APA Continues Support for Older Americans Act Reauthorization
APA sent a letter (PDF, 44KB) on Oct. 28, 2013, to the chairs and ranking members of the key Senate committee and subcommittee handling the Older Americans Act of 2013 (OAA) (S. 1562), in advance of a scheduled markup of the bill. The letter thanked Sens. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Richard Burr, R-N.C., for their work on the legislation and issues affecting older Americans and their caregivers. OAA improves the integrated physical and behavioral health care of older Americans and provides supports that allow seniors to live in their communities. This legislation addresses hunger and economic hardship in the elderly and provides for long-term services and supports for their ongoing care. Moreover, OAA reauthorization offers an important opportunity to modernize the services network necessary to protect vulnerable seniors from abuse and neglect, promote the delivery of evidence-based programs, and improve coordination between programs.
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