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White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health
After Congress provided funding in its FY 2022 appropriations legislation, President Biden formally called a White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health to be held in September 2022. It will be the first White House conference focusing on nutrition since 1969.
Biden has declared the purpose of the conference to be “developing a roadmap to end hunger and improve nutrition” in the US by 2030. The Conference will “review existing and cross departmental strategies and consider new approaches to improve health.” It has five main pillars:
- Improve food access and affordability
- Integrate nutrition and health
- Empower all consumers to make and have access to healthy choices
- Support physical activity for all
- Enhance nutrition and food security research
We are actively working to ensure that the needs of older adults are considered and discussed at this Conference. The White House is also requesting feedback for the Conference to be submitted by July 15. You can provide your written input here and learn more about the Conference here. There will also be a session on the Conference at the annual USAging Conference and Tradeshow on July 12.
FY 2023 Update
Congress is getting ready to kick off work on marking up and passing federal fiscal year (FY) 2023 legislation. This legislation will fund aging and disability programs such as the Older Americans Act programs, block grants, and mental and behavioral health interventions.
Here is a chart of funding levels from fiscal years 2021 and 2022 and the President’s proposed levels for fiscal year 2023:
The bills from the House are expected to be released and considered by the Appropriations Committee at the end of this month or in early July. The Senate will wait until the House has acted to move forward. Negotiations are also still happening in both the Senate and the House about overall (“top-level”) funding for various departments, so the House bills will likely only be the beginning of deliberations.
We encourage you to reach out to your members of Congress to ask them to support strong funding levels for the aging network, particularly if your member is on the Appropriations Committees in the House or Senate. In Ohio, Reps. Marcy Kaptur and David Joyce are currently on the House Appropriations Committee.
We are concerned about the potential for a funding “cliff” as pandemic-related money is spent down but increased program demand and increased community need remains. NANASP and Meals on Wheels America are calling for a doubling of the Older Americans Act nutrition program funding, a position which the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations has echoed for many of the Act’s other programs as well.
ACL Issues Request for Information on OAA Regulations
In May, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) issued a Request for Information (RFI) on the regulations, or detailed rules, that outline how to implement the 2020 reauthorization of the Older Americans Act. Most of the current regulations for programs haven’t changed since 1988.
ACL sought recommendations on:
- Addressing practical matters regarding the regulations
- Challenges faced by those receiving services under the Act
- Challenges faced by states, AAA, and service providers in delivering services under the Act
- How OAA programs can advance equity
Many national, state and local organizations submitted comments, which were due June 6. Dabney Conwell, Executive Director of the Rose Centers for Aging Well, Vice President of Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging and Board Member of NANASP, served on the ACL Technical Expert Panel on Older Adult Food Insecurity this spring.
The next step will be for ACL to draft new regulations for the public to comment on. This process will likely take months before the new regulations are released to the public.
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