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It’s election season, and politicians are looking to connect with voters, particularly seniors.

Now is the perfect time to make your voice heard on protecting and strengthening the health and economic security of older adults in your community. Major decisions on the federal budget and deficit reduction are looming soon after the election.

Use these tools to take action today.

6 Questions to Ask the Candidates

Find out where your members of Congress and political candidates stand on these critical issues facing seniors. Attend an event, host a meeting, or simply ask these questions via email, Facebook, or Twitter. Please tell us what responses you receive!

1. Federal Funding for Seniors Programs

Services for vulnerable seniors have been drastically underfunded, and recent cuts plus another round of sequestration looming next year are putting all nondefense discretionary funding on a path toward historic lows. What will you do to eliminate the sequester and make overdue investments in programs that support seniors’ health and economic security, including those of the Older Americans Act, elder falls prevention, and elder justice?

2. Medicare

Half of Medicare beneficiaries have incomes below only $23,500.  What are your plans to ensure that seniors with low and modest incomes who are struggling to make ends meet can afford needed health care?

3. Senior Hunger

Nearly 9 million older adults are facing the threat of hunger, yet 3 out of 5 seniors eligible for SNAP (formerly Food Stamps) miss out on benefits, while other face fewer Meals on Wheels deliveries or waiting lists. What are your plans to improve vulnerable seniors’ access to the nutritious meals necessary for maintaining their health and independence?

4. Long-Term Services & Supports

The number of Americans needing long-term care will more than double, from 12 million to 27 million by 2050. Medicare does not cover long-term care and the current system requires seniors to impoverish themselves to get assistance from Medicaid. With the aging of the U.S. population, how would you recommend the country address its current and growing needs for long-term services and supports?

5. Medicaid

While states are required to provide nursing home and other institutional care in Medicaid, home and community-based services are optional. This results in long-waiting lists, burdens for family caregivers, and individuals being forced prematurely into more costly institutional settings. What improvements should be made within the Medicaid program to provide choices for seniors and people with disabilities to receive services at home?

6. Older Americans Act Reauthorization

Older Americans Act reauthorization is almost four years overdue. The Act desperately needs updating to serve our nations seniors. How will you work with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to make sure that the OAA is reauthorized this year?

Tips for Engaging Elected Officials

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Best Practices for Nonprofits Working with Political Candidates

These do’s and don’ts provide expert guidance to empower you to provide nonpartisan, balanced opportunities for dialogue during election season.

Educating your Representatives at Home

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Public Policy Priorities

See the issues we're fighting for in the 113th Congress, including the budget, Older Americans Act, and long-term services and supports.