ASA Joins Opposition to HHS Funding Reallocations

ASA recently joined with 31 other member organizations of the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO) in expressing concern to the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services about the Department of Health and Human Services plans to reallocate funding from several important programs to meet the costs of assisting with the detention of immigrant children and families.

In the letter, LCAO members note that the programs targeted for funding reductions include OAA programs, CDC health promotion and injury prevention programs, and NIA research, none of which receive adequate funding in any case. There is also concern among these organizations about the precendent being set when the Administration has itself chosen to pursue policies that have created these additional costs, and then failed to secure additional funding authorization from Congress to meet those costs.

The letter concludes with a specific request that HHS reverse course and seek the necessary funding for immigrant services through the normal annual or supplemental appropriations process.