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By publicly recommending and supporting a positive perspective on aging, you have the ability to speak or write in support of the programs we provide to promote successful aging across Ohio. 

What is the Older Americans Act?

The Older Americans Act (OAA)is federal legislation that supports the social and nutrition services to Americans over age 60 since 1965.  The stated purpose of the OAA is to ensure equal opportunity to the fair and free enjoyment of adequate income in retirement; the best possible physical and mental health services without regard to economic status; suitable housing; restorative and long term care; opportunity for employment; retirement in health, honor, and dignity, civic, cultural, educational and recreational participation and contribution; efficient community services; immediate benefit from proven research knowledge; freedom, independence, and the exercise of self-determination; and protection against abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

OAA supports the rights of seniors to live independently by funding home and community-based program to address isolation, in-home services, transportation, hunger, elder-abuse prevention and more.  Funding for OAA programs has decreased by 18% over the past 20 years while the senior population has grown by 34%.

The Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2016 passed by Congress reauthorized programs for FY 2017-through FY 2019.  While this was a step in the right direction in protecting this important legislation, it’s just as critical that the OAA continues to be adequately funded.  Unfortunately, the proposed federal budget currently eliminates most of the funding provided by OAA.

 Latest News from Meals on Wheels America

April 6, 2018

The FY 2018 federal funding bill passed Congress and increases were provided to vital Older Americans Act (OAA) programs and services funded through the US Administration on Aging and delivered locally by organizations across the country.

There were increases to OAA Subtitles III B, C, D and E. This means that older adults will continue to receive in-home services, home-delivered and congregate meals, transportation, caregiver supports, evidence-based health and wellness programs and other essential services that enable them to maintain their health and independence for as long as possible.

Lawmakers rejected proposals from the Trump Administration to eliminate key federal programs that help low-income older adults meet their basic needs, find jobs to make ends meet, give back to their communities through volunteerism, receive one-on-one help understanding their Medicare and other benefits, and help them live independently at home and in the community.

March 9, 2018

The current stopgap spending bill providing federal funding for Meals on Wheels and other programs supporting seniors is set to expire on March 23, giving our national network and supporters fewer than two weeks to reinforce our key appropriations asks.

As a reminder, in any final FY 2018 funding agreement, we urge Congress to:

  • Increase federal funding for Older Americans Act (OAA) Nutrition Programs by $150 million over FY 2017 enacted levels, for a total of $987.7 million;  
  • Maintain existing funding levels, at a minimum, for the Social Services, Community Development and Community Services Block Grants; and
  • Protect and increase funding for all OAA programs and other federal nutrition programs that benefit seniors, such as the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

 

Reports from Capitol Hill indicate that the House of Representatives wants to consider a funding bill around March 15, meaning these next few days are critical to our call for increased funding for senior nutrition programs in FY 2018. Please take action now by writing to your Members of Congress today!

 What Will be Impacted by the Proposed Budget?

 

 

 

How Can you Advocate

It is so simple!  Write a letter-yes, an old-fashioned, pen to ink, handwritten or typed, send in the mail, LETTER! 

To whom:

Your elected officials! Click this     link     to find your elected officials and write them an actual letter!  Writing letters in your own words is an efficient and effective way to influence Members of Congress.  Since congressional offices receive only a handful of letters on most issues, each carriers real power. 

And say what?

Tell them your story and how continued cuts will impact you and your family! Let them know how you, a neighbor, family member, or friend will be impacted by any cuts to funding! Let them know that all older Americans deserve the right and need access to nutritious food, job training opportunities, transportation, health care, heat, and more!  Urge elected officials to increase funding to meet the growing population of older adults!  Remember, they work for YOU!

 

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