Representing nearly 6,000 health professionals it dedicated to improving the health, independence and quality of life of seniors, the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) welcomes the House of Representatives step (OAA) Act reauthorization of the US over 2015, key to provide social services and protection to elderly legislation until 2018.
Introduced by senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Patty Murray (D-WA), Richard Burr ( R-NC) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in 2015, the bill would strengthen milestone legislation originally passed in 1965 and overdue for reauthorization since 2011. Among other objectives, legislation It aims to address elder abuse; evidence-based care; effective coordination of services at the federal, state and local levels; and several other challenges affecting the elderly and their health professionals .
“The OAA reflects our national commitment to protect and maintain generations of elderly who helped shape the society in which we now share,” said Nancy E. Lundebjerg AGS CEO, MPA. “It is important that all branches of government are behind the legislation as OAA, reflecting the attention and respect seniors deserve.”
With several minor revisions made in the House, the Act OAA SARA 2015 will now be sent back to the US Senate for a final vote the last obstacle on the road to implementation, but still require support sustained from the public and health professionals alike, explains the president of AGS Steven R. Counsell, MD, AGSF.
“reauthorize OAA is more important than ever for the modernization and improvement of the network of aging services in our country. The progress has taken time, but it has happened because we have worked together to show Congress that reauthorization is a priority , “Dr. Counsell observed.