4 Ways that the Proposed Federal Budget Hurts Baltimore’s Older Adults (Opinion: Dr. Leana S. Wen and Hank Greenberg Daily Record)
Thursday Mar 30th, 2017
Among the numerous cuts in the Trump Administration’s proposed federal budget plan are critical services that are used to support older Americans. As leaders who, respectively, safeguard the health and well-being of 620,000 residents in Baltimore, and represent the interests of the 50-plus community and their families across Maryland, we are deeply concerned how the proposed budget’s significant cuts will devastate the health and well-being of older adults.
In Baltimore City, there are over 100,000 residents over the age of 60. One in six of these residents live below the poverty line. For older adults of color, that ratio is two in five. The proposed federal budget will worsen rampant disparities and will be disastrous to our city’s older adults.