The fiscal cliff has been the political buzz word of late, as concerns about the burgeoning budget deficit continue to intensify. This week, the National Council on Aging released details about a federal decision that could prompt “drastic, automatic, across-the-board spending cuts” which would most certainly have a tremendous impact on seniors.
According to the article, if Congress and the Obama Administration “do not come up with a serious, bipartisan plan by the end of the year, the nation will face drastic, automatic, across-the-board spending cuts starting Jan. 2.”
It’s called a sequester, and it’s a fiscal cliff that we should all worry about. LIHEAP (Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program), Meals on Wheels and other senior nutrition programs sponsored by the Older Americans Act, and the Senior Community Service Employment Program are among those on the chopping block.
The time to act is now. Even if your loved ones do not currently utilize or rely on these programs, there may come a time in the future when help is needed.
To see the impact of these potential cuts in your state, click here.
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