Chair’s Letter on FY23 Budget and Appropriations

The Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO) is a coalition of national nonprofit organizations concerned with the well-being of America’s older population and committed to representing their interests in policy-making arenas. Many of the federal programs under the jurisdiction of your Appropriations Subcommittees are critical to helping millions of older adults age with dignity, health, and independence in their homes and communities and providing vital support to their family caregivers. 

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Chair’s Letter on COVID-19 Supplemental Funding

The undersigned members of the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO) are writing to urge Congress to swiftly and fully fund the White House’s request for supplemental appropriations to respond to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. We thank Congress for taking action on previous COVID-19 relief funding, including on some provisions for which LCAO previously advocated. 

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LCAO Chair Letter on Mental Health of Older Adults

Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO), a coalition of 68 national nonprofit organizations concerned with the well-being of America’s older populations, wish to highlight pathways to more affordable and accessible behavioral health services and programs for older adults. We recommend 1) facilitating the growth of the behavioral health workforce; 2) ensuring mental health parity in Medicare; 3) increasing funding for proven federal programs to achieve improvements; 4) ensuring better integration of behavioral and physical health care; 5) robustly funding crisis support; and 6) removing remaining barriers to accessing telemental health care. The body of our letter identifies major barriers to care and includes general policy recommendations, and the appendix cites specific bipartisan legislation that aims to address some, or all of the issues raised. In some cases, where there is not yet proposed legislation that would accomplish our recommendations, we urge Congress to create new bills. 

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LCAO Chair Comments in Response to Proposed Rulemaking, Public Charge Ground of Inadmissibility

 The Leadership Council of Aging Organizations is writing in response to the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS, or the Department) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM or proposed rule) to express support for and recommendations to improve the public charge proposed rule published in the Federal Register on February 24, 2022. We believe that there should be no public charge barrier to immigrate to the U.S., and we will continue to work to change the statute. 

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Sign-On Letter in Support of Reestablishing the House Select Committee on Aging

On behalf of the 69 members of the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO), I am writing to express our strong support for reestablishing the House Select Committee on Aging (HSCoA) as proposed in H. Res. 583, a Resolution introduced by Rep. David Cicilline. LCAO focuses on the well-being of America’s older population and is committed to representing their interests in the policy-making arena. We are seeking as many cosponsors as soon as possible (there are currently 41) to support this important Resolution before the session’s overall agenda would make action more difficult. 

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Letter in Support of SSA Funding

 The Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO) is a coalition of 69 national nonprofit organizations concerned with the well-being of America’s older population and committed to representing their interests in the policy-making arena. We strongly urge you to enact omnibus appropriations legislation that includes all 12 subcommittee bills for Fiscal Year 2022 and becomes effective when the continuing resolution (CR) ends. In doing so, Congress should fully fund the Administration’s request of $14.189 billion for Social Security Administration so it can fulfill its critical mission to administer the nation’s social insurance programs for the financial well-being of retirees and their survivors, disabled workers and their families, as well as the aged and blind. This is especially important because of the harm done by Covid-19. 

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LCAO Omnibus Appropriations Letter

As members of the Leadership Coalition of Aging Organizations (LCAO), we urge you to enact omnibus Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 appropriations legislation by the time that the current continuing resolution (CR) ends on February 18 that includes all 12 subcommittee bills. Our nation continues to face the economic, health, and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Relying on long-term CRs would result in flat and therefore inadequate funding, which in turn impedes the capacity of programs providing critical services to individuals across the country. 

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Chair’s Statement on Support of the Build Back Better Legislation

 Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO) is a coalition of 67 national nonprofit organizations concerned with the well-being of America’s older population and committed to representing their interests in the policy-making arena. 

As the Chair, I underscore LCAO’s continued strong support for the Build Back Better legislation and urge the Senate to protect and expand the bill’s resources to provide much needed assistance and relief for older adults and their families. Build Back Better contains historic investments in essential services that Americans overwhelmingly support. 

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Statement in Support of COVID-19 Booster Shots for Older Adults and Those Who Care for Them

Due to concerns about the most recent COVID-19 variant, Omicron, and the ongoing proliferation of the Delta variant, our coalition of national nonprofit organizations concerned with the well-being of America’s older people urges all fully vaccinated older adults, and the paid and unpaid people who care for them, to receive a booster shot of one of the three available COVID-19 vaccines in the U.S. If older adults are not yet fully vaccinated, we urge them to protect themselves with COVID-19 vaccines.

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