Fiscal Year 2023 Budget and Appropriations:
We are in the midst of the legislative process to fund the government for FY 2023. Earlier this year, the President sent his FY 2023 budget proposal to Congress and this week the House Appropriations Subcommittees will be “marking up” (considering, amending, and passing) their proposals for funding various government agencies. The bill to which we pay close attention is the FY 2023 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Bill which is scheduled to be considered this Thursday, June 23, 2022 at 5:30 pm by the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee (LHHS). The Senate has not scheduled any of its mark ups.
Last year, the House LHHS Subcommittee provided a $10 million increase for geriatrics programs (GWEP/GACA) under HRSA and the Senate LHHS Subcommittee provided an increase of $3.8 million. Unfortunately, for a number of reasons, many programs ended up with less that either the House or Senate had provided. GWEP/GACA got only a $2.508 million increase. This year, the President has requested a modest increase (+$1.255 million) above the final FY 2022 funding level.
NAGE and our partners have requested $82 million to fund a total of 80 GWEP sites and 60 GACAs. This request is reflected in the testimony submitted by Richard Marottoli and the Yale GWEP and on behalf of NAGE (attached). That amount has been included in letters from the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO), the Eldercare Workforce Alliance (EWA), and the American Geriatrics Society, and is supported by The Gerontological Society of America, as well.
Please use any of this information to support your advocacy efforts with Members of Congress in your states.
Below is the recent history of the GWEP/GACA funding, and several documents (some attached) related to this year’s advocacy that may be of interest.
Recent GWEP/GACA Funding History:
- FY 2021 – House – $42.737 million
- FY 2021 – Senate – $44.737 million
- FY 2021 – Final – $42.737 (+$2 million)
- CARES Act – HRSA +$90 K to each GWEP ($4 million)
- COVID-19 Emergency Request – $10.99 million
- FY 2022 Request $105.7 million
- House FY 2022 – $52.737 million (+10 million)
- Senate FY 2022 – $46.537 million (+$3.8 million)
- FY 2022 – Final – Consolidated Appropriations Act $45.245 (+$2.508)
- FY 2023 President’s Budget Request – $46.5 million (+$3.8 million above CR, $1.255 million above final FY 2022)
- NAGE/AGS/EWA/GSA FY 2023 Request – $82 million
- Richard Marottoli’s testimony: Submitted to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Attached)
- LCAO Letter: https://www.lcao.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/LCAO-FY-2023-Budget-and-Appropriations-Letter-052322.pdf
- AGS Letter: https://www.americangeriatrics.org/sites/default/files/inline-files/AGS%20FY%202023%20Written%20Testimony%20for%20House%20Labor%20HHS%20Education%20Subcommittee.pdf
- EWA Testimony: https://eldercareworkforce.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/House-Outside-Witness-Testimony-fy-2023.pdf
- EWA Issue Brief: (Attached)
- FY 2023 Geriatric Workforce Programs and Family Caregiver Support Programs – House Member Letter to Appropriations Committee: (Attached)
- PowerPoint from Geriatrics Advocacy Session at American Geriatrics Society Meeting in Orlando, Florida, 2022: (Attached)
- Eldercare Workforce Alliance, AGS, GSA, NAGE Team up on Appropriations Work:
- Erin E. Emery-Tiburcio Testifies Before the Senate Special Committee on Aging, Includes GWEP Work: “Mental Health Care for Older Adults: Raising Awareness, Addressing Stigma, and Providing Support”
- The Hearing Link and Testimony: https://www.aging.senate.gov/hearings/mental-health-care-for-older-adults-raising-awareness-addressing-stigma-and-providing-support
- The Gerontology News Article on Erin’s Experience (pages 4-5): https://www.geron.org/images/gsa/gerontologynews/June_2022.pdf
Best wishes for a health summer,
Submitted June 20, 2022
Brian W. Lindberg, NAGE Public Policy Advisor