Current Advocacy Issues Affecting Senior Services
WRC Senior Services is actively involved in grassroots advocacy related to legislation that affects our residents and clients. We regularly write to, call and meet with our legislators. We need your help too. Together, our voices will be heard! On this page, you can read about current legislation and political issues that affect our seniors and what you can do to help.
Issue: Automatic Spending Cuts
As you may recall in January, Congress delayed the automatic spending cuts that were going to take effect until March 3. Well that deadline is quickly approaching with still no legislation in place to reduce the budget deficit. If the automatic spending cuts happen, here is how WRC and the seniors we serve will be affected:
- Medicare reimbursements for nursing care at McKinley Health Center and In Home Solutions PLUS will be cut by 2%.
- Section 202 housing funding will be cut by 5.1%, which is the funding North Fork Heights receives to house low income seniors.
- The Administration on Aging, which manages Older Americans Act programs such as transportation and home-delivered meals, would get a 5.1% cut.
How You Can Help
Send an email to your legislators asking them to pass budget deficit legislation that protects our vulnerable elderly population and prevent the automatic spending cuts.