NCOA: President’s Budget a Mixed Bag for Senior Programs

March 5, 2014

President Obama’s FY15 budget proposal, released March 4, includes a variety of program cuts plus investments intended to promote opportunity and growth.

The request rejects earlier proposals to limit Social Security cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) and advocates for additional funding for elder justice, Alzheimer’s research, and senior housing.

Yet, the Administration continues to call for shifting costs onto Medicare beneficiaries, as well as cuts rejected by Congress in job training, energy assistance, community service, and other social services for disadvantaged seniors.

Health & Human Services

  • Older Americans Act: Most OAA programs would be level-funded, with a few notable exceptions. The request once again proposes to move the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) from the U.S. Department of Labor to HHS and reduce funding to $380 million—a $54 million cut from the current appropriation. The U.S. Administration for Community Living requested $8 million for Chronic Disease Self-Management Education, $5 million for elder falls prevention, and $3 million for a White House Conference on Aging.
  • Elder Justice: The Administration is seeking $25 million in new funding for elder justice. In response to work by the Elder Justice Coordinating Council, the resources would be used for very specific investments in the national Adult Protective Services network to develop a coordinated data system, support research, and strengthen programs.
  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program:

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