House to Consider Older Americans Act Reauthorization This Week

Posted on: March 21st, 2016 by NADO Admin

The House is set to take up its version of legislation to reauthorize the Older Americans Act this week.  The Senate approved the Older Americans Reauthorization Act of 2015 (S. 192) last July and the House version of the bill maintains the same principles.  The bill reauthorizes aging programs through fiscal year (FY) 2018 and 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.

The House is expected to take up the bill under suspension of the rules, a method reserved for non-controversial legislation, next week.  NADO has joined other national organizations in signing on to a letter (file:///S:/Legislative%20(Susan%20&%20Ted)/NADO%20News/NADO%20News%202016/March/uploads/2016/03/OAA-Support-letter NULL.pdf) in support of the OAA reauthorization bill.

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