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Advocacy alert: Tax-cut bill poses major risks to aging programs

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Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA), a member of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a),  joins in n4a advocacy opposing a tax-cut bill that poses major risks to aging programs. A  Senate vote is imminent.

Below is information from n4a:

Before Thanksgiving, the House of Representatives passed, largely along party lines, a tax reform measure and now the Senate is set to take up that chamber’s version of tax cut legislation imminently. Both bills would drive up the federal deficit by $1.5 trillion over 10 years.

The FY 2018 budget resolution, which passed by both chambers this fall and is the mechanism by which tax cuts are moving so quickly, specifically calls for more than $2.5 trillion in cuts to Medicaid, Medicare and other aging programs like the Older Americans Act—in the name of deficit reduction! Republican leaders in Congress and the White House have indicated that legislation to make those cuts is a primary goal for 2018.

The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging believes we should be finding balanced, responsible solutions to our nation’s long-term deficit issues that take into consideration the critical importance of Medicaid, Medicare and other programs that support older adults and caregivers. The tax measures currently speeding through Congress do not meet that standard.

Take Action Now!
Contact your Representatives and Senators. Reach out NOW with calls, emails, faxed and/or hand-delivered letters to their district offices—with a tweet at the Member for good measure.

Use n4a’s talking points to craft your message! For background information, see n4a’s November 22 Legislative Update.

Engage Your Grassroots Networks and Stakeholders. Use n4a’s template grassroots alert to help frame your message, and add any other information that you think will help your appeal resonate locally. Remember to fill in details about how aging programs benefit seniors and caregivers in your community.

If you have questions or concerns about this Advocacy Alert or n4a’s policy positions, please contact Autumn Campbell at acampbell@n4a.org or Amy Gotwals at agotwals@n4a.org