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Advocacy in Action-Highest Priority

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Tuesday, November 7, 2017


November 7, 2017

Contacting your representatives in Washington, DC TODAY is critical to the preservation of two items vitally important to your residents and your communities: (1) the medical expense deduction, and (2) access to tax exempt financing for CCRCs, affordable housing, hospitals, and other nonprofits.

YOUR ELECTED OFFICIAL UNDERSTANDS THE POWER OF THOUSANDS OF CONSTITUENTS CONTACTING THEIR OFFICE.

LeadingAge (national) has sent out the following Action Alert requesting state affiliates and their members to contact their representatives in Congress today and urge them to oppose changes in the tax code which would harm senior citizens.  We urge you to make your contacts ASAP! Just as important, we urge you to share this information with your residents, your staff, and all the friends of your community.

Thank you!
Tom Akins
President and CEO

Medical Expense Deduction and Tax-Exempt Financing on the Chopping Block

Major tax reform legislation, H.R. 1, has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and will soon come to a vote.

The bill contains 2 provisions of serious concern to aging services providers and the elders they serve:

1. Elimination of the tax deduction for medical expenses.
2. Elimination of tax-exempt financing for the development and preservation of affordable senior housing and life plan communities/CCRCs.

This radical legislation would disproportionately affect older adults, many of whom have higher than average medical costs and/or need affordable housing.

Congress needs to hear from you today. Tell your lawmakers to protect the medical expense deduction and tax-exempt financing for senior housing and life plan communities/CCRCs. Tell them older adults need this. Tell them protecting these tax provisions is the right thing to do.

How You Can Help

  • Call your lawmakers TODAY at 855-837-6894. We’ve set up this toll-free number to connect you directly to their offices.
  • Share this information with the residents in your community and suggest that they call as well. The proposed changes will directly impact them.
  • Forward this action alert to your network.

Steps for Making a Call

  • Dial this toll-free number 855-837-6894.
  • Feel free to use the sample script below when you talk to the staff person who answers the phone.
  • After talking with the staff person, do not hang up. The automated system will connect you to your representative and then to each of your senators.

Background

My name is _______ and I am a constituent. I urge Representative/Senator ____ to oppose provisions of H.R. 1, tax reform legislation that would eliminate the medical expense deduction. Also, please preserve tax-exempt financing for the development and preservation of affordable senior housing and retirement communities, which would be eliminated under H.R. 1. I hope Representative/Senator ____ will stand up for older adults and protect these crucial tax benefits for seniors and middle-income families.

LeadingAge North Carolina | 222 N. Person Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
919-571-8333 | info@leadingagenc.org | www.leadingagenc.org


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