Senate Approves Older American Act Reauthorization

Posted on: July 17th, 2015 by NADO Admin

On July 16, the Senate approved bipartisan legislation (S. 192) to reauthorize the Older Americans Act (OAA). The bill was passed under a Senate procedure reserved for non-controversial legislation requiring no recorded or voice vote. With no Senator raising objection, the bill passed automatically. The Older Americans Act of 2015 reauthorizes aging 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 Senate’s bipartisan efforts to pass this legislation 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 reauthorization bill.

 

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