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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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Government Shutdown: What You Need to Know

At midnight, a significant portion of the federal government shut down because House Republicans refused to pass a continuing resolution (CR) to fund government agencies past Sept. 30 without also repealing or delaying the Affordable Care Act (ACA). What does the shutdown mean for programs that serve seniors?

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Congress is Back in Session: What’s on the Agenda?

Congress returned from its summer recess, and lawmakers have just nine legislative days in September to address several urgent issues.

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FY14 Appropriations Process Begins in Earnest

The House and Senate have embarked on the fiscal year 2014 appropriations process with widely divergent funding totals. Nowhere is this more apparent than allocations for the bill that funds the Older Americans Act and other programs important to vulnerable seniors and their families.

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Historically Bipartisan Farm Bill Fails in House

The House rejected a five-year $940 billion farm bill by a vote of 195-234. Most Democrats voted against the legislation because it cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by more than $20 billion.

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