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Older Americans Act Reauthorization Update
The Older Americans Act was initially passed into law in 1965 and was most recently reauthorized in 2016. The law provides funds for critical services that help older adults maintain their health and independence, including home- and community-based services, meals, job training, senior centers, caregiver support, transportation, health promotion, benefits enrollment and more.
The 2019 reauthorization of the Older Americans Act is moving ahead slowly. The act officially expired September 30. The Senate is currently revising draft legislation with input from outside organizations. They are at an impasse regarding the allocation of OAA funds to the states and what formula will be used to determine those funding levels. The House Education and Labor Committee passed H.R. 4334, the bipartisan Dignity in Aging Act, which is the House version of the Older Americans Act reauthorization. Following recess, the bill is planned to be voted on by the full House, where it is expected to pass.
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