Coalition of Older Adult Health Care Advocates Concerned the President’s Budget Risks Access, Quality of Health Care for Older Adults
Washington, DC – Today, the Eldercare Workforce Alliance (EWA) released the following statement on President Trump’s A Budget For A Better America:
The Eldercare Workforce Alliance is deeply concerned by the cuts proposed in the President’s budget blueprint. As offered, the blueprint drastically reduces critical health workforce training programs, eliminates much-needed home- and community-based services for older adults across the county, and cuts Medicare and Medicaid by over $2 trillion over the next ten years. At a time when our nation is rapidly aging, EWA urges Congress to provide adequate funding to ensure our eldercare system can provide high-quality care to older adults.
EWA is particularly concerned about the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) and the Geriatrics Academic Career Awards (GACA) given the administration’s intent to eliminate primary care training programs and cut $792 million from the Department of Health and Human Services’ health professions and nursing workforce training budget. The GWEP is the only federally-funded program dedicated to training health professionals, family caregivers, and consumers in the unique needs of older adults, and GACA is the only federal program supports the career development of junior faculty in geriatrics at accredited schools of allopathic medicine, osteopathic medicine, nursing, social work, psychology, dentistry, pharmacy, or allied health.
In addition, EWA urges support for the vital health research activities conducted by the National Institutes of Health and National Institute on Aging, which increase our understanding of many of today’s most pressing health care challenges, including Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. We appreciate the President’s proposal to provide additional funding to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The VA plays a critical role in both providing high-quality care to our older veterans and training the geriatrics and gerontological health workforce. We look forward to working with President Trump and Congress to craft a full budget that recognizes the value of programs that train health care professionals, provides adequate funding for research into lifesaving medical advances, and supports programs that allow older Americans to live well in their homes and communities.
About EWA: The Eldercare Workforce Alliance is a group of 34 national organizations – representing consumers, family caregivers, and health care professionals, including direct care workers – joined together to address the immediate and future workforce crisis in caring for an aging America.