LeadingAge sent a stern warning to Congress Wednesday not to forget seniors as it moves forward on the Biden administration’s $3.5 trillion reconciliation package. The aging services nonprofit cautioned lawmakers against cutting back on funding commitments House committees made on senior housing and long-term care workforce training and recruitment.
“These are not just numbers. They’re the real lives of older people and the families struggling to get them the care and services they need,” Katie Smith Sloan, president and CEO of LeadingAge, said in a statement. “Every member of Congress needs to know that this is the most important moment in decades for older adults who need help to eat and bathe and take their medicine, or who too often die waiting on lists for affordable housing that last for years.”
LeadingAge, which represents 5,000 aging service nonprofit agencies, has been lobbying Congress for $2.4 billion in new affordable senior housing, $1.5 billion for increased wages and benefits for caregivers, and $190 billion for expanded home-and-community-based services that would allow more seniors to age in place.
LeadingAge said 91% of Americans who responded to its recent survey supported additional resources for seniors and 89% favored increased public investment in affordable home care services for older adults.