Arlington, VA—The following is a statement from James Firman, President and CEO of the National Council on Aging (NCOA), on the Trump Administration Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Proposal:
“This budget proposal decimates critical programs that struggling older adults and their families have relied on for more than five decades. NCOA is committed to working with both parties in Congress to craft a more realistic budget that is fair to all Americans and provides older adults the means to age in the community with their friends and families.
“The Administration budget threatens programs that have been essential to Americans’ lives for more than 50 years—including Medicaid, the only program that helps families pay the devastating costs of long-term care; the Senior Community Service Employment Program, the nation’s only jobs program for older adults; and the Medicare State Health Insurance Assistance Program, a unique service to provide free, state-specific assistance to millions of Medicare beneficiaries.
“For more than 65 years, NCOA has fought for a society in which each of us, as we age, lives with dignity, purpose, and security. As Congress develops its budget, we expect lawmakers to stand up for these values and protect programs that serve seniors and their families. NCOA will be there at every step as a strong defender on behalf of older Americans.”
The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is a trusted national leader working to ensure that every person can age well. Since 1950, our mission has not changed: Improve the lives of millions of older adults, especially those who are struggling. NCOA empowers people with the best solutions to improve their own health and economic security—and we strengthen government programs that we all depend on as we age. Every year, millions of people use our signature programs BenefitsCheckUp®, My Medicare Matters®, and the Aging Mastery Program® to age well. By offering online tools and collaborating with a nationwide network of partners, NCOA is working to improve the lives of 10 million older adults by 2020. Learn more at ncoa.org and @NCOAging.