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).
More cuts are looming in 2016 and Medicare and Medicaid are still on the table.
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.
- Issue Brief: Funding for Elder Falls Prevention. Issue brief outlining the rationale of the Falls Free® Coalition for $10 million in funding for falls prevention in FY16.
- Issue Brief: Funding for Chronic Disease Self-Management Education (CDSME). Issue brief outlining NCOA’s rationale for $16 million in funding for CDSME in FY16.
- Fact Sheet on the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP). Fact sheet describing SHIP and the impact of the proposed 42.5% cut in FY16 funding.
- Aging Program Funding Table. See a table of proposals for aging program funding for FY13 through FY16.
- White House Fact Sheet on Budget Request and Older Americans. Read the White House’s summary of FY16 Budget Request proposals regarding older adults.
- Administration for Community Living Budget Request. See ACL’s budget documents for FY16.
- Analysis: White House proposal to end the sequester. Read the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities’ analysis of the budget request proposal to end the sequester.
- HHS Budget in Brief. Review the FY16 budget summary for the Department of Health and Human Services.
- Budget Request Overview and Agency Details. Review various summaries of the FY16 request and details for each federal agency.
- Write your Representative to urge him/her to fund, reauthorize and protect the Older Americans Act.
- 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.
Effects of the Sequester