President Obama signed into law the Agriculture Act of 2014, which includes both positives and negatives for older Americans who are food insecure. A total of $8 billion will be cut from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly Food Stamps, over the next 10 years. LeadingAge will continue to fight against future proposed cuts that may come up in the context of annual budgets that impact SNAP.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), chairman of the subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging, held a hearing on June 19 to discuss the role of the Older Americans Act in addressing poverty and hunger among seniors. This hearing takes place as the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee attempts to pass the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act before the August recess.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT), chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on
Primary Health and Aging, last week introduced The Older Americans Act Amendments of 2013,
legislation to reauthorize and strengthen the Older Americans Act which
covers in-home services, Meals on Wheels, congregate meals, adult day
services and other vital services for seniors. LeadingAge supports this legislation because it reauthorizes the Older Americans Act that expired in September 2011.
The Center for Effective Government released a new report on the
potential impact of sequestration on older adults who rely on Meals on Wheels. Sequestration will only lead to more hospital and nursing home stays.
Brown University researchers, in an article in the journal Health Services Research, attempt to answer the question, “Can providing meals to seniors in failing health reduce the risk of nursing home placement for so-called low-care individuals?” This study is a first step in demonstrating the importance of Older Americans Act programs, such as home delivered meals.