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Capitol Correspondence - 03.10.20

Senate Passes Older American Act Unanimously

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ANCOR is pleased to see that the Senate passed the Older Americans Act, for which we joined a coalition letter of support in late February. The Older Americans Act is essential to developing, coordinating, and delivering home and community-based services that help older adults remain in their homes and communities as they age. 

As written in a press release from the office of U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME):

“The U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Supporting Older Americans Act. The bipartisan legislation, authored by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Bob Casey (D-PA), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Aging Committee, would reauthorize and strengthen the Older Americans Act (OAA), the nation’s preeminent law focused on the wellbeing of seniors. The bill has now been sent to the House for its consideration before heading to the President’s desk to be signed into law.

Since 1965, the OAA has supported and improved the lives of seniors—particularly those who are low-income—through programs that promote nutrition (e.g. Meals on Wheels), improve transportation options, support caregivers, offer employment and community service opportunities, and prevent abuse and neglect. This critical law was last reauthorized in 2016.”