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Families First Coronavirus Response Act
On March 18, 2020, the Senate passed H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which was immediately signed into law by the President. This act contains $250 million in emergency funding for Older Americans Act senior nutrition programs, divided as follows:
- $160 million for home-delivered nutrition
- $80 million for congregate nutrition
- $10 million for Title VI tribal nutrition programs.
Older Americans Act Reauthorization Update
In March 2020, the Senate and House of Representatives both unanimously passed the Supporting Older Americans Act of 2020 (H.R. 4334), a bill to reauthorize the Older Americans Act, which was initially passed into law in 1965. This bipartisan, five-year reauthorization bill is supported by dozens of other aging organizations, including the members of the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations. The bill was signed into law March 25, 2020.
The law provides funds for critical services that help older adults maintain their health and independence, including home- and community-based services, meals, job training, senior centers, caregiver support, transportation, health promotion, benefits enrollment and more.
Important provisions of the bill include:
- Increased authorizations of more than 35 percent over the next five federal fiscal years for every Older Americans Act program, such as The Home-Delivered Nutrition Program.
- Inclusion of social isolation screening and further coordination of services to address this issue, as well as a report on how social isolation is currently addressed in the community through existing services.
- Support to caregivers.
- Establishment of a National Research, Demonstration, and Evaluation Center for the aging network.
- Addition of new preventive health measures, such as malnutrition screening. The bill restates the highly successful Falls Prevention and Chronic Disease Self-Management Education programs into the Act.
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