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senior hunger is a national issue. Read more about THE ESCALATING PROBLEM OF SENIOR HUNGER AND ISOLATION
Our nation’s senior population is growing exponentially, outpacing the resources available to serve vulnerable older adults and putting their health and well-being in jeopardy. Meals on Wheels is a proven public-private partnership that effectively addresses the challenges of aging by promoting health and improving quality of life for at-risk seniors.
Starving Seniors: HOw America Fails to Feed Its Aging
Older Americans Act funding lags far behind senior population growth, as well as economic inflation.
Reach out to your Representatives
Help secure funding necessary to serve more seniors in need!
Click below for the FY2020 ask in national Older Americans Act (OAA) Nutrition Program Appropriations (in million USD):
REstore funding to support vulnerable oregon seniors!
A state funding issue developed late last week: The Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Services has recommended funding reductions to services for seniors through two specific funding elimination proposals for the next biennium (via HB 5026, the agency bill for the Department Human Services):
• $2.2 million eliminated in state support to Older Americans Act programs. This fund reduction translates to a loss of over 200,000 meals (statewide) for seniors and people with disabilities over the biennium, including Meals on Wheels and Congregate Meals.
• $1.3 million eliminated from Evidence-Based Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Programs for seniors. These programs include healthy aging, falls prevention, diabetes management, medication management.
Please see the flyer for more information: HB 5026 Flyer v3
Today, Americans are working more and longer than they ever have. When older workers lose their jobs, they
are far more likely than other workers to join the ranks of the long-term unemployed. And unfortunately,
discrimination appears to be a significant factor in older workers’ long-term unemployment. Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act (POWADA) ensures that older workers have the protections they need.
You can take action today – contact your elected officials:
STEPS FORWARD IN FY 2020 APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS PLUS OTHER RECENT DEVELOPMENTS TO WATCH
As usual, there’s a lot happening on Capitol Hill! We’ve pulled together a quick recap on Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 appropriations, and Older Americans Act (OAA) re-authorization to keep you informed. See below for details and ways to take action today.
FY 2020 APPROPRIATIONS MOVES FORWARD
The FY 2020 appropriations process continues to move forward as the House of Representatives began debate last week on a nearly $985 billion four-bill discretionary spending package (H.R. 2740). This spending package (known as a “minibus”) combines four of the 12 appropriations bills for which Congress is responsible – including Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (Labor-HHS-Education) – and would provide $1 billion in funding for the OAA Nutrition Program, an increase of $93 million. Debate will continue this week, followed by a final vote on the entire spending package.
This total level of funding for the Congregate, Home-Delivered and Nutrition Services Incentive Programs is a huge accomplishment but could be challenging to preserve in any final appropriations package, so it’s critical to continue to advocate.
Urge your Members of Congress to support the proposed increase in funding for the OAA Nutrition Program, bringing total FY 2020 funding to $1 billion.
PUSHING TO RAISE THE BUDGET CAPS
As we’ve been communicating all year long, Congress must come to an agreement on budget caps (spending limits) for both defense and non-defense discretionary (NDD) programs, such as OAA nutrition services and supports, in order for there to be an opportunity for any increase in funding. Without a deal to raise the budget caps, both a government shutdown and/or triggering of an automatic across-the-board spending cut of nearly 10% to discretionary programs – known as “sequestration” – are real threats. Please continue to talk to your Members of Congress about this issue and why it remains so important to seniors.
OLDER AMERICANS ACT (OAA) REAUTHORIZATION UPDATE
The key Committees in the Senate have been working hard to develop a bipartisan OAA Reauthorization Bill and recently released a “discussion draft” for comment and review. The goal in the Senate is to pass a reauthorization bill by unanimous consent, meaning that no Senator has any objection to the bill. There is a lot of work to continue throughout the summer, so don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions you may have, particularly if your Members of Congress and/or other groups are asking for your input.
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