Text: H.R.4859 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (10/24/2019)


116th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 4859


To amend the Older Americans Act of 1965 to reduce social isolation among older individuals.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

October 24, 2019

Mr. Trone (for himself and Mr. Walberg) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and Labor


A BILL

To amend the Older Americans Act of 1965 to reduce social isolation among older individuals.

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 “Protecting Older Americans from Social Isolation Act of 2019”.

SEC. 2. Increased focus of Assistant Secretary on health effects of social isolation.

Section 202(a) of the Older Americans Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. 3012(a)) is amended—

(1) in paragraph (30) by striking “; and” and inserting a semicolon;

(2) in paragraph (31) by striking the period at the end and inserting “; and”; and

(3) by adding at the end the following:

“(32) develop objectives, priorities, and a long-term plan for supporting State and local efforts involving education about, prevention of, detection of, and response to negative health effects associated with social isolation among older individuals.”.

SEC. 3. Advisory council on health effects of social isolation.

Section 202 of the Older Americans Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. 3012) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“(h) (1) The Assistant Secretary shall convene an advisory council on negative health effects associated with social isolation with aging network stakeholders, including caregivers, and select members in a manner that ensures geographic diversity of the members—

“(A) to review and evaluate efforts to address negative health effects associated with social isolation among older individuals; and

“(B) to identify challenges, solutions, and best practices related to such efforts.

“(2) The advisory council convened under paragraph (1) shall—

“(A) ensure consideration of consumer-directed care models; and

“(B) submit a report to Congress on its findings.

“(3) The Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App.) shall not apply with respect to the advisory council convened under paragraph (1).”.

SEC. 4. Supportive services and senior centers.

Section 321(a) of the Older Americans Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. 3030d(a)) is amended—

(1) in paragraph (24) by striking “and” at the end;

(2) by redesignating paragraph (25) as paragraph (26); and

(3) by inserting after paragraph (24) the following:

“(25) services that promote or support social connectedness and reduce negative health effects associated with social isolation; and”.

SEC. 5. Demonstration projects.

(a) Demonstrations.—Section 411(a) of the Older Americans Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. 3032(a)) is amended—

(1) in paragraph (13) by striking “and” at the end;

(2) by redesignating paragraph (14) as paragraph (15); and

(3) by inserting after paragraph (13) the following:

“(14) projects that address negative health effects associated with social isolation among older adults; and”.

(b) Repeal.—Section 416 of the Older Americans Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. 3032e) is repealed.

SEC. 6. Younger onset Alzheimer’s Disease.

(a) Definition of “family caregiver”.—Section 302(3) of the Older Americans Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. 3022(3)) is amended by inserting “of any age” after “an individual”.

(b) Definition of “resident”.—Section 711(6) of the Older Americans Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. 3058(6)) is amended by inserting “of any age” after “individual”.


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