NAELA Commends House Passage of Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act

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Amended Act Will Provide for Social Services and Programs for Seniors and Their Caregivers Through 2019

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The Older Americans Act expired 2011, and I am extremely pleased to see Congress working in a bipartisan manner to reauthorize this important act for seniors. I urge the Senate to approve the House changes quickly.

The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) applauded the House of Representatives’ passage of the Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act, S. 192. The first Older Americans Act was enacted in 1965 and provided support for programs such as nutrition services, family caregiver support, community service employment, and elder abuse prevention. The reauthorization will allow support to continue through 2019 and strengthens the law by providing better protection for vulnerable elders; streamlining and improving program administration; promoting evidence-based support; improving nutrition services; and aligning senior employment services with the workforce development system.

“The Older Americans Act expired 2011, and I am extremely pleased to see Congress working in a bipartisan manner to reauthorize this important act for seniors. I urge the Senate to approve the House changes quickly,” said NAELA President Shirley B. Whitenack, Esq.

About NAELA
Members of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) are attorneys who are experienced and trained in working with the legal problems of aging Americans and individuals of all ages with disabilities. Established in 1987, NAELA is a non-profit association that assists lawyers, bar organizations, and others. The mission of NAELA is to establish NAELA members as the premier providers of legal advocacy, guidance, and services to enhance the lives of people with special needs and people as they age. NAELA currently has members across the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit NAELA.org.

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