The National Health Law and Policy Resource Center (NHLP) conducts a Program on Aging. The purpose of this program is to promote access to needed health care and long term care for the aging population and to protect the elderly, especially the frail elderly and those with diminished decision making capacity, from abuse and neglect.


The activities of the Program on Aging include:

  1. an information clearinghouse
  2. public policy and legal research
  3. education and training, and
  4. advocacy.


The Program on Aging maintains two major Initiatives:

  1. The Nursing Home and Long-Term Care Initiative
  2. Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Financial Exploitation
  3. The Iowa Substitute Decision Making Initiative

New Resources and News

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, the new health reform legislation, will have a major impact on health care and long-term care for older persons. This law in its entirety can be viewed and downloaded from the website of the Government Printing Office.

To view: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, click here.

The U. S. Department of Health and Human Services has established a website which provides summaries and explanations of various aspects of the new law and information on finding insurance options.

To view the website, click here.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services have launched Health Reform GPS, a comprehensive Web portal that “ offers regularly posted short essays, called “Health Reform Implementation Notes,” that provide background about the legislation, explain the changes made by the law, describe the federal implementation process and timetable and identify the questions and challenges policymakers will be grappling with in the months ahead.. The portal also offers an online “library,” consisting of resources such as federal agency regulations and guidelines, analysis and studies and other materials from key stakeholders. In addition, the site will offer a health reform glossary of terms and will be searchable through a topical index.”

To view the website, click here.