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What reporters should know about the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act

It took five years for Congress to reauthorize the Older Americans Act, (P.L. 114-144), but President Obama signed it into law on April 19, 2016. The new legislation funds the OAA through FY2019.

It includes several important updates to the original 1965 legislation (and subsequent revisions), including funding increases, greater focus on elder abuse, help for non-profits, service organizations and consumers, more emphasis on home and community based services, and technical assistance for senior centers.

AHCJ's core topic leader on aging, Liz Seegert, runs down key components of the law, history of the law, what programs it affects and offers up story ideas and a list of experts to serve as sources.

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