In July, we celebrate the anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid, and the Older Americans Act.
NCOA was proud to play a key role in enacting these programs—and we’ve been working every day since to make them even better. But there's still more work to be done.
That's why we're calling on Congress to to make it easier for low-income older adults to afford health care by eliminating restrictive barriers.
Public Relations Manager
Arlington, VA (July 13, 2022) — The following is a statement by Ramsey Alwin, President and CEO of the National Council on Aging (NCOA), on the July anniversaries of the Medicare and Medicaid Act of 1965 and Older Americans Act (OAA) of 1965.
“This month, we celebrate the passage of three historic federal programs that make it possible for millions of older adults to live with health, security, and independence. Medicare, Medicaid, and the Older Americans Act provide vital health, nutrition, and community services that empower people to live with dignity in their own communities.
“NCOA was proud to play a key role in enacting these programs—and we’ve been working every day since to make them even better. Much has changed in America since 1965, and we know our work is far from over. During the pandemic, we saw first-hand how our systems are woefully outdated and leave far too many Americans behind.
We call on Congress to step up and do more for older adults and the dedicated professionals who serve them every day."
"We urge Congress to make it easier for low-income older adults to afford health care by eliminating restrictive barriers to accessing Medicare Savings Programs, investing in Medicaid, increasing funding for Medicaid home- and community-based services so that people can age in their own homes, and bolstering funding for vital Older Americans Act programs like senior centers, evidence-based healthy aging programs, and job training and placement services.
“It’s time for Congress to ensure that every American has the resources to age well—regardless of their gender, color, sexuality, income, or zip code. Older Americans deserve nothing less.”
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.