The Bulletin: Older Americans Act uncertainty

Funding debate threatens to derail senior support legislation

By Mac McLean / The Bulletin

Published: November 08. 2013 4:00AM PST 

Senior advocates at the nation’s capitol hope a bill re-establishing the nearly $2 billion network of senior support services contained in the Older Americans Act will coast through the U.S. Congress by the end of next year.

But they’re worried it could be derailed by a funding debate that could put Oregon, Washington and other states with rapidly growing senior populations at odds with the rest of the country over who gets the biggest piece of an already dwindling pie.

“Right now we’re at risk of losing our momentum,” said Marci Phillips, public policy director for the National Council on Aging, an nonprofit organization that advocates for the needs seniors and the community organizations that support them.

First adopted in 1965, the Older Americans Act sets a basic framework dictating how dozens of federally funded programs that help people who are 60 or older should operate. It establishes a network of Area Agencies on Aging like the Central Oregon Council on Aging — which serves Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties — to manage these programs on the local level and make sure people in their communities get the help they need.


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