Senate HELP Committee Advances Older Americans Act

Posted on: November 1st, 2013 by NADO Admin

On October 30, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) approved by voice vote the reauthorization of the bipartisan Older Americans Act of 2013 (OAA). 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 the OAA of 1965 (P.L. 89-73) (http://www NULL.house NULL.gov/legcoun/Comps/OAA65 NULL.pdf) programs through FY2018. The bill also includes reauthorization of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) program. Additionally, 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. 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. Click here to view a draft copy of the legislation. Click here to view a bill summary.

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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