The FY2016 Omnibus Appropriations bill, recently passed by the House and Senate, will fund federal programs through September 30, 2016. No Older Americans Act programs received cuts this year, and the bill provides a number of increases for aging programs.
- OAA Title IIIC, Congregate and Home-Delivered Meals, increased by $20 million for a total of $835 million
- OAA Title IIIE, National Family Caregivers Support Program, increased by $5 million for a total of $150 million
- OAA Title VI, Native American Nutrition Program, increased by $5 million for a total of $31 million
- OAA Title VI, Native American Caregiver Program, increased by $1.5 million for a total of $7.5 million
- Elder Justice Initiative funding was doubled from $4 million to $8 million, and will fund the Adult Protective Services national database.
- Community Services Block Grant funding was increased from $675 million to $714 million.
Other programs received “flat funding” (no change from FY2015).
- OAA Title II, Aging Network Support Activities (such as the Eldercare Locator and Aging and Disability Resource Centers)
- OAA Title IIIB, Home and Community-Based Supportive Services
- OAA Title IIID, Preventive Health
- OAA Title V, SCSEP (avoiding proposed cuts of $30 million)
- OAA Title VII, Ombudsman Program
- OAA Title VII, Elder Rights Support Activities
- State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (avoiding proposed cuts of $22 million)
- Social Services Block Grant
- Senior Medicare Patrol
- Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program