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Impact of Federal Government Shutdown

On October 1, legislation funding the federal government's discretionary programs expired, resulting in a funding gap. Due to the absence of FY14 appropriations, the federal government has initiated a shutdown of affected activities, including the furlough of certain personnel and the curtailment of agency activities and services.

A lapse in appropriations impacts those activities and operations at the federal level which rely on discretionary funding to operate. Programs that are funded by laws other than annual appropriations acts, such as entitlements and other mandatory spending, may also be affected by a funding gap, if program execution relies on activities that receive annually appropriated funding.

The HHS Contingency Plan provides an illustrative, but not exhaustive, list of how ACL programs will be impacted by a funding gap. According to the Plan, ACL will "continue to support the Aging and Disability Resource Centers and Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control through mandatory appropriations." Among the programs that ACL will not be able to continue funding during a shutdown are those that rely on discretionary dollars, such as "the Senior Nutrition programs, Native American Nutrition and Supportive Services, Prevention of Elder Abuse and Neglect, the Long-Term Care Ombudsman program, and Protection and Advocacy for persons with developmental disabilities."

Additional Resources on the Government Shutdown

Federal agencies are required to develop and submit plans for operations in the absence of appropriations. These contingency plans for FY14 are available on the OMB website. The HHS plan outlines impacted program areas and staffing levels for ACL and other divisions.

(NASUAD 10/04/2013)

New Online Technology to Support Family Caregivers in Virginia

Through a collaborative public-private partnership, VirginiaNavigator, the Virginia Caregiver Coalition and the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) launched the Virginia Family Caregiver Solution Center on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at the DARS-VDA office in Richmond, Virginia. Click here to learn more.

(EN 8/8/2013)

CBO Reports on LTSS Expenditure for Senior Population

The Congressional Budget Office recently published a report "Rising Demand for Long-Term Services and Supports for Elderly People". This report provides a summary of how Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) are financed, and also offers projection of future spending for LTSS for the senior population.

(NASUAD 6/28/2013)

Facilitating Medicaid and CHIP Enrollment and Renewal in 2014

On May 17, 2013, CMS' Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services sent an information bulletin to State Health Officials and State Medicaid Directors offering optional strategies that can help make significant progress toward reducing the number of uninsured individuals and optional tools to help states manage the transition to their new eligibility and enrollment systems and coverage of new Medicaid-enrollees. 

For more information, please see the letter which is available online here.

(NASUAD 5/17/2013)

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Weekly e-Mailings

The Virginia Division for the Aging posts topics of interest weekly to the aging network. You may peruse VDA's Weekly e-Mailings on our website.

Dial 2-1-1 for Community Services

2-1-1 is an easy to remember phone number connecting Virginians with free information on available community services. When you dial 2-1-1, a trained professional will listen to your situation and suggest sources of help using one of the largest databases of health and human services in Virginia. During times of disaster, 2-1-1 will also act as an additional source of information for citizens. For more information about 2-1-1 go to

Board, Council and Commission Meeting Announcements

For meeting dates, please visit our Boards page. View directions to VDA. (.pdf)

Submission of News Items for VDA Web Page

If you have items of interest to Virginia's aging population, their families and caregivers, or to individuals who work or volunteer in the aging field, please submit them to Note: Submission of an item does not guarantee that it will be placed on the VDA web page.

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Virginia Division for the Aging
of the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services
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