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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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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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 a Care Infrastructure Package

I write as chair of the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations to express LCAO’s strong support for a Care Infrastructure package. Since 1980, LCAO has been the country’s preeminent coalition representing older Americans. Comprised of 67 national nonprofit organization members, LCAO focuses on the well-being of America’s older population and is committed to representing their interests in the policy-making arena. LCAO serves as a source of information about issues affecting older persons and provides leadership and vision as America meets the challenges and opportunities presented by its aging society. 

Read LCAO chair Katie Smith Sloan’s letter on LCAO’s support for a care infrastructure package.

LCAO Telehealth Principles

As technology expands and service delivery becomes increasingly complex, all of us should have consistent access to health care and long-term services and supports (LTSS), including home and community-based services (HCBS). Telehealth services have expanded exponentially during the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency (PHE), and consumer use of telehealth has reached record high numbers across different insurance types, providing a lifeline for many during the pandemic.1 Among older adults and people with disabilities in particular, access to mental health services, nursing facility services, and HCBS through telehealth has proved essential. It has allowed them to address their rising mental health needs, reduce isolation, receive case management assistance and adult day services, and more while protecting them from COVID-19. 

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LCAO FY 2022 Budget and Appropriations Letter

 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 the policy-making arena. Many of the federal programs under the jurisdiction of your Appropriations Subcommittees are critical to helping millions of older adults and family caregivers age with dignity, health, and independence in their homes and communities. This is especially important at a time when aging at home remains the safest option for older adults, who are at greatest risk for negative health outcomes associated with COVID-19. 

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LCAO Chair’s Letter Supporting ACCESS Act

On behalf of the 69 members of the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO), I am writing to reaffirm our support for the Advancing Connectivity during the Coronavirus to Ensure Support for Seniors (ACCESS) Act (S. 57/H.R. 596). LCAO focuses on the well-being of America’s older population and is committed to representing their interests in the policy-making arena. 

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