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. Due to the recent economic downturn, 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 program funding for FY17 through FY19. UPDATED 06-29-18 to include Senate Appropriations Committee proposals.
- Senate passes its version of FY19 Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill; review Chairman’s and Ranking Member’s releases, and Sen. Casey’s release on passage of amendment to start work on the Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act.
- Senate FY19 Labor-HHS appropriations bill
- House FY19 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) appropriations bill
- Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO) FY19 priorities letter to Congress
- House joint letter supporting FY19 Medicare SHIP and SCSEP funding organized by Reps. Schakowsky (D-IL), Matsui (D-CA), and Deutch (D-FL) and signed by a total of 41 Representatives.
- Senate joint letter supporting FY19 Medicare SHIP funding organized by Sen. Murphy (D-CT) and signed by a total of 24 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 FY19 Congressional Justification.
- HHS Budget in Brief. Review the FY19 budget summary for the Department of Health and Human Services.
- Administration FY19 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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