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Congress invests in most pressing needs, but budget restrictions remain

House appropriators are acting quickly to move FY21 funding bills through the committee process and floor debate. They aim to have all twelve pieces of legislation approved by the end of July. While COVID-19 relief legislation is taking up the country’s attention, these funding bills also have high stakes. We have advice for advocates who want to make sure older adults are supported.

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Breaking Down What’s in The Heroes Act

With an estimated cost of $3 trillion over 10 years, the Heroes Act targets many problems caused by the COVID-19 crisis, and is an ambitious opening bid from House Democrats for continuing negotiations.

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COVID-19, My Grandma, and My 401K

From a discussion of benefits access to a discussion on immediate health risks, financial risk, and deciphering the differences between social distancing, quarantine or isolation—families, friends, and neighbors are staying connected on what is keeping them up at night, while remaining physically disconnected.

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What Congress Has Done for COVID-19 Relief and What Might be Next

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began spreading across the country, Congress has passed three packages of legislation to protect public health and stimulate the economy. It’s important that older adults and aging network professionals understand what’s now available to them because of Congress’s work, and how NCOA is advocating on their behalf.

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House Committee Steps up for Dignity in Aging Act

On Sept. 18, the House Committee on Education and Labor approved H.R. 4334, the Dignity in Aging Act of 2019. This bipartisan legislation reauthorizes the Older Americans Act (OAA) through 2024 and incorporates a number of improvements proposed by NCOA and its aging network partners. There’s a long way to go, but this is a big win for us.

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Why we care about visits to Capitol Hill (and you should too)

Learn why visits to your members of Congress on Capitol Hill are an important part of visiting Washington, DC, and giving voice to the older adults you serve.

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New Congress begins slowly, but seniors’ priorities remain on the docket

As the partial government shutdown extends into a fourth week and becomes the longest one on record, we continue to monitor the effects on benefits and services that older adults rely on.

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