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Both the District of Columbia and the federal government will decide where to allocate public tax dollars, and AARP District of Columbia wants residents to be heard.

The City Council is expected to hold its first vote on the District budget for fiscal year 2021 later this summer.

AARP will inform members through social media how to contact City Council members and advocate for safeguarding programs that affect older citizens.

AARP District of Columbia also urges all residents to fill out their U.S. census forms. An accurate count tells the federal government how to allocate funding to the district, which is crucial to supporting programs that older adults rely on.

In fiscal year 2017, D.C. received more than $6 billion in federal assistance, including over $1.5 billion in Medicare spending and nearly $2.2 billion for Medicaid. For each person who fails to complete the census, D.C. loses about $4,000 in federal dollars.

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