Senate HELP Committee Advances Older Americans Act Reauthorization

Posted on: January 30th, 2015 by NADO Admin

On January 28, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) unanimously approved reauthorization of the bipartisan Older Americans Act of 2015 (OAA), S.192.  The bill now heads to the full Senate for further consideration.

Current authorization of OAA programs expired in 2011, but programs continue to be funded through the yearly appropriations process.  The bill reauthorizes OAA of 1965 (P.L. 89-73) (http://www NULL.house NULL.gov/legcoun/Comps/OAA65 NULL.pdf) programs through fiscal year (FY) 2018. The bill also includes reauthorization of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) program.  The bill takes steps to streamline federal level administration of programs, promote the efficient and effective use of transportation services, and improve coordination between programs at the federal, state, and local levels.  Additionally, the reauthorization legislation adjusts the formula that allots state grants to account for geographic changes in the older population.

NADO applauds the committee’s bipartisan efforts and appreciates provisions in the bill that support AAA funding and program flexibility at the local and regional levels.

The House Committee on Education and Workforce, which has jurisdiction over the OAA, has yet to bring up a reauthorizing bill.

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