Advocacy: Past Initiatives

Below you will find letters and activities from our past advocacy initiatives.

In May 2023, NSHF signed onto a letter drafted by AARP in support of family caregivers. They emphasize the importance of prioritizing actions to recognize, assist, and support family caregivers who provide invaluable services to older adults, people with disabilities, and veterans. The letter highlights the challenges faced by caregivers, the economic impact of their unpaid care, and the need for meaningful action based on the 2022 National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers. The letter calls for improved caregiver inclusion in healthcare planning, support for dementia and military veteran caregivers, and the advancement of policies to make resources and support more accessible.

In April 2023, NSHF signed onto a letter from the Bone Health and Osteoporosis Foundation, along with 15 other organizations, asking the Senate and House appropriations subcommittees to  include language in its FY2024 report urging CMS to adopt changes to improve post-fracture care for beneficiaries with osteoporotic fractures. It also asks for $1 million to be allocated towards developing and launching a national education and awareness campaign for bone health and osteoporosis. The letter emphasizes the importance of addressing social determinants of health, such as language and culture, in providing accessible services and education campaigns for vulnerable populations. Finally, it calls for administrative action to address the expensive and worsening osteoporosis care gap.

In March 2023, NSHF signed onto a letter from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) to request funding from Congress for the 2024 fiscal year.

In February 2023, NSHF signed onto a letter from the Bone Health and Osteoporosis Foundation, along with 18 other organizations, advocating for updating Medicare policies to establish a care coordination payment mechanism that assures beneficiaries who suffer an osteoporotic fracture get the evidence-based post-fracture care they need to help prevent a second fracture. You can read this letter here.