April 9, 2018
A Wall Street Journal article published on April 9 indicating that the White House is reaching out to like-minded Republicans in Congress to create a plan to rescind some of the FY 2018 funding increases approved for domestic spending. Will be important to include communications to members of Congress about the return on investment that older adults will receive for the OAA increases, as part of an effort to assure that OAA funding increases are not rescinded.
April 6, 2018
On the heels of the recently approved $35 million Title III-B increase for FY 2018 budget, Congress must turn its attention to the FY 2019 budget. The Key Message for Advocates: Preserve the service and funding increases secured in the FY 2018 budget!
March 28, 2018
Remember to send thank you letters/messages to members of Congress for FY 2018 $35 million increase.
March 23, 2018
SUCCESS AT LAST!
Federal Omnibus Spending Bill Includes Substantial
Increases for Aging Programs
On March 23rd, the President signed the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 federal budget into law, providing the most significant funding increases for Older Americans Act programs since 2010. This omnibus budget sets spending levels for the federal government for the remainder of FY 2018, which ends on September 30th.
Key increases to Older Americans Act programs include:
• Title III-B Supportive Services, which funds a variety of social service programs, including in-home personal care, chore service, and housekeeping, was increased by 10%. A $35 MILLION INCREASE!
• Congregate nutrition programs were increased by 9%.
• Home Delivered Meal funding was increased by 8%.
• Family Caregiver Support programs were increased by 20%,
• Funding for evidenced-based health programs was increased by 25%.
• Nursing Home Ombudsman funding was increased by 5%.
February 22, 2018
Advocates are currently focused on seeking congressional support for retention of the proposed $14 million increase to Title III-B of the Older Americans Act as part of the FY 2018 budget. This increase was introduced by Congresswoman McSally from Arizona in the budget committee. Please reach out to the members of Congress in your area and seek their support for retention of the House proposed funding level for Title III-B.