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Kuster Highlights Help Coming to Granite State Seniors from American Rescue Plan

**The full conversation is available HERE**
**Kuster helped advance the American Rescue Plan to deliver key support to seniors in New Hampshire**

 

Concord, N.H. — Today, Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02) hosted a virtual roundtable with Granite State seniors and advocates to discuss provisions in the Kuster-backed American Rescue Plan Act to support older Americans in New Hampshire including expanded access to affordable, quality health care, increased funding for nursing and long-term care facilities, and additional rental and utility assistance for those in need.

 

“Strong community-based support has been crucial for our Granite State seniors throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and I’m proud to have advanced the American Rescue Plan to bolster these efforts,” said Rep. Kuster. “This forward-looking plan furthers the work of our local organizations by providing relief to help ensure no senior has to worry about keeping a roof over their head, food on their table, or access to high-quality health care. It was great to join our Granite State senior advocates today, and I will continue working to ensure that all our seniors, their families, and their caregivers are healthy, safe, and financially secure.”

 

“GSIL is thrilled to be part of something great,” said Deborah Ritcey, CEO of Granite State Independent Living. “Our consumers will greatly benefit from all aspects of the American Rescue Plan Act to help them remain in their community as long as possible. It is nice to have such a huge focus on the aging population, who are oftentimes not at the forefront.”

 

“At Granite VNA, we are dedicated to providing quality health care and keeping our clients safe at home,” said Beth Slepian, President and CEO of Granite VNA. “The American Rescue Plan helps us fulfill our Mission during COVID-19 as we continue to serve seniors throughout our community.”

 

The Kuster-backed American Rescue Plan supports Granite State seniors by:

  • Eliminating barriers to affordable, quality health care: The plan increases federal matching funds for Medicaid to help more seniors and people with disabilities get home and community-based care services.
  • Bolstering COVID-19 vaccination efforts for those most at risk: By providing $250 million for states to deploy strike teams to nursing homes with COVID-19 cases, the American Rescue Plan prioritizes seniors in our nation’s COVID response. 
  • Preserving the livelihoods of older Americans: The plan delivers immediate and direct relief to seniors through $1,400 direct payments and invests $86 billion to protect underfunded multiemployer pension plans.
  • Ensuring older Americans can afford their homes and utilities: The American Rescue Plan swiftly responds to the housing crisis to ensure older Americans can remain in their homes by providing $27.4 billion in emergency rental assistance, $10 billion to avoid mortgage foreclosures, and $5 billion to assist with utility payments.
  • Helping older Americans put food on the table: By extending the 15% increase in SNAP benefits through September 2021 and including $37 million for nutritious food boxes through the Commodity Supplemental Food Program, the American Rescue Plan works to end food insecurity.

 

In Congress, Kuster is a leading advocate to protect seniors in the Granite State and across the country. Last month, Kuster introduced her bipartisan legislation, the Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act, to create a new grant program to install carbon monoxide alarms in the homes of elderly and low-income individuals, as well as schools and other public facilities. Earlier this year, Kuster worked to get key provisions to support seniors as we recover and rebuild from this pandemic included in the American Rescue Plan.

 

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