Today, President Biden signed into law The American Rescue Plan.
The $1.9 trillion relief package has a broad array of initiatives to help those in need, boost the economy, and address continuing concerns with the coronavirus pandemic.
With eight out of 10 COVID deaths reported being adults 65+, according to the Centers for Disease Control, this is a step in the right direction to ensure we’re protecting and assisting our most vulnerable seniors.
Media Relations Manager
Arlington, VA (March 11, 2021) – The following is a statement by Ramsey Alwin, President and CEO of the National Council on Aging (NCOA), in response to enactment of the American Rescue Plan.
“On behalf of millions of older adults and their families, the National Council on Aging applauds President Biden and Congress for enacting the American Rescue Plan, which includes crucial funding for a broad array of critical community programs and individual benefits that will protect our most vulnerable older adults in this time of crisis and create a foundation for a more equitable future.
“NCOA is proud to have championed many key provisions in this historic legislation to increase the availability of much-needed services and benefits. The American Rescue Plan expands nutrition programs that can banish the specter of hunger haunting many older adults. There will be more support for life-saving health care services such as vaccinations and disease prevention, as well as to address social isolation.
States, community-based organizations, and caregivers will also get the help they desperately need to keep older adults safe in their own homes and out of institutions."
“Specifically, the legislation includes $1.43 billion in funding for critical community programs provided under the Older Americans Act. These include:
- $750 million for nutrition programs
- $25 million for services for Native American communities
- $460 million for supportive services, including COVID-19 vaccination outreach and coordination and efforts to address social isolation
- $44 million for evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention programs
- $145 million for the National Family Caregiver Support Program
- $10 million for the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program
“These provisions extend relief funding provided to the Aging Services Network that is beginning to run out, and they make investments in important new areas to support older adults and the community-based organizations that continue to assist them during the pandemic.
“This is truly a momentous first step toward reimagining aging in America as a social justice issue. NCOA stands ready to work with President Biden and Congressional leaders to continue this journey to build an America where every person can age with dignity, health, and financial security.”
The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is the national voice for every person’s right to age well. We believe that how we age should not be determined by gender, color, sexuality, income, or zip code. Working with thousands of national and local partners, we provide resources, tools, best practices, and advocacy to ensure every person can age with health and financial security. Founded in 1950, we are the oldest national organization focused on older adults. Follow us at @NCOAging.