Congress has begun developing a $3.5 trillion infrastructure investment package -- so NOW is the moment to make sure U.S. Representatives and Senators hear our voices!
The infrastructure package must include:
- $400 billion for Home and Community-Based Services, including: sufficient funding to identify and serve older people who are eligible, increasing FMAP for HCBS by 10 points for 10 years, double investment in Older Americans Act supportive services, connecting HCBS and HUD-assisted units, incentivizing states to expand the PACE model, and investing in new models of care to support older adults in home and community.
- Enhanced federal investment in the LTSS workforce across the entire continuum of aging services, in order to support recruitment, training, advancement opportunities, and increased wages. Ensure equity in access to increased workforce funding across payment systems.
- $7.5 billion for HUD’s Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly program to expand the supply of affordable senior housing, increase the number of Service Coordinators, and provide internet in these homes.
- Expansion of Medicare to include dental, hearing, and vision services.
Now is the time to act: send a message to your U.S. Representative and Senators today!