Trump administration's 2020 Budget Request 'deeply troubling' for older Americans, AGS

Trillions of dollars in cuts to everything from the nation's largest insurer to programs for training more health professionals already in short supply round out a 2020 budget proposal that is "deeply troubling for older Americans, their families, and their health professionals," so say experts from the American Geriatrics Society (AGS). In comments posted today, the AGS raised several such concerns about priorities outlined in President Trump's "Budget for a Better America," a proposal falling far short of its name as it seeks to shrink or even eliminate health training, health research, health coverage, and health services for older adults in communities across the U.S.

"Even though this proposal is just a 'wish list' for now, it sends a troubling message" said Nancy E. Lundebjerg, MPA, Chief Executive Officer of the AGS. "That's why we're urging everyone to let the White House and Congress know that cutting supports for older adults now cuts care for us all as we age."

In assessing the Trump Administration's proposal released earlier this week, the AGS raised its most significant objections to:

While the 2020 budget proposal includes several priorities that align with the needs of older Americans--including proposals for reducing Medicare prescription medication costs and increasing funds for the Veterans Health Administration--Lundebjerg noted that "no budget should sacrifice our long-term health for the sake of short-term gains."

"We remain committed to working with Congress and the Administration on a proposal that meets our country's needs while advancing health, safety, and independence for us all as we grow older," Lundebjerg added.

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About the American Geriatrics Society

Founded in 1942, the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) is a nationwide, not-for-profit society of geriatrics healthcare professionals that has--for more than 75 years--worked to improve the health, independence, and quality of life of older people. Our nearly 6,000 members include geriatricians, geriatric nurses, social workers, family practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, and internists. The Society provides leadership to healthcare professionals, policymakers, and the public by implementing and advocating for programs in patient care, research, professional and public education, and public policy. For more information, visit AmericanGeriatrics.org.



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