National Council on Aging

National Council on Aging

Illustration by Megan Mulholland
Illustration by Megan Mulholland

The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is a respected national leader and trusted partner to help people aged 60+ meet the challenges of aging. Their mission is to improve the lives of millions of older adults, especially those who are struggling. Through innovative community programs and services, online help, and advocacy, NCOA is partnering with nonprofit organizations, government, and business to improve the health and economic security of 10 million older adults by 2020.

According to the nonpartisan Urban Institute, more than 4.5 million Americans aged 55-64 could lose their health insurance coverage by 2019 under the anticipated Affordable Care Act repeal bill. Seniors over age 65 also could lose important assistance that helps them stay healthy. NCOA is concerned about the following ACA provisions, which they believe are in particular jeopardy:

  • The Prevention and Public Health Fund, which invests in evidence-based programs that empower seniors to self-manage chronic conditions and prevent costly—and often fatal—falls.
  • The Community First Choice Option, which helps keep low-income seniors and people with disabilities out of nursing homes by providing more home and community-based services.
  • Medicaid expansion, which helps states provide health insurance coverage to low-income people aged 55-64 who are not yet eligible for Medicare.
  • Insurance premium limits, which restrict insurance companies from further raising health care premiums on people in their 50s and 60s.

To learn more about the National Council on Aging, click here to go to their website and please consider donating a small amount to help defend and improve vital programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and the Older Americans Act—for seniors today and tomorrow.

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"I chose the National Council of Aging because they advocate for our elders. In a culture that doesn’t prioritize the elderly, I feel that it’s super important that someone represents our aging population so they can continue living their best lives. My grandparents and great grandparents were so lucky to have family surrounding them and caring for them until their last days, but not everyone has that privilege. We should all take time out to care for the seniors in our community, and the NCOA ensures that all of them will have the legislation, services and support they need to age with dignity and comfort."

Megan Mulholland is an Austin-based illustrator and Designer who works primarily in digital illustration and animation. She works as an interactive designer at IBM Studios Austin and spends the rest of her time illustrating (Proof: her instagram). Megan’s personal work tends to focus on her love of portraiture, animation, humor, community-building and more recently, activism. Megan is a graduate of the STAMPS School at the University of Michigan (BFA 2015), a purveyor of dad jokes and a huuuuge nerd. 

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