AGS applauds reauthorization of Older Americans Act

Representing more than 6,000 healthcare professionals dedicated to improving the health, independence, and quality of life of older adults, the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) congressional leaders and the Trump Administration for signing the Older Americans Act (OAA) Reauthorization Act of 2020 (H.R. 4334) into law.

This key legislation, which will power important social and protective services for older Americans through 2024, adds to critical and much-needed momentum for geriatrics this week in light of COVID-19, including support for workforce training programs in the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package slated for a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Originally passed in 1965 and last reauthorized in 2016, the Older Americans Act has been vital to health and well-being for older people. The Supporting Older Americans Act of 2020 will:

Allow for annual increases in authorized funding, a change critical to helping programs keep pace with our country's shifting demographics.

  • Extend authorization for the RAISE Family Caregivers Act by one year.
  • Allow projects to improve the direct care workforce.
  • Modernize mechanisms for supporting better health, from coordinating with state assistive technology programs to adding or clarifying screenings and programs to improve vaccination, nutrition, social isolation, and preventive health.
  • Support a robust new research and demonstration authority for the Administration on Aging.
  • Eliminate a 10-percent cap on serving grandparents and older relative caregivers under the National Family Caregiver Support Program.

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