Sen. Sanders Introduces OAA Reauthorization Bill

Members | January 26, 2012

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)  introduced the bill (S. 2037) to reauthorize the Older Americans Act. The bill addresses the need for strengthening the meals program as well as assuring that we meet the needs of elders who are struggling to pay for medications and other health care expenses.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)  introduced the Older Americans Act Amendments of 2011 (S. 2037), a bill to reauthorize the Older Americans Act. 

Under one of the major initiatives in the reauthorization measure, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics would be instructed to improve how it calculates inflation for the elderly to more accurately reflect out-of-pocket expenses for health care and prescription drugs. 

The bill also would clarify the legal definition of “economic security” to encompass the income necessary to pay for housing, health care, transportation, food, long-term care, and other basic needs. 

It would streamline and strengthen the meals programs, authorizing a 50% boost in funding. 

The bill would help modernize senior centers by creating a pilot program and community planning grant program. The legislation also devotes more help for seniors looking for jobs.  

Another significant improvement would be to the long-term care ombudsman program.