LeadingAge Statement on the President's Proposed Budget
The President’s budget prioritizes cuts to programs important to older adults. LeadingAge is deeply concerned about the future of affordable housing for older adults, as the request seeks to cut HUD by more than 18% compared to FY17-enacted funding. It would reduce funding for HUD’s elder-specific housing program, and deeply cut the voucher program as well as phase out the nation’s public housing program. While the document’s language suggests support to Medicaid and Medicare, details to back up that claim are lacking. What we do know: the budget proposes Medicaid per capita caps and block grants, which LeadingAge continues to oppose. It also proposes cuts to Medicare, which can have negative consequences for beneficiaries and providers and threaten important community supports funded under the Older Americans Act.