Senators Rally to Restart OAA Reauthorization
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Senators Rally to Restart OAA Reauthorization

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May 28, 2013

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Last week, NCOA was on Capitol Hill with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and 14 of his colleagues as he introduced S. 1028, the Older Americans Act Amendments of 2013.

NCOA was pleased to endorse the legislation, which includes a number of provisions that address our key priorities for seniors in the Act.

S. 1028 is a more modest version of the comprehensive bill that Sanders, as Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging, assembled with a number of his colleagues last year.

It's an important first step in moving a bipartisan, bicameral reauthorization process that remains true to the OAA’s long history.

S. 1028 includes several of NCOA's key priorities, including:

  • Defining economic security and significantly establishing it as a goal of the Act.
  • Emphasizing the delivery of evidence-based chronic disease self-management and falls prevention.
  • Promoting senior center modernization.
  • Enhancing the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP).
  • Strengthening legal assistance and other elder justice provisions.

At an Older Americans Summit on Capitol Hill, Sens. Sanders, Baldwin (R-WI), Harkin (D-IA), Blumenthal (D-CT), Franken (D-MN), and Begich (D-AK) spoke about the importance of the OAA and their priorities for reauthorization.

Joining them were the U.S. Administration on Aging’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aging Edwin Walker; NCOA’s Director of Public Policy & Advocacy Marci Phillips; Meals On Wheels Association of America’s President and CEO Ellie Hollander; and two older adults from Maryland who have benefitted from Meals on Wheels and SCSEP.

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