Administration for Community Living Proposes First Update in 35 Years to Regulations Aimed at Helping People Age at Home
The U.S. Administration for Community Living is seeking input on proposed updates to the regulations for its Older Americans Act (OAA) programs. The proposed rule is the first substantial update to most OAA program regulations in 35 years.
“The proposed rule will help ensure that older people, particularly those in greatest need, have the support they need to live independently,” said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra in a statement. HHS is seeking comments on the proposal through Aug. 15.
The proposed rule aims to incorporate lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and specifies who is eligible for services. It also creates expectations for legal assistance to help curb elder abuse, according to a fact sheet on the proposal. The rule also solidifies definitions for family caregivers and expands family caregiver support services. HCAOA plans to submit comments on behalf of members.
Click here for a summary of the proposed updates.
ACL will hold an informational webinar this Thursday, June 22 at 12:30 p.m. ET. Speakers include Alison Barkoff, Acting Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging, Edwin Walker, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aging, and Amy Wiatr-Rodriguez, Director, Center for Regional Operations. Click here for registration details.