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Older Americans Act Reauthorization Introduced

by Published On: Sep 20, 2012

On Sept. 19, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), chairman of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging, introduced the Older Americans Act Amendments of 2012  to reauthorize and expand the Older Americans Act. 

LeadingAge strongly supports this bill, and we praise Sen. Sanders and all 14 co-sponsors for their commitment to seniors and their families. The legislation would:

  • Authorize funding for the coordination of dental care to low-income older Americans.
  • Focus more on economic security.
  • Provide special assistance to veterans, Holocaust survivors and LGBT seniors. 

The legislation also includes increased support for family caregivers and would make gerontologists and geriatricians eligible for the National Health Services Corps.

“Millions of seniors today are hurting financially," said Sanders, "and we must give them the support they need to stay healthy in their homes and communities.”

Cosponsors of the Older Americans Act Amendments of 2012

The co-sponsors include: 

  • Dick Durbin (D-IL), the #2 Senate leader.
  • Patrick Leahy (D-VT).
  • John Kerry (D-MA).
  • Barbara Mikulski (D-MD).
  • Daniel Akaka (D-HI).
  • Barbara Boxer (D-CA.).
  • Ron Wyden (D-OR).
  • Tim Johnson (D-SD).
  • Amy Klobuchar (D-MN.).
  • Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.).
  • Mark Begich (D-Alaska).
  • Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).
  • Al Franken (D-MN).
  • Richard Blumenthal (D-CT.).  

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