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 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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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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Letter of Support for Budget Reconciliation Elder Justice Provisions

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. LCAO commends your commitment to providing funding and support for Adult Protective Services (APS) programs and the long-term care ombudsman program throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. To build upon these efforts to help address the needs of our nation’s aging population, we are writing in support of S.2674/H.R.4969, the Elder Justice Reauthorization and Modernization Act of 2021. 

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Chair’s Letter on LCAO’s Support for Elder Justice Provisions in Reconciliation Package

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. LCAO commends your commitment to providing funding and support for Adult Protective Services (APS) programs and the long-term care ombudsman program throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. To build upon these efforts to help address the needs of our nation’s aging population, we are writing in support of S.2674/H.R.4969, the Elder Justice Reauthorization and Modernization Act of 2021.

Read LCAO chair Katie Smith Sloan’s letter on LCAO’s support for elder justice provisions in the budget reconciliation package.

LCAO Chair’s Letter Supporting Protecting Older Job Applicants

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 urge you to strengthen protections for older workers by voting for H.R. 3992, the Protect Older Job Applicants Act (POJA) of 2021. POJA would clarify that the Age Discrimination in Employment Act’s (ADEA) prohibition against all forms of employment discrimination based on age covers individuals during the hiring phase of employment. 

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