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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 Senate is currently revising its discussion draft following input from outside organizations. The House has held a hearing on the Older Americans Act but currently has not given a timetable for its reauthorization plans. The Act authorization expires September 30.
The Administration has also released its three priorities for the reauthorization. They are:
- To remove the “right to first refusal” which provides local governments the right of first refusal to become a new Area Agency on Aging for an area;
- To remove the 10 percent limit that currently caps the amount of funds spent under the National Family Caregiver Support Program that are used to support older relative caregivers, including grandparents caring for grandchildren; and
- To provide an increase in how much states can spend on administrative costs, which is currently capped at $500,000.
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