Advocates are criticizing the Trump administration's decision to remove questions about LGBTQ seniors from a federal care survey.
The Health and Human Services' Administration for Community Living took out a question related to sexual orientation from the National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants. The removal is the only update to the annual survey, which is geared at people who receive services under the Older Americans Act.
Through the survey, data is collected on service gaps and performance outcomes, and the survey helps determine spending on programs for seniors, including Meals on Wheels and other services.
"Our community fought for years to get our LGBT elders included in this survey so they get their fair share of government-funded elder services," said a statement from the national group Services and Advocacy for LGBT Elders, or SAGE. "We won that fight, and we're not going back."Read More ▶