• A significant increase in Medicaid spending that will help to stimulate the economy as the current economic downturn causes caseloads to rise while revenues plummet.
• Essential building blocks for health care reform, including support for health information technology that includes critical privacy protections, health care comparative effectiveness research, and nurse and primary care training. These changes are critical because we cannot fix our economy if we do not address our broken health care system.
• An increase in funding for the Social Security Administration at a time of significant caseload increases.
• Affordable health insurance via subsidized COBRA for those who have lost health coverage along with jobs.
• An extension and increase in unemployment benefits. Over the past twelve months the number of unemployed aged 55 and older has risen by 65 percent.
• An increase in Food Stamps and other nutrition support. Fixed and low-income individuals face unacceptable choices as food costs increase along with the price of medicine and health care.
• An increase in the Weatherization Assistance Program to help low-income and older couples reduce their energy costs.
• A substantial increase in funding for transportation infrastructure projects that expand mobility options, including mass transit, rural and para-transit programs, and improved coordination of human services transportation programs.
• An increase in the loan value limit for FHA-insured reverse equity mortgages that would allow greater numbers of older homeowners to safely tap the equity in their homes to refinance unaffordable mortgages, obtain more suitable housing, pay medical bills or just meet daily living costs.
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