NCOA Assumes Chair of the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations


Jean Van Ryzin

Senior Director, Communications


Coalition will focus on health, long-term care, and budget issues affecting older Americans

Arlington, VA – The National Council on Aging (NCOA) this week assumed the role of Chair of the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO), a coalition of 70 nonprofit organizations representing millions of older adults. NCOA President and CEO James Firman will serve as Chairman for one year.

Since 1980, LCAO has provided leadership and vision as America meets the challenges and opportunities presented by a rapidly aging society. The coalition has advocated for the well-being of older adults, providing a voice for seniors and their families in the ongoing national debate on aging policies.

“This year could be a critical turning point for how we age in America,” said Firman. “The current Administration and Congress have proposed weakening or eliminating a number of programs that ensure all older adults have the supports they need to live with health and independence in their communities. LCAO is committed to protecting and strengthening these critical programs for all of our nation’s seniors.”

Under NCOA’s leadership, LCAO will focus on:

  • Protecting health care and long-term care access and quality for older adults provided through Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act.
  • Ensuring the federal budget protects programs that older Americans rely on, including the Older Americans Act, Medicare State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), and others supporting low-income seniors.
  • Closely monitoring and analyzing tax reform proposals regarding revenue neutrality and the potential impact on older Americans.

Co-Chairs of the three LCAO Committees also were appointed for this term:

  • Health Committee: Howard Bedlin (NCOA) and Stacy Sanders (Medicare Rights Center)
  • Community Services Committee: Autumn Campbell (National Association of Area Agencies on Aging) and Erika Kelly (Meals on Wheels America)
  • Income Security Committee: Jasmine Jefferson (Social Security Works) and Breane Clark (B’nai B’rith International)

To learn more about the LCAO and its legislative agenda, visit

About NCOA

The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is the national voice for every person’s right to age well. NCOA empowers individuals with trusted solutions to improve their own health and economic security—and protects and strengthens federal programs that people depend on as they age. Working with a nationwide network of partners and directly with individuals, NCOA’s goal is to improve the lives of 10 million older adults by 2020. Learn more at and @NCOAging.