On April 19th, President Obama signed the Older Americans Reauthorization Act of 2016 into law. The legislation funds critical services that maintain the health and independence of older adults, such as meals, job training, senior centers, caregiver support, transportation, health promotion, and benefits enrollment. The event is significant because the reauthorization enjoyed unanimous, bipartisan support and the legislation had expired 4 years ago.
The Older Americans Act (OAA) was originally passed in 1965 to address the lack of social services for older persons. The OAA authorizes a large variety of programs through a national network of 56 State agencies on aging, nearly 20,000 service providers, 244 Tribal organizations, and 2 Native Hawaiian organizations representing 400 Tribes. The Administration on Aging (AOA) is the principal agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that carries out the provisions of the OAA.
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