Congress Passes Emergency Funding for Aging Services
Thursday, March 26, 2020
Section: March Associate Newsletter




The threat of COVID-19 to the health of all Americans and older adults’ particular risk has led to a series of three emergency bills from Congress in response to the crisis. The second measure contained $250 million in Older Americans Act nutrition funding and now the latest bill will drive even more dollars into communities through the Aging Network.

The $250 million in emergency funding has already gone out to states via the Administration for Community Living. Area Agencies on Aging should receive the funding soon, if they haven’t already, so their community providers and contractors should stand ready to assist in these expanded efforts to reach older adults and their caregivers during this period of physical distancing.
 
Last night, the Senate unanimously passed a massive emergency spending and stimulus bill that, if passed by the House and signed into law, will pour nearly one billion dollars into the aging and disability networks. Read our Legislative Update for details!
 
In related news, the President signed the Older Americans Act reauthorization bill into law this week! n4a’s statement on the signing. For more details, read our analysis of the changes to this landmark law.
 
Related Resources
n4a’s Letter to Congress, March 20
n4a’s Letter to the National Governors Association, March 24