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Get to know the team that's advocating at the local, state, and national levels to improve public policy for older adults, and learn more about the issues affecting them.
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Your voice matters. Members of Congress need to hear from you—their constituents—on what issues matter most. Use NCOA's Straight Talk for Seniors® advocacy tool to help protect and strengthen the programs we all depend on as we age. 

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Biden's FY24 Budget

On March 9, the Biden administration released its budget request, calling for important supports for Medicare and expanding health insurance to some currently not eligible, as well as historic funding for the Administration for Community Living. See what NCOA is keeping an eye on as lawmakers work toward a final budget.

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Biden's 2024 budget request calls for historic investments in the Older Americans Act, Medicare, and more.

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NCOA is lifting up the work of Healthy People Healthy Democracy to ensure all older adults have a safe, healthy, and informative voting experience as the midterms approach.

Sep 7, 2022

Elections Guide for Older Adults: How to Stay Safe While Voting

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The House and Senate have passed the Inflation Reduction Act, which now goes to President Biden for his signature before becoming law. The bill includes important measures to reduce prescription drug costs for Medicare beneficiaries and extends Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance premium subsidies.

Aug 12, 2022

What the Inflation Reduction Act Means to Older Adults

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The upcoming White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition & Health, the first since 1969, is a chance to craft transformational policies that will make nutritious food affordable and accessible.

Jul 29, 2022

Older Adults and Hunger: Helping People Lead Healthier Lives Helps Us All

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Biden's 2023 budget is calling for investments to respond to the ongoing needs from the COVID pandemic, including boosted funding for the Older Americans Act and other Aging Services programs.

Jul 22, 2022

Priorities for the White House Conference: Why the Administration Needs to Examine the Root Cause of Hunger and Poverty in Older Adults

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The House Committee on Appropriations approved all 12 annual aging services appropriations bills for fiscal year 2023 by June 30.

Jul 12, 2022

House Committee Approves FY23 Aging Services Investments

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A historic investment in home care included in Senate legislation is currently under discussion. Find out how you help older adults remain healthy and independent at home.

Jun 15, 2022

3 Reasons You Should Support Home Care for Older Adults

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Learn why NCOA signed on for the creation of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Older Persons and how it'll support quality of life for #OlderAdults worldwide.

Jun 14, 2022

Protecting the Rights of Older Adults: The Time to Act Is Now

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Improving mental health care for older adults requires changes such as strengthening the mental health workforce, continued expansion of Medicare coverage of tele-health visits, parity between physical and mental health care, and increased Older Americans Act funding.

May 18, 2022

How to Improve Access to Mental Health and Substance Use Care for Older Adults

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May 12, 2022

Martha Peláez on Maximizing the Independence, Well-Being, and Health of Older Adults Through Falls Prevention

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An equitable caregiving infrastructure is essential for families and care workers to earn income, accumulate assets, and save for the future.

May 12, 2022

Caregiving Equity: Better for Women, Better for Us All

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An older, black female is smiling while on the job in a production warehouse.

Apr 22, 2022

How the Secure Act Will Help Secure Women's Wealth in Retirement

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President Joe Biden, posted on January 26, 2022 on the White House's Facebook page, signing an Executive Order that establishes sexual harassment as an offense under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Apr 5, 2022

Biden's 2023 Budget Calls for Boost in Older Americans Act Funding

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Mar 31, 2022

Understand How Health Impacts Wealth for Women and People of Color

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Mar 24, 2022

Advocates Push to Restart Build Back Better Provisions

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President Biden signed an omnibus federal appropriations bill on March 15, which includes FY22 aging program funding that is, unfortunately, less than originally proposed by Congress.

Mar 23, 2022

Final Funding for Aging Services Falls Short of Original Proposals

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A senior Mexican woman living with obesity smiles at the camera, being an advocate for her obesity care options.

Mar 15, 2022

10 Policy Solutions to Improve Obesity Care for Older Adults

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A group of senior Asian women are comparing cell phones while sitting together on a couch.

Feb 9, 2022

3G Network Shutdowns: The Impact on Older Adults

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The pandemic has underscored the essential work that caregivers do to keep our families safe and power an economy that is still struggling to rebound.

Nov 23, 2021

Rosie the Riveter Is Now Cristina the Caregiver, and She’s Ready to Build Back Better

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A senior Caucasian woman is receiving help getting up from a seated position from her caregiver.

Nov 19, 2021

Build Back Better Act Passes House

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Nov 15, 2021

Emergency Broadband Benefit Made Permanent in Final Infrastructure Bill

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An up close shot of Benjamin Franklin on the 100 dollar bill with an overlay of the American flag.

Nov 9, 2021

Senate Releases FY22 Funding Proposals for Aging Services Programs

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Aug 31, 2021

History in the Making: Congressional Proposals to Improve Medicare & Medicaid

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Aug 30, 2021

Budget Blueprint Proposes Historic Investments in Medicare, Medicaid

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Aug 10, 2021

Congress Is in Recess: Here’s How to Make Your Voice Heard

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A shot of the House side of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, DC.

Aug 10, 2021

House Approves FY22 Aging Services Investments

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Jul 29, 2021

It's Medicare's Birthday. A Time for Reflection. A Time for Change.

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A senior man in a wheelchair is hugging his younger caregiver while they're outside at a park.

Jun 15, 2021

Elder Abuse Is Intolerable. It’s Up to Each of Us to Stop It.

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A young health care worker is providing support to a senior woman during a home visit.

Jun 2, 2021

Biden Budget Invests in Aging Programs

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Older woman is seen embracing the senior man that she provides caregiving for.

May 4, 2021

American Families Plan Includes Paid Family Leave

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A look at a podium in a U.S. Senate hearing room.

Apr 29, 2021

Ramsey Alwin on Supporting Older Workers Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

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Volunteers gather outside to pack boxes/meals for delivery to seniors and people with disabilities, only the food, boxes, and tables can be seen.

Apr 12, 2021

Federal Budget Process Begins with Biden Request

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A back shot of a younger female professional holds a senior woman as they walk through her neighborhood.

Apr 7, 2021

Home Care Gets a Boost in American Jobs Plan

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A senior woman is in the parking hugging her granddaughters as they kiss her on the cheeks.

Mar 16, 2021

American Rescue Plan Improves Senior Health and Financial Security

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A Black middle-aged woman feels empowered with her arms out wide.

Mar 10, 2021

This Women's History Month We Stand on the Shoulders of Giants

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An up close shot of a senior Asian woman's eyes.

Feb 23, 2021

Get the Facts on Elder Abuse

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A "We Accept Supplemental Nutrition Assitance Program (SNAP)" sign appears on the window of a grocery retailer.

Feb 20, 2021

Older Adult Nutrition Month and SNAP Advocacy

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A mid adult professional discusses a volunteer list or inventory with co-director. He is pointing to the list on the clipboard.

Feb 12, 2021

How to Advocate as a Nonprofit for Older Americans

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Feb 8, 2021

Aging Well for All: 2021 Public Policy Priorities for Older Adults

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An aging services network professional is sending an email to her member of Congress.

Feb 2, 2021

Thank You Letter Examples to Members of Congress

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An empty congressional chamber, reserved for the Speaker of the House/Senate President, and clerks.

Oct 13, 2020

Congress Recesses with More Work to Be Done

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A senior Black woman is filling out her ballot at the polls.

Sep 30, 2020

What Is the Accessible Voting Act?

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A health care worker/nurse is visiting a senior man, using a digital tablet.

Sep 18, 2020

Senators Urge Appropriators to Provide Adequate FY21 Funding for SHIP

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The U.S. capitol building with a backdrop of a stimulus package, American flag, U.S. dollar banknote, and coronavirus bloodtest vial.

Jul 22, 2020

Congress Invests in Most Pressing Needs, But Budget Restrictions Remain

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An older Asian couple is contemplating financial decisions over coffee.

May 20, 2020

Potential Financial Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Minority Older Adults

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senior masked caucasian couple receives a grocery delivery at home during the COVID-19 quarantine

May 20, 2020

The Heroes Act: What Is It and How Will It Provide Relief?

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And older grandmother and her younger granddaughter water plants outside of her retirement home.

May 6, 2020

What Congress Should Do for Low-Income Older Adults

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Apr 16, 2020

The Alarming Inequities of COVID-19

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A pile of red, white, and blue political buttons with one facing the camera that reads "CENSUS" .

Feb 27, 2020

Census 2020 & Older Adults: Reaching the Hard to Reach

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An older woman smiles while sitting in a room with other seniors at a senior center.

Feb 4, 2020

NCOA Endorsement of Supporting Older Americans Act of 2020

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A group of older adults are going through their daily stretching exercise routine at a senior center.

Feb 4, 2020

Supporting Older Americans Act of 2020 Summary

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Jan 30, 2020

Older Adults and the 2020 Census: A Colorado Story

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A senior Caucasian woman and her female caregiver are shopping for groceries.

Sep 4, 2018

Joint Letter Opposing Proposals to Restrict Access to SNAP in House 2018 Farm Bill

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A look at a podium in a U.S. Senate hearing room.

Jan 24, 2018

Anna Maria Chávez on Turning 65: Navigating Critical Decisions to Age Well

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Jul 24, 2015

2015 Falls Free® National Falls Prevention Action Plan

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