Senate and House Democrats Introduce Elder Justice Act Reauthorization
Thursday, October 1, 2020
Section: September Associate Newsletter

Two months after Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) introduced the Emergency Support for Nursing Homes and Elder Justice Reform Act of 2020, S. 4182, to reauthorize the Elder Justice Act (EJA), Senate and House Democrats introduced their own proposal to extend funding for the EJA.

While both measures would reauthorize elder justice programs for several years, the measures differ in the scale and scope of support to EJA programs, yet they are an important step in demonstrating bipartisan support for reauthorizing landmark legislation to prevent, identify and address elder abuse. Aging and elder justice advocates are urging Congress to include provisions to reauthorize the EJA in the next COVID-19 response legislation.
It is imperative that lawmakers know they need to pass legislation that prioritizes older Americans and caregivers before leaving DC for the fall campaign season! Unfortunately, as legislative business days pass without progress on an additional round of COVID-19 emergency relief, advocates have little time left to urge an adequate bipartisan coronavirus relief deal. That means YOUR advocacy is needed now!

Last month, n4a sent a letter to Senate and House leaders imploring agreement on a relief package that addresses the needs of older adults, people with disabilities and their caregivers. It is also more important than ever that local and state advocates weigh in with their congressional delegations about the urgency of the ongoing emergency and the need to continue to provide support to older Americans as the pandemic persists. Use n4a's September 17 Advocacy Alert and updated advocacy resources to take swift action today!