Congress is debating ways to cut the federal deficit. Help us make sure that deficit reduction does not come at the expense of programs that serve vulnerable older adults.
Ways to Act
1.Take Action NOW
- Urge Congress to Support the Older Americans Act
The Older Americans Act (OAA) is overdue for reauthorization and funding hasn’t kept pace with costs or demand. Ask your lawmakers to support seniors’ health, economic security, and independence by supporting the OAA today.
2. Share a Story
- Federal Budget Battle: How Are Cuts Affecting Seniors in Your Community?
Tell us what past and looming cuts mean to you, and we’ll share your stories with policymakers.
- Increasing Medicare Out-of Pocket Costs: How Would It Affect Vulnerable Seniors?
Proposals in Congress would increase out-of-pocket costs for people with Medicare. Share how this would affect vulnerable seniors in your community.
3. Meet with Your Lawmakers
- Both Senators and Representatives are expected to be home during these upcoming scheduled recesses: June 27-July 6, Aug. 8-Sept. 7 (Representatives will also be in recess July 31-Aug. 7), and Oct. 10-18. Bring your story directly to your lawmakers by setting up a meeting, hosting a site visit, or attending a town hall event.
4 Steps to Connect with Your Lawmakers
- Find your legislators’ contact information using our Action Center.
- Prepare for an in-person meeting or host a site visit with your legislator.
- Attend a town hall meeting if there’s one in your area.
- Tell us how it went. Your response will help us track our advocacy efforts.
- Let’s not balance the budget on the backs of America’s vulnerable and disadvantaged seniors.
- Looming sequester cuts to programs like those of the Older Americans Act will eliminate jobs, housing, meals, and home and community-based services for seniors in need.
- Deficit reduction should be done in a balanced way with broad, shared sacrifices—including revenues—that recognizes the significant cuts that already have been made and does not impose additional reductions that target vulnerable seniors and others who are already struggling to make ends meet.
- Federal Budget
Read more about what’s at stake and what NCOA and other organizations are saying about deficit reduction and FY15 budget proposals.
- Policy Basics: Introduction to the Federal Budget Process
Understand the difference between a budget request and a budget resolution, from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
- Federal Budget 101
Read a tutorial from the National Priorities Project on where the money comes from and where it goes.
- U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO): A Glossary of Terms Used in the Federal Budget Process
Learn about terms used in budget debates with definitions developed by GAO, the Treasury Department, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).