House hearing on Older Americans Act Re-Authorization (2/11/2014)
On February 11, a House Subcommittee held a hearing on the basics of the Older Americans Act (OAA) to launch the House's re-authorization process. The Older Americans Act (OAA) is the major federal statute governing the organization and delivery of social and nutrition services that keep older Americans healthy and independent.
Of New York State's 3.7 million older adults, over 55,000 benefit from home delivered meals and nearly 125,000 access nutritious meals provided in community centers.
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House Introduces Bill to Reauthorize the Older Americans Act, H.R 3850 (1/10/2014)
On January 10, 2014, Congressman Gibson (NY-19) introduced the Older Americans Act Reauthorization of 2014, along with original cosponsors Rep. Tom Reed (NY-23) and Rep. Betty McCollum (Minnesota). We extend our thanks to the two New York Congressmen, Rep. Gibson and Rep. Reed, for introducing the bill. The Area Agencies on Aging in the 19th and 23rd Congressional Districts secured meetings with the Congressmen to highlight the importance of the OAA, which resulted in the introduction of the bill. Read
Senate Advances Older Americans Act, S. 1562 (10/30/2013)
- Senate Panel Advances OAA. A Senate committee advanced legislation by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) to reauthorize the Older Americans Act, which supports Meals on Wheels and other services for the country's rapidly-growing population of seniors. Read more.
The Association on Aging in NY joined with colleagues in New York and national organizations to support S. 1562, the OAA Reauthorization Act of 2013.
Sen. Harkin Announces HELP Committee Passage of Six Bipartisan Bills (Senate HELP Committee 10/30/13) view
- Amendment offered but rejected: Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) offered an amendment to alter the OAA funding formula by striking the “hold harmless” provision that creates a “floor” of funding for every state at their FY 2006 funding levels. The amendment failed by a vote of 14-7. If the funding formula changes, New York would experience reduced OAA funding.
- Aging-NY support for S. 1562, view letter to Senator Schumer
- Aging-NY support for S. 1562, view letter to Senator Gillibrand
- Aging-NY Advocacy Alert view
- Bill text for S. 1562 view
- Bill text for H.R. 3850 view
Advocacy Begins at Home
The Older Americans Act (OAA) should be reauthorized this year and just in the nick of time: the U.S. expects an unprecedented wave of growth in the population of citizens over the age of 60. The Older Americans Act was originally established in 1965 with the goal of providing health and human services for Americans, particularly as they grow older.
The reauthorization provides an opportunity for Congress to ensure the Aging Network in the U.S. can continue to support a valuable and ever-expanding population of older Americans and their caregivers. Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) design, fund, and coordinate programs that enhance the community support system designed to maintain older adults in their homes, postponing the need for more medically intensive and costly health care services.
The Association on Aging in New York in partnership with the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs created the following for policymakers who might be wondering why they should reauthorize the Older Americans Act.
5 Reasons to Reauthorize the Older Americans Act Today!
1. The Age Wave.
Every eight seconds in America someone turns 65. Reauthorizing the Older Americans Act will demonstrate a commitment to good planning for handling the growth of the older population. The 2010 U.S. Census reported a 15% increase in New York State’s overall 60-plus population.
2. Reach older New Yorkers before they end up on Medicaid.
Area Agency on Aging programs are pre-Medicaid programs that help older New Yorkers avoid the spend-down to Medicaid. These services can be provided to older New Yorkers at one-tenth the cost of a nursing home.
3. Access to community-based programs.
The national Aging Services Network, which is comprised of the Administration on Aging, State Office for Aging, Area Agencies on Aging, and community providers was established by the act to ensure Americans have access to community-based programs and a continuity of care so they may maintain their independence.
4. More New Yorkers will be able to live independently long into old age.
Agencies on Aging serve the needs – nutritious meals, caregiver support, transportation, in-home personal care services, health insurance counseling – of older New Yorkers who want to live independently in the least restrictive setting.
5. Supports families and caregivers.
The value of the services that family caregivers provide to help older adults live independently is estimated at $450 billion a year nationally, according to AARP’s Public Policy Institute.
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