OAA Reauthorized; Hold-Harmless Modification Affects State Allocations
On April 19, 2016, the president signed legislation (P.L. 114-144) to reauthorize Older Americans Act (OAA) programs through fiscal year (FY) 2019. The law updates the hold-harmless provision used to allocate funds for most programs under Title III (grants to states). Overall, FFIS estimates this change will result in 11 states seeing funding increases and 30 jurisdictions seeing reductions in FY 2017. The table below summarizes the results.
The new law also expands the list of allowable activities for certain programs, strengthens the Long-Term Care Ombudsman program, and modifies the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP).