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NCOA's public policy and advocacy issue briefs lay out the rationale for advocacy for services and benefits for older adults and articulate the specific request we’re making of Congress. Learn about our priorities and how we're helping to improve the health and economic security of older adults.

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Older Americans Act

The Older Americans Act (OAA) funds critical services that keep our nation's seniors healthy and independent—services like meals, job training, senior centers, health promotion, benefits enrollment, caregiver support, transportation, and more.

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Feb 24, 2021

Get the Facts on Falls Prevention

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Feb 23, 2021

Get the Facts on Elder Abuse

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Feb 23, 2021

The Importance of Funding for Medicare State Health Insurance Assistance Programs

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Feb 20, 2021

Older Adult Nutrition Month and SNAP Advocacy

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Feb 19, 2021

Restore Funding for Chronic Disease Self-Management Education

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Feb 15, 2021

Get the Facts on SNAP and Senior Hunger

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Feb 8, 2021

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

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Jan 31, 2021

Current Federal Budget and Appropriations for Aging Services Programs

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Jan 31, 2021

Making Prescription Drugs More Affordable for Medicare Beneficiaries

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A Black senior woman is hugging her husband from behind while he's sitting on the couch.

Jan 1, 2021

Get the Facts on Healthy Aging

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A senior couple is gardening together in front of their house.

Dec 3, 2020

Get the Facts on Reverse Mortgages

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A senior father and his son are discussing his financial troubles and trying to figure out a budget.

Nov 9, 2020

Get the Facts on Senior Debt

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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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Sep 18, 2020

Representatives Request Adequate FY21 Funding for Medicare SHIP and SCSEP in Joint Letter

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Sep 18, 2020

Senators Urge Appropriators to Provide Adequate FY21 Funding for SHIP

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Sep 15, 2020

Aging with Dignity Shouldn’t be a Stroke of Luck

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Jul 22, 2020

Congress Invests in Most Pressing Needs, But Budget Restrictions Remain

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May 20, 2020

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

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May 20, 2020

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

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Apr 16, 2020

The Alarming Inequities of COVID-19

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Feb 4, 2020

NCOA Endorsement of Supporting Older Americans Act of 2020

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Jan 30, 2020

Older Adults and the 2020 Census: A Colorado Story

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A closeup shot of a senior woman holding her cane in a senior center.

Dec 16, 2019

Letter to Congressional Leadership on Medicare and Medicaid Extenders

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Nov 6, 2019

A Profile of Older U.S. Veterans

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Aug 27, 2019

Letter to Seema Verma, Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, U. S. Department of Health and Human Services

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Aug 27, 2019

NCOA Comment Letter on the New Medicare Plan Finder

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Jun 13, 2019

Improve Access to Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services

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Jun 13, 2019

Funding for Evidence-Based Falls Prevention Programs in FY20

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Jun 10, 2019

Letter of Support for H.R. 1230, The Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act

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Jun 5, 2019

The Importance of Improving Medicare Low-Income Beneficiary Enrollment

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Sep 4, 2018

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

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Apr 24, 2018

The Modernizing Medicare Plan Finder Report

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Jan 24, 2018

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

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Apr 13, 2017

Improving Medicare Low-Income Beneficiary Enrollment

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Jun 1, 2016

Ending Stigma Around Receiving Benefits

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Jun 4, 2015

Get the Facts on Senior Centers

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