Friday Wrap-Up, March 31 | a message from the Secretary of Aging

From the newsletter:

“Under the (Trump Administration’s proposed budget cuts) released blueprint, the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is proposed to receive nearly an 18% funding reduction, which would bring one of the government’s largest and most far-reaching departments to its lowest level in nearly two decades. HHS supports everything from medical research to drug safety to training the healthcare workforce. While the blueprint released did not specify any funding cuts to the Older Americans Act Services that are under HHS’ Administration for Community Living, some specific cuts have been announced, including: the elimination of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, the Senior Community Service Employment Program (administered by the U.S. Department of Labor), the Senior Corps Program (administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service), and the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant; and a 20% cut to the National Institutes of Health, which would take away nearly $5.8 billion dollars from medical researchers at universities across the country who are diligently seeking cures for cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s disease just to name a few research items, and significantly decreases funding for health professions and nurse training programs.”

Each week the Office of the Secretary of Pennsylvania’s Department of Aging releases a Friday newsletter with information relevant to activities, issues and events for older Pennsylvanians and persons with disabilities across the Commonwealth.

Click here to download the March 31 newsletter.

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