February 21, 2024
Ms. Stephanie Thomas
Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) Meeting
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC
1600 Clifton Road NE, MS H24-8
Atlanta, Georgia 30329-4027
Attn: Docket No. CDC-2024-0001
The National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs (NANASP) appreciates the
opportunity to submit a comment for consideration for your upcoming meeting on February 28
and 29, 2024. We are writing to express our deep concern regarding the impact of shared
clinical decision-making requirements on access to Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) vaccines
for older adults. READ MORE
NANASP AND MEALS ON WHEELS AMERICA FEATURED IN THE HILL
On January 20, The Hill published NANASP's Bob Blancato and Meals on Wheels America's Ellie Hollander joint op-ed, Senior hunger takes no holiday — Congress must invest more in Older Americans Act Nutrition Program, calling for congressional responsibility and urgency to fund the Older Americans Act (OAA) Nutrition Program at $1.284 billion. We also urge the president to include the OAA Nutrition Program in any supplemental funding request. Read the full op-ed on The Hill here.
NANASP AND MEALS ON WHEELS AMERICA APPEAL FOR INCREASED FUNDING FOLLOWING ENACTMENT OF LATEST STOPGAP SPENDING BILL
January 19, 2024
1 in 3 senior nutrition programs has a waiting list, with older adults waiting 3 months on average for services
Meals on Wheels America President and CEO Ellie Hollander and National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs (NANASP) Executive Director Bob Blancato today issued the following statement regarding the enactment of H.R. 2872, the Further Additional Continuing Appropriations and Other Extensions Act of 2024:
Following the enactment of H.R. 2872 to maintain current funding and the federal government operating for several more weeks, we remain concerned about the path ahead for senior nutrition programs beyond the new March 8 deadline. While we are relieved that another short-term agreement was reached, this legislation prolongs the ongoing uncertainty for the 5,000 community-based organizations that rely on federal funding through the Older Americans Act Nutrition Program and the seniors they serve.
Without long-term funding solutions, senior nutrition programs are unable to plan for the future or serve seniors on waiting lists. In a recent survey, 97% of local programs said they need increased funding just to keep up with inflation. Food insecurity is also on the rise, with 12 million older Americans struggling with hunger in 2022—two million more than 2021. Leaving seniors on waiting lists has real costs for the country: older adult malnutrition costs health care $51.3 billion and social isolation costs Medicare $6.7 billion annually.
Senior nutrition programs nationwide are poised to help end senior hunger, malnutrition, isolation and loneliness, if provided sufficient funding. These proven and effective community-based programs have more than 50 years of experience, expertise and trust to serve those in greatest need. However, with rising costs and increasing demand, merely maintaining current funding levels is not enough. We request a total of $1.284 billion for the Older Americans Act Nutrition Program in Fiscal Year 2024, including equal funding for congregate and home-delivered nutrition services at $562 million each and $160 million for the Nutrition Services Incentive Program.
We urge the President and Congress to come together before the March 8 deadline to settle Fiscal Year 2024 appropriations once and for all. These life-saving programs and the older adults they serve deserve better. (Statement)
NANASP STATEMENT ON FDA APPROVAL OF FLORIDA DRUG IMPORTATION
The National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs expresses concerns about the Food and Drug Administration’s recent authorization of Florida’s prescription drug importation program, allowing drugs to be imported from Canada. NANASP remains committed in supporting lowering drug costs, as we were deeply involved in efforts to place a cap on prescription drug costs that passed in 2022. However, our long-standing opposition on drug importation remains unwavering, as we believe public health cannot be jeopardized in the pursuit of cost reduction. The policy consideration must be the safety and security of prescription drugs, the trade-off for potential adverse health consequences for lower costs is an unacceptable price to pay.
Contact: Laura Borth
January 8, 2024
NANASP and Meals on Wheels America leaders on Capitol Hill
During the height of the legislative efforts to avoid a government shutdown, NANASP Executive Director Bob Blancato joined Meals on Wheels America President and CEO Ellie Hollander and Chief Government and External Affairs Officer Erika Debrick Kelly to meet with various members of Congress on both sides of the aisle. In their meetings, they hand delivered a letter to Senators and Representatives to increase FY24 funding to #SaveLunch for seniors and pass a CR without any cuts.
We repeatedly heard that Members of Congress want to better understand the local picture of our senior nutrition programs.
A few photos from the many meetings this week including Senator Patty Murray, Chair of the Appropriations Committee, Senator Shelley Moore Capito, Ranking Member of the Senate LHHS Subcommittee, and House Minority Whip Representative Katherine Clark's staff.