Geriatric workforce issues focus of two bills passed by the House
Bills that would reauthorize the Older Americans Act and improve improve education and training in geriatrics passed in the House of Representatives on Monday. They now move to the Senate for consideration.
Almost 11 million older adults and their paid and unpaid caregivers would be supported by the bipartisan Dignity in Aging Act (H.R. 4334), which would amend and reauthorize for five years the Older Americans Act, according to Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), the legislation’s sponsor.
“Unfortunately, funding for the Older Americans Act lags far behind the increasing demand for its services,” Bonamici said Monday on the House floor.“Although the population of Americans over age 60 has grown more than 60% since 2001, OAA funding has only grown by about 20%. Adjusting for inflation, this means that OAA funding has declined by about 16%.”