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Upfront Healthcare // November 2017

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Cutbacks Cut Deep: What Healthcare Spending Looks Like for 2018 The House Appropriations Committee approved a bill to fund the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) for fiscal year 2018. The allocation in the bill amounted to $5 billion less than allocations for FY2017, which inevitably spells cuts to the federal workforce, education, and health programs. The programs affecting older Americans contained in the LaborHHS bill include: •

Administration for Community Living

Older Americans Act Title III

Programs •

Native American Nutrition, Supportive Services, and Caregiver Support

Elder Justice and Adult Protective Services

Aging and Disability Resource Centers

Prevention and Public Health Programs

Senior Corps

Block Grant Programs Supporting Older Adults

Ouch! What next?

Before the spending allocations take effect for FY18, the House and Senate must pass identical spending measures. Thankfully, the Senate is considering its own Labor-HHS funding bill. If the chambers cannot agree on spending measures, they may choose to either extend current spending levels into next year, or to draft a funding bill that rolls multiple appropriation bills into one “omnibus” bill. For the latest updates, visit www. n4a.org, where the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging releases details of FY18 funding as they become available. In the interim, fingers crossed. ●

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