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115th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. 913


To amend the Older Americans Act of 1965 to establish an initiative, carried out by the Assistant Secretary for Aging, to coordinate Federal efforts and programs for home modifications enabling older individuals to live independently and safely in a home environment, and for other purposes.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

April 24, 2017

Mr. King (for himself, Ms. Collins, and Mr. Schatz) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions


A BILL

To amend the Older Americans Act of 1965 to establish an initiative, carried out by the Assistant Secretary for Aging, to coordinate Federal efforts and programs for home modifications enabling older individuals to live independently and safely in a home environment, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Senior Home Modification Assistance Initiative Act”.

SEC. 2. Senior home modification assistance initiative.

The Older Americans Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. 3001 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“TITLE VIIISenior home modification assistance initiative

“SEC. 801. Senior home modification assistance initiative.

“(a) In general.—The Assistant Secretary shall establish and carry out an initiative under this section to coordinate Federal resources to provide home modifications for older individuals to support enabling such individuals to live independently and safely in a home environment.

“(b) Coordination of Federal efforts.—In carrying out the initiative under this section, the Assistant Secretary shall, through memoranda of understanding, agreements, or other appropriate means of coordination, coordinate all Federal efforts and Federal programs existing prior to the date of enactment of the Senior Home Modification Assistance Initiative Act that support home assessments and home modifications for older individuals.

“(c) Reports.—Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of the Senior Home Modification Assistance Initiative Act, and annually thereafter, the Assistant Secretary shall publish a report that includes—

“(1) an inventory of Federal programs that support home assessments and home modifications for older individuals;

“(2) for the fiscal year of the report, statistical data on the number of older individuals served by each Federal program described in paragraph (1) and the approximate amount of Federal funding invested in each such program;

“(3) a demographic analysis of individuals served by each such program during the fiscal year of the report;

“(4) an analysis of duplication and gaps in populations supported by the Federal programs described in paragraph (1); and

“(5) an evaluation of the impact of Federal home modification efforts and programs on health status and health outcomes in populations supported by such efforts and programs.

“(d) Local education and outreach.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—The Assistant Secretary shall, through the National Eldercare Locator Service established under section 202(a)(21), identify and publish an educational brochure on home modifications and repairs for use by older individuals attempting to live independently and safely in their homes and the caregivers of such individuals.

“(2) REQUIREMENTS.—The brochure published under paragraph (1) shall—

“(A) be written in consumer-friendly language;

“(B) include information on the value of home modifications to ensure a safe living environment as individuals age;

“(C) include simple advice on common types of home modification that boost safety and livability; and

“(D) include references to Federal resources available to help offset the cost of home repairs or modifications and where those resources can typically be accessed locally.

“(3) DISTRIBUTION.—

“(A) IN GENERAL.—The brochure published under paragraph (1) shall be distributed widely throughout the aging network, using the National Eldercare Locator Service, with State agencies, area agencies on aging, and community-based service providers disseminating the brochure to older individuals and caregivers.

“(B) CUSTOMIZATION.—The Assistant Secretary shall encourage State agencies, area agencies on aging, and community-based service providers to customize the brochure to include available non-Federal resources.

“(4) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.—There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be necessary for the production and dissemination of the brochure published under paragraph (1).”.


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