Older Americans Act Reauthorization Signed into Law

April 21, 2016

Statement from Assistant Secretary for Aging Kathy Greenlee
President Obama signed the Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2016 into law today, reaffirming our nation's commitment to the health and well-being of older adults. Earlier this year, the President called on Congress to reauthorize this important legislation as part of his remarks at the White House Conference on Aging. For the full text of this article, go to: http://www.acl.gov/NewsRoom/NewsInfo/2016/2016_04_19.aspx.

In Forbes, Contributor Howard Gleckman presents a little different perspective:
Congress has finally renewed the Older Americans Act—a key piece of the social safety net for seniors, writes Howard Gleckman in Forbes. It is good that, after a decade in limbo, the law finally has been reauthorized. But before you break out the balloons and champagne, remember that keeping programs alive on paper is not the same as paying for them. And the government safety net for seniors has been fraying for years, victimized by woeful underfunding. The full text of this article can be found at: http://www.forbes.com/sites/howardgleckman/2016/04/20/one-cheer-for-congress-renewing-the-older-americans-act/#3a6683e8477e.

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