Renewal of the Older American’s Act

Back in April, I reached out to many individuals, organizations and vendors about the importance of contacting your legislators in Washington D.C. about the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act (OAA). We saw a great push and the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) was working hard to get it passed. However, the reauthorization process has stalled.

What can you do? Reach out to your representative and/or your senator and ask them to support the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act! The OAA serves millions of people throughout the nation. Some programs include:

  • Congregate and Home Delivered Meals
  • Home and Community Based Supportive Services
  • Family Caregiver Support Services
  • Employment Services

The OAA provides millions of senior’s access to food, transportation and caregiving services.

It is imperative that we reach out to our congressional leaders, especially Sen. Tina Smith who sits on the HELP Committee, as the OAA is set to expire on September 30, 2019.

What is MNRAAA doing? We have reached out to Sen. Smith to work on establishing a round table with our Title III providers to discuss the value of the OAA in southwest Minnesota. We will also be reaching out to Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Reps. Collin Peterson and Jim Hagedorn.

Below is how you can get in touch with your representatives and senators.

Please note that Sens. Klobuchar and Smith represent all of Minnesota. Rep. Hagedorn represents Minnesota Congressional District 1, which includes Blue Earth, Brown, Cottonwood (portion), Faribault, Jackson, Martin, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Pipestone, Rock, Waseca and Watonwan counties. Rep. Peterson representats Minnesota Congressional District 7, which includes Big Stone, Cottonwood (portion) Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Sibley, Swift, and Yellow Medicine counties.

If you need assistance, please feel free to reach out to me for further guidance at jswanson@mnraaa.org or 507.387.1256 ext. 103.

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