Federal budget debates remain contentious despite nearly $5 trillion in deficit reduction being achieved in recent years. Over three-fourths of this has occurred through spending cuts, particularly in discretionary programs such as those of the Older Americans Act, Falls Prevention, Housing Counseling, Section 202 Housing for the Elderly, the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Senior Corps, and the Social Services Block Grant (SSBG).
Protecting vulnerable seniors
Reining in the federal budget is important to our nation’s economic future and requires shared sacrifice in spending reductions and increased revenues.
But program cuts should not be made at the expense of economically disadvantaged seniors and other vulnerable Americans. More seniors than ever need assistance and support to make ends meet.
Funding for seniors programs, including the OAA, is a cost-effective investment. Empowering seniors to remain healthy and economically secure in their own homes and communities reduces spending on more costly entitlement programs.
Every $1 provided to the aging services network also is leveraged by nearly $3 in non-federal support.
Cuts to Medicare and Medicaid that would increase out-of-pocket costs are something vulnerable seniors simply cannot afford.
- NCOA Aging Program Funding Table tracks proposals for aging services’ funding for FY18 through FY20.
- House FY20 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) appropriations bill
- Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO) FY20 priorities letter to Congress
- House joint letter supporting FY20 Medicare SHIP and SCSEP funding organized by Reps. Schakowsky (D-IL), Matsui (D-CA), and Deutch (D-FL) and signed by a total of 28 Representatives.
- Senate joint letter supporting FY20 Medicare SHIP funding organized by Sen. Murphy (D-CT) and signed by a total of 23 Senators.
- Senate joint letter supporting FY19 SCSEP funding organized by Sen. Murphy (D-CT) and signed by a total of 26 Senators.
- Administration for Community Living Budget Request. Review ACL’s FY20 Congressional Justification.
- HHS Budget in Brief. Review the FY20 budget summary for the Department of Health and Human Services.
- Administration FY20 Budget Request, including Agency Details.
- Share your story about how looming cuts and/or lack of investments will affect seniors in your community.
Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO)
This coalition of 72 national aging organizations continues to weigh in on several aspects of the budget debate with issue briefs, fact sheets and correspondence to Congressional and Administration leadership.
Center on Budget & Policy Priorities (CBPP)
CBPP provides information about the budget process, as well as analyses of proposals, with a focus on the impacts to programs and services for low- and moderate-income families and individuals.
Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC)
The BPC actively promotes bipartisan policymaking, and its Economic Policy Project (EPP) focuses on federal debt, deficits, and budgeting.
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