Advocating for Aging Issues

Lobbying & Public Speaking

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NCAOA employs a Lobbyist to assist with promoting the associations annual Legislative Priorities. Lobbyist, Randolph Cloud, works daily on behalf of the association when the legislature is in session, and keeps members informed of opportunities to further advance objectives.

In addition, members of the association board speak at public hearings held by the Study Commission on Aging, and distribute copies of the associations Legislative Priorities to members of the General Assembly. 

As issues arise for voting consideration, association members and constituents receive legislative alert emails asking for support. In addition, members receive Legislative Bulletins from the association. 

2017 Legislative Priorities

Increase HCCBG Funding

The North Carolina Home and Community Care Block Grant (HCCBG) is vital to assuring the availability of cost effective home and community-based services to the elderly, the malnourished, homebound, dependent and those who are socially and economically needy. Approximately 10,000 seniors are on the HCCBG waiting list for services and 1.2 million more are expected to turn 60 years of age by the ye.ar 2034. This rapidly increasing older adult population of North Carolina places an increased pressure on the service delivery system which is insufficient to meet the current needs of those seeking services. The North Carolina Senior Tar Heel Legislature requests the General Assembly increase the Home and Community Care Block Grant funding by $7 million dollars in recurring funds

Increase Funding for Senior Centers

Increase funding for Senior Centers by an additional $300,000 in recurring funds. There are 163 Senior Centers in 96 counties that provide programs and services to enhance the health and wellness of older adults. These services are of significant benefit to help elders remain independent, thus delaying their potential for costlier services or housing options. Senior Center General Purpose money is vital to support critical center operations. To maintain operation, senior centers must leverage resources from a variety of sources that include federal, state and local governments, special events, participant contributions, and grants and volunteer hours. Funding for senior centers has not met the needs of the increasing aging baby boomer's generation who now constitute more than two-thirds of the 50 plus population. It is recommended that the General Assembly increase funding for Senior Centers to continue to meet the vital needs of North Carolina's growing population of older adults.