Forbes: New Federal Budget Freezes Most Spending for Senior Services — Again
By Howard Gleckman
Congress has again frozen funding for most senior services programs, from Meals on Wheels and other nutrition programs to falls prevention and state health insurance assistance programs (SHIPs). This has been the trend throughout most of the Obama Administration. But it may be about to come to an end, as we near a time when federal funding for senior programs is not frozen, but cut—hard.
In the new budget approved by Congress over the weekend a few programs got some extra dollars, and a few were trimmed. The highest profile cut: Congress eliminated all $3 million from President Obama’s funding request for next summer’s plannedWhite House Conference on Aging. However, congressional aides expect the White House can still cobble together money needed to run the conference, though it is likely to be a shoestring operation.
Other big losers included…