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In its latest report, Older Americans Act: Options to Better Target Need and Improve Equity, the Government Accountability Office states that the current statutory funding formula could better meet generally accepted equity standards in targeting greatest economic and social need for services by addressing differences among states with respect to the:
The GAO offered 3 options for revising the current statutory funding formula using generally accepted equity standards to illustrate a range of possibilities:
The GAO also recommended that modifying the formula under a partial beneficiary option using activities of daily living (ADL) limitations as a need measure could result in a number of states seeing changes in their allotments. Various methods of transitioning states to use a partial beneficiary option were discussed.
In fiscal year 2010, these funds were used to serve nearly 11 million older Americans and their caregivers.
The report was presented by Charles Jeszeck, David Lehrer and Amber Yancey-Carroll of the GAO at a hearing for the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging Minority Staff on Dec. 11, 2012.
Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) presided over the public briefing that reviewed the findings of the report.