North Syracuse, NY – U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) reiterated his commitment to standing up for Central New York seniors in Congress.
During a visit recent to North Area Meals on Wheels, Rep. Katko highlighted efforts in Congress to prevent funding cuts to programs critical to Central New York’s senior population. This afternoon, he will host a telephone town hall conference with seniors.
“Since I’ve been in Congress, I’ve fought to help lower the costs of prescription drugs, protect Medicare and Social Security, and worked to bolster research into diseases like Alzheimer’s,” said Rep. Katko. “Today, I am joining local volunteers at North Area Meals on Wheels to highlight the importance of programs like SNAP and CDBG – federal programs which help Meals on Wheels continue to run and ensure seniors in our community have access to nutritional, healthy meals.”
Rep. Katko has long been supportive of SNAP, the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, a program which provides nutritional assistance to Central New York’s senior population, as well as low income individuals. Meals on Wheels accepts SNAP as a form of payment, allowing eligible, low-income seniors access to nutritional assistance. In Congress, Rep. Katko has opposed past budget resolutions, including the House budget this past October, which would have block granted or cut funding for SNAP — effectively shifting those costs to NYS or making significant changes to eligibility of the program. Additionally, he has advocated for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which was eliminated in the President’s budget this year. CDBG provides funding to Meals on Wheels nationwide.
Rep. Katko joined volunteers today a tour of the facilities at North Area Meals on Wheels and for meal distribution. Last year, North Area Meals on Wheels delivered 115,000 meals across the areas that they serve.
Following his visit to North Area Meals on Wheels, Rep. Katko will host a telephone town hall conference with seniors across Onondaga, Cayuga, Wayne, and Oswego Counties to highlight the ongoing Medicare Open Enrollment period. He will be joined by experts in areas of Social Security, Medicare, and adult and long-term care services to answer questions.
“During the Medicare Open Enrollment Period, seniors may be able to save money or have more efficient coverage by reviewing or updating their plan,” continued Katko. “I encourage Central New York seniors to review their current plans during this time. I’ll be joined today by Medicare and Social Security experts to answer questions about this and other topics important to our community.”
Congressman John Katko represents the 24th Congressional District of New York, which includes all of Onondaga, Cayuga, and Wayne Counties and the western portion of Oswego County. For more information visit https://katko.house.gov or www.facebook.com/RepJohnKatko.