Action Requested:

Call Senator Burr (202) 224-3154 and Senator Tillis (202) 224-6342  (press option 2)and ask them to support emergency funding for vital home and community-based services, caregiver supports and nutrition services for older adults affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

UPDATE   March 23, 2020

Call Your Senators and Ask Them to Support Senate Bill 3544, the Coronavirus Relief Bill for Seniors and People with Disabilities  $2.9 Billion in funding for meals and other services!!!

Last week, Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), the lead Democrat on the Senate Aging Committee, introduced the Coronavirus Relief for Seniors and People with Disabilities Act, (S.3544) to provide resources to help local agencies respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. This bill would send nearly $2.9 billion in flexible funding for programs to the Aging Network.

The legislation includes $1 billion for Title III B Supportive Services, $1.65 billion for Title III C2 home-delivered nutrition services, $185 million for Title III E Family Caregiver Supports and nearly $16 million for long-term care ombudsman services. Funding included in this bill would be available for expenditures through FY 2021 and would provide local agencies with a great deal of flexibility to meet the needs of both older adults and people with disabilities who may also require assistance during this crisis.

Legislators are moving quickly, so please take just a moment TODAY or TOMORROW to reach out to your Senators to urge them to support Senator Casey’s bill as part of a third emergency funding package that the Senate and House will consider in the coming days.

Action Requested:

Call Senator Burr (202) 224-3154 and Senator Tillis (202) 224-6342  (press option 2)and ask them to support emergency funding for vital home and community-based services, caregiver supports and nutrition services for older adults affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The following script may be useful in your conversations, but most importantly, make sure to tell them why this funding is so important or older adults and caregivers in your community.

On behalf of [agency] in [blank county], we are funded through the federal Older Americans Act and provide vital services and supports that enable older adults and their caregivers to age with health and dignity in their homes. The critical services that we provide to [Senator       ‘s ] older constituents are needed even more urgently as many older Americans nationwide are being urged to stay at home and self-quarantine as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic.

Emergency funding for aging programs across the country will be critical as we urgently work to meet the changing and increasing needs of seniors in the wake of this pandemic.

We urge [Senator    ] to support emergency funding for vital Older Americans Act nutrition, caregiver and supportive services included in Senator Casey’s Coronavirus Relief for Seniors and People with Disabilities Act, which he is expected to introduce this week. We hope [Senator       ] will urge Senate leadership and colleagues to include emergency funding for services supporting older Americans in the next round of emergency funding legislation.

If you can, ask other advocates to do the same! Urge colleagues, advisory board members, volunteers and clients to make calls to Senators, as well. We have an incredibly short window of opportunity, so your immediate action is urgently needed!

Bob Cleveland, PTRC Area Agency on Aging