Advocacy and Policy Resources

We Vote: ASA Get's ready for November 3

Aging issues are on the ballot this November: Social Security; Medicare; poll safety during the pandemic; debates about voting by mail; and more. And older adults are critical to our democracy—they vote more than anyone else, volunteer for campaigns and staff our polling stations. ASA’s policy coverage leading up to the election features issues impacting older adults, the information you need to vote and to advocate for voting access, and how to get more involved in the process.

2020 General Election Voter Registration Deadlines

Find the deadline(s) to register to vote in the 2020 General Election in your state in our State-by-State Guide.

ASA Asks the Candidates

In December 2019, ASA contacted presidential hopefuls requesting that they respond to each of the following eight topic areas in 150 words or less using the following question: “What specific policy initiatives have you supported, or are you proposing, that will fully address the needs of older adults in 2020 and meet the dramatic aging of our population over the next few decades?”

  • Long term Services and Supports
  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Poverty and Economic Security
  • Healthy Aging Chronic Disease Management
  • Caregiver Supports and Services
  • Social Security and Retirement Security
  • Housing and Transportation

We received responses from several candidates who are no longer running for President. The response from the Biden campaign is here. The Trump campaign did not respond to multiple attempts at inquiry.



LeverAGE is the latest podcast from the American Society on Aging (ASA), covering the politics of aging. Hear from policy experts, grassroots organizers and the ASA community as we push for stronger policies and better platforms for all of us as we age.


Panel of Pundits 2020: The Decision Year

The American Society on Aging presents the wildly popular Panel of Pundits. Here politics and policy connect in a unique format where predicting trumps pontificating. The pundits will focus on key issues impacting older adults, from Medicare and Social Security to the Older Americans Act and Elder Justice as well as the upcoming presidential and congressional elections.

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2020 Public Policy Town Hall

Join us for the Second Annual ASA Public Policy Town Hall Session - a live, interactive discussion with ASA members on where our country stands today, where we might be heading, and what our role as ASA members should be. Jay Newton-Small will moderate a panel of national policy experts including issues you decide are the most pressing and relevant to ASA’s policy agenda. We will seek audience input before and during the session so that ASA members can shape the discussion.

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capitolportraitcloseup.jpgHow New SBA Loans Can Help Small Businesses and Non-Profits
April 3, 2020

Included in the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is the $349 billion Paycheck Protection Program, administered by the Small Business Administration and intended to quickly provide economic relief to pandemic-affected businesses by offering faster access to loans with less guardrails than existing SBA programs.


We Need to Start Thinking Seriously About Social Security
May 11, 2020

ASA Public Policy Committee member Beverly Grafton, who spent her career on the staff of the Social Security Administration and the Social Security Advisory Board, argues in this article that the status of the Social Security Old Age and Survivors Trust Fund needs urgent attention.


CMS Helps States Address COVID-19 with Section 1135 Waivers
April 1, 2020

The President’s declaration of a national emergency for the COVID-19 outbreak provided the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services the authority to issue Section 1135 waivers to states.


Please also visit our Policy and Advocacy Discussion Forum for opportunities to review other recent advocacy activities.


ASA Leadership and Members Applaud OAA Reauthorization. ASA members and the Society's leadership welcomed the passage this week of the Supporting Older Americans Act of 2020, which reauthorizes the Older Americans Act through 2024. Click here to read more.

ASA supports OAA Reauthorization. The Public Policy Committee of the American Society on Aging supports swift passage of the Supporting Older Americans Act of 2020,, which will reauthorize the Older Americans Act through fiscal year 2024. Click here to read the full letter the Committee sent to key Senate and House leaders.

ASA Comments on priorities for the Elder Justice Coordinating Council. In December ASA submitted a set of comments on priorities for the federal government's Elder Justice Coordinating Council. These comments were based on input collected from a survey of ASA members during the month of November. Click here to read the comments (PDF).

Advocacy News from ASA

Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program Invites Candidates to Apply
The Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program invites candidates with a strong commitment to health and aging issues, leadership potential, and interest in aging-relevant policy work to join the next class of Fellows.

Hundreds Rally at U.S. Capitol to Increase Funding for Affordable Senior Housing
The demand for affordable housing for low-income older adults far exceeds the supply, resulting in long wait times. Many older adults never make it off the waiting list.


Web Seminars

ASA's Public Policy Committee offers periodic web seminars. Click a title below to learn more about previously recorded events. Check back soon for new events.

Advocacy How-To (recorded May 9, 2019)

ASA’s Public Policy Priorities for 2019 (recorded May 16, 2019)

Upcoming Events