Tuesday, February 18, 2014

National Council on Aging Offers 5 Ways Congress Can Help Seniors

The National Council on Aging identifies five ways that Congress -- if it could get its act together -- can help seniors in 2014:

  1. Restore funding and modernize aging services, beginning with revitalization of the Older Americans Act, once the central legislation for a national approach to basic safeguards;
  2. Protect low-income Medicare beneficiaries, by securing the viability of  the Medicare Qualified Individual (QI) program, aimed at helping low income individuals (those with incomes between $13,700 and $15,300) take part in Medicare Part B, key to insurance coverage for doctor's visits.
  3. Renew the Farm Bill, including the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) to help needy seniors obtain healthy food, a program that in the past has been important to as many as 4 million older adults, as well as younger persons facing food insecurity.
  4. Introduce long-term care legislation -- that focuses on the very real needs for daily assistance (long term "services and supports") , beyond "mere" health care.
  5. Pass immigration reform -- necessary to provide the work force to cope with the predicted needs for care and assistance to aging boomers.

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