EWA FY17 Appropriations Requests
The Eldercare Workforce Alliance (EWA) urges lawmakers to provide adequate funding for programs designed to increase the number of health care professionals prepared to care for America’s growing senior population and to support family caregivers in the essential role they play in this regard.
The number of Americans over age 65 is expected to reach 70 million by 2030, representing a 71% increase from today’s 41 million older adults. That is why Title VII geriatrics training programs, Administration for Community Living (ACL) programs that support family caregivers, and the research efforts of the National Institute on Aging (NIA) are so critical to ensure that there is a skilled eldercare workforce and knowledgeable, well-supported family caregivers available to meet the complex and unique needs of older adults.
Specifically, we recommend the following levels:
- $45 million for Title VII Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program;
- $197 million for Family Caregiver Support Programs;
- $1.7 billion for National Institute on Aging; and
- $9.7 million for additional workforce programs.