Final Rule Updates Older Americans Act Programs

Final Rule Updates Older Americans Act Programs

The Administration for Community Living (ACL) published a final rule that makes the first substantive changes to Older Americans Act (OAA) programs and services in 36 years.

What’s next: The new regulations take effect on March 15, 2024, but regulated entities have until October 1, 2025, to comply.

Why it matters: The final rule clarifies provisions for meeting OAA requirements for prioritizing people with the greatest social and economic needs; addresses emergency preparedness and response; establishes expectations for legal assistance and activities to prevent elder abuse; and clarifies the role of the aging network in defending against the imposition of guardianship and in promoting alternatives to guardianship.

  • Enacted in 1965, the OAA authorizes home-delivered and congregate meals, support for family caregivers, preventive health services, personal and home care services, transportation, legal assistance, elder abuse prevention, and so much more.

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Darryl Hicks

Darryl Hicks is Vice President of Communications for the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association. In this capacity, Hicks writes for NRMLA's publications, manages the association's web sites and social media accounts, assists committees and the Board of Directors, and manages the Certified Reverse Mortgage Professional designation. Prior to joining NRMLA in 1999, Hicks spent three years in the Washington, D.C. bureau for National Mortgage News.