Older Americans Reauthorization Act of 2013
The Older Americans Act, established in 1965, provides comprehensive senior support services, including legal services, meals, job training, preventive health services, and caregiver support. The Older Americans Reauthorization Act of 2013, sponsored by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), would ensure the future of these critical programs, as the current reauthorization expired in 2011. Sen. Sanders affirms that the Older Americans Act programs are a good investment: “We can feed a senior for an entire year for the cost of one day in a hospital.”
The need for these programs is especially dire in light of our growing older adult population. Currently, the Act is under review by a Senate committee. If the Act is not reauthorized by the end of 2014, legislators must begin the process again and the future of these programs will remain uncertain.
Please see the links below for more information:
Amendment to Correct OAA Funding Formula Fails in Committee (The Ripon Advance)
Good News for an Older Americans’ Safety Net (AARP Blog)
Older Americans Act Uncertainty (Bend Bulletin)
Senate Panel Advances Older Americans Act (Enews Park Forest)