n4a Weighs in on Recent Congressional and Administrative Funding Proposals
This week n4a sent a letter to Capitol Hill to applaud the bipartisan, bicameral legislative effort to finalize FY 2019 funding for OAA and other aging programs. The letter acknowledged the work of appropriators to protect FY 2018's increases for important OAA and other aging programs and to provide several additional increases and investments in aging services.
We encourage AAAs to also reach out to thank your Members of Congress for their timely approval of FY 2019 funding for OAA and other critical aging programs. We'll provide a sample letter next week!
Additionally, n4a sent a letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar responding to a plan from the Trump Administration to reallocate over $265 million in FY 2018 HHS funding, which includes $5 million from ACL/AoA programs, to respond to immigration priorities. n4a opposes the strategy proposed that would redirect funding from currently underfunded direct services aging and disability programs and circumvent established supplemental appropriations processes. n4a is also leading a national aging coalition response to the Administration's proposed reallocation plan. We do not yet have details on how the reallocation would work, given that FY 2018 funding is already distributed to the field, but will keep members informed as we learn more.