The membership of the American Society on Aging welcome the unanimous passage by the U.S. House of Representatives of HR 4334, Supporting Older Americans Act of 2020, which reauthorizes the Older Americans Act (OAA) through 2024. The OAA is the bedrock federal legislation that supports a broad range of programs and services for America’s older people, including three million older Americans who rely on OAA support for basic needs. The Senate passed the same legislation on March 3. ASA members strongly urge the President to sign the bill without further delay.
“With already limited resources to serve older adults, our members are grateful for the continued investments in essential services that minimize food insecurity, strengthen caregiving and more," said Peter Kaldes, ASA's newly-appointed President and CEO. “The global COVID-19 pandemic, however, is dangerously widening the existing gaps in the social and economic infrastructure needed to support an aging population. While Congress is working on rapid appropriations for the Supporting Older Americans Act, our members stand ready to work with leaders willing to produce results on a variety of issues that will impact generations to come.”
ASA Public Policy Committee Co-Chair Paul Downey, who is President & CEO of the San Diego service agency Serving Seniors, said “It is gratifying that in these uncertain political times one thing that both Republicans and Democrats agree on is the importance of passing the Older Americans Act. It is critical to the health and well-being of millions of older adults in the United States.”
ASA Public Policy Committee Co-Chair Amy Herr, who serves as Director, Health Policy for West Health in Washington DC, added that “We are thrilled that the Older American’s Act has been reauthorized, allowing for continuation of crucial home and community-based services that support independence and quality of life for the growing older adult population of the U.S.”
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