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Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging is committed to staying engaged in, and sharing, the latest public policy news affecting older adults, caregivers and the professionals who care for them.

Check out current policy news below!

American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 into law on March 11, 2021. For older adults, this bill provides various forms of social and economic relief, including $1,400 stimulus checks, SNAP increases and rental assistance.
The Older Americans Act (OAA) will also receive over $1.4 billion in funding, including:

  • $750 million for OAA Title III-C nutrition
  • $460 million for OAA Title III-B supportive services, including vaccine-related services and social isolation alleviation 
  • $145 million for OAA Title III-E caregiver support services
  • $44 million for OAA Title III-D preventive health services
  • $25 million for OAA Title VI A/C (tribal nutrition, supportive services, caregiver services)
  • $10 million for OAA Title VII long term care ombudsmen

Other notable provisions to benefit older adults include:

  • $276 million to fund elder justice work related to the pandemic, such as preventing vulnerable older adults from being preyed upon by vaccine-related scams and supporting local and state efforts to stop the increase in hate crimes being directed against Asian Americans, including older adults.
  • $500 million for nursing home strike teams
  • $200 million for nursing home infection control.
  • $37 million for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program, and a continuation of the 15 percent increase in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for SNAP participants, which include 5.4 million people over the age of 60. 
  • Extension of pandemic unemployment programs and subsidized health insurance regardless of age for those who buy coverage through the exchanges.
  • $21.6 billion in emergency rental assistance for renters of all ages.
  • $10 billion in mortgage assistance
  • $5 billion to secure safe, socially distant housing and supportive services for people of all ages experiencing homelessness

Washington Update

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