Key Takeaways

  • For more than 55 years, the Older Americans Act (OAA) has preserved the right for seniors to live independently, promoting a continuum of social services to the aging population.

  • Reauthorization of OAA updates the statute that provides direction and funding for a number of aging services. 

  • Learn more about the latest legislative developments, including Senate and House actions.

The bipartisan, bicameral agreement on OAA reauthorization, the Supporting Older Americans Act, was adopted by Unanimous Consent in the Senate on March 3, 2020, approved by the House on March 11, and signed into law on March 25.

These are the measures from each chamber's leaders that were the basis of the Supporting Older Americans Act. Many of the National Council on Aging's (NCOA) priorities were included in the final 2020 legislation on issues ranging from healthy aging, workforce support, and research and innovation. The statute will need to be renewed again in 2024. 

Current Statute

Funding Proposals

NCOA continues to fight for annual investments in OAA programs to meet the critical needs in the community. Explore the latest funding proposals in Congress.

Recent Developments in the Legislative Process

Several bills addressing OAA reauthorization were introduced in the 116th Congress; follow the developments from each chamber that led to the Supporting Older Americans Act of 2020.