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.
- Aging Program Funding Table. See a table of proposals for aging program funding for FY14 through FY18. UPDATED 07-18-17 to include House proposals.
- House joint letter supporting FY18 Medicare SHIP and SCSEP funding organized by Reps. Schakowsky (D-IL) and Deutch (D-FL) and signed by a total of 37 Representatives.
- Senate joint letter supporting FY18 Medicare SHIP funding organized by Sen. Murphy (D-CT) and signed by a total of 35 Senators.
- Senate joint letter supporting FY18 SCSEP funding organized by Sen. Murphy (D-CT) and signed by a total of 35 Senators.
- Issue Brief: State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) Funding. Issue brief outlining NCOA’s rationale for at least restoring SHIP to $52.1 million in FY18.
- Group letter signed by 79 national organizations in support of FY18 SHIP funding.
- Issue Brief: Falls Prevention Funding. Issue brief outlining the rationale of the Falls Free® Coalition for at least $7.1 million in funding for falls prevention in FY18.
- Group letter organized by National Safety Council in support of $2 million for CDC Falls Prevention.
- Issue Brief: Chronic Disease Self-Management Education (CDSME) Funding. Issue brief outlining NCOA’s rationale for $16 million in funding for CDSME in FY18.
- Leadership Council on Aging Organizations (LCAO) FY18 appropriations priorities letter
- Straight Talk for Seniors®: 10 Ways the Administration’s Budget Would Impact Senior Programs
- Administration for Community Living Budget Request. Review ACL’s FY18 Congressional Justification.
- HHS Budget in Brief. Review the FY18 budget summary for the Department of Health and Human Services.
- Administration FY18 Budget Request, including Agency Details.
- FY17 Omnibus Appropriations: Read our blog post, review the Senate and House summaries, and view the legislation.
- Senate Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations FY17 Markup Release. Review the full Committee summary of the FY17 bill.
- Sen. Sanders’ FY17 OAA letter to appropriators signed by 30 Senators.
- News: See President Obama’s final budget request for aging services.
- White House Budget Request Fact Sheet on Supporting Older Americans. Read the White House’s summary of FY17 Budget Request proposals regarding older adults.
- Administration for Community Living Budget Request. See ACL’s budget documents for FY17.
- HHS Budget in Brief. Review the FY17 budget summaries for the Department of Health and Human Services.
- Budget Request Overview and Agency Details. Review various summaries of the FY17 request and details for each federal agency.
- 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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