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Congress Returns to Tackle Federal Budget

Congress returns from recess this week to start negotiating a final budget package, with the goal of completing work by April 15.

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What's inside the President’s 2016 budget request

The President’s annual budget request once again presents a mixed bag for seniors. It is unlikely to receive support from a Republican Congress, but the Administration’s preferences will be important when a final fiscal year 2016budget is crafted at year’s end.

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Senate Moves Swiftly on OAA Reauthorization in Anniversary Year

The newly introduced Older Americans Act Reauthorization of 2015 builds upon bipartisan legislation from 2013. NCOA has endorsed the bill and is urging the committee to send it to the full Senate for consideration.

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FY15 Funding Bill: What it Means for Aging Programs

A $1 trillion, 1,603-page FY15 funding package was among the last pieces of business of the 113th Congress. Find out what's included for aging programs such as the Older Americans Act, falls prevention, chronic disease, and elder justice.

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Appropriations Season Heating Up

The FY15 appropriations process is in full swing, and we’ve updated our funding table to share the latest numbers.

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President’s Budget a Mixed Bag for Senior Programs

President Obama’s FY15 budget proposal, released March 4, includes a variety of program cuts plus investments intended to promote opportunity and growth. See what's included for the Older Americans Act, Medicare, Social Security, and other programs affecting seniors.

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Farm Bill: What’s in it for Hungry Seniors?

After more than two years of contentious debate, the Farm Bill renewal is about to pass Congress. The House approved a bipartisan agreement last week, and the Senate is expected to do the same today. The legislation includes both positives and negatives for older Americans who are food insecure.

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Congress Addresses Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary Issues

In its Medicare physician payment bill, the Senate Finance Committee did not make the Qualified Individual (QI) low-income program permanent as 112 national organizations requested, but it would extend the program for five years.

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Congress Heads Home: What’s Left Unfinished?

Members of Congress are heading home this week for the holiday recess. Here is a summary of what they have accomplished—and what’s still on the table for January 2014—when it comes to the federal budget and sequester, the Farm Bill and SNAP, and unemployment insurance.

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What Does the Latest Budget Deal Mean for Seniors?

The federal government is back to work, and the debt ceiling has been raised. But what about the Affordable Care Act and deep sequester cuts to programs?

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