Family Support – House Passes Older Americans Act (OAA) Reauthorization That Expands Eligibility for Family Support Program

On March 21, the House passed the OAA reauthorization (S. 192 under suspension of the rules.  The bill, sponsored by Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), and Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), among many other things, 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. S. 192 would extend NFCSP eligibility to older (age 55 and over) caregivers of persons (age 19 to 59) with disabilities. The measure now returns to the Senate for a vote as a number of changes were made to the bill since the Senate passed it last summer.


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