National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA) is seeking support from Tribal Leaders and Indian Country to advocate for Senior Program Funding in the FY 18 Budget

With the White House budget submission of 5-23-17 many historic cuts and elimination of programs and services for older adults have been proposed.  NICOA is asking that all of Indian Country come together to educate and advocate at the Congressional level on their behalf to make certain that funds are restored as Congress develops their own version of the FY 18 Budget.

Some of the critical programs that need to remain are as follows…

  • Medicaid – Nearly 7 million low-income seniors rely on Medicaid for their health and long-term care.  There is already an impending $839 billion cut to this program through the American Health Care Act. 
  • Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) – Provides a part-time employment opportunity to work 20 hours per week at $10.30/hour.  This income helps supplement many impoverished Native American Elders and provides for their basic needs for food, shelter and clothing to met.
  • Medicare State Health Insurance Assistance Program –Supports 15,000 counselors who provide free assistance to elders through Tribal Area Agencies on Aging.
  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program – Assists Low-income Elders in paying their heating and cooling costs in critical weather.
  • Block Grants – Funding to improve economic security and independence for low-income families and seniors.  Services like home care, congregate and home delivered meals, transportation and protective services.
  • Senior Corps and AmeriCorps – Programs that enlist Older Adults for Volunteerism providing valuable hours of service in communities nation wide.
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Provides supplemental funding for food for seniors.
  • CDC Falls Prevention – Provides funding for “fall prevention” programs and activities as this is a high risk event for older adults.
  • Chronic Disease Self-Management Education – Provides funding for community based workshops for people with chronic conditions.  90% of older adults have at least one chronic disease and two-thirds have two or more.
  • Older Americans Act and Elder Justice Act – Provides funding for Senior Nutrition, Caregiver Support and Elder Justice services.

For More Information please contact: James DeLaCruz, NICOA Board Chairman
Randella Bluehouse, Executive Director
National Indian Council on Aging, Inc.
One Executive Center
8500 Menaul Blvd. NE, Suite B-470
Albuquerque, NM 87112
Phone: 505-292-2001