WASHINGTON, DC – (RealEstateRama) — AARP applauds the U.S. House of Representatives today for passing long-awaited bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the Older Americans Act (OAA). The House passed an amended version of S. 192, legislation that passed unanimously in the Senate last July.
“AARP appreciates the bipartisan work of the House of Representatives in passing the Older Americans Act reauthorization. AARP urges the Senate to quickly pass this bill,” said AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins. “It has been four years since the OAA was reauthorized and millions of our most vulnerable older Americans depend on the programs and services that the OAA helps to fund. These programs and services allow people to live longer with independence in their own homes and communities.
“We would especially like to thank Chairman John Kline and Ranking Member Bobby Scott on the House Education and Workforce Committee for their leadership and resolve to get the OAA passed,” continued Jenkins.
This OAA reauthorization bill safeguards essential programs and services that assist, protect, nourish and sustain older Americans, and promotes their dignity and independence in a fiscally responsible way. The OAA helps save precious federal and state tax dollars by keeping older Americans out of nursing homes and preventing unnecessary hospital readmissions.
Since it was enacted into law in 1965, millions of at-risk older Americans have relied on the services provided by the OAA for their health and financial security. These services help older Americans live independently by:
Supporting nutrition programs, including Meals-on-Wheels;
Providing home and community-based services, including preventive health services and transportation assistance;
Assisting family caregivers with information and referral, counseling and respite care;
Preventing and detecting elder abuse; and
Providing part-time community service employment and training, including the Senior Community Employment Program (SCSEP), which has helped more than 1 million older Americans enter the workforce.
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