President Biden’s Infrastructure Plan Builds a Stronger Foundation for Older Americans

WASHINGTON, DC – The nation’s pre-eminent coalition representing older Americans applauds President Biden’s American Jobs Plan as a bold step in the right direction for all of us as we age. The Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO) urges Congress to enact the President’s plan, so that older Americans will feel the benefits across many areas of their lives — from housing to health to caregiving.  Most significantly, the plan will provide home and community-based services (HCBS) for older people who otherwise would have to wait as many as five years to get the services they need.

“The American Jobs Plan is not just about aging infrastructure, but the ‘infrastructure of aging.’ Our nation’s capacity to take care of one of our most under-resourced populations has not kept pace with the growing number of older Americans.  The President’s plan is a welcome recognition that any re-imagining of the economy must include a serious commitment to older adults’ needs, which have been laid bare by the COVID pandemic.” – Max Richtman, LCAO Chair and President & CEO of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare

LCAO has identified key portions of the American Jobs Plan that would directly benefit older people:

  • $400 billion (or 20% of the funding in this plan) to improve HCBS for older adults and people with disabilities, including expanding access to Medicaid HCBS, extending the Medicaid HCBS “Money Follows the Person” program, and providing direct care workers with higher wages and the ability to bargain collectively.
  • Improving housing security. LCAO will urge President Biden and the Congress to ensure that housing for older adults, including the section 202 program, are part of this effort.
  • Support for the improvement of high-speed broadband infrastructure.  LCAO wants to ensure that this proposal addresses improving telehealth capacity and economic opportunity.
  • Support efforts to improve America’s transportation infrastructure.  LCAO will call for improvements in public transportation for older adults, including the enhancement of such services under the Older Americans Act.

As the President’s plan is taken up by Congress, LCAO will continue to urge lawmakers to ensure that the American Jobs Act addresses the transportation, housing, broadband access, and caregiving needs of older people.  Just as the President’s American Jobs Plan will rebuild our nation’s crumbling infrastructure, it must build a better foundation for society as a whole by fortifying services for all of us as we age.

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The Leadership Council of Aging Organizations has been the country’s pre-eminent coalition representing older Americans since 1980. Composed of 69 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. 

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LCAO Chair Letter to Hill on COVID Relief

* This is the Senate letter. A copy of the letter was also sent to the House of Representatives.

On behalf of the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO), I am writing to urge you to prioritize the health, community-based services and supports, and economic security needs of older adults as you move forward with budget reconciliation and efforts to address the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

LCAO Chair Letter to Hill on COVID Relief

LCAO Priorities for President-Elect Biden

LCAO deeply appreciates and concurs wholeheartedly with the incoming administration’s commitment to advancing equity and justice for all people. We are heartened to read the many platforms promoting equity and justice not only for older adults and people with disabilities, but also for multiple racial and ethnic communities and for Tribal Nations, residents of U.S. territories and commonwealths, immigrants, people with limited English proficiency (LEP), LGBTQ+ individuals and families, women, religious communities, and rural communities.

LCAO Priorities for President-Elect Biden

Transition Letter to President-Elect Biden

The Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO) congratulates you on your election to the Presidency.

Since 1980, LCAO has been the country’s preeminent coalition representing older Americans. Composed of 69 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.

Transition Letter to President-Elect Biden

LCAO Chair’s Letter to the President on the Payroll Tax Cut

The Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO), a coalition of 69 national nonprofit groups concerned with the well-being of America’s older population, strongly urges you to reverse your August 8th executive action on the deferral of employee Social Security payroll contributions to the end of 2020.  While the stated goal may be to boost the economy and get money into the pockets of workers hurt by the coronavirus, deferring contributions to Social Security will not help the millions of workers who have lost their jobs and it will do nothing for those who have left the workforce because of such reasons as retirement, disability or caregiving.

LCAO Payroll Tax Letter

LCAO Letter Supporting Fixing the Social Security Notch Issue

We, the undersigned members of the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO), urge you to correct a coronavirus-related glitch in current law. If left uncorrected, it would result in a sizable benefit cut in Social Security retirement income for individuals born in 1960 and 1961. Please include H.R. 7499, the “Social Security COVID Correction and Equity Act,” in the next coronavirus relief legislation. Although the problem was revealed by the COVID-19-induced economic crisis, it has long-term implications for future generations.

LCAO Letter Supporting Fixing the Social Security Notch Issue

LCAO Issues Statement of Record to US Senate Special Committee on Aging

LCAO called upon the federal government to mobilize quickly to lead the nation through this pandemic. The Administration’s COVID-19 Task Force actions, the Families First legislation, and the CARES Act have been an important start; yet, an even more robust federal response is needed, quickly, to protect the health and well-being of older adults, family caregivers, direct care workers, and the professional health and social services workforce. Without immediate federal action, state and local programs and services will have difficulty meeting the needs of older adults all across the country.

LCAO statement of record for the Senate Special Committee on Aging’s May 21 Hearing on COVID-19 and Older Adults