In a single vote yesterday, the White House Conference on Aging, designed to recommend policy to Congress and the president for the next 10 years, approved the work of 14 separate committees.
More than 600 resolutions were encompassed in that vote, and some committee resolutions conflict with those approved by another. Thus the conference, for example, both supported and opposed the use of general revenue funds to support Social Security. In general the conference favored:
* Reduction or elimination of all age restrictions in employment.
* No further cuts in Social Security benefits for current recipients, and efforts by Congress and the administration to maintain benefit levels for future recipients.
* Restoration of the minimum benefit for current and future beneficiaries and restoration of the college student benefits for children of Vietnam veterans.
* Elimination of the earnings limitation at age 65 and other acts that would provide inducements for "late retirement."
Payment of Medicare and Medicaid benefits and tax incentives for in-home services to the elderly infirm, as well as preservation of the current levels of Medicare and Medicaid funding.
* Restructuring of Medicare payments to encourage older persons to enroll in pre-paid health maintenance organizations. Those organizations also were encouraged to accept more older persons for coverage.
* Expansion of Medicare benefits for long-term care and to cover out-patient prescription drugs, routine dental care, dentures, hearing aids and eye examinations.
* Tax credits "as an incentive for families to maintain elderly relatives in their homes."
* Calling on American corporations to "donate a full 2 percent of their pre-tax earnings to the social service needs with some contributions designated for the elderly."
* Requesting private companies to sponsor job training programs for older persons, and greater use of flexible work programs such as job-sharing, flextime and parttime employment for older persons who want to work.
* Adoption of the Bureau of Labor Statistics' intermediate budget guarantee for an older couple and 75 percent of that level for a single older person.
* Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment "through leadership of the federal government."
* Adoption of a Bill of Rights for Older Women.
* "Continuation of the search for a National Health Care Security plan."