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Sequestration and the Fiscal Cliff Call
Sequestration and the Fiscal Cliff Call
Tuesday, Dec. 11 is National Call‐In Day

On Tuesday, December 11, aging advocates across the country will participate in a national fiscal cliff call‐in day. Sponsored by the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations, of which n4a is a member, the call‐in day is an opportunity for you to flood Capitol Hill with your concerns on how the sequester will affect your ability to continue to provide critical supports and services to our country's most vulnerable older adults.

We are encouraging everyone to call‐whether you are a AAA director, staff, older adult, caregiver, family member or any other stakeholder who understands the incredible value of Older Americans Act and other federally funded discretionary programs. The looming sequester will have broad consequences for everybody, so please spread the word as widely as you possibly can!

What's At Stake

If the proposed 8.2 percent across‐the‐board cut goes into effect via sequestration on January 2, vital programs in your community would be significantly harmed. Here are just a few of examples of what may happen to some of the Older Americans Act programs under sequestration:

  •  16,800 million fewer congregate and home‐delivered meals would be served in South Hampton Roads.
  •  6,560 fewer transportation rides will be available to enable seniors get to the doctor or go groceries shopping.
  •  2,750 fewer home care hours will be provided to our clients for bathing and dressing.

Any "savings" from the sequester would pale in comparison to the added costs from premature nursing home placement for seniors who can no longer remain in their homes and communities; poorer nutrition and health; increased falls and other avoidable crises.  

Sequestration and the Fiscal Cliff Call

 

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Debbie Schwartz
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dschwartz@ssseva.org

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ngihan@ssseva.org

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