Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik announced that H.R. 4334, the Supporting Older Americans Act, as amended by the Senate, has passed the House and is headed to the President’s desk. Stefanik led the House passage of this bipartisan legislation, which reauthorizes the Older Americans Act and improves the delivery of services so aging Americans can remain in their communities. Provisions from three pieces of separate legislation that she authored remain included in the final version. These provisions are:
- The Supporting Family Caregivers Act encourages the use of individual assessments to identify the needs of family caregivers and allow services to be targeted more effectively to aging individuals. This more person- and family-centered approach to care will ensure that both caregivers and those who require assistance in our district are provided with adequate services to ensure the best possible health outcomes.
- The Younger Onset Alzheimer’s Act ensures those diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer’s receive equal recognition and protection under the law.
- The TIME (Trauma-Informed Modernization of Eldercare) for Holocaust Survivors Act gives Holocaust survivors living in the United States access to specialized care and services for their unique needs.
“The North Country is home to one of the largest constituencies of older Americans in the country, and I’ve been honored to lead the effort to ensure they have the support and dignity they deserve in their elder years,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “I’m grateful the final bill includes critical provisions from three pieces of my legislation: to enhance individualization in caregiving, give those diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s receive equal recognition under the law, and ensure our country’s Holocaust survivors are given specialized care for their unique needs due to the unconscionable suffering they faced. I’m looking forward to seeing the Supporting Older Americans Act, which will directly benefit North Country seniors, signed into law by the President soon.”
To watch Congresswoman Stefanik speak on the House Floor in support of this legislation in October of last year, click here.