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C-TAC Applauds Senate Passage of the Older Americans Act and Agreement on Congressional Support for Future Senate Hearing and GAO Study on Advanced Illness Care

C-TAC Applauds Senate Passage of the Older Americans Act and Agreement on Congressional Support for Future Senate Hearing and GAO Study on Advanced Illness Care

July 16, 2015 – Today, the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act (S.192) passed the Senate unanimously. We commend Chairman Alexander, Ranking Member Murray, and members of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, as well as Chairman Collins and Ranking Member McCaskill of the Special Committee on Aging for their leadership in supporting important community services for seniors.

The Older Americans Act is designed to ensure that seniors have access to a full range of home and community-based services. C-TAC acknowledges the critical role the law plays in helping individuals maintain their independence and high quality of life as they as they age. We celebrate the work of numerous organizations and stakeholders that have worked tirelessly to help reauthorize the bill and applaud their contributions to this effort.

Earlier this year, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse offered an amendment to the Older Americans Act in committee that would ensure that seniors receive important information regarding decision tools for end of life planning. Over the several past months, senior C-TAC policy staff has worked closely with Senator Whitehouse and his staff, as well as other members of the Senate and key stakeholders, to find a path forward to support Older Americans Act funding recipients in providing this critical information to seniors.

We are pleased that an agreement was reached whereby the Older Americans Act would be reauthorized and advanced illness issues will be highlighted in a future Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing in conjunction with a Government Accountability Office report on the issue. We are thankful for Senator Whitehouse’s and Chairman Alexander and Ranking Member Murray’s leadership, as well as the leadership of Chairman Collins and Ranking Member McCaskill, and commend them for their efforts in finding a workable, bipartisan solution.

C-TAC applauds the Senate passage of the Older Americans Act and looks forward to continuing its work with policymakers and stakeholders alike in order to ensure that all individuals with advanced illness receive high-quality, comprehensive, and person-centered care that values their goals and honors their wishes.


C-TAC is a non-profit, non-partisan coalition comprised of over 120 national organizations including patient and consumer advocacy groups, health care professionals and providers, private sector stakeholders, faith-based organizations, and health care payers that share a common vision of improving advanced illness care for all Americans. The Coalition works to ensure that all those with advanced illness, especially the sickest and most vulnerable, receive comprehensive, high-quality, person- and family-centered care that is consistent with their goals and values and honors their dignity.

 

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