In the coming weeks and months, there will be much discussion about programs and issues that will affect older Americans and their families.
Straight Talk for Seniors® provides information for older adults, their families, caregivers, and the professionals who serve them on key policy concerns involving the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Medicaid, Medicare, and the Older Americans Act (OAA).
This webpage will be updated as new information becomes available. You will find the latest facts on what’s at stake, what proposals are being considered, and—most importantly—what actions you can take to help defend and strengthen these vital programs for all Americans. Sign up for our Advocacy Alerts to get news in your inbox. And join the social media conversation using the hashtag #StandWithSeniors.
The Affordable Care Act
The new Administration and Republican leaders in Congress have made it clear that they plan to repeal significant portions of the ACA as quickly as possible.
While it currently appears that the ACA’s Medicare wellness visit, preventive screenings, and prescription drug coverage gap provisions likely will not be repealed, NCOA believes there are several others that are in serious jeopardy. These include:
- The Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF), which includes critical investments for Chronic Disease Self-Management Education (CDSME) and Falls Prevention
- The Community First Choice (CFC) program, which provides Medicaid home and community-based services for low-income seniors and people with disabilities
- Medicaid eligibility expansion that includes coverage for low-income people aged 55-64
- Insurance premium limits for people aged 55-64