Consumer Voice Submits Comments to ACL on Older Americans Act Program Regulations

The Older Americans Act
Date: September 18, 2023

The Older Americans Act (OAA) is updating its regulations as of 2023 as the older population has nearly doubled and continues to grow increasingly diverse. This is the first major update to the OAA program regulations in nearly 35 years and comes at a time to address new issues that have emerged since the last update while clarifying some of the requirements.

Older adults still want to continue to live independently in the community and the OAA program regulations aim to assist them to do so. According to the Administration for Community Living, the goal of the updated OAA program regulations is to “better support the national aging network that delivers OAA services and improves program implementation, with the ultimate goal of better serving older adults”. The U.S. Department of Health shared that “By strengthening the stability and sustainability of Older Americans Act programs and promoting equitable access to its services, the proposed rule will help ensure that older people, particularly those in greatest need, have the support they need to live independently and age with dignity”.

The Older Americans Act aims to improve the quality of life for the older adult population by ensuring the population has proper mental and physical health support, employment opportunities, and exceptional long-term care services.

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