Family Support – House and Senate Pass Older Americans Act Reauthorization that Expands Eligibility for Family Support Program

 

On March 21, the House unanimously passed the Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2016 (S. 192) under suspension of the rules. The Senate followed suit by passing the bill by unanimous consent on April 7. Among its many provisions, the bill includes a fix to the National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP). The NFCSP, which received $150 million in FY 2016, provides information to caregivers about available services, assistance in accessing services, individual counseling, support groups, caregiver training, respite care, and supplemental services. While NFCSP services are available to a wide range of caregivers, currently the NFCSP does not assist older parents who are caregivers of adult children with disabilities. S. 192 fixes this gap by extending NFCSP eligibility to older parents (age 55 and over) of adults with disabilities (age 19 to 59). President Obama is expected to sign the measure shortly.

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