Help NCOA make sure that needed investments are made in federal programs that serve vulnerable older Americans.
Federal budget debates over the past decade resulted in trillions in deficit reduction, of which over three-fourths were the result of spending cuts in discretionary programs such as those of the Older Americans Act (OAA), Falls Prevention, Elder Justice, the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), and Senior Corps. With the expiration of the past decade’s budget caps, it is now time to invest in Aging Services to meet the needs of the increasing number and diversity of our nation’s aging population.
Program cuts over the past decade disproportionately affected vulnerable Americans and struggling communities. More older adults than ever need assistance and support to make ends meet, a crisis further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Funding for aging services programs, including those of 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 dollar provided to the aging services network also is leveraged by nearly three dollars in non-federal support.
FY21 Budget Proposals
- NCOA Aging Program Funding Table tracks proposals for aging services’ funding for FY19 through FY21.
- Congress’ Final Legislative Package of 2020. Learn more about the $2.3 trillion legislative package that addresses some of the COVID-19 pandemic and health challenges facing older adults.
- HHS Budget in Brief. Review the FY21 budget summary for the Department of Health and Human Services.
- HHS Congressional Justifications. Learn more about the requests for each agency, including ACL.
- Administration FY21 Budget Request, including agency details.
- Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) analysis. Learn about the implications of the budget request, including on Medicare and other seniors’ programs, hunger and nutrition assistance, and support for states and communities.
Learn More About the Federal Budget
- Federal Budget. Read more about what’s at stake and what NCOA and other organizations are saying about deficit reduction and FY21 and FY22 budget proposals.
- Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO). This coalition of 69 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.
- Policy Basics: Introduction to the Federal Budget Process. Understand the difference between a budget request and a budget resolution, from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP).
- Federal Budget 101. Read a tutorial from the National Priorities Project on where the money comes from and where it goes.
- U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations. Review the Committee’s description of the federal budget process, and the relationship between appropriations and authorizations.
- U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO): A Glossary of Terms Used in the Federal Budget Process. Learn about terms used in budget debates with definitions developed by GAO, the Treasury Department, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).