Advocacy Alert: Video Message to Congress

NANASP and Meals on Wheels America have teamed up again to produce a joint video message to Congress advocating on behalf of funding for senior nutrition programs. IN this short vidoe, NANASP Executive Director Bob Blancato and Meals on Wheels America President and CEO Ellie Hollander explain the impact of cuts on programs that serve older adults. We have sent this video to Members of Congress who make funding decisions; we encourage you to send this video to your Representative and Senators as well!

NANASP Testimony to the House Appropriations Committee

Tony Sarmiento, Chair & Robert Blancato, Executive Director of the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs (NANASP) offer testimony to the House Appropriations Committee in support of the authorized levels in the 2016 Older Americans Act Reauthorization for the Older Americans Act Title III(C) senior nutrition program within the Administration for Community Living (ACL) and for the Senior Community Service Employment Program within the Department of Labor.  READ MORE

Why Meals On Wheels Should Actually Thank Trump And His Budget Director

Thanks to their comments, we have seen a national groundswell of interest and support for federally-funded home-delivered meals.  READ MORE

A statement issued by Bob Blancato, Executive Director, National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs (NANASP):

NANASP strongly opposes the initial Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposed by President Trump today.  
It is a mean-spirited budget, targeting its greatest harm on those most in need.  READ MORE

It's Not Too Late to Vaccinate -- NIVW Resources Now Available

National Influenza Vaccination Week which will be observed December 4-10, 2016, provides an opportunity to remind everyone including older adults that it’s not too late to get a flu vaccine. For more information on NIVW resources and/or sample newsletter and social media messages, CLICK HERE


New! Medicare Open Enrollment Resources for Nutrition Services Providers

Open enrollment is the annual period when you can enroll, review or make changes to your Medicare, including your prescription drug plan. Open enrollment takes place every year from October 15 to December 7.  Medicare Today has created this Medicare Open Enrollment Essentials Placemat for reproduction/dissementation at nutrition sites during this period.

2017 Call for Presenter Proposals Now Open!

You’re invited to share your nutrition, senior center, and aging services expertise, research, and promising practices by submitting a presentation proposal for Fostering Well-Centered Aging, a one-of-a-kind educational event in 2017.

This Joint Conference is being sponsored by the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs (NANASP), the National Council on Aging’s (NCOA) National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC), and the Association of Illinois Senior Centers (AISC).

NANASP Joins Effort to Save the SHIPs; Write to Congress Today Using Our New Tool!!

The Senate Appropriations Committee, in their FY 2017 Labor-HHS funding bill, has proposed complete elimination of funding for the State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIP).

SHIPs receive funding under the Administration for Community Living (ACL) and oversee a network of more than 3,300 local SHIPs and over 15,000 counselors. SHIPs assist individuals in navigating the increasingly complex Medicare program and help beneficiaries make choices among a vast array of options to best meet their needs.

NANASP has signed a letter opposing the elimination of SHIPs which will be sent by the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO) to House leaders.

In advance of signing the letter, NANASP has surveyed its members to determine how much they work with the SHIP programs. Thank you to all who have responded! “We were pleased to get a large number of responses,” said Tony Sarmiento, NANASP Board Chair. “It has and will continue to help us with our advocacy efforts in the House to get them to restore this ill-advised cut.”

One NANASP member wrote in the survey, “Our small program funded at $31,000 serves over 4,000 persons each year helping them with their Medicare and insurance related issues, such as selecting a Part D provider, appealing a denial, following up on incorrect billing or fraud. We help our senior population save over $500,000 annually.”

This blog entry by Ronni Bennett has even more information about the SHIP elimination.


NANASP has a new Take Action website, and you can easily send a letter directly to your Representative and Senators through it! Click here to send a letter to your Members of Congress, and tell them to Save Our SHIPs! Please send the Take Action link to your colleagues and friends—the House Appropriations Committee is expected to take up the funding bill soon! Just click the “share” button and fill out the information.