ACL Releases CARES Act Funding While Congress Considers Next Relief Measure
In response to the coronavirus crisis, the Administration for Community Living announced that it has allocated more than $800 million in federal OAA funding to states and tribes for nutrition services, supportive services, caregiver support and long-term care ombudsman activities.
The nearly $1 billion in funding for the Aging and Disability Networks was part of the CARES Act (P.L. 116-136), which passed last month and was the third in what has become a series of legislation responding to the health and economic crisis resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.
n4a expects Congress to develop another broader legislative package to address many of the priorities that were not included in the CARES Act. However, this week the Senate and House passed an interim measure, the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, H.R. 266, to infuse $484 billion into the tapped-out small business loan program, struggling hospital systems, and efforts to dramatically expand testing for COVID-19. Last week, n4a sent a letter to Senate and House Leaders detailing our priorities for the next relief bill. Stay tuned to n4a for advocacy tools and resources as this process moves forward.