NCOA joined Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and 14 of his colleagues on Capitol Hill on May 23, 2103 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 Older American Act’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. Review the video of the summit to learn more.