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House Approves Older Americans Act Reauthorization!

March 12, 2020 / News


March 11, 2020
 
On March 11,  the House took the final legislative step to reauthorize the federal Older Americans Act (OAA) by unanimously approving the bipartisan, bicameral bill, the Supporting Older Americans Act of 2020, H.R. 4334, to authorize funding for and operation of vital OAA programs through 2024. This important and well-timed action shores up federal support for OAA programs that are especially necessary during the current national health crisis.
 
“To say that n4a is pleased by the House passage of the Supporting Older Americans Act of 2020 would be an understatement,” said n4a CEO Sandy Markwood in a statement“The bipartisan nature of this reauthorization indicates a strong commitment to our nation’s older adults and supports that help ensure older adults receive in-home personal care, healthy and consistent meals, transportation to critical medical appointments and other engagements, and access to legal services as well as those that prevent elder abuse and reduce social isolation.”
 
The Supporting Older Americans Act of 2020 contains many of n4a’s OAA reauthorization priorities. n4a also endorsed the measure and led an effort securing support for the bill from 120 other national organizations! The bill will now head to President Trump’s desk for signature, and n4a will continue to update Aging Network stakeholders on the administration’s implementation efforts once the bill becomes law. 

For full details on what is in the bill and the implications for n4a members, see n4a’s member-only resource, Analysis of Key Provisions, or check out our recent Legislative Update outlining the list of priorities that n4a promoted, which were included in H.R. 4334.

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