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Today, the U.S. House passed the Dignity in Aging Act of 2019 (HR 4334), a critical piece of legislation which would reauthorize the Older Americans Act through 2024. C-TAC applauds lawmakers on both sides of the aisle for their leadership in supporting the Aging Network.
C-TAC is pleased to have worked closely with Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) in the development of legislation to strengthen the Aging Network’s ability to provide supports and services to individuals with serious and advanced illness.
“We were pleased to join the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) in this effort to support the Aging Network and their critical role in delivering community-based care and support to those living with advanced illness and their families,” said C-TAC Executive Director Jon Broyles.
The bill includes several amendments to the OAA that will increase the capacity of the law to serve those with serious illness, including provisions that will direct the Administrator of the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to widely disseminate principles on serious illness to the aging network and other stakeholders and collect feedback on these. These may be used to set priorities for service delivery and care plans for programs in the network. The Administrator will also work with experts in the field to refine these principles and related programs and will submit reports on this work to Congress. “This work is just one element of our collaboration with n4a, which also includes ongoing exchange of ideas and best practices, outreach to the network and our members, webinars and development of other public policy proposals to support those with serious illness,” said Broyles.
The full House also passed H.R. 2781, the EMPOWER Act of 2019, which reauthorizes the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP). This program develops and trains the healthcare workforce to provide quality care to older adults. The bill includes training in the area of advanced illness care, as well.
We strongly urge swift reauthorization of the Older Americans Act that includes language to support those with advanced illness, and the EMPOWER Act of 2019.
To learn more about C-TAC’s legislative and regulatory efforts, please contact Policy & Advocacy Manager Davis Baird at DBaird@theCTAC.org.