LeadingAge President and CEO Katie Smith Sloan:

"The President’s budget, revealed today,  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: There is a proposed 17% cut to the HHS budget compared to FY17. We also know that the budget proposes Medicaid per capita caps and block grants, which LeadingAge continues to oppose. Cuts to Medicare are on the chopping block too, which can have negative consequences for beneficiaries and providers and threaten important community supports funded under the Older Americans Act."

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