Breaking, President Signs S. 192 Into Law

Congress Votes to Reauthorize the Older Americans Act, Bipartisan Bill Heads to President’s Desk
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

On April 19, President Obama signed S. 192 into law, reauthorizing the Older Americans Act (OAA) through 2018.  LSA has strongly supported S. 192 since it was introduced at the beginning of the 114th Congress.  The new law, which protects core OAA programs and makes modest changes to the Act, is the culmination of over five years of legislative negotiations, bipartisan compromises, and  stakeholder advocacy.

Earlier in April, the US Senate unanimously approved the House's amendments to S. 192, a bill to reauthorize the Older Americans Act (OAA) through 2018. Originally adopted by the upper chamber in July 2015, the House modified and passed its version of S. 192 last month. Yesterday's vote sends the bipartisan legislation to President Obama for his signature.

Expired since 2011, the OAA is essential to developing, coordinating, and delivering home and community-based services that support caregivers and help older adults live independently, with dignity and choice. Every day, more than two-thirds of LSA's 300 members serve seniors in communities across the country, delivering critical OAA services to those most in need.

LSA has strongly supported S. 192 since it was introduced at the beginning of the 114th Congress. The bill, which protects core OAA programs and makes modest changes to the Act, is the culmination of over five years of legislative negotiations, bipartisan compromises, and stakeholder advocacy.

In a statement following Senate passage, LSA President and CEO Charlotte Haberaecker said:

"With unanimous passage of S. 192, both chambers of Congress have reaffirmed their commitment to America's seniors, and their support for the OAA's vital, cost-effective programs. We are extremely grateful to the lawmakers and staffers who worked tirelessly on this effort, including the 27 Senators who cosponsored S. 192. LSA especially applauds the members and staff of the Senate Committee on Health, Education Labor and Pensions and the House Committee on Education and the Workforce for their leadership and dedication to a thoughtful, bipartisan reauthorization process. We now look forward to working with lawmakers to ensure the OAA receives adequate federal funding through the Fiscal Year 2017 appropriations process, so it may meet an ever-growing demand for services."

For more information, please contact LSA's Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, Lindsey Copeland at lcopeland@lutheranservices.org or 202-499-5832. Read more about OAA reauthorization and LSA's advocacy.

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