Senior Groups Comment on President’s FY2017 Budget
Express Concerns about Proposed Medicare Cuts, Home Health Copay
In a letter dated March 1, 2016, the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO) sent comments to Congress on the President’s fiscal year (FY) 2017 budget proposal. LCAO expressed concerns about proposals in the President’s FY2017 budget to create a home health copay and cut Medicare by over $400 billion over 10 years. The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) analyzed the proposals in the President’s FY2017 budget affecting home care and hospice in previous NAHC Report coverage available here and here.
NAHC is a member of LCAO, a 72-member coalition of the nation’s non-profit organizations serving older Americans. LCAO is dedicated to preserving and strengthening the well-being of America’s older population and provides a voice for seniors and their families in the ongoing debate on aging policy.
“Compared with the 46 million seniors today, by 2030, 70 million people – 1 in 5 Americans – will be 65 or older. Many older Americans face economic and health challenges,” LCAO stated in its comments. “Currently, nearly 90 percent of seniors have at least one chronic condition, 4.2 million adults over the age of 65 live in poverty and nearly one in six seniors struggle with hunger. Decades of stagnant wages and the erosion of employer-sponsored retirement benefits and savings are grinding away at the economic security of millions of seniors. Given these demographic and economic realities, we urge you to ensure that the FY 2017 congressional budget resolution strengthens the financial and health security of older adults and to reject proposals that would increase costs or reduce benefits and services for current and future generations of older Americans.”
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