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114th Congress Heads Home

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The 114th Congress is now heading home to join their constituents. Before they left Friday night for the Senate did pass funding avoiding a government shutdown.

A Future with Seniors In Mind

The National Council on Aging set forth a three tier agenda for the 114th Congress.

Tier One

  1. Make Permanent the Medicare Low-Income Qualified Individual (QI) Program and Funding for Low-Income Beneficiary Outreach and Enrollment Activities.

Tier Two

  1. Reauthorize the Older Americans Act (OAA) and Enhance Nutrition Assistance for Food Insecure Seniors.
  2. Strengthen Protections Against Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation.

Tier Three

  1. Protect and Strengthen Social Security to Safeguard the Economic Security of Older Adults and Individuals with Disabilities.
  2. Improve Access to Medicare Prescription Drugs for Vulnerable Beneficiaries.
  3. Include Elder Economic Security in Efforts to Address Poverty and Income Inequality.

How Did They Do?

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be writing about what passed and what failed. More importantly, I’ll be sharing why this is important to you. The future belongs not to youth but to the older adult. What happens today affects your tomorrow. 

 

About the Author

Currently, Judi Bonilla is the Director of Program Innovation at Advocates For Aging. She is the first gerontologist to speak at South by Southwest (SXSW). Judi has also spoken at the American Society Aging and Certified Senior Advisors conferences. She also served as a fellow for Hispanics in Philanthropy and Senior Service America. Judi is the author of Freewheeling After Sixty a book for older drivers. In addition, the City of San Diego honored her for launching Older Driver Safety Awareness Week.

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