Ramsey Alwin, NCOA President and CEO, responds to the Oct. 28 release of the initial Build Back Better Act framework and legislative text.
NCOA supports many of the important investments to ensure equitable aging for all Americans.
Unfortunately, the current bill leaves unaddressed critical challenges that desperately need attention as our nation ages.
Arlington, VA (October 29, 2021) — The following is a statement by Ramsey Alwin, President and CEO of the National Council on Aging (NCOA), in response to the Oct. 28 release of the initial Build Back Better Act framework and legislative text.
“On behalf of millions of older adults and their families, NCOA supports many of the important investments included in the Build Back Better Act to ensure equitable aging for all Americans. Unfortunately, the current bill leaves unaddressed critical challenges that desperately need attention as our nation ages.
“NCOA believes every American deserves to age with basic health and financial security. We are pleased that the draft Build Back Better Act features significant new investments in home and community-based services, which will allow millions more older adults to get the care they need where they want it most—in their own homes.
“The framework also includes important new hearing coverage under Medicare and additional funding for Older Americans Act programs, such as senior center infrastructure, research and development, and job training and placement for low-income older workers. In addition, it reauthorizes and expands the Elder Justice Act, to support older adults struggling with abuse, exploitation, neglect, and isolation.
“Yet, the proposal falls short in critical areas. We are particularly disappointed that the current bill fails to reduce prescription drug costs, cover dental care under Medicare, and provide paid medical leave.
“There is still time to make sure these important investments are included in the final legislation and that current investments are not pared back. We urge the President and Congress to continue working together to ensure that the final Build Back Better Act truly enables every American to age with dignity.”
The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is the national voice for every person’s right to age well. We believe that how we age should not be determined by gender, color, sexuality, income, or zip code. Working with thousands of national and local partners, we provide resources, tools, best practices, and advocacy to ensure every person can age with health and financial security. Founded in 1950, we are the oldest national organization focused on older adults. Follow us at @NCOAging.