides crucial services to thousands of Ohio’s older adults annually. Medicaid enables vulnerable Ohioans to access quality healthcare, including home- and community-based care and long-term care, when their means are exhausted or insufficient to pay for care.

You can easily add your voice to #SaveMedicaid – by phone, email or letter writing – with resources available on the LeadingAge web site. Click here to participate.

The replacement plan includes cuts that would hit older, sicker Americans harder than other groups. Additionally, individuals over 50 who are not yet eligible for Medicare will see their premiums skyrocket under the new plan, as the premium tax credits they receive are significantly reduced.

According to LeadingAge Ohio, A recent study suggests that this funding structure would lead to large-scale shortfalls in every state. As stated on the web site:

The Medicaid program a central feature of Ohio’s system of safety nets. The bill proposed before the Senate would slash federal funding by over $800 billion, forcing states to cut important services for older adults, such as long-term services and supports. Medicaid is the primary payer for 59% of nursing facilities in Ohio, and approximately 196,000 Ohioans received long-term services and supports through Medicaid.

Currently, seniors make up only 14.2% of Ohio’s Medicaid beneficiaries, but by 2025, the number of Ohioans over age 65 is expected to grow by 24.9%. The number of Ohioans over 85, a population that relies heavily on long-term services and supports, is expected to grow by 7.1% over this same period of time. If this legislation takes effect, it means that the pressure put on Medicaid will be most severe during this aging boom, as the annual adjustment fails to keep pace with rising healthcare costs.”

Residents signed letters and made phone calls to legislators to make sure their voices were heard about changes to health care and Medicaid.


Jennings’ President and CEO Allison Q. Salopeck joins LeadingAge colleagues from around the country for the ‪#‎PEAK16‬ Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. This unique annual gathering offers a multidisciplinary group of senior living executives, business leaders and experts the opportunity to find new inspiration, share information and build relationships. In addition to speakers, education and workshops, attendees met with legislators and their staff members to advocate for the needs of our country’s older adults.

“The people we serve are changing. They are more empowered, independent, positive, and demanding. The solutions aging service providers created for the previous generation do not meet the needs of the current generation.” Board chair Kathryn Roberts #PEAK16

Together with LeadingAge Ohio aging advocates at the office of Rob Portman at LeadingAge #PEAK16. #aging #advocacy (photo credit: LeadingAge Ohio )

Together with LeadingAge Ohio aging advocates at the office of Rob Portman at LeadingAge #PEAK16. #aging #advocacy (photo credit: LeadingAge Ohio )


Greater Cleveland Caucus generates important discussions

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Jennings was one of many northeast Ohio organizations that participated in the inaugural Greater Cleveland Caucus, which convened a broad group of Greater Clevelanders to discuss key issues impacting our region, brainstorm community priorities, and connect with organizations working to address these community challenges.
Caucus areas and speakers included:

Education & Youth Development: Eric Gordon – Chief Executive Officer, more…]

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Representative Howse visits Jennings

Monday, August 10, 2015

(August 10)—We were thrilled to welcome Representative Stephanie D. Howse​ for a visit to the Jennings campus. During her tour, she was able to see the variety of choices in residences and services for older adults as well as our on-site infant and child care, The Learning Circle.
Representative Stephanie D. Howse visits with a resident during [more…]

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Jennings staff advocates for seniors’ Medicare benefits

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Jennings President & CEO Allison Q. Salopeck, together with board chair Gene Killeen, visited Washington, D.C. last week. They met with several legislators to advocate for seniors and their Medicare benefits – particularly rules that prevent them from getting much-needed rehabilitation after a hospital stay. They were joined by LeadingAge members Richard Schwalberg and Ken [more…]

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Tell the new Congress to prioritize seniors and those who serve them

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The 114th Congress is now underway. Lawmakers have been sworn into office, and they are already determining their priorities for the next two years. Let’s make sure the new Congress prioritizes the issues that matter to seniors and those who serve them! Please join Jennings and LeadingAge today in asking Congress to advance LeadingAge’s public policy agenda in [more…]

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