This message from Larry Minnix, president and CEO of LeadingAge, the national association of nonprofit aging services providers, gives a glimpse of just how harmful sequestration cuts are for those providers and the people they serve:
Why Sequestration Is Dangerous for Aging Services
Sequestration will have the following impact on aging services:
There is no denying the seriousness of the federal budget situation and the need for shared sacrifice to address it.
However, aging-services programs already have absorbed many cutbacks over the last few years.
Section 202 funding for this year is less than half of what it was 3 years ago. There has been no new construction money for 2 years.
Medicare reimbursement has been curbed both administratively and under the Affordable Care Act.
Enough is enough.
We need a budget plan that does not impose a disproportionate burden on those least able to sustain cutbacks in health care, housing and long-term services.