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The number of seniors in our country will grow exponentially over the coming years. Meals on Wheels People is a proven public-private partnership that effectively addresses the challenges of aging by promoting health and improving quality of life for our communities’ most vulnerable seniors. Speak out to not only keep seniors at home, but also save billions in tax dollars by keeping them out of more costly healthcare settings. Meals on Wheels People is powered by people just like you and we need your help to fund and protect the programs that support our seniors.

The Older Americans Act (OAA) has been a primary piece of federal legislation supporting social and nutrition services to Americans over age 60 since 1965. OAA programs are vital for seniors who are at significant risk of hunger, isolation and losing their ability to live independently. 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 reauthorizes programs for FY 2017 through FY 2019. While this is a step in the right direction in protecting this important legislation, it's just as critical that the OAA is adequately funded. Unfortunately, funding has failed to keep pace with the needs of a rapidly growing senior population and OAA Nutrition Programs are serving nearly 23 million fewer meals today than in 2005.

How to speak out for seniors! 


Contact your elected officials and urge them to increase funding to meet the growing population of seniors. Let them know that all seniors in need should have access to nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks; please invest in services and benefits for our seniors! Follow this link to find your elected officials. 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 carries real power.

Join the Campaign for Oregon's Seniors & People with Disabilities Lobby Day on Feb 28, 2017

The Campaign for Oregon Seniors & People with Disabilities (COSPD) is a diverse alliance of organizations representing business, labor, consumers and other concerned Oregonians working together to help policy makers realize the tremendous long-term care system Oregon has and the ways to preserve and strengthen it.

We believe the time is now to protect and reinvest in this visionary, efficient and cost-saving system for our current seniors and people with disabilities as well as future generations. Oregon's most vulnerable citizens, communities and economy can't afford not to.
 

We all benefit - socially and economically - when Oregonians are allowed to age with independence, choice and dignity. 

Join us for COSPD Lobby Day in Salem by contacting JoAnn at joann@eldersinaction.org  to arrange for registration and transportation.


Capitol Hill Update: 

 

DONALD TRUMP SWORN IN AS 45TH PRESIDENT

 

With a new President and recently sworn-in 115th Congress in place, it is critical that we educate these new leaders in Washington about the social and economic return on investment your programs deliver to our seniors, communities, taxpayers and nation as a whole. While it is clear that Meals on Wheels programs have far-reaching bipartisan support on Capitol Hill, there are also many legislative and policy unknowns in the weeks ahead. Now is the time for us to speak out to protect both the home-delivered and congregate meal services on which our seniors rely. 

AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins outlined AARP’s priorities for Americans 50 and older, calling for protection of Medicare and Social Security as well as access to affordable health care and prescription drugs. Read the AARP's January 17, 2017 letter to President Trump here.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

The 114th Congress adjourned in December passing a short-term FY 2017 Appropriations Bill that will fund government programs through April. Because this work was left unfinished, the new Congress will be debating both FY 2017 and FY 2018 funding levels at the same time. 

While level funding in this environment would be viewed as a success, we intend to call for increased funding for Older Americans Act (OAA) Nutrition Programs and leverage the momentum from the passage of the OAA Reauthorization Act of 2016 which allows Congress to fund a total of $874,637,011 for the three OAA Nutrition Programs. For context, this is a more than $26 million increase over the levels included in President Obama's FY 2017 Budget Proposal.

 

 

From AARP: Your key Medicare questions, answered.

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Could Congress really take away my Medicare benefits? What would a voucher program mean for my savings? There are plenty of big questions about what the new Congress might do to Medicare – and how it could affect your bottom line.

AARP has the answers. Don't miss our special Q&A on the 5 top questions about Medicare since the election!

It can be hard to keep up with all the policy proposals being debated in Washington. That's why AARP experts took the time to answer your questions on Medicare, Social Security, and more.

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