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President Signs Elder Falls Bill Into Law
Date:4/24/2008

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Additional Funding Needed

Based on CDC figures, more than $19 billion annually is spent on treating the elderly for the adverse effects of falls: $12 billion for hospitalization, $4 billion for emergency department visits, and $3 billion for outpatient care. Most of these expenses are paid for by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services through Medicare. It is projected that direct treatment costs from elder falls will escalate to $43.8 billion annually by 2020.

According to Adkins, the enactment of the Safety of Seniors Act is an important first step in helping older Americans and it should be followed by appropriating additional funding for the CDC's falls prevention budget.

"If we are to make a meaningful difference for older adults, we must communicate to Congress and the White House that more resources are needed to adopt programs that are working," said Adkins. "Trying to solve a $19 billion problem with a $1 million budget does not make sense. Our older Americans deserve better."

Earlier this year, the Falls Free Coalition Advocacy Work Group and 25 national policy organizations called on Congress to add $20.7 million in Fiscal Year 2009 for CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control to address the growing, large-scale problem of falls among older Americans.

About Home Safety Council

The Home Safety Council(R) (HSC) is the only national nonprofit organization solely dedicated to preventing home related injuries that result in nearly 20,000 deaths and 21 million medical visits on average each year. Through national programs, partnerships and the support of volunteers, HSC educates people of all ages to be safer in and around their homes. The Home Safety Council is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization located in Washington, DC.

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